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Onur Güntürkün

Onur Güntürkün (born 1958) is a professor of biopsychology at the University of Bochum’s Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience. He studied psychology from 1975 to 1980 in Bochum and obtained his PhD there in 1984. Following post-doctoral research in Paris and San Diego, he acquired his habilitation at the University of Konstanz in 1992. In 1997, he was appointed professor for biopsychology at the University of Bochum. He has received many awards, among them notably the Leibniz Award 2013, conferred by the DFG (German Research Foundation). In 2014, he was honoured with the Communicator Award, a distinction given to individual scientists who have been exceptionally successful in communicating their research to the public. In 2006, he became a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. With his studies on the neuronal foundations of differences between men and women, he has contributed valuably to the field of biopsychological gender studies. He has, for instance, been able to demonstrate
that cognitive differences between men and women tend to be smaller than had been assumed for a long time.

Major publications: Biopsychologie (1998); with Stefan Lautenbacher and Markus Hausmann edited: Gehirn und Geschlecht. Neurowissenschaft des kleinen Unterschieds zwischen Mann und Frau (2007); Sex differences in parking are affected by biological and social factors (2010).