​PD Dr. Sebastian Ludyga







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PD Dr. Sebastian Ludyga

Personal information

Date of Birth          09-03-1986 (Wolfen, Germany)

Status:                    Married, 2 children

ID:                          9HrxCWcAAAAJ&hl (GoogleScholar); 0000-0002-3905-7894 (ORCID); 1224863 (Publons)

Nationality:             German


02/2017 - 12/2021          University of Basel

                                        Habilitation (Venia docendi)

07/2012 - 07/2014          Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

                                        Doctorate (Dr. phil.) Sports Science (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Kuno Hottenrott)

10/2005 - 03/2011          Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

                                         Magister Artium (M.A.) Sports Science and Anglistics

Employment history         

Since 02/2015                University of Basel

                                        Research Group Leader at Dept. of Sport, Exercise and Health         

06/2014 – 06/2015          Academy of Sport and Health


07/2013 – 05/2014          Leipzig University of Applied Sciences

                                        Researcher at Dept. of Health Psychology

02/2012 – 04/2012          Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

Researcher at Dept. of Sports Sciences

12/2011 – 06/2015          Institute of Performance Diagnostics and Health Promotion Halle


08/2011 – 11/2011          Ambulance of the University of Potsdam

                                        Researcher at Dept. of Sports Medicine

Active memberships         

Full member:           European College of Sports Science (ECSS); International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP);                                                    

                                 Swiss Association of Sport Sciences (SGS)

Editorial board:        Psychophysiology; Biological Psychology

Selected publications

1.Ludyga, S., Gerber, M., & Kamijo, K. (2022). Exercise types and working memory components during development. Trends in cognitive sciences26(3), 191–203. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2021.12.004

2.Ludyga, S., Gerber, M., Pühse, U., Looser, V. N., & Kamijo, K. (2020). Systematic review and meta-analysis investigating moderators of long-term effects of exercise on cognition in healthy individuals. Nature human behaviour4(6), 603–612. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-020-0851-8

3.Ludyga, S., Mücke, M., Andrä, C., Gerber, M., & Pühse, U. (2022). Neurophysiological correlates of interference control and response inhibition processes in children and adolescents engaging in open- and closed-skill sports. Journal of sport and health science11(2), 224–233. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jshs.2021.01.001

4.Ludyga, S., Gerber, M., Brand, S., Möhring, W., & Pühse, U. (2022). Do different cognitive domains mediate the association between moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and adolescents' off-task behaviour in the classroom?. The British journal of educational psychology92(1), 194–211. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjep.12445

5.Ludyga, S., & Ishihara, T. (2022). Brain structural changes and the development of interference control in children with ADHD: The predictive value of physical activity and body mass index. NeuroImage. Clinical35, 103141. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2022.103141

6.Ludyga, S., Pühse, U., Gerber, M., & Mücke, M. (2021). Muscle strength and executive function in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research14(12), 2555–2563. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2587

7.Ludyga, S., Pühse, U., Gerber, M., Mücke, M., Lemola, S., Mori, A. C., Brotzmann, M., & Weber, P. (2021). Very preterm birth and cognitive control: The mediating roles of motor skills and physical fitness. Developmental cognitive neuroscience49, 100956. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2021.100956

8.Ludyga, S., Mücke, M., Kamijo, K., Andrä, C., Pühse, U., Gerber, M., & Herrmann, C. (2020). The Role of Motor Competences in Predicting Working Memory Maintenance and Preparatory Processing. Child development91(3), 799–813. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13227

9.Gronwald, T., Velasques, B., Ribeiro, P., Machado, S., Murillo-Rodríguez, E., Ludyga, S., Yamamoto, T., & Budde, H. (2018). Increasing exercise's effect on mental health: Exercise intensity does matter. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America115(51), E11890–E11891. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1818161115

10.Ludyga, S., Mücke, M., Leuenberger, R., Bruggisser, F., Pühse, U., Gerber, M., Capone-Mori, A., Keutler, C., Brotzmann, M., & Weber, P. (2022). Behavioral and neurocognitive effects of judo training on working memory capacity in children with ADHD: A randomized controlled trial. NeuroImage. Clinical36, 103156. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2022.103156

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