Institute of Sports Science

Dr. Sebastian Wolf

Junior group leader "Exercise and Mental Health"

Institute of Sports Science
Wächterstraße 67,
  07071 29-73613
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Main research

  • Exercise and mental disorders
  • (Neurophysiological) mechanisms of the antidepressant effects of exercise
  • Care research
  • EEG-correlates of exercise and athletic performance

Current research projects

  • Covid-19: Protective factors and mental health during Covid-19 pandemic
  • ImPuls: A strong mind through motivation and physical activity
  • Physical Activity for ADHD
  • Rumination: Mechanism of antidepressant effect of exercise? Development of a decoder
  • MentalFIT: The (preventive) effects of exercise on psychological processes and mental health

Short vita

Since 2020
Junior group leader of the research group "Exercise and Mental Health"

University of Tübingen

2014 - 2020
Research Associate

Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Tübingen

2010 - 2013
Research Associate

Institute of Medical Psychology, University of Tübingen

Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Wolf, S., Seiffer, B., Welkerling, J., Ramos-Murguialday, A, Hautzinger, M., Strehl, U. (under review). No specific effects of Alpha-Asymmetry Neurofeedback. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
  • Seiffer, B., Hautzinger, M., Ulrich, R., & Wolf, S. (invited for special series, submitted manuscript). Efficacy of Regular Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents with ADHD: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Zeibig, J.-M., Seiffer, B., Sudeck, G., Hautzinger, M., & Wolf, S. (submitted manuscript). Transdiagnostic Efficacy of Moderate Exercise in Outpatients with Various Psychiatric Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Trial. American Journal of Psychiatry.
  • Seiffer, B., Wolf, S., (submitted manuscript). The effects of physical exercise in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized control trials: Letter to the Editor. Child: Care, Health & Development.
  • Seiffer, B., Wolf, S. (in press). Sportliche Aktivität als Therapeutikum bei ADHS. Psychotherapeut.
  • Wolf, S., Zeibig, J.-M., Giel, K., Granz, H., Sudeck, G., & Thiel, A. (2020). Sportliche Aktivität und psychische Erkrankungen. PSYCH up2date, 1–17. doi: 10.1055/a-0973-1982.
  • Wolf, S., Seiffer, B., Hautzinger, M., Farhan Othman, M., & Kizilhan, J. (2019). Aufbau psychotherapeutischer Versorgung in der Region Dohuk, Nordirak. Psychotherapeut, 64(4), 322-328. doi: 10.1007/s00278-019-0344-2
  • Broelz, EK., Enck, P., Niess, AM., Schneeweiss, P., Wolf, S., Weimar, K. (2019). The neurobiology of placebo effects in sports: EEG frontal alpha asymmetry increases in response to a placebo ergogenic aid. Scientific Reports, 9, 2381. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-38828-9
  • Broelz, EK., Wolf, S., Schneeweiss, P., Niess, AM., Enck, P., Weimar, K. (2018). Increasing effort without noticing: A randomized controlled pilot study about the ergogenic placebo effect in endurance athletes and the role of supplement salience. Plos One, 13, 6. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0198388
  • Wolf, S., Brölz, E., Keune, P., Wesa, B., Hautzinger, M., Birbaumer, N, Strehl, U. (2015). Motor skill failure or flow-experience? Functional brain asymmetry and brain connectivity in elite and amateur table tennis players. Biol Psychol, 105, 95-105. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.01.007
  • Wolf, S., Brölz, E. K., Scholz, D., Murguialday, A. R., Keune, P. M., Hautzinger, M., Birbaumer, N., Strehl, U. (2014). Winning the game: Brain processes in expert, young elite and amateur table tennis players. Front Behav Neurosci, 8, 370. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00370