PD Dr.

Kerstin Jost

Institute of Psychology


Room 201

Jaegerstrasse 17-19

52066 Aachen



Phone: +49 241 80 6012
Fax: +49 241 80 92318

Office hours

By appointment

Research interests

  • Cognitive control: task switching, neurocognitive mechanisms of interference control, filtering and working memory
  • Long-term memory
  • Cognitive aging: age-related differences in attention and working memory
  • Mental calculation and number processing


  • Perception & attention (lecture)
  • Developmental psychology (lecture)
  • Introduction to statistics (lecture)
  • Introduction to psychology (lecture)
  • Memory (seminar)
  • Action and cognition (seminar)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (seminar)
  • Introduction to scientific working (seminar)
  • Experimental lab course
  • Empirical lab course
  • Statistic tutorial

Third-party funded research projects

  • Project JO 861/2-1 „Age-related decline in visual short-term memory capacity and its relation to filtering efficiency and attentional control processes“, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), (2011-2015), principal investigator
  • Project RO 529/17-3 „„Executive functions and mental calculation” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), research grant within the priority program SPP 1107 „Executive Functions“, (2005-2007), co-applicant


  • Jost, K., Wendt, M., Luna-Rodriguez, A., Loew, A., & Jacobsen, T. (in press). Strategic control over extent and timing of distractor-based response activation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.
  • Schwarzkopp, T., Mayr, U., & Jost, K. (2016). Early selection versus late correction: age-related differences in controlling working memory contents. Psychology and Aging. Online first publication.
  • Jost, K. & Mayr, U. (2016). Switching between filter settings reduces the efficient utilization of visual working memory. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 16, 207-218.
  • Khader, P. H., Pachur, T., Weber, L. A. E. & Jost, K. (2016). The neural signatures of controlled and automatic retrieval processes in memory-based decision making. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28, 69-83.
  • Jost, K., De Baene, W., Koch, I., & Brass, M. (2013). A review of the role of cue processing in task switching. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 221, 5-14.
  • Khader, P. H., Pachur, T., & Jost, K. (2013). Automatic activation of attribute knowledge in heuristic inference from memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 372-377.
  • Jost, K., Khader, P. H., Düsel, P., Richter, F. R., Rohde, K. B., Bien, S., & Rösler, F. (2012). Controlling conflict from interfering long-term-memory representations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24, 1173-1190.
  • Jost, K., Bryck, R. L., Vogel, E. K., & Mayr, U. (2011). Are old adults just like low working memory young adults? Filtering efficiency and age differences in visual working memory. Cerebral Cortex, 21, 1147-1154.
  • Jost, K., Khader, P., Burke, M., Bien, S., & Rösler, F. (2011). Frontal and parietal contributions to arithmetic fact retrieval: A parametric analysis of the problem-size effect. Human Brain Mapping, 32, 51-59.
  • Khader, P. H., Pachur, T., Meier, S., Bien, S., Jost, K., & Rösler, F. (2011). Memory-based decision-making with heuristics: Evidence for a controlled activation of memory representations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 3540-3554.
  • Otte, E., Jost, K., Habel, U., & Koch, I. (2011). Exploring cross-task compatibility in perceiving and producing facial expressions using electromyography. Acta Psychologica, 138, 187-192.
  • Khader, P., Jost, K., Mertens, M., Bien, S., & Rösler, F. (2010). Neural correlates of generating visual nouns and motor verbs in a minimal phrase context. Brain Research, 1318, 122-132.
  • Khader, P. H., Jost, K., Ranganath, C., & Rösler, F. (2010). Theta and alpha oscillations during working memory maintenance predict successful long-term memory encoding. Neuroscience Letters, 468, 339-343.
  • Kiesel, A., Steinhauser, M., Wendt, M., Falkenstein, M., Jost, K., Philipp, A. M., & Koch, I. (2010). Control and interference in task switching−A review. Psychological Bulletin, 136, 849-874.
  • Jost, K., Khader, P., Burke, M., Bien, S., & Rösler, F. (2009). Dissociating the solution processes of small, large, and zero multiplications by means of fMRI. NeuroImage, 46, 308-318.
  • Jost, K., Mayr, U., & Rösler, F. (2008). Is task switching nothing but cue priming? Evidence from ERPs. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 8, 74-84.
  • Khader, P., Jost, K., Lachnit, H., & Rösler, F. (Eds.). (2008). Experimentelle Psychologie. Beiträge zur 50. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen. Lengerich: Pabst.
  • Rösler, F., Jost, K., & Niedeggen, M. (2006). Psychophysiological evidence for binding and unbinding arithmetic knowledge representations. In H. D. Zimmer, A. Mecklinger, & U. Lindenberger (Eds.), Handbook of binding and memory: Perspectives from cognitive neuroscience (pp. 339-361). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Jost, K., Beinhoff, U., Hennighausen, E., & Rösler, F. (2004). Facts, rules, and strategies in single-digit multiplication: Evidence from event-related brain potentials. Cognitive Brain Research, 20, 183-193.
  • Jost, K., Hennighausen, E., & Rösler, F. (2004). Comparing arithmetic and semantic fact retrieval: Effects of problem size and sentence constraint on event-related brain potentials. Psychophysiology, 41, 46-59.
  • Niedeggen, M., Rösler, F., & Jost, K. (1999). Processing of incongruous mental calculation problems: Evidence for an arithmetic N400 effect. Psychophysiology, 36, 307-324.