Sabine Kubesch

Director of Mind, Brain, and Sports, Institut Bildung plus, Germany

Sabine Kubesch (1970) is the director of Mind, Brain, and Sports at the INSTITUT BILDUNG plus in Heidelberg, Germany. She received her PhD in Human Biology at the University of Ulm’s Department of Medicine. From 1998 to 2011 she worked as a sports scientist at the University of Ulm’s Department of Psychiatry and at the ZNL Transfer Center for Neuroscience and Learning where she was Head of the Section Executive Functions and Sports. From 2008 to 2009 Dr. Kubesch was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her professional work concentrates on the study and fostering of executive functions in children, adolescent, and adults through physical and cognitive training.

Executive functions consist of cognitive control functions such as cognitive flexibility, working memory, attentional control and self-control. These cognitive functions are critical for success in school and life as well as for physical and mental health. Regular physicalexercise, like cycling, improves executive functions and physical fitness throughout the life span and therefore has also a beneficial influence on intelligence.