Prof. Dr. habil. Erich Kasten

Prof. Dr. habil. Erich Kasten

Professor for Neuropsychology and Research Methods

Am Kaiserkai 1
20457 Hamburg

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Erich Kasten studied psychology at the University of Kiel. He is accredited behavioral therapist and clinical neuropsychologist and works in his own praxis in Travemünde. From 1992-2007 he also worked at the Institute for Medical Psychology at the Clinic of the University of Magdeburg. In 1993, he completed his doctoral thesis and was awarded the summa cum laude (high distinction equiv.) at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. He was the promoted to professor in 1999 and was awarded the venia legend for the subject medical psychology. His work in Magdeburg was intermittently interrupted by a three semester long guest professorship in “Somatopsychology” at the Institute for Psychology at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. In 2006, he was designated extraordinary professor and proceeded in the subsequent year to the medical faculty at the University of Lübeck. From 2011-2013 he worked at the University of Göttingen. Erich Kasten is Professor for Neuropsychology and Research Methods at the MSH Medical School since 2013.


As early as the 1980s, Erich Kasten taught the subjects of psychology and psychiatry in several nursing homes and nursing homes for the elderly in the area of Lübeck. At the end of the 1980s he had his first roles as assistant lecturer at the University of Lübeck and trained medical students in the subject “Medical Psychology”. Focus of his teaching was communication training of medical students in preparation for doctor-patient discussions. He maintained this focus of teaching as academic staff at the University clinics in Magdeburg, Lübeck and Göttingen. In Berlin, and in line with associate lecturer roles at the University of Würzburg, and the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, he also trained psychology students in the subjects somatopsychology, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology and biological psychology.

Research Focus

In the 1990s, Professor Kasten primarily worked in the area of development of computer-based neuropsycholgoical therapeutical programs for patients with brain damage. This work was carried out in close cooperation with neurobiologists. Further, he carried out studies on the psychological situation of intensive-care patients, fitness to drive of patients with CNS-damage, effects of cost cutting mechanisms in the health care sector, problems of outpatient neuropsychological therapies as well as studies on specific neuropsychological syndromes, e.g. Hemineglekt, Blindsight or Allesthesia. Later, his focus changed to the subject of visual hallucinations in patients without psychiatric disorders.

In the late 1990s, he started to research the psychiatric motivation of body modification and compiled a book that found strong interest in the media ever since. Since 2007, he shifted his research to examine the origin of causes in patients who perceived their own body parts as not their own (Body Integrity Identity Disorder). Currently, Professor Kasten works strongly on somatopsycholgy, i.e. the physical causes of psychological disorders.

Erich Kasten is head of the academic working group “Psychoneurobiology” of the German Society for Medical Psychology. He further manages the expert group “Neuropsychologists in Clinical Psychology” of the professional association of German psychologists and since 1998 he is member of the board of directors of the DGMP.


  • 1996: Granting of the “Peter-Jacobi-Award“ by the German Society for Medical Psychology (DGMP) for extraordinary research in the field of psychology in neurology.
  • 2003: Award of the Student Council for the best lectures in the pre-clinical section in 2002
  • 2004: Award of the Student Council for the best lectures in the pre-clinical section in 2003


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