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Prof. Dr. Martin Diers (english version)

Curriculum Vitae

Academic positions

since 10/15: Professor for Clinical and Experimental Behavioral Medicine Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, LWL University Hospital, Ruhr-University Bochum

07/15 – 09/15: Group leader Pain processing and Pain Modulation Institute of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology, University Medical Center, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Prof. Dr. Nicole von Steinbüchel

01/09 – 06/15: Project manager Phantom Mind (ERC, advanced grant, EU no. 230249) Department of Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health Medical Faculty Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Herta Flor

10/13 – 03/13:  Visiting Professor Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg

04/13 – 09/13: Visiting Scientist at the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Prof. Dr. Petra Schweinhardt 

01/04 – 12/08: Project manager Plasticity in chronic pain syndromes (DFG Fl156/26) Department of Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health Medical Faculty Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Herta Flor


Institutional Responsibilities

02/20: Member of the tenure track committee Experimental Ophthalmology (W2), Clinic for Ophthalmology, Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum, Medical Faculty, Ruhr University Bochum

01/18 - 03/19: Member of the program commission DKPM congress 2019, Berlin, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychosomatische Medizin und Ärztliche Psychotherapie, Deutsches Kollegium für Psychosomatische Medizin (German society for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy)

12/17 - 10/19: Member of the founding council Hochschule für gesundheitsorientierte Wissenschaften Rhein-Neckar (University for health-oriented sciences), Mannheim

10/17 – 05/18: Member of the appointments committee Pain Medicine (W2), Clinic for Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine, Palliative Medicine and Pain Medicine, Berufsgenossenschaftliches Universitätsklinikum Bergmannsheil, Medical Faculty, Ruhr-University Bochum

since 08/16: Member of the examination board (doctorate), Medical Faculty, Ruhr-University Bochum

since 01/16: Member of the Research Department of Neuroscience, Ruhr University Bochum

10/15 – 03/16: Lectureship M.Sc. Psychology, Health Psychology, FernUniversity Hagen. Supervision Master and Bachelor Thesis

04/13 – 09/13: Lectureship B.Sc. Psychology, Health Psychology ,FernUniversity Hagen. Supervision Bachelor Thesis

09/09 – 03/13: Division manager of the outpatient pain clinic, Department of Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Herta Flor 

04/09 – 08/10: Deputy Coordinator for Lectures in „Medical Psychology“, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg


Professional Training

01/15:  Habilitation (Post-doctoral exam) at the Department of Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Herta Flor

03/14 Thesis: Psychobiological mechanisms in chronic musculoskeletal pain syndromes, Venia legendi for the subjects: Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology and Medical Psychology

09/14: Licensed Supervisor for behavioural therapy issued by the, Governing Council Stuttgart

05/09 – 10/10:  Baden-Württemberg-Certificate for didactics, University didactics centrum of the Universities of Baden-Württemberg

05/04 – 04/09:  Postgraduate training psychological psychotherapy, focus on behavioural therapy, Center for Psychological Psychotherapy (ZPP), Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, 05/09: Board certified state license for Psychological Psychotherapy issued by the Governing Council Stuttgart

10/02 – 06/06: Doctorate at the Department of Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Herta Flor

06/05 Dissertation: The role of illusory hand movements and attention on cortical reorganisation and phantom phenomenons after unilateral arm amputation

10/99 – 09/02: Study of psychology at the University of Konstanz. 11/01 diploma thesis: The electrical correlate in the electroencephalogram for cue dependent reaction time shortening, Prof. Dr. Kuno Kirschfeld, Prof. Dr. Thomas R. Elbert

09/98 – 08/99: Study of psychology at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands, completion of basic studies: Propadeuse  


Positions offered

08/15: Offers for professor position “Clinical and Experimental Behavioral Medicine” (W2), Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, LWL-University, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum

06/15: Offers for professor position “Pain and Movement” (W2) – declined, Health Oriented Medicine and Movement Studies, University of Applied Science, Mannheim

06/15: Short listed Lecturer in Psychology (Pain), Health and Life Sciences, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool; Liverpool, Great Britain


Society Member

Association for Psychological Science (APS) 2015-2016

German Association for Psychology: Groups: Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology; Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (DGPS) since 2013

International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) since 2012

Federal Associations of National Health Physicians: North Rhine-Westphalia: since 2015, Lower Saxony: 2015, Baden-Wuerttemberg: 2009-2015

Society for Neuroscience (SFN) 2005, 2010



Guest associate editor for the research topic „Body, space and pain“ in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience


Grant Reviewer

German Research Organization (DFG)

Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Austrian exchange service (OeAD-GmbH)

Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)

Protestant student union


Ad Hoc Reviewer for Journals

Arthritis Care & Research, Brain, Brain Imaging and Behavior, Biological Psychology, Cerebral Cortex, Current Biology, Der Schmerz, European Journal of Pain, Experimental Brain Research, Explore, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Frontiers in Neurorobotics, Healthcare, Journal of Pain, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Neuroimage, Neuroimage: Clinical, Neuropsychologia, New England Journal of Medicine, Pain, Pain Reports, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, Plos One, Psychiatry Research, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, Scientific Reports, The Lancet, Wiener Klinische Wochenschau


Research topics Pain:


  • Pain physiology (central sensitization)
  • Attention and other psychological pain modulations
  • Endogenous pain inhibition
  • Pain treatment (operant behavioral treatment, virtual and augmented reality)
  • Body illusions (Mirror box, Rubber hand Illusion, visual feedback)

Methods: EEG, fMRI, MRI, PET, MEG, EMG

Patient groups: Chronic Back Pain, Fibromyalgia, Phantom limb pain, Anorexia Nervosa


Ongoing Projects:

  • real-time visual feedback for the treatment of chronic back pain
  • Induction of the rubber hand illusion
  • Pain controllability
  • Modulation of visual induced analgesia during experimental painful stimulation
  • Illusions and body perception in anorexia nervosa


Prizes and Awards

10/2015 Award for pain research; 2. prize clinical research, For the paper: Mirror therapy for phantom limb pain: Brain changes and the role of body representation. German Association for the Study of Pain (DGSS) (3,500.-€)

10/2014 Fellowship in the Mentoring Program for outstanding young scientists, Biopsychology and Neuropsychology section of the German Association for Psychology (DGPs)

02/2013 1. prize of the MEG Study Competition 2013, together with Prof. Dr. Petra Schweinhardt, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (18,000.-C$) (13,500.-€)

07/2012 Elected for the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) Alumni Symposium at the Federation of European Neurosciences (FENS) Forum 2012

03/2012 Early Career Research Grant, Offered by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Proposal: Seeing what you feel behind: neuronal correlates of seeing painful stimulation, (20,000.-$) (15,500.-€)

09/2011 Nominated for Best Poster Presentation of the 7th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®), See what you feel behind: Looking at one's own back reduces experimental pain intensity in chronic back pain patients.

06/2011Elected scholar of the European Pain School, Siena, Organized by the Federation of European Neurosciences (FENS) and the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)

05/20111. prize of the young investigator Award for Pain research of the Janssen-Cilag GmbH, Proposal: Seeing what you feel behind: neuronal correlates of seeing painful stimulation, (5,000.-€)


Research Grants

10/2020: DFG, DI 1553/11-1 Research Unit 2974: Affective and cognitive mechanisms of specific Internet-use disorders (ACSID) (3.3Mio€). RP4 (Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand, Prof. Dr. Oliver T. Wolf, Prof. Dr. Martin Diers): Cue reactivity in gaming disorder and pornography-use disorder: Behavioral and neural correlates and effects of acute stress (in total 586,278.-€, my part 176,700.-€)

09/2019: University Bochum, Funding of the publication fee for Kessler et al. (2019) by the Open-Access-Publication-Fund of the University (400.-€)

10/2018: University Bochum, funding of the Medical Faculty FoRUM F919-17: Investigation of thalamic function, structure and neurochemistry in patients suffering from phantom limb pain (59,900.-€)

09/2018: Mercator Research Center Ruhr: Small molecules with large impact: miRNAs in the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia (29,350.-€)

11/2016:  DFG, DI 1553/5-1, Neuronal correlates of pain controllability in chronic musculoskeletal pain (209.245,-€) 10/2020: additional funds (18,100.-€)

07/2016: University Bochum, funding of the Medical Faculty FoRUM F866R-16: Modulation of visual induced analgesia during experimental painful stimulation (55,768.-€)

05/2015: University Heidelberg Funding of the publication fee for Milde et al. (2015) by the Open-Access-Publication-Fund of the University, (1,350.-$) (1,200.-€)

09/2012 DFG, DI 1553/3-1, Seeing what you feel behind: neuronal correlates of seeing painful stimulation (19,500.-€)


List of Publications

in press

Kogel, A-K., Herpertz, S., Steins-Loeber, S. & Diers, M. Disorder specific rewarding stimuli in anorexia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorder im Druck.


Beckmann N, Baumann P, Herpertz S, Trojan J, Diers M. How the unconscious mind controls body movements: body schema distortion in Anorexia Nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorder 2021;54(4):578-586.

Bekrater-Bodmann R, Reinhard I, Diers M, Fuchs X, Flor H. Relationship of prosthesis ownership and phantom limb pain: results of a survey in 2,383 limb amputees. Pain 2021;162(2):630-640.

Cordier L, Ullrich EM, Herpertz S, Zieglgänsberger W, Trojan J, Diers M. Differential effects of visually induced analgesia and attention depending on the pain stimulation site. Eur J Pain 2021;25:375-384.

Leins J, Waldorf M, Suchan B, Diers M, Herpertz S, Paslakis G, Steins-Loeber S. Exposure to the thin beauty ideal: Are there subliminal priming effects? International Journal of Eating Disorder 2021;54(4):506-515.


Andoh J, Milde C, Diers M, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Trojan J, Fuchs X, Becker S, Desch S, Flor, H. Assessment of cortical reorganization and preserved function in phantom limb pain: a methodological perspective. Nature Scientific Reports 2020;10(1):11504.

Cordier L, Fuchs X, Herpertz S, Trojan J, Diers M (2020). Synchronous stimulation with light and heat induces body ownership and reduces pain perception. Journal of Pain 21(5-6), 700-707.

Diers M, de Vos CC, Gandhi W, Hoeppli ME, Becker S, Bock E, Baillet S, Schweinhardt P. Induced oscillatory signaling in the beta frequency of top-down pain modulation. Pain Rep. 2020;5(1):e806.

Steinbüchel TA, Herpertz S, Dieris-Hirche J, Kehyayan A, Külpmann I, Diers M, te Wildt BT. Internetabhängigkeit und Suizidalität – ein Vergleich Internetabhängiger und nicht abhängiger Patienten mit einer gesunden Population [Internet Addiction and Suicidality – Comparative Study of Internet-Dependent and Non-Dependent Patients with Healthy Controls]. Psychother Psychsom Med Psychol 70(11), 457-466.


Beinert, K., Lutz, B., Zieglgänsberger, W., & Diers, M. Seeing the site of treatment improves habitual pain but not cervical joint position sense immediately after manual therapy in chronic neck pain patients. Eur J Pain 2019;23(1):117-123.


Trojan, J., Fuchs, X., Speth, S.L., & Diers, M. The rubber hand illusion induced by visual-thermal stimulation. Nature Scientific Reports, 2018; 8:12417.

Wakolbinger, R., Diers, M., Hruby, L.A., Sturma, A., & Aszmann, O.C. Home based Tactile Discrimination Training (TDT) reduces phantom limb pain. Pain Pract. 2018;18(6):709-715.


Andoh J, Diers M, Milde C, Christmann C, Köppe C, Kleinböhl D, & Flor H. Neural correlates of evoked phantom limb sensations. Biological Psychology 2017;126:89-97.

Löffler A, Trojan J, Zieglgänsberger W, & Diers M. Visually induced analgesia during massage treatment in chronic back pain patients. Eur J Pain 2017;21(10):1623-1631.


Diers M, Löffler A, Zieglgänsberger W, Trojan J. Watching your pain site reduces pain intensity in chronic back pain patients. Eur J Pain 2016; 20(4):581-585.

Fuchs X, Riemer M, Diers M, Flor H, Trojan, J. Perceptual drifts of real and artificial limbs in the rubber hand illusion. Nature Scientific Reports 2016;6:24362.

Kamping S, Andoh J, Bomba I, Diers M, Diesch E, Flor H. Contextual modulation of pain in masochists: involvement of the parietal operculum and insula. Pain. 2016;157(2):445-455.


Bekrater-Bodmann R, Schredl M, Diers M, Reinhard I, Foell J, Trojan J, Fuchs X, Flor H. Post-amputation pain is associated with the recall of an impaired body representation in dreams - results from a nation-wide survey on limb amputees. PlosOne. 2015;10(3): e0119552.

Diers M, Kamping S, Yilmaz P, Rance M, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Foell J, Trojan J, Fuchs X, Bach F, Maaß H, Çakmak H, Flor H. Illusion-related brain activations: A new virtual reality mirror box system for use during functional magnetic resonance imaging. Brain Res. 2015;1594:173-182.

Laux P, Krumm B, Diers M, Flor H. Recovery–stress balance and injury risk in professional football players: a prospective study. Journal of Sport Sciences. 2015;33:2140-2148.

Milde C, Rance M, Yilmaz P, Trojan J, Fuchs X, Foell J, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Flor H, Diers M. Do mirror glasses have the same effect on brain activity as a classical mirror box? Evidence from an fMRI study with healthy subjects. PlosOne. 2015;10(5):e0127694.

Streit F, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Diers M, Reinhard I, Frank J, Wüst S, Seltzer Z, Flor H, Rietschel M. Concordance of phantom- and residual limb pain phenotypes in double amputees: evidence for contribution of distinct and common individual factors. Journal of Pain. 2015;16:1377-1385.


Bekrater-Bodmann R, Foell J, Diers M, Kamping S, Rance M, Yilmaz P, Trojan J, Fuchs X, Bach F, Çakmak HK, Maaß H, Flor H. The importance of synchrony and temporal order of visual and tactile input for illusory limb ownership experiences – an fMRI study applying virtual reality. PlosOne. 2014;9(1):e87013.

Foell J, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Diers M, Flor H. Mirror therapy for phantom limb pain: Brain changes and the role of body representation. Eur J Pain. 2014b;18(5):729-739.

Trojan* J, Diers* M, Fuchs X, Bach F, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Foell J, Kamping S, Rance M, Maaß H, Flor H. An augmented reality home-training system based on the mirror and imagery treatment approach. Behavior Research. 2014;46:634-640. *Both authors contributed equally to this work.


Diers M, Zieglgansberger W, Trojan J, Drevensek AM, Erhardt-Raum G, Flor H. Site-specific visual feedback reduces pain perception. Pain. 2013;154(6):890-896.


Bach F, Cakmak H, Maass H, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Foell J, Diers M, Trojan J, Fuchs X, Flor H. Illusory hand ownership induced by an MRI compatible immersive virtual reality device. Biomed Tech (Berl). 2012;57(Suppl. 1):719-720.

Bekrater-Bodmann R, Foell J, Diers M, Flor H. The perceptual and neuronal stability of the rubber hand illusion across contexts and over time. Brain Res. 2012;1452:130-139.

Diener SJ, Wessa M, Ridder S, Lang S, Diers M, Steil R, Flor H. Enhanced stress analgesia to a cognitively demanding task in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. J Affect Disord. 2012;136(3):1247-1251.

Diers M, Yilmaz P, Rance M, Thieme K, Gracely RH, Rolko C, Schley MT, Kiessling U, Wang H, Flor H. Treatment-related changes in brain activation in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome. Exp Brain Res. 2012;218(4):619-628.


Diers M, Schley MT, Rance M, Yilmaz P, Lauer L, Rukwied R, Schmelz M, Flor H. Differential central pain processing following repetitive intramuscular proton/prostaglandin E(2) injections in female fibromyalgia patients and healthy controls. Eur J Pain. 2011;15(7):716-723.


Diers M, Christmann C, Koeppe C, Ruf M, Flor H. Mirrored, imagined and executed movements differentially activate sensorimotor cortex in amputees with and without phantom limb pain. Pain. 2010;149(2):296-304.

Yilmaz* P, Diers* M, Diener S, Rance M, Wessa M, Flor H. Brain correlates of stress-induced analgesia. Pain. 2010;151(2):522-529. *Both authors contributed equally to this work.


Diers M, Koeppe C, Yilmaz P, Thieme K, Markela-Lerenc J, Schiltenwolf M, van Ackern K, Flor H. Pain ratings and somatosensory evoked responses to repetitive intramuscular and intracutaneous stimulation in fibromyalgia syndrome. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2008;25(3):153-160.


Diers M, Koeppe C, Diesch E, Stolle AM, Hölzl R, Schiltenwolf M, van Ackern K, Flor H. Central processing of acute muscle pain in chronic low back pain patients: an EEG mapping study. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2007;24(1):76-83.


Flor H, Diers M, Birbaumer N. Peripheral and electrocortical responses to painful and non-painful stimulation in chronic pain patients, tension headache patients and healthy controls. Neuroscience Letters. 2004;361(1-3):147-150.

Karl A, Diers M, Flor H. P300-amplitudes in upper limb amputees with and without phantom limb pain in a visual oddball paradigm. Pain. 2004;110(1-2):40-48.




Erlenwein J, Diers M, Ernst J, Schulz F, Petzke F. Clinical Updates on phantom limb pain. Pain Rep. 2021;6(1):1-16,e888.


Mosch B, Hagena V, Diers M. Bildgebende Untersuchungen des neuronalen Schmerznetzwerks. Aktuelle Rheumatologie 2020;45:413-421.


Brumagne S, Diers M, Danneels L, Moseley GL, Hodges PW. Neuroplasticity of sensorimotor control in low back pain. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy 2019;49(6):402-414.

Diers M. Neuroimaging the pain network – Implications for treatment. Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology 2019;33(3):101418.

Kessler H, Axmacher N, Diers M, Herpertz S. On the Purported Dichotomy Between Fake and Real Symptoms: The Case of Conversion Disorders. Frontiers in Psychology 2019;10:2114.


Cordier L, Diers M. Learning and Unlearning of Pain. Biomdeicines 2018;6(2)piiE67.


Schmidt-Wilcke T, Diers M. New insights into the pathophysiology and treatment of fibromyalgia. Biomdeicines 2017;5(22).


Becker S, Diers M. [Chronic pain: Perception, reward and neural processing]. Chronischer Schmerz Wahrnehmung, Belohnung und neurale Verarbeitung. Schmerz 2016;30(5):395-406.

Diers M. Kommentar zum Referat: Neurale Mechanismen: Antizipation von Schmerz. Journalclub Schmerzmedizin 2016;3(5):148.


Fuchs X, Becker S, Kleinböhl D, Diers M, Flor H. Respondent learning in chronic pain: How precise is imprecision? Pain. 2015;156:2108-2109.


Diers M. The impact of the stimulation method on differences in pain thresholds and brain responses between chronic pain patients and healthy controls. Eur J Pain. 2014;18(10):1365-1366.

Foell J, Andoh J, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Diers M, Fuchs X, Colloca L, Flor H. Peripheral origin of phantom limb pain: is it all resolved? Pain. 2014;155(10):2205-2206.

Foell J, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Diers M, Flor H. Authors' reply to the comment by Harvie and Moseley. Eur J Pain. 2014a;18(5):603-604.

Trojan J, Diers M, Valenzuela-Moguillansky C, Torta DME. Body, Space, and Pain. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2014;8:369.


Diers M, Flor H. [Phantom limb pain : Psychological treatment strategies] Psychologische Behandlungsstrategien bei Patienten mit Phantomschmerzen. Schmerz. 2013;27(2):205-213.

Flor H, Diers M, Andoh J. The neural basis of phantom limb pain. Trends in Cognitive Science. 2013;17(7):307-308.


Diers M, Flor H. Neuroimaging and pain: implications for prevention and treatment. Contemporary Hypnosis and Integrative Therapy. 2012;29(1):17-29.


Diers M. [Operant and cognitive behavioural treatments in chronic pain]. Ther Umsch. 2011;68(9):507-511.

Diers M, Flor H. Sensorimotor training and its implication on cortical reorganization. Journal of Pain Management. 2011;4(3):279-287.


Diers M. Funktionelle Bildgebung bei chronischen Schmerzerkrankungen: Implikationen für die Therapie. [Functional Imaging in Chronic Pain: Implications for Therapy]. Verhaltenstherapie. 2009;19(2):86-93.

Flor H, Diers M. Sensorimotor training and cortical reorganization. NeuroRehabilitation. 2009;25(1):19-27.


Grüsser SM, Diers M, Flor H. Phantomschmerz: Aspekte der Neuroplastizitat und Intervention. [Phantom limb pain: aspects of neuroplasticity and intervention]. Anasthesiol Intensivmed Notfallmed Schmerzther. 2003;38(12):762-766.



in press

Diers, M., & Nortvedt, F. What is pain; is pain real? In Bustan, S. (ed.), Fundamental Transdisciplinary Questions on Suffering and Pain im Druck:pp.xx. Springer: New York.


Sturma A, Hruby L,  Diers M. Epidemiology and Mechanisms of Phantom Limb Pain. In Aszmann, O., & Farina, D. (ED), Bionic Limb Reconstruction 2021:pp.103-111. Springer: Heidleberg.


Diers M, Alimusaj M, Flor H. Phantomschmerz. In Schiltenwolf, M. & Henningsen, P. (ED.), Muskuloskelettale Schmerzen 2018:pp.374-385 . Stuttgart: Schattauer.


Diers M, Milde C. Neuroimaging of Chronic Pain. In Saba L (Ed.), Neuroimaging of Pain. 2017:pp.171-214. Springer: Heidelberg.


Diers M Neuroprosthesis and Sensorimotor Trainning. In Knotkova H, Rasche D (Eds.), Textbook of Neuromodulation. 2015:pp.159-167. Springer: Heidelberg.


Diers M, Flor H. Sensorimotor training and its implication for cortical reorganization. In Knotkova H, Cruciani R,  Merrick J (Eds.), Neuroplasticity in chronic pain. 2012:pp. 77-90. Nova Science Publishers, Inc: New York.


Flor H, Diers M. Wie verlernt das Gehirn den Schmerz? In Schiepek G  (Ed.), Neurobiologie der Psychotherapie. 2010:pp. 523-529. Stuttgart: Schattauer.


Flor H, Diers M Limitations of pharmacotherapy: behavioral approaches to chronic pain. In Stein C (Ed.), Handb Exp Pharmacol. 2007;177:415-427. Springer: Heidelberg.


Reviews in professional journals for members


Löffler, A., & Diers, M. Sehen & Fühlen. Visuelles Feedback bei der Behandlung von chronischem Rückenschmerz. Sportärztezeitung 2020;2:106-109.

Mosch, B., Hagena, V., & Diers, M. Mit Vorstellung und spiegeln das Gehirn verändern. Der Allgemeinarzt 2020;10:34-36.


Diers M. Einfluss von visuellem Feedback und visuellen Illusionen auf die Schmerzwahrnehmung. Connexi 2015;1:11-13.

Diers, M. (2016). Kortikale Reorganisation und Schmerz. MWE Aktuell 2016;1:17-19

Cordier, L., Bordewieck, M., & Diers, M. Therapieansatz der visuellen Analgesie. Orthopädietechnik 2018;69(2):46-49.

Kideyş, E., Cordier, L., & Diers, M. Psychobiologie des Schmerzes – verhaltensmedizinische Modelle für die Praxis. ZAEN Magazin 2018;3(10):47-50.

Löffler, A., Cordier, L., & Diers, M. Visuelles Feedback bei chronischem Rückenschmerz. Physiotherapeuten 2018;70(2):40-43.


Trojan J, Diers M. Update: Physiologie und Psychologie des Schmerzes. Manuelle Therapie. 2013;17(4):153-161.


Diers M, Trojan J. Verschiedene Interventionsmethoden im Überblick. Sensorisch-motorische Trainingsverfahren zur Behandlung von Phantomschmerz. Orthopädische Nachrichten. 2012;(12):12.


Diers M, Flor H. Neue Therapien bei chronischen Schmerzerkrankungen. [New treatments for chronic pain syndromes]. Schweizer Zeitschrift für Psychiatrie & Neurologie. 2009;(3):28-30.


Flor H, Diers M, Knotkova H, Cruciani R. Brain changes related to chronic pain: implications for pain extinction training. Advances in Pain Management. 2007;1(3):91-95.


Public and Media (selected)

11.03.2021 Frankfurter Rundschau: Interview „Das Abnehmen ist eine Art Teufelskreis“

01.03.2021 Apotheken Umschau: Phantomschmerz

23.09.2020 ZDF Volle Kanne Interview zum Phantomschmerz 10:17 min

09/2020     Apotheken Umschau App: Phantomschmerz

05/2020     Rubin Wissenschaftsmagazin. Was wir sehen beeinflusst was wir fühlen, 18-21

06.03.2020 Campus Radio Köln. Visuelles Feedback bei Rückenschmerz 4:15 min

28.02.2020 SWR3. Gespräch zum visuellem Feedback bei Rückenschmerz 16:15 Uhr 2:45 min

13.08.2017 Ärztezeitung. Hinschauen wirkt analgetisch am Nacken

11.08.2017 Ärztezeitung. Illusion gegen Schmerzen im Rücken

15.02.2013 Apotheken Umschau S.64-65. Heilsame Trugbilder: Amputation: ein ausgeklügeltes Hirntraining soll Phantomschmerzen lindern

13.10.2011 Mannheimer Morgen. Fokus soll auf angenehmen Aktivitäten liegen

26.09.2011 SWR2 Forum: Sind wir zu wehleidig? Vom Umgang mit dem Schmerz 44:07 min

08.2011      Physiopraxis 9. Denn sie wissen nicht was sie tun

04/2011     Psychologie Heute 38(4) Interview: Das Wegenetz der Pein. Der Psychologe Martin Diers über das Schmerzgedächtnis und seine Trampelpfade im Gehirn.

2/2010       Zeit Wissen Ratgeber Psychologie S.106-107. Chronsiche Schmerzen.