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Chair of General Psychology and Biopsychology
General and Biopsychology

Dr. Karin Matko

  Institute of Psychology
  Wilhelm-Raabe Straße 43
  09120 Chemnitz

Please visit my new website => www.karinmatko.de
Phone: 0174-9270029
E-Mail: karin.matko[at]psychologie.tu-chemnitz.de

Office hours by arrangement


Research Interests:

  • Working mechanims of meditation and yoga
  • Comparing different meditation techniques
  • Interaction of meditation and personality
  • Meditation and yoga in a clinical context




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Open Science Framework





Matko, K., & Sedlmeier, P. (2023). Which meditation technique for whom? An experimental single-case study comparing concentrative, humming, observing-thoughts, and walking meditation. PsyArXiv. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/esfpc

Peer-reviewed Publications

Matko, K.*, Burzynski, M.*, Pilhatsch, M., Brinkhaus, B., Michalsen, A., & Bringmann, H. C. (2023). How does Meditation-Based Lifestyle Modification affect pain intensity, pain self-efficacy, and quality of life in chronic pain patients? An experimental single-case study. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 12(11), Article 11. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm12113778

Matko, K., Sedlmeier, P., & Bringmann, H. C. (2022). Embodied cognition in meditation, yoga, and ethics—An experimental single-case study on the differential effects of four mind–body treatments. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(18), Article 11734. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191811734

Matko, K., Berghöfer, A., Jeitler, M., Sedlmeier, P., & Bringmann, H. C. (2022). Who benefits most? Interactions between personality traits and outcomes of four incremental meditation and yoga treatments. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 11(15), 4553. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11154553

Matko, K., Bringmann, H. C., & Sedlmeier, P. (2021). Effects of different components of yoga: A meta-synthesis. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine, 6(3), Article 26. https://doi.org/10.21926/obm.icm.2103030

Matko, K., Sedlmeier, P., & Bringmann, H. C. (2021). Differential effects of ethical education, physical Hatha yoga, and mantra meditation on well-being and stress in healthy participants – An experimental single-case study. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.672301

Matko, K., Ott, U., & Sedlmeier, P. (2021). What do meditators do when they meditate? Proposing a novel basis  for future meditation research. Mindfulness. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-021-01641-5

Gross, J., Matko, K., Vennemann, J., & Bringmann, H. (2021). A qualitative study comparing the experiences of the Meditation-Based Lifestyle Modification program with multi-professional psychiatric treatment for female outpatients with mild to moderate depression. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine, 6(4), 1–1. https://doi.org/10.21926/obm.icm.2104054

Bringmann, H. C., Vennemann, J., Gross, J., Matko, K., & Sedlmeier, P. (2021). “To be finally at peace with myself”: A qualitative study reflecting experiences of the Meditation Based Lifestyle Modification Program in mild to moderate depression. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2021.0038

Matko, K., & Sedlmeier, P. (2019). What is meditation? Proposing an empirically derived classification system. Frontiers in Psychology, 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02276

Al-Diban, S., Magister, J., Matko, K., Walther, J. (2012): Auswirkungen einer Theaterintervention auf die
Entwicklung von Identität und sozialen Kompetenzen bei Jugendlichen. Eine explorative Feldstudie.
Zeitschrift für Bildung und Erziehung, 65 (3), 343-358.

Conference Contributions

Matko, K. (2022, September). Do all meditation techniques produce similar effects? [Paper presentation]. Congress of the German Psychological Society, Hildesheim, GER.

Matko, K. (2022, June). Do all meditation techniques produce similar effects? [Paper presentation]. Konferenz der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Positiv-Psychologische Forschung, Online Conference.

Matko, K. (2022, March). Do all meditation techniques produce similar effects? [Poster presentation]. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psycholog:innen (TeaP), Online Conference.

Matko, K. (2021, June). Who benefits most? Interactions between personality traits and outcomes of four incremental meditation and yoga treatments [Poster presentation]. International Conference on Mindfulness, Online Conference.

Matko, K. (2020, November). Incremental effects of yoga, meditation and ethical education on wellbeing, affect and stress [Paper presentation]. Contemplative Research Conference, Online Conference.

Matko, K., Sedlmeier, P., & Bringmann, H. C. (2020). Does ethical living or practicing physical yoga exercises influence the outcomes of meditation? In C. Dobel, C. Giesen, L. A. Grigutsch, J. M. Kaufmann, G. Kovács, F. Meissner, K. Rothermund, S. R. Schweinberger, & Pabst Science Publishers (Eds.), TeaP 2020 abstracts of the 62nd Conference of Experimental Psychologists: Jena, Germany March 22-25, 2020.

Matko, K. (2019, November). Differential effects of mantra meditation, physical Yoga exercises and ethical practice of Yoga. [Poster presentation]. Contemplative Science Symposium, Fürstenfeldbruck, GER.

Matko, K. (2018, August). What is meditation? Revealing structure in the vast meditation landscape. [Poster presentation]. European Summer Research Institute of Mind & Life Europe, Fraueninsel, GER.

Matko, K. (2018, July). The Top 10: Prevalence and popularity of basic meditation techniques in different spiritual traditions. [Poster presentation]. International Conference on Mindfulness, Amsterdam, NL.

Matko, K. (2015, April). What helps children to use learner-generated drawing effectively? [Poster presentation]. Conference Dance Engaging Science - Expanding on the Cognitive Perspective, Bielefeld.

Book Chapters

Narciss, S. & Matko, K. (2017). Student’s perceptions and acceptance of somatic instructional
opportunities: An analysis from a psychological perspective. In J. Coogan (Ed.), Practicing Dance: A Somatic
(p. 89-100). Berlin: Logos Verlag.


Matko, K. (2021). The Variety and Differential Effectiveness of Meditation Techniques and Yoga Components. Dissertation, TU Chemnitz. https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:ch1-qucosa2-752576

Reviewer Activities

Current Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers in Psychiatry, PlosONE, BMC Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies

*shared first-authorship


  • Seminar Soft Skills: Presentation techniques – WS 21/22, SS 22
  • Seminar Soft Skills: Time management – SS 22
  • Seminar Soft Skills: Time management and work organisation – WS 21/22, SS22
  • Seminar Diagnosis, prevention and intervention in childhood – WS 21/22
  • Tutorial Research methodology 1 – WS 19/20, WS 20/21
  • Tutorial Research methodology 2  – SS 19, SS 20, SS 21
  • Lecture Cognition - Meditation research – SS 19, SS 20, SS 21



10/2021 – 12-2022
Research Associate at the Professorship for General und Biological Psychology, TU Chemnitz
06/2021 Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.) with honors (summa cum laude)
11/2018 – 09/2021
Research Assistant/Associate at the Professorship for Research Methods and Evaluation, TU Chemnitz
05/2017 – 10/2018 Fellowship of the Chemnitz University of Technology
10/2014 – 09/2015
Research Assistant at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden
10/2007 – 05/2014
Diplom studies (BSc+MSc) Psychology, Dresden University of Technology (Fellowship by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation)
10/2011 – 03/2012 Research intern at the University of Nottingham, UK
since 04/2014 Free-lance yoga teacher