Prof. Dr. Jürgen Beckmann

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Beckmann (b. 1955) conducts research in psychology, working in particular in the fields of motivation and volition. The aim of his research is to gain a deeper understanding of the processes of motivation and volition and to apply these findings in different fields of performance and preventive healthcare. One focuses of his research is on understanding the neurophysiological processes which underlie motivation and skill execution in stress situations. In response to a growing awareness of mental health issues associated with competitive sport over recent years, Professor Beckmann’s Chair has come to place a particular emphasis on clinical sports psychology. This includes the careful and prudent use of nature as a preventive measure (Green Exercise) in a TUM and a European project network. Recently, research and consultation was expanded to the area of psycho cardiology at the German Heart Centre Munich, particularly addressing mental health and well-being of people with congenital heart disease

Professor Beckmann studied social sciences, majoring in psychology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. After completing his studies in 1981, he went on to obtain his doctorate (1984) and postdoctoral teaching qualification (1988) in psychology at the University of Mannheim (Venia Legendi for psychology; also Dr. habil. LMU in 1992). From 1984 onwards he was a project leader at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research, Munich. In 1984 he was awarded The Young Scientist Award of the German Society of Psychology and in 1990 a Heisenberg Scholarship by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In 1993 he worked as visiting scholar at Florida Atlantic University. After an appointment to the position of Professor of Sports Psychology at the University of Potsdam (1997), he took over the Chair of Sport Psychology at TUM in 2006. In 2019 he received the Golden Badge of Honor from the German Society for Sport Psychology. Visiting professorships took him to the University of Oslo and the South West Jiaotong University, China. In 2018 Professor Beckmann was made an Honorary Professor of the University of Queensland (School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences) and was appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of Limerick in 2020.


  • Honorary Professor of the University of Queensland (2018)
  • Research funding with the German Research Foundation (DFG) Heisenberg Programme (1990)
  • Young Scientist Award, German Psychological Society (DGPs) (1984)

Key Publications (alle Publikationen)

Andonian, C., Beckmann, J., Biber, S., Ewert, P., Freilinger, S., Kaemmerer, H., Oberhoffer, R., Pieper, L., & Neidenbach, R.C.: Current Research Status on the Psychological Situation of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD). Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy. 2018; 8 (6): 799-804.


Beckmann J, Gröpel P, Ehrlenspiel F: "Preventing motor skill failure through hemisphere-specific priming: Cases from choking under pressure". Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 2013; 142 (3): 679-691.


Nixdorf I, Frank R, Hautzinger M, Beckmann J: "Prevalence of Depressive Symptoms and Correlating Variables among German Elite Athletes". Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology. 2013; 7 (4): 313-326.


Beckmann J, Kellmann M: “Self-regulation and recovery: Approaching an understanding of the process of recovery from stress”. Psychological Reports. 2004; 95 (3_suppl), 1135-1153


Kuhl J, Beckmann J: Volition and personality: Action and state orientation. Seattle, USA: Hogrefe and Huber Publishers, 1994.