Kerstin Hoedlmoser

Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Kerstin Hoedlmoser
Department of Psychology

Hellbrunner Strasse 34, 5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43 662 8044 5143

Consultation hour: by arrangement
Twitter: @sleepkerst


  • 2004-2007 PhD at the University of Salzburg
  • 1999-2004 Master Psychology (focus: sports sciences) at the University of Salzburg

Academic Positions:

  • Since 2018 Associate Professor at the University of Salzburg, Centre of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2018 Postdoctoral Fellow (Fulbright Scholarship) at the University of Berkeley (supervision Prof. Matthew Walker)
  • 2013 – 2018 Assistant Professor at the University of Salzburg, Centre of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2009 – 2011 FWF Hertha-Firnberg Postdoc-position at the University of Salzburg


My research interests include 2 areas of psychology: biological psychology (focus: sleep and cognition) and sport psychology (focus: sleep and regeneration in competitive sports). In particular, I try to use longitudinal research designs to investigate the development of various bio-psychological processes (e.g. sleep and (motor) learning from childhood to adulthood). Based on my postgraduate education (clinical and health psychologist, sports psychologist, cognitive behavioral psychotherapist), the transfer of our research work into practice is very important to me (e.g. the project “Healthy Sleep” with the Austrian Health Insurance Fund, or the FWF-funded project “How SMART is it to go to bed with the PHONE).

Key publications:

  • Hahn, A. M., Heib, D., Schabus, M., Hoedlmoser, K., & Helfrich, R.F. (2020). Slow oscillation-spindle coupling predicts enhanced memory formation from childhood to adolescence. Elife, e53730. doi: 10.7554/eLife.53730.
  • Bothe, K., Hirschauer, F., Wiesinger, H.-P., Edfelder, J., Gruber, G., Birklbauer, J., & Hoedlmoser, K. (2019). The impact of sleep on complex gross-motor adaptation in adolescents. Journal of Sleep Research, 28(4), e12797.
  • Hahn, H., Joechner, A., Roell, J., Schabus, M., Heib, D.P.J., Gruber, G., Peigneux, P. & Hoedlmoser, K. (2019). Developmental changes of sleep spindles and their impact on sleep dependent memory consolidation and general cognitive abilities – a longitudinal approach. Developmental Science, 22(1), e12706.
  • King, B.R., Hoedlmoser, K., Hirschauer, F., Dolfen, N., & Albouy, G. (2017). Sleeping on the motor engram: The multifaceted nature of sleep-related motor memory consolidation. Neuroscience and Behavioral Reviews, 80, 1–22. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.04.026
  • Hoedlmoser, K., Birklbauer, J., Schabus, M., Eibenberger, P., Rigler, S., & Mueller, E. (2014). The impact of diurnal sleep on the consolidation of a complex gross motor adaptation task. Journal of Sleep Research, 24(1), 100-109. doi:10.1111/jsr.12207