Cognition in neurological disorders group  

Cognition in neurological disorders group

Our research focuses on the clinical and cognitive neuroscience of memory and memory disorders. We are specifically interested in the pathophysiology of memory deficits in patients with inflammatory brain disorders affecting the medial temporal lobes, including viral and autoimmune encephalitis (e.g., herpes encephalitis or NMDA receptor encephalitis) and patients with paraneoplastic neurological syndromes. We use structural and functional MRI, neuropsychological assessments and psychophysiological measures to investigate the neural mechanisms of memory impairments in these disorders and to develop diagnostic and prognostic imaging biomarkers.


Professor Dr. Carsten Finke (head)
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
& Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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Postal address

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Professor Dr. Carsten Finke
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin, Germany

Contact & offices

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Luisenstraße 56, R. 217
10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel. +49 30 2093-1708 or -1707 (management office)
Fax +49 30 2093-1802
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Selected publications

Finke C, Braun M, Ostendorf F, Lehmann TN, Hoffmann KT, Kopp U, Ploner CJ. The human hippocampal formation mediates short-term memory of colour-location associations. Neuropsychologia. 2008;46(2):614-23.

Braun M, Finke C, Ostendorf F, Lehmann TN, Hoffmann KT, Ploner CJ. Reorganization of associative memory in humans with long-standing hippocampal damage. Brain. 2008;131:2742-50.

Braun M, Weinrich C, Finke C, Ostendorf F, Lehmann TN, Ploner CJ. Lesions affecting the right hippocampal formation differentially impair short-term memory of spatial and nonspatial associations. Hippocampus 2011;21(3):309–18.

Finke C, Ostendorf F, Braun M, Ploner CJ (2011) Impaired representation of geometric relationships in humans with damage to the hippocampal formation. PLoS One 6:e19507.

Finke C, Kopp UA, Prüss H, Dalmau J, Wandinger K-P, Ploner CJ. Cognitive deficits following anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2012, 83(2):195-8.

Finke C, Esfahani NE, Ploner CJ. Preservation of musical memory in an amnesic professional cellist. Curr Biol. 2012;22(15):R591–R592.

Prüss H*, Finke C*, Höltje M, Hofmann J, Klingbeil C, Probst C, Borowski K, Ahnert-Hilger G, Harms L, Schwab JM, Ploner CJ, Komorowski L, Stoecker W, Dalmau J, Wandinger KP. NMDA receptor antibodies in herpes simplex encephalitis. Ann Neurol. 2012;72(6):902–11.
*equal contribution

Finke C, Kopp UA, Scheel M, Pech LM, Soemmer C, Schlichting J, Leypoldt F, Brandt AU, Wuerfel J, Probst C, Ploner CJ, Prüss H, Paul F. Functional and structural brain changes in anti-NMDAR encephalitis. Ann Neurol. 2013 Aug;74(2):284-96

Finke C, Bruehl H, Duzel E, Heek eren HR, Ploner CJ. Neural correlates of short-term memory reorganization in humans with hippocampal damage. J Neurosci. 2013;33(27):11061-9

Finke C, Schlichting J, Papazoglou S, Scheel M, Freing A, Soemmer C, Pech LM, Pajkert A, Pfüller C, Wuerfel JT, Ploner CJ, Paul F, Brandt AU (2015) Altered basal ganglia functional connectivity in multiple sclerosis patients with fatigue. Mult Scler 21:925–934.

Finke C, Kopp U a, Pajkert A, Behrens JR, Leypoldt F, Wuerfel JT, Ploner CJ, Prüss H, Paul F (2015) Structural Hippocampal Damage Following Anti-N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor Encephalitis. Biol Psychiatry:1–8. [epub ahead of print]

Heine J, Prüss H, Bartsch T, Ploner CJ, Paul F, Finke C (2015) Imaging of autoimmune encephalitis – Relevance for clinical practice and hippocampal function. Neuroscience. [epub ahead of print]


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