Fabio Richlan

Fabio Richlan

Senior Scientist

PLUS Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences

Department of Psychology

Short biography and research interests

Fabio Richlan is a certified sport psychologist, research scientist, and lecturer at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Department of Psychology at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg in Austria. He is the co-leader of the research cluster “Mental and Physical Fitness”, where he investigates topics at the intersection between neuroscience and sport, exercise, and performance psychology.

He is also the founder and owner of an international business company for applied sport psychology (MENTAL PERFORMANCE PRO). For over a decade, he has been working with the most important sports organizations and has been coaching Austrian and international top-level athletes. In a ranking carried out at Stanford University, he is counted among the two percent of the world's most important scientists.





Subjective experience, self-efficacy, and motivation of professional football referees during the COVID-19 pandemic
Fabio Richlan, J. Lukas Thürmer, Jeremias Braid, Patrick Kastner, Michael Christian Leitner
Humanities and Social Sciences Communications


The lexical categorization model: A computational model of left ventral occipito-temporal cortex activation in visual word recognition
Benjamin Gagl, Fabio Richlan, Philipp Ludersdorfer, Jona Sassenhagen, Susanne Eisenhauer, Klara Gregorova, Christian J. Fiebach
PLoS Computational Biology
Impaired semantic categorization during transcranial direct current stimulation of the left and right inferior parietal lobule
Federica Longo, Mario Braun, Florian Hutzler, Fabio Richlan
Journal of Neurolinguistics


No fans - No pressure: Referees in professional football during the COVID-19 pandemic
Michael C. Leitner, Fabio Richlan
Frontiers in Sports and Active Living
Anticipating trajectories of exponential growth
Florian Hutzler, Fabio Richlan, Michael Christian Leitner, Sarah Schuster, Mario Braun, Stefan Hawelka
Royal Society Open Science
Cloze enough?: Hemodynamic effects of predictive processing during natural reading
Sarah Schuster, Nicole Alexandra Himmelstoss, Florian Hutzler, Fabio Richlan, Martin Kronbichler, Stefan Hawelka


Visual word form processing deficits driven by severity of reading impairments in children with developmental dyslexia
Silvia Brem, Urs Maurer, Martin Kronbichler, Matthias Schurz, Fabio Richlan, V Blau, J Reithler, Sanne van der Mark, Enrico Schulz, Kerstin Bucher, Kristina Moll, Karin Landerl, E Martin, Rainer Goebel, Gerd Schulte-Körne, Leo Blomert, Heinz Wimmer, Daniel Brandeis
Scientific Reports
An orthographic prediction error as the basis for efficient visual word recognition
Benjamin Gagl, Jona Sassenhagen, Sophia Haan, Klara Gregorova, Fabio Richlan, Christian J. Fiebach
The neural correlates of word position and lexical predictability during sentence reading: evidence from fixation-related fMRI
Sarah Schuster, Stefan Hawelka, Nicole Alexandra Himmelstoss, Fabio Richlan, Florian Hutzler
Language, Cognition and Neuroscience