Associate Membership


Lecturer (Studienrat im Hochschuldienst)

Philip is a lecturer (assistant professor) at the German Sport University in Cologne. He received an M.A. in sport psychology from the University of Heidelberg in 2008. During his course at the University of Heidelberg he was a visiting student at San Diego State University (2006-07), where he fostered his passion for surfing. Philip completed his PhD in Sport and Exercise Science at the German Sport University in Cologne in 2012 (title of the thesis “Working Memory and the control of attention in sport: From general mechanisms to individual differences) which has won several awards in Germany. In general his current research interest is on sport psychology with a special interest in cognitive processes of athletes (working memory and attention) and in social cognition (nonverbal behavior and person perception in sports). His research has been published in numerous high impact journals within sport psychology and mainstream psychology. Most recently, Philip has applied his research expertise in cognitive and social psychology to surfing: e.g. what are the cognitive processes underpinning expertise in surfing.


Furley, P., Schweizer, G., & Bertrams, A. (accepted). The two modes of an athlete. Dual-Process theories in the field of sport. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Helmich, I., Saluja, R. S., Lausberg, H., Kempe, M., Furley, P., Berger, A., Chen, J.-K., Ptito, A. (2015, iFirst): Persistent postconcussive symptoms are accompanied by decreased functional brain oxygenation. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.  DOI:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.14100276

Furley, P., & Memmert, D. (2015). Creativity and working memory capacity in sports: Working memory capacity is not a limiting factor in creative decision making amongst skilled performers. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. 115. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00115

Kreitz, C., Schnuerch, R., Furley, P., Gibbons, H., & Memmert, D. (2015, accepted). Does semantic preactivation reduce inattentional blindness?. Attention Perception & Psychophysics.

Englert, C., Bertrams, A. Furley, P., & Oudejans, R. (2015, accepted). Is ego depletion associated with increased distractibility? Results from a basketball free throw task. Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

Kreitz, C., Furley, P., Memmert, D., & Simons, D. J. (2015, iFirst). Working-memory performance is related to spatial breadth of attention. Psychological Research.

Laborde, S., Furley, P., & Schempp, C. (2015, iFirst): The relationship between working memory, reinvestment, and heart rate variability. Physiology & Behavior.

Bertrams, A., Baumeister, R. F., Englert, C., & Furley, P. (2014, in press). Ego depletion in color priming research: Self-control strength moderates the detrimental effect of red on cognitive test performance. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin.

Furley, P., & Schweizer, G. (2014). “I’m pretty sure that we will win!” The influence of score-related nonverbal behavioral changes on the confidence in winning a basketball game. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 35, 316-320.

Noël, B., Furley, P., van der Kamp, J., Dicks, M., & Memmert, D. (2014, iFirst). The Development of a method for identifying penalty kick strategies in Association Football. Journal of Sports Sciences 05/2014.

Furley, P., Bertrams, A., Englert, C., & Delphia, A. (2014). Ego Depletion, attentional control, and decision making in sport. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 14, 900-904.

Furley, P., & Schweizer, G. (2014). The expression of victory and loss: Estimating who’s leading or trailing from nonverbal cues in sport. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 38, 13-29.

Furley, P., & Memmert, D. (2013). “Whom should I pass to?” The more options the more attentional guidance from working memory. PLoS ONE 8(5): e62278. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062278

Furley, P., & Dicks, M. (2014). “White men can’t jump.” But can they throw? Social perception in European basketball. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 5, 857-867.

Furley, P., Memmert, D., & Schmid. S. (2013). Perceptual load in sport and the heuristic value of the perceptual load paradigm in examining expertise related perceptual-cognitive adaptations.Cognitive Processing, 14, 31-42.

Furley, P., & Memmert, D. (2012). Working Memory Capacity as controlled attention in tactical decision making. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34, 322-344.

Furley, P., Dicks, M., Stendtke, F., & Memmert, D. (2012). “Get it out the way. The wait’s killing me.” Hastening and hiding during soccer penalty kicks. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13, 454-465.

Furley, P., & Dicks, M. (2012).“Hold your head high”. The influence of emotional versus neutral nonverbal expressions of dominance and submissiveness in baseball. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 43, 294-311.

Furley, P., Dicks, M., & Memmert, D. (2012). Nonverbal Behavior in Soccer: The Influence of Dominant and Submissive Body Language on the Impression Formation and Expectancy of Success of Soccer Players. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34, 61-82.

Furley, P., & Memmert, D. (2011). Studying cognitive adaptations in the field of sport: Broad or narrow transfer? A comment on Allen, Fioratou, and McGeorge (2011). Perceptual & Motor Skills, 113, 2, 1-8.

Furley, P., & Memmert, D. (2010). The role of working memory in sports. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 3, 171-194.

Memmert, D., & Furley, P. (2010). Beyond Inattentional Blindness and Attentional Misdirection: From Attentional Paradigms to Attentional Mechanisms. Consciousness and Cognition, 19, 1107-1109.

Furley, P., Memmert, D., & Heller, C. (2010). The Dark Side of Visual Awareness in Sport – Inattentional Blindness in a Real-World Basketball Task. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics,72, 1327-1337.

Furley, P., & Memmert, D. (2010). Differences in spatial working memory as a function of team sports expertise: the Corsi Block-tapping Task in sport psychological assessment. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 110, 801-808.

Memmert, D. & Furley, P. (2007). “I spy with my little eye!” – Breadth of Attention, Inattentional Blindness, and Tactical Decision Making in Team Sports. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology,29, 365–381.

Dr. Philip Furley (M.A.),

Lecturer (Studienrat im Hochschuldienst)

Institut für Kognitions- und Sportspielforschung

Institute of Cognitive and Team/Racket Sport Research

German Sport University Cologne

Am Sportpark Müngersdorf 6

50933 Cologne. Germany

Phone +49(0)221 4982-4310