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Name
Supervisors
Doctoral project
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Matthew Larkum 
Cortical activity and dendritic coding of top-down somatosensory information in a virtual reality environment 
Doctoral projectCortical activity and dendritic coding of top-down somatosensory information in a virtual reality environment
DescriptionA basic feature of intelligent systems like the cerebral cortex is the ability to freely associate aspects of perceived experience with an internal representation of the world and make predictions about the future. We are interested in the computational power of single neurons and their contribution to cortical function. Our main hypothesis is that the extraordinary performance of the cortex derives from an associative mechanism built in at the cellular level to the basic neuronal unit of the cortex - the pyramidal cell. The mechanism is robustly triggered by coincident input to opposite poles of the neuron, is exquisitely matched to the large and fine scale architecture of the cortex and is tightly controlled by local microcircuits of inhibitory neurons targeting subcellular compartments. We are currently testing this hypothesis (“BAC firing”) on many levels using a variety of research techniques including extracellular electrophysiological techniques, calcium imaging, somatic and dendritic patch-clamp recordings in vivo, two photon imaging (in vitro and in vivo), rodent behavioural experiments and optogenetic approaches.
FundingEinstein Foundation Berlin
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Matthew Larkum
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedM.Sc. Biotechnology, The American University in Cairo
InstituteNeuroscience Research Center, Charité Medical School & Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
Cohort2013
StatusAlumnus
E-mailabdelham-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mostafa_Nashaat
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen 
Authorship and control of thoughts 
Doctoral projectAuthorship and control of thoughts
DescriptionMy PhD projects aims to investigate the neural signature of two philosophically-based concepts characterizing our thoughts: authorship and control. I focus on the investigation of intrusive and inserted thoughts as common thought disturbances observed in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia. While the experience of both intrusive and inserted thoughts is associated with a lack of thought control, only inserted thoughts in schizophrenia are additionally characterized by a lack of authorship. The neuroscientific investigation of the neural networks underlying the phenomena of authorship and control of thoughts in general and its impairments in OCD and schizophrenia is the main focus of my project.
FundingVolkswagen Foundation
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
M&B TopicsTopic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedDiplom-Psychologin
InstituteHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute of Psychology
Cohort2010
Phone+49 30 2093-4823
E-mailnele.adler-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nele_Adler
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Peter Frensch 
Brand upon the brain: spatiotemporal profile of cortical processing associated with somatosensory awareness 
Doctoral projectBrand upon the brain: spatiotemporal profile of cortical processing associated with somatosensory awareness
DescriptionThe neuronal correlates of somatosensory awareness, in comparison to those of visual awareness, remain largely unknown. The intended research offers an extensive investigation into the spatiotemporal characteristics of the cortical processing underlying our being aware of somatosensory stimuli. EEG and fMRI studies using a masking paradigm should uncover the detailed time course of activation flow between relevant cortical areas. A parallel EEG study in somatosensory illusions should better our understanding of the involvement of primary and higher somatosensory areas in perceptual awareness. These experiments can lead to a follow-up TMS study investigating the causal role of interactions between lower and higher processing stages giving rise to somatosensory awareness. (Institut für Psychologie, Freie Universität Berlin)
FundingMind and Brain scholarship; Mind and Brain postdoctoral scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Peter Frensch
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Degrees obtainedMSc Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands); MA Psychology (Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań, Poland)
InstituteInstitut für Psychologie, Freie Universität Berlin
TitleDr.
Cohort2009
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ryszard_Auksztulewicz
Academia.eduhttps://ucl.academia.edu/RyszardAuksztulewicz
Prof. Dr. Niko Busch
Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman 
Mechanisms of visual object representations in change blindness and change detection 
Doctoral projectMechanisms of visual object representations in change blindness and change detection
DescriptionIn everyday life, e.g. in a traffic situation, it is necessary to perceive changes in our environment reliably. But sometimes we fail, maybe by instability of our visual processing system. Using the change blindness paradigm, I am investigating differences and similarities of consciously and unconsciously processed changes and how different types of awareness are linked to changes of simple visual feature and semantic context. Additionally, I will use EEG as well as behavioral methods, to reveal new information on neural mechanisms behind change blindness and visual scene perception.
FundingDFG project funds; Mind and Brain postdoctoral scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Niko Busch
Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Degrees obtainedDiplom, Neuroscience (Univ. Magdeburg)
InstituteCharité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
TitleDr.
Cohort2011
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Felix_Ball
Prof. Dr. Werner Sommer
Prof. Dr. Manfred Krifka
Prof. Dr. Annekathrin Schacht 
Emotion effects in visual language processing 
Doctoral projectEmotion effects in visual language processing
DescriptionThe influence of emotions on visual word processing not only becomes obvious in behavioural responses, but also in event-related potentials and other psychophysiological parameters. This dissertation aims to investigate distinct influences of emotional and cognitive factors on these emotion effects, as well as possible interactions between these variables, trying to create a clearer picture of the underlying processes in emotional word processing.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship; Mind and Brain postdoctoral scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Werner Sommer
Prof. Dr. Manfred Krifka
Prof. Dr. Annekathrin Schacht
M&B TopicsTopic 3: Language
Degrees obtainedDiplom, Psychology (Universität Würzburg), Dr. rer. nat. (Fak. Mat.-Nat. II, Humboldt-Universität)
TitleDr.
Cohort2008
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mareike_Bayer
Prof. Dr. Michael Brecht
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer 
Rat social touch: a behavioral and neurophysiological study 
Doctoral projectRat social touch: a behavioral and neurophysiological study
DescriptionWhisking is essential for rat somatosensation; in our lab it has been observed that it is also performed in social contexts. In the behavioral part of the project I am planning to describe in more detail its characteristics and investigate possible functions in communication. These paradigms are to be adopted for electrophysiological single-unit recordings, with the short-term goal of finding social whisking-related somatosensory signals. In the long run, the aim is to find in the rat brain the neuronal representations of other rats on the somatosensory or multisensory level.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Michael Brecht
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 3: Language
Degrees obtainedDiplom, Biology (Universität Bochum); Dr. rer. nat. (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
InstituteBernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience; Institute of Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
TitleDr.
Cohort2010
StatusAlumnus
Prof. Dr. Katharina Spalek
Prof. Dr. Angela Friederici 
Competition in language production: Information retrieval and response selection in the human cognitive system. 
Doctoral projectCompetition in language production: Information retrieval and response selection in the human cognitive system.
DescriptionThe project has two main objectives, both based in the field of competition in language production. First, I investigate whether interference effects take place at an early or a late processing stage of the language production process, i.e. when the word is being retrieved from the mental lexicon or when the response has to be selected, prior to articulation. Furthermore, by comparing two different cognitive core systems – object recognition and numeral cognition - I investigate whether these findings are domain- and task-specific.
FundingHumboldt Universität zu Berlin
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Katharina Spalek
Prof. Dr. Angela Friederici
M&B TopicsTopic 3: Language
Degrees obtainedM.A. (HU Berlin), Dipl.-Psych. (TU Berlin)
InstituteHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
TitleDr.
Cohort2011
StatusAlumna
Phone
E-mailhannah.bohle-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen 
Representation of object identity and location in high-level ventral visual cortex 
Doctoral projectRepresentation of object identity and location in high-level ventral visual cortex
DescriptionM&B doctoral student 2007-2011 - Doctoral project: Our visual experience of objects can be described by two types of information: the content, i.e. the identity of the object we see, and the location of the content in the visual field, i.e. where the object is to be seen. Prior studies have indicated the high-level ventral visual cortex as the prime region underlying visual object recognition. The three studies presented here investigated systematically to which extent high-level ventral visual cortex processes both types of information, i.e. location and content. For this, perceptual paradigms and a visual imagery paradigm were used, combining functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and multivariate pattern classification. The results indicate that high-level ventral visual cortex encodes object location as well as object identity in a way that is tolerant to changes in object location in the visual field. Moreover, imagery and perception share representations of object identity and object location in high-level ventral visual cortex. The extent to which distinct portions of high-level ventral visual cortex encodes particular object identity tolerant to changes in object location indicates a partly distributed object representation in high-level ventral visual cortex.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship; Haynes lab project funding
SupervisorsProf. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Degrees obtainedB.Sc., M.Sc. Medical Neurosciences (Charité Berlin); Dr. rer. nat. (Fak. Mat.-Nat. II, Humboldt-Universität)
TitleDr.
Cohort2007
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Radoslaw_Cichy
Prof. Dr. Manfred Krifka
Prof. Dr. Katharina Spalek
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger 
Interplay between semantic verb class and animacy in representation building 
Doctoral projectInterplay between semantic verb class and animacy in representation building
DescriptionMy project is situated at the interface of syntax, semantics and the lexicon, and focuses on the interplay between different syntactic and semantic factors in the processing of transitive sentences. Transitive sentences describe situations involving two or more participants, and the animacy status of the participants is known to give important cues for sentence parsing. I will investigate how the use of this animacy-related information interacts with the verb's syntactic and semantic properties, using a number of psycholinguistic techniques such as reading time studies, eye tracking and EEG measurements.
FundingFunding by ZAS
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Manfred Krifka
Prof. Dr. Katharina Spalek
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger
M&B TopicsTopic 3: Language
Degrees obtainedDiplom Biochemistry (Freie Universität Berlin)
TitleDr.
Cohort2008
StatusAlumna
Prof. Dr. Elke van der Meer
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger 
Strategy use in mathematical cognition dependent on fluid intelligence: EEG oscillations and eye movements 
Doctoral projectStrategy use in mathematical cognition dependent on fluid intelligence: EEG oscillations and eye movements
DescriptionTo investigate individual differences in mathematical cognition I am interested in the relationship between math performance, fluid intelligence, and strategies used to solve problems across different mathematical subdivisions. Fluid intelligence is related to the ability to flexibly choose appropriate task solving strategies. Generally, it is known that strategies differ in their cognitive demand, but it has not been proven whether individuals differ in the neural efficiency of strategy execution dependent on intelligence. To address this question, it is necessary to register type of strategy and neural activity accompanying strategy execution simultaneously. For this purpose, I decided for a multi-method approach – the analysis of eye movements and oscillations in the EEG alpha band.
FundingElsa-Neumann-Stipendium
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Elke van der Meer
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedDiploma in Psychology (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Cohort2012
StatusAlumna
Prof. Dr. Michael Brecht
Prof. Dr. Gabriel Curio 
Rat frontal cortex in social interactions 
Doctoral projectRat frontal cortex in social interactions
FundingProject funds Professor Brecht
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Michael Brecht
Prof. Dr. Gabriel Curio
InstituteBernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2013
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailchristian.ebbesen-please remove this text-@bccn-berlin.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christian_Ebbesen
Academia.eduhttps://independent.academia.edu/ChristianEbbesen
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt
Prof. Dr. Hans-Ludwig Kröber 
Moral responsibility and normative capacities 
Doctoral projectMoral responsibility and normative capacities
DescriptionMy research project addresses questions concerning the conditions of moral responsibility in an interdisciplinary framework. Philosophical accounts typically spell out these conditions in terms of normative capacities, i.e. capacities such as “being able to grasp moral reasons” and “being able to control one’s behaviour in accord with moral reasons”. My work circles mainly around the two following questions: First, in how far is it possible to come up with empirical criteria for the presence or absence of these capacities? Second, in how far is it possible, in general, to spell out these capacities in empirical terms, i.e., in terms of psychology or neuroscience?
FundingMind and Brain scholarship; Mind and Brain postdoctoral scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Thomas Schmidt
Prof. Dr. Hans-Ludwig Kröber
M&B TopicsTopic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedM.A. (Magister Artium) in Philosophy (Universität Göttingen), Dr. phil. (Phil.-Fak. I, Humboldt-Universität)
TitleDr.
Cohort2007
StatusAlumnus
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
Dr. Simone Schütz-Bosbach
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen 
Self-other distinction in action control 
Doctoral projectSelf-other distinction in action control
DescriptionI am interested in studying the neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying the sense of agency and its disorders. My research will focus on the experience of agency for actions, that is the sense the agent has that he or she is the author of an action and its consequences. I am currently working on a project designed to investigate the role of action effect attribution in higher order motor control. I plan to explore the mechanisms of agency in both healthy individuals and individuals suffering from psychophathology.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship; MPI Leipzig
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
Dr. Simone Schütz-Bosbach
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedDipl.-Psych. (Humboldt-Universität); Dr. rer. nat. (Fak. Mat.-Nat. II, Humboldt-Universität)
InstituteInstitut für Psychologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
TitleDr.
Cohort2007
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Antje_Gentsch
Prof. Lutz Weinke, Ph.D.
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
(Prof. Harald Uhlig, Ph.D.) 
Essays in experimental and neuroeconomics 
Doctoral projectEssays in experimental and neuroeconomics
DescriptionDecision-making under uncertainty is one of the central research areas in both economics and neuroscience. I combine methods from experimental economics with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural bases of risk aversion and of social learning in asset markets. I thereby aim to contribute to the development of descriptively more accurate models of human decision-making under incomplete information.
FundingUniversity research post
SupervisorsProf. Lutz Weinke, Ph.D.
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
(Prof. Harald Uhlig, Ph.D.)
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedDiplom in Economics (Humboldt-Universität); Dr. rer. pol. (WiWi Fak., Humboldt-Universität)
TitleDr.
Cohort2007
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Holger_Gerhardt
Academia.eduhttps://mdc-berlin.academia.edu/HolgerGerhardt
Prof. Dr. Angela Friederici
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger 
The neurocognition of language – disentangling neural language processing streams 
Doctoral projectThe neurocognition of language – disentangling neural language processing streams
DescriptionUsing fMRI and DTI with language stimuli, I will try to disentangle functional processing streams for language. Different parcellations within the dorsal stream, as well as different underlying functions will be investigated in a within-subject design. Syntactically complex and simple structures serve as stimuli in comprehension and repetition.
FundingStudienstiftung des deutschen Volkes; Mind and Brain postdoctoral scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Angela Friederici
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger
M&B TopicsTopic 3: Language
Degrees obtainedM.A. in German Language Studies, Psychology and History of Arts, Freiburg University
InstituteMax Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig; Institut für Psychologie, Universität Leipzig
TitleDr.
Cohort2009
StatusAlumna
Prof. Dr. Elke van der Meer
Prof. Dr. Niko Busch
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen 
The neural basis of the intentional binding effect 
Doctoral projectThe neural basis of the intentional binding effect
DescriptionThe ability to act upon things in the environment, control our external surroundings and learn new associations is highly dependent on causal relations. Surprisingly, in the specific case of voluntary actions, it seems that the temporal perceptions of the actions and their sensory consequences shift towards one another. This phenomenon is termed the intentional binding effect (IBE). I propose to combine behavioral and electrophysiological methods in order to uncover the neural basis of this phenomenon. By manipulating the relation of cause and effect a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms (prediction and retrospective inference) can be achieved. Analysis of the ERP components of each mechanism will allow exploring their relative contribution to the shift in time perception.
FundingMind & Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Elke van der Meer
Prof. Dr. Niko Busch
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedM.A. Philosophy (Universiteit van Amsterdam); B.A. Psychology (Tel-Aviv University); Double Major: B.A. Philosophy & Humanities (Tel-Aviv University)
InstituteInstitute of Psychology, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
Cohort2014
StatusDoctoral candidate
Phone+49 176 45650484
E-mailmichael.goldberg-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Prof. Dr. Angela Friederici
Prof. Dr. Elke van der Meer 
How are sentences connected in the brain: Logic and syntax in the brain 
Doctoral projectHow are sentences connected in the brain: Logic and syntax in the brain
DescriptionMy project explores the controversial boundary between language and logic. A number of neuroscientists have considered reasoning independent from the language faculty. However, both the singularity of human language and its processing demands are strong arguments in favour of its role in cognitive ability. I will focus on sentence connectors (eg. and, if, because), the words that allow us to link ideas in speech and indirectly reflect logical reasoning. Using fMRI I intend to show the contribution of these words to language processing, separating different aspects of connectors: syntax, semantics and underlying logical form.
FundingFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Angela Friederici
Prof. Dr. Elke van der Meer
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Topic 3: Language
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedMD, MSc in Biomedical Sciences
InstituteHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
Cohort2011
StatusDoctoral candidate
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tomas_Goucha
Academia.eduhttps://hu-berlin.academia.edu/Tom%C3%A1sGoucha
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
Prof. Dr. Shu-Chen Li 
Reward-based and perceptual decision making 
Doctoral projectReward-based and perceptual decision making
Description...
FundingFreie Universität Berlin & Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
Prof. Dr. Shu-Chen Li
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedB.Sc. Cognitive Science (University of Osnabrueck, Germany), M.Sc. Cognitive Science, Track: Brain, Behavior and Cognition (University of Amsterdam); Dr. phil. (Freie Universität Berlin)
InstituteFreie Universität Berlin, Department of Education and Psychology, Affective Neuroscience Research Group (2010-2011); Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin (2007-2010)
TitleDr.
Cohort2007
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nikos_Green
Academia.eduhttps://fu-berlin.academia.edu/NikosGreen
Prof. Dr. Angela D. Friederici
Prof. Dr. Tania Singer 
Neural basis of Theory of Mind and language development 
Doctoral projectNeural basis of Theory of Mind and language development
DescriptionComplex syntax and Theory of Mind (ToM) are both hallmarks of human cognition. Both develop around a similar age and numerous studies report a correlation of the two abilities. Their relationship, however, is not yet well understood. In particular, research is lacking developmental studies on the neural basis of ToM and on the shared neural prerequisites of both abilities. In my PhD-project, I therefore want to correlate the structural brain development of two- to four-year-old children with their ToM abilities and their processing of syntactic structure. For this, I will combine diffusion and t1-weighted MRI with EEG, Eyetracking and behavioral measures.
FundingStudienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Angela D. Friederici
Prof. Dr. Tania Singer
M&B TopicsTopic 3: Language
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtainedPhysics Diploma, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin
InstituteMax Planck Institut for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences; University of Leipzig
Cohort2012
StatusDoctoral candidate
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Charlotte_Grosse_Wiesmann
Prof. Dr. Henrik Walter
Prof. Dr. Holger Lyre 
Meeting the brain on its own terms 
Doctoral projectMeeting the brain on its own terms
DescriptionMy thesis investigates which neuroscientific experiments would help researchers to develop concepts that describe the human more adequately. Drawing on history and philosophy of science case studies, I argue that exploratory experiments at the mesoscopic scale of neuronal assemblies could provide new concepts that link microscopic to macroscopic principles of brain organization. I use my account of exploratory experiments in neuroscience to assess the data-driven methods of resting state functional connectivity and connectomics approaches, and recent advances in mesoscopic intervention techniques such as optogenetics.
FundingStudienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Henrik Walter
Prof. Dr. Holger Lyre
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 4: Brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
Degrees obtainedBA and MA in philosophy (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
InstituteInstitute of Philosophy, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg; Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig (guest scientist)
Cohort2014
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailhaueis-please remove this text-@cbs.mpg.de
Academia.eduhttps://mind-and-brain.academia.edu/PhilippHaueis
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen 
Probing the neural correlates of consciousness 
Doctoral projectProbing the neural correlates of consciousness
DescriptionThe investigation of the neural correlates of visual consciousness has received considerable attention in the last decade, mainly due to the rise of functional imaging and the development of new psychophysical techniques to isolate consciousness-related processes. Nevertheless, these approaches rely on underlying presumptions that remain elusive: How is conscious processing different from unconscious processing? Does the correlated brain signal actually encode the identity of the presented stimuli? To what degree are "consciousness paradigms" reliable? Masking paradigms will be combined with signal detection theory and multivariate pattern decoding in functional imaging to approach these questions.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship (until May 2009); Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (from June 2009)
SupervisorsProf. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Degrees obtainedB.Sc., M.Sc.
TitleDr.
Cohort2008
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Martin_Hebart
Academia.eduhttps://independent.academia.edu/MHebart
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter 
Neural correlates of subjective perceptual certainty and propositions about belief  
Doctoral projectNeural correlates of subjective perceptual certainty and propositions about belief
DescriptionClassic approaches to subjective certainty aim to establish a quantitative relation of stimulus properties and conscious perception. So far neither the exact nature of the neural representation of subjective certainty nor the factors that may contribute to its emergence have been investigated in a comprehensive fashion. The first aim of the dissertation project is to shed light on the properties of this neural representation. The second aim is to examine, whether subjective certainty in belief is more important in guiding action than it’s correspondence with.
FundingKonrad Adenauer Stiftung
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedMag. rer. nat.
InstituteInstitute of Psychology, Freie Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2012
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Johannes_Heereman
Prof. Dr. Niko Busch
Prof. Dr. Elke van der Meer 
How visual stimulus dynamics affect mechansims of interval timing 
Doctoral projectHow visual stimulus dynamics affect mechansims of interval timing
DescriptionMy research focuses on subjective duration perception and its underlying mechanisms. As humans lack a sensory organ for the perception of time, duration judgements are highly influenced by the sensory content of the relevant time interval. In my research project I am exploring the interplay between mechanisms related to conscious and pre-conscious perception of visual stimuli and the perception of stimulus duration. Throughout my PhD work, different methods (behavioral, psychophysics, EEG) will be used to gain insights on the nature of subjective time perception and its underlying neural mechanisms.
FundingStudienstiftung des deutschen Volkes; Mind and Brain postdoctoral stipend
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Niko Busch
Prof. Dr. Elke van der Meer
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Degrees obtainedDipl.-Psych, M.Sc. (LMU München), Dr. rer. nat. (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
TitleDr.
Cohort2010
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sophie_Herbst
Prof. Dr. Arthur Jacobs
Prof. Dr. Gabriel Curio 
Neural correlates of covert and overt movements investigated by EEG/EMG with implications for brain-computer interfacing 
Doctoral projectNeural correlates of covert and overt movements investigated by EEG/EMG with implications for brain-computer interfacing
DescriptionMy research integrates cognitive psychology with computational neuroscience in order to understand the relation between motor cognition and brain activity, in order to optimize brain-computer interfacing. A BCI provides a non-muscular communication channel between the subject and the environment, based on the detection of intention-related brain signatures, for instance in electroencephalography. My main research interests are neural correlates of action intention, movement inhibition, motor imagery, and quasi-movements.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Arthur Jacobs
Prof. Dr. Gabriel Curio
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedDipl.-Psych. (Freie Universität Berlin); Dr. phil. (Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin)
TitleDr.
Cohort2007
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Friederike_Hohlefeld
Prof. Dr. Niko Busch
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg 
Psychophysical mechanisms of spontaneous brain activity: a model-based neuroscience approach 
Doctoral projectPsychophysical mechanisms of spontaneous brain activity: a model-based neuroscience approach
DescriptionMany studies have demonstrated the existence of neuronal activity occurring in the absence of sensory input or preceding experimental events. In electrophysiological recordings such endogenous activity takes the form of oscillations. My research aims to understand the functional mechanisms by which prestimulus oscillations in the alpha band affect visual awareness and attention by using EEG and psychophysical modelling.
FundingDeutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (2013-2014); Scholarship Berlin School of Mind and Brain
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Niko Busch
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Degrees obtainedB.Sc. in Molecular and Biological Sciences, Università di Pisa; M.Sc. in Brain and Mind Sciences, University College London, UK; Université Pierre et Marie Curie/Ecole Normale Superieure, France
InstituteInstitute of Medical Psychology, Charité Medical School
Cohort2013
StatusDoctoral candidate
Academia.eduhttps://independent.academia.edu/LucaIemi
Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer 
Neural mechanism of eye contact during face-to-face communication 
Doctoral projectNeural mechanism of eye contact during face-to-face communication
DescriptionEye contact serves a a number of different functions, of which one of the most important is obtaining necessary feedback on others’ reactions during face-to face communication. In my PhD work, I intend to use the fNIRS-based hyperscanning or fMRI-based hyperscanning technique to investigate the neural features of eye contact during face-to-face communication within a naturalistic context.
FundingDAAD scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer
M&B TopicsTopic 3: Language
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtainedM.Sc. Psychology, Beijing Normal University
InstituteMax Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
Cohort2013
StatusDoctoral candidate
Phone+49 176 57858466
E-mailjinglan5201-please remove this text-@hotmail.com
Academia.eduhttps://cbs-mpg.academia.edu/JingJiang
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Heinz 
Decoding value-related information from spatially distributed fMRI patterns 
Doctoral projectDecoding value-related information from spatially distributed fMRI patterns
DescriptionAn optimal choice among alternative behavioral options requires precise anticipatory representations of their possible outcomes. This raises the fundamental question how such expected outcomes are represented in the human brain. Reward coding at the level of single cells in the orbitofrontal cortex follows a more heterogeneous coding scheme than suggested by studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in humans. Specifically, in contrast to average signal increases, as suggested by such fMRI studies, equally prevalent populations of neurons increase and decrease their firing rate with increasing reward value. This dissertation contains two experiments that use a combination of multivariate pattern classification and fMRI to shed light into this discrepancy. The results of the first experiment (Kahnt et al., 2010b) demonstrate that the reward value of sensory cues can be decoded from spatially distributed fMRI patterns in the medial orbitofrontal cortex and that a similar neural code is used to represent reward value during anticipation and during receipt of reward. This distributed representation is compatible with reports from animal electrophysiology, which suggest the presence of different neural populations with opposing coding schemes. For most behavioral options, more than one attribute can be relevant in order to predict the expected reward. Thus, to make choices the reward predictions of multiple attributes need to be integrated into a combined expected value. The second experiment (Kahnt et al., 2010a) addresses the question where in the brain this combined reward prediction (averaged across attributes) and where the variability of the reward predictions is encoded. The results provide evidence that the combined value is encoded in distributed fMRI patterns in the medial orbitofrontal cortex. Additionally, the variability of value predictions of the individual attributes is encoded in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. In summary, the results of both experiments elucidate the neural coding of expected reward and narrow the gap between conflicting results from animal electrophysiology and human fMRI studies.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship; Mind and Brain postdoctoral scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Heinz
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedDipl.-Psych. (Freie Universität Berlin); Dr. rer. nat. (Fak. Mat.-Nat. II, Humboldt-Universität)
TitleProf. Dr.
Cohort2007
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Thorsten_Kahnt
Academia.eduhttps://northwestern.academia.edu/ThorstenKahnt
Prof. Dr. Klaus Obermayer
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes 
Processing of expected values in human visual cortex 
Doctoral projectProcessing of expected values in human visual cortex
DescriptionExperience might effectively modulate our choice if prior stimulation reveals some information about future reward. For example, experience might accumulate to an expected reward at different target locations. Following Pascal (1670) the expected reward is given as the predictability of the reward and the amount of reward associated with each location. In the first study, we modulated the expected reward in a simple binary choice task in order to test rational decision making in the context of complex expected value functions. We found that the subjects likely match, but do not maximize the expected reward and likely implement a short‐term average over stimulus appearances, but not the true generative model. In the second study, our aim was to gradually modulate the endogenous orientation of attention with the expected value of distributed reward in the environment. Shifts in attentional focus were induced by linking one location with a higher expected reward than other locations. Larger expected values should then increase the likelihood that subjects would focus their attention on one location rather than distribute it across the entire display. The discrimination performance at a target location is a close indicator of attention. Therefore we setup a discrimination task and measured the behavioral discrimination performance. In fact, we found that subjects increasingly discriminate the target status with a larger expected value. The models proposed in the first study account quite closely for basic properties of the behavioral results. However, a close analysis on a trial‐by‐trial basis showed that the true generative model cannot account for subjects’ behavior, which is however well explained by short‐term average over stimulus appearances. In the third study, we measured the event‐related potential (ERP) during the discrimination task introduced in the second study and compared the ERP modulations to the decision making models proposed in the first study. Grand average ERP waveforms showed an increase in components as early as the N1 component with increasing expected reward of the stimulus location. In fact, the performance in the discrimination task and the rewardmodulation are closely reflected in the amplitude of these early‐visual, attention‐related EEG‐responses. We therefore conclude the processing of expected rewards in early‐visual components of EEG. Thesis: http://opus.kobv.de/tuberlin/volltexte/2009/2267/pdf/kallerhoff_philipp.pdf
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Klaus Obermayer
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedDipl.-Ing, Dipl.-Psych. (Technische Universität Berlin), Dr.-Ing. (Technische Universität Berlin)
TitleDr.
Cohort2007
StatusAlumnus
Prof. Dr. Werner Sommer
Prof. Dr. Oliver Wilhelm 
Influence of interpersonal abilities on social decisions and their physiological correlates 
Doctoral projectInfluence of interpersonal abilities on social decisions and their physiological correlates
DescriptionI am interested in the relationship between empathy and prosocial behavior. I want to investigate this relationship by modeling the psychometric link between emotion recognition abilities, including their physiological underpinnings such as emotion-specific ERPs and facial EMG (mimicry), and prosocial tendencies, such as cooperation in economic games, on a latent level (for example with techniques as structural equation and latent change models). Later on, I would like to look at the role of ecological validity when assessing these interpersonal abilities and their physiological correlates.
FundingStudienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Werner Sommer
Prof. Dr. Oliver Wilhelm
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtainedDiplom in Psychology
TitleDr.
Cohort2012
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Laura_Kaltwasser2
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
Prof. Dr. Henrik Walter 
Neural correlates of aberrant and adaptive salience attribution in psychosis and psychosis-proneness during reinforcement-learning 
Doctoral projectNeural correlates of aberrant and adaptive salience attribution in psychosis and psychosis-proneness during reinforcement-learning
DescriptionI am interested in the neurobiological learning mechanisms that are hypothesized to lead to the formation of psychotic symptoms, such as delusions and hallucinations. In my PhD study, I investigate the alterations in salience attribution during learning. I use functional magnetic resonance imaging and computational modelling to measure and analyse the dynamic learning signals as correlates of salience attribution during a classical conditioning paradigm. Following a dimensional approach to psychosis, schizophrenia patients as well as individuals with psychosis-proneness participate in the fMRI study.
FundingElsa-Neumann-Stipendium des Landes Berlin
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
Prof. Dr. Henrik Walter
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedDiplom in Psychology (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
InstituteDepartment of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Cohort2014
StatusDoctoral candidate
Homepagehttp://psy-ccm.charite.de/en/research/neuroimaging/learning_...
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Teresa_Katthagen
Dr. Martin Voss
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kathmann 
The phenomenon of thought insertion: The feeling of not being the author of one´s own thoughts 
Doctoral projectThe phenomenon of thought insertion: The feeling of not being the author of one´s own thoughts
DescriptionIn our everyday phenomenal experience, it seems obvious to us that the thoughts we experience are our own thoughts and that we are the authors of these thoughts. However, patients suffering from schizophrenia exhibit a disturbance of the feeling to be the causal source of their thoughts and report the feeling of external forces controlling their actions and thoughts. The aim of my project is to investigate the neural correlates of an abnormal experience of authorship over one’s own thoughts, i.e. the feeling of not being the causal source of one’s own thoughts.
FundingVolkswagen Foundation; from 1 April 2013: Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium des Landes Berlin
SupervisorsDr. Martin Voss
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
M&B TopicsTopic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedDiplom in Psychology
Cohort2012
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Leonie_Klock
Academia.eduhttps://independent.academia.edu/LeonieKlock
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter 
Processing of self-relevant information 
Doctoral projectProcessing of self-relevant information
DescriptionHumans make many everyday decisions in a social context. While a substantial amount of literature has given insight into the brain mechanisms underlying decisions in non-social settings, the processing of social information is less well understood. Using novel behavioural tasks and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), I want to address how information about the surrounding social world is incorporated into the decision process. Specifically, I am interested in how humans process self-related feedback from their peers. In a first step, I want to investigate how feedback valence (i.e. whether participants receive desirable or undesirable social feedback) impacts on self-perception. In a second step, I would like to look into cultural differences in social feedback processing.
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedMSc Brain and Mind Sciences, University College London, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Univeristé Pierre et Marie Curie; BSc Biomedicine, University Würzburg; Dr. phil., Freie Universität Berlin
InstituteInstitut für Psychologie, Freie Universität Berlin
TitleDr.
Cohort2009
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christoph_Korn
Prof. Dr. Niko A. Busch
Prof. Dr. Werner Sommer 
Investigating predictive remapping with EEG 
Doctoral projectInvestigating predictive remapping with EEG
DescriptionMy project concerns the topic of perceptual stability. As we navigate through the environment, our subjective visual experience is spatially and temporally continuous. In reality, vision is neither of these; rather, it is fragmented into two phases—fixation (when the eye is focused on a location) and the fast saccades that serve as transitions between fixations. How come we are unaware of this disjointedness? Converging evidence indicates that saccades play far more than a mechanical role; in fact, the intention to make a saccade shapes the visual processing per se. The proposed work will address the role of saccades in maintaining perceptual stability, specifically investigating the temporal profile of perisaccadic object remapping using EEG co-registered with eye-tracking.
FundingMind and Brain Scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Niko A. Busch
Prof. Dr. Werner Sommer
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedMSc Medical Neurosciences, Charité – Universitätsmedizin (Berlin Germany); BA Neuroscience, BA German Studies, Smith College (Mass., USA)
Cohort2012
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lyudmyla_Kovalenko
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer 
The dynamics of body representation 
Doctoral projectThe dynamics of body representation
DescriptionIs bodily self-representation purely a process of primary sensorymotor, bottom-up learning processes, or are there additional, possibly innate, top-down influences? The goal of this research project is to investigate the dynamic nature of the so-named body model, focusing on the number, function, and dynamics of different body representations. Of particular interest are somatosensory illusions like the Rubber Hand Illusion, and their neural mechanisms and behavioral correlates. These will be investigated using EEG and fMRI data, and shall be characterized by probabilistic (Bayesian) models. In addition, explicit self-reports shall shed light on the subjective experience of owning and acting a body.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedPsychology (Diplom)
TitleDr.
Cohort2011
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jakub_Limanowski
Academia.eduhttps://hu-berlin.academia.edu/JakubLimanowski
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Philipp Sterzer 
Sensory prediction and belief formation in schizophrenia: exploring a Bayesian framework 
Doctoral projectSensory prediction and belief formation in schizophrenia: exploring a Bayesian framework
DescriptionIn my research project I want to investigate the origin of delusions in the disorder of schizophrenia. It is assumed that intact formation of beliefs implies precise predictions about what we are about to perceive. False or imprecise sensory predictions are likely to result in inappropriate prediction error signals and can therefore lead to a delusional thought. With the help of Electroencephalography (EEG) I want to explore sensory predictions and their influence on belief formation in patients with schizophrenia using a Bayesian model.
FundingMind & Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Philipp Sterzer
M&B TopicsTopic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedB.Sc. Psychology; M.Sc. Neuroscience
Cohort2013
StatusAlumnus
E-mailsimon.ludwig-please remove this text-@fu-berlin.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Simon_Ludwig
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kathmann 
Studying the neuronal basis of willpower by means of hypnosis and fMRI 
Doctoral projectStudying the neuronal basis of willpower by means of hypnosis and fMRI
DescriptionIn everyday life we often need to resist short-term rewards in order to obtain long-term benefits. For example, we might have to resist the temptation of eating chocolate if we want to lose weight: we need willpower. In my PhD project I investigate the neural mechanisms involved in willpower by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). For this, I will use hypnosis as a research tool to influence the strategies participants use to successfully resist temptations.
FundingStudienstiftung des deutschen Volkes; Mind and Brain postdoctoral scholarship; Mind and Brain postdoctoral position
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedBSc Psychobiology (University of Amsterdam); MSc Human Cognitive Neuropsychology (University of Edinburgh)
TitleDr.
Cohort2010
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Vera_Ludwig
Academia.eduhttps://independent.academia.edu/VeraLudwig
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer
Prof. Dr. Elke van der Meer 
Resting-State functional connectivity fMRI: A new approach for assessing functional neuroanatomy in humans with applications to neuroanatomical, developmental and clinical questions 
Doctoral projectResting-State functional connectivity fMRI: A new approach for assessing functional neuroanatomy in humans with applications to neuroanatomical, developmental and clinical questions
DescriptionWhile “task-based” functional neuroimaging has generated remarkable knowledge regarding the roles of specific brain regions and their impact on various psychopathologies, several longstanding research questions remain a significant challenge to its methodological scope. This dissertation presents a series of studies which describe advances in task-independent “resting state” functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) aimed at addressing three specific challenges: (1) defining functional subdivisions within complex regions; (2) whole-brain analysis of lateralized function; and, (3) probing developmental and/or clinical populations not easily amenable to task participation in the scanner environment. The studies presented here address these challenges by demonstrating the ability of resting-state functional connectivity to: (1) assess functional subdivisions within the complex regions of anterior cingulate cortex (ACC; Margulies et al., 2007), striatum (Di Martino et al., 2008), amygdala (Roy et al., 2008) and precuneus (Margulies et al., under revision); (2) quantify interhemispheric specialization by addressing synchronization across the whole-brain between corresponding contralateral regions (Stark et al., 2008); and (3) track developmental changes in ACC functional connectivity from childhood to early adulthood (Kelly et al., 2008), and also address a clinically-related question by analyzing functional connectivity in regions related to attentional lapses in a population with attention deficits (Castellanos et al., 2008). Finally, the test-retest reliability of resting-state functional connectivity was demonstrated to be significant (Shehzad et al., 2009). In summary, resting-state functional connectivity has been shown to be effective at addressing questions regarding functional neuroanatomy, as well as neurodevelopmental and clinical questions, thereby offering a novel methodology for settings where task-based approaches are inherently limited.
FundingMax Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Arno Villringer
Prof. Dr. Elke van der Meer
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 4: Brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedB.A. in Philosophy (New York University); Dr. rer. nat. (Fak. Mat.-Nat. II, Humboldt-Universität)
InstituteInstitut für Psychologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
TitleDr.
Cohort2007
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Daniel_Margulies
Academia.eduhttps://cbs-mpg.academia.edu/DanielMargulies
Prof. Dr. Werner Sommer
Prof. Dr. Reinhold Kliegl
Prof. Dr. Niko Busch 
Microsaccades as a window to processes of visuospatial attention: Insights from simultaneous recording of eye movements and EEG 
Doctoral projectMicrosaccades as a window to processes of visuospatial attention: Insights from simultaneous recording of eye movements and EEG
DescriptionIt is widely believed that the focus of attention can be directed towards locations in the visual field while eyes maintain stable fixation – a process called covert attention. However, even during fixation our eyes are never still, but execute fixational eye movements (EM), microsaccades being the most prominent among them. Indeed, recent studies showed a relationship between covert attention and microsaccades, but the underlying neuronal mechanisms are poorly understood. In my dissertation project I register EM and EEG simultaneously to investigate the effects of attention on EM-evoked brain potentials and to relate EEG components of attentional orienting to the programing/execution of EM.
FundingElsa-Neumann-Stipendium des Landes Berlin
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Werner Sommer
Prof. Dr. Reinhold Kliegl
Prof. Dr. Niko Busch
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Degrees obtained
InstituteInstitut für Psychologie, Biologische Psychologie und Psychophysiologie
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2012
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Susann_Meyberg
Academia.eduhttps://hu-berlin.academia.edu/SusannMeyberg
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen 
Intentions in time: decomposing the neurocognitive architecture of intentions 
Doctoral projectIntentions in time: decomposing the neurocognitive architecture of intentions
DescriptionCan your plan reveal what you intend to do a minute later while you’re currently engaged in performing a different task? To address this question, time based prospective memory tasks executed under endogenous task-switching conditions are examined with fMRI and decoding technologies. Philosophical implications concerning distal intentions, long term planning and the link between temporal agency and responsibility comprise the philosophical body of this interdisciplinary thesis.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedB.Sc. Computer Science, M.Sc. History and Philosophy of Science (Utrecht University); Dr. rer. nat. Humboldt-Universität
InstituteInstitut für Psychologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
TitleDr.
Cohort2007
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ida_Mommenejad
Academia.eduhttps://princeton.academia.edu/IdaMomennejad
Prof. Dr. Christine Heim
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
Prof. Dr. Claudia Buß 
Maternal thyroid hormone levels in pregnancy and newborn functional network maturity 
Doctoral projectMaternal thyroid hormone levels in pregnancy and newborn functional network maturity
DescriptionI am interested in how the intrauterine environment influences early brain development. The human brain develops most rapidly during the prenatal period and is dependent on the timely and sufficient availability of several factors including thyroid hormones (TH). During the first half of pregnancy the fetus is completely dependent on maternal supply of TH but even after the onset of fetal thyroid function the fetus continues to receive maternal TH until birth. A lack of TH during early life has been associated with cognitive and motor deficits in later life but research regarding associated changes in brain functionality is lacking. In my project I intend to investigate the effects of maternal thyroid function on newborn motor performance and functional network maturity in the brain.
FundingHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Christine Heim
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
Prof. Dr. Claudia Buß
M&B TopicsTopic 4: Brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedDipl.-Psych., University of Trier
InstituteInstitut für Medizinische Psychologie, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Cohort2013
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailnora.moog-please remove this text-@charite.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nora_Moog
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger 
Self consciousness – from nonconceptual content to the concept of a self 
Doctoral projectSelf consciousness – from nonconceptual content to the concept of a self
DescriptionMy project’s aim is to develop a philosophical theory of the development of self-consciousness. In particular, my aim is to develop a model of self-consciousness that can make intelligible the transition from primitive, possibly nonconceptual forms of self-consciousness to a full-fledged concept of a self by drawing on philosophical considerations as well as on insights from empirical research in developmental psychology, ethology and cognitive neuroscience. One of my central hypotheses is that the development of self-consciousness is in important respects dependent on the development of an awareness of other minds. In other words, self-consciousness arises only in the context of intersubjectivity.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship (until June 2007); Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 3: Language
Topic 4: Brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
Degrees obtainedM.A. in Philosophy, Diplom in Neuroscience (Universität Magdeburg); Dr. phil. (Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität)
TitleProf. Dr.
Cohort2007
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kristina_Musholt
Academia.eduhttps://uni-leipzig.academia.edu/KristinaMusholt
Prof. Dr. Werner Sommer
Prof. Dr. Reinhold Kliegl 
Brain-electric correlates of visual word recognition under natural reading conditions 
Doctoral projectBrain-electric correlates of visual word recognition under natural reading conditions
DescriptionWhen people read, they make saccadic eye-movements to specific words in order to bring them into our central (foveal) field of vision where acuity is highest. As our perceptual field usually spans more words than the one fixated, the question arises whether all words that we perceive are processed in parallel (but to different degrees) or the processing is serial and mostly constrained to the foveal field of vision. I use co-registration of eye-tracking and EEG to assess the amount of information that is extracted from words in the parafoveal field of vision. The results are used to evaluate and refine current computational models of oculomotor movement in reading.
FundingBerlin School of Mind and Brain
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Werner Sommer
Prof. Dr. Reinhold Kliegl
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 3: Language
Degrees obtainedB.A., M.Sc.
TitleDr.
Cohort2012
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Florian_Niefind
Prof. Dr. Werner Sommer
Prof. Dr. Stephan Brandt 
How conflict-specific works cognitive control? Behavioral and electrophysiological indices 
Doctoral projectHow conflict-specific works cognitive control? Behavioral and electrophysiological indices
DescriptionMy dissertation project deals with conflicts as signals in cognitive systems. Conflicts in cognitive systems appear if at least two incompatible tendencies or motivations of action are present. The project is situated between the investigation of distinct cognitive control networks engaging in conflict and error monitoring, inhibition and immediate behavioural adaptation processes. Their functional neuroanatomic correspondents in prefrontal areas like the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex or parietal structures will be analyzed using electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) techniques.
FundingUniversity research assistant (Institute of Psychology, Humboldt-Universität)
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Werner Sommer
Prof. Dr. Stephan Brandt
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedDipl.-Psych. (Humboldt-Universität); Dr. rer. nat. (Fak. Mat.-Nat. II, Humboldt-Universität)
TitleDr.
Cohort2007
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Roland_Nigbur
Academia.eduhttps://uni-magdeburg.academia.edu/RolandNigbur
Prof. Dr. Reinhold Kliegl
Prof. Dr. Stephan Brandt 
Inhibitory control in the oculomotor system 
Doctoral projectInhibitory control in the oculomotor system
DescriptionMy project is concerned with the ability to stop unwanted actions. I will focus on inhibitory control of eye movements (saccades and microsaccades). Examining the neural implementation of inhibitory control in the oculomotor system is also a main goal. This will be explored by the simultaneous use of TMS and eyetracking.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Reinhold Kliegl
Prof. Dr. Stephan Brandt
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedDiploma Psychology (University of Potsdam)
TitleDr.
Cohort2009
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sven_Ohl
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer
Prof. Dr. Elke van der Meer 
Plasticity following stroke: The recovery of functional networks as measured by resting-state fMRI 
Doctoral projectPlasticity following stroke: The recovery of functional networks as measured by resting-state fMRI
DescriptionDuring my doctorate, I will examine the dysfunction of cortical hubs in patients following ischemic stroke with restricted local lesions. Using a resting-state functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging paradigm, alterations in spatial coherence of spontaneous activity as well as correlation with behavior will be assessed. Understanding this impact will provide insight into the role of cortical hubs, the impact of hub damage on network connectivity and function, and may provide information useful for the understanding of the severity of symptoms, the rehabilitation and prognosis of these patients.
FundingMinerva Foundation scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Arno Villringer
Prof. Dr. Elke van der Meer
M&B TopicsTopic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedM.s.c. Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (supervisor: Prof. R Malach)
InstituteInstitute of Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
TitleDr.
Cohort2010
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Smadar_Ovadia-Caro
Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Heinz
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter 
Self-reference and delusions 
Doctoral projectSelf-reference and delusions
DescriptionDelusion is a core symptom in schizophrenia. The aim of my project is to collect high frequent delusional topics and to transform them into stimulus material usable in neuroimaging experiments. This will allow combining subjective experience and neural correlates of psychopathology.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Dr. Andreas Heinz
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
M&B TopicsTopic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedDiplom, Psychology
TitleDr.
Cohort2011
StatusAlumna
E-mailanne.pankow-please remove this text-@gmail.com
Prof. Dr. Hauke R. Heekeren
Prof. Dr. Jörg Rieskamp 
Neural correlate of complex decision making in humans 
Doctoral projectNeural correlate of complex decision making in humans
DescriptionEveryday, we are confronted with numerous situations in which we have to decide. It is assumed that individuals choose the option with the highest value. Since options in the real world situations are not single dimensional and distinct, the computation of the diverse components is required, upon which the decision can be based. The goal of my PhD project is to investigate neural mechanisms that underlie complex decision making processes in human, especially reward based decision making.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Hauke R. Heekeren
Prof. Dr. Jörg Rieskamp
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedBA German Language & Literature (Korea University, 2006), Dipl. Psychology (Technische Universität Berlin, 2008), Dr. phil. (Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin)
TitleProf. Dr.
Cohort2008
StatusAlumna
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
Prof. Dr. Torsten Schubert 
Moving beyond reward to the power of motivation 
Doctoral projectMoving beyond reward to the power of motivation
DescriptionMotivation is a fundamental feature that enables us to pursue our goals. It strengthens our cognitive control which again helps us to maintain our intentions and protect them against competing distractors. However, little is known about how motivation affects cognitive and affective control on the systemic level. In my PhD project, the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying the effect of motivation on control of cognitive and affective conflicts will be investigated using fMRI. Further, the role of different motivational personality traits, i.e. approach and avoidance related motivation, will be examined in relation to genetic polymorphisms, that are known to predict cognitive control performance and motivation.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
Prof. Dr. Torsten Schubert
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedBSc Biology (University of Bielefeld); MSc Medical Neurosciences (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin)
TitleDr.
Cohort2012
StatusAlumna
E-mailLena.Paschke-please remove this text-@charite.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lena_Paschke
Academia.eduhttps://mind-and-brain.academia.edu/LenaPaschke
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter 
Self-directedness and resoluteness. The two dimensions of autonomy 
Doctoral projectSelf-directedness and resoluteness. The two dimensions of autonomy
DescriptionWhat is autonomous agency? I take autonomy to be a natural capacity. My discussion will take into account philosophical analyses as well as empirical research. The capacity to intentionally control one's own performances is understood to be essential for autonomy. I elaborate a conception of intentions as executive mental states, which functioning constitutes the agent's control. Data regarding the neural correlates of intentional control will be examined and used to develop the conception of natural autonomy in more detail. This will contribute to an understanding of autonomous agency and close a gap in the existing theories of natural agency and natural autonomy.
FundingVolkswagen Stiftung project "Autonomie: Handlungsspielräume des Selbst"
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedMA Philosophy/Linguistics (Humboldt-Universität); Dr. phil. (Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität)
InstituteInstitut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
TitleDr.
Cohort2009
StatusAlumnus
Prof. Dr. Elke van der Meer
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger 
High fluid intelligence and analogical reasoning. Behavioural and cerebral correlates and their temporal characteristics 
Doctoral projectHigh fluid intelligence and analogical reasoning. Behavioural and cerebral correlates and their temporal characteristics
DescriptionI am interested in finding out how different mathematical tasks are processed in the brain. With a combination of neuroimaging (FMRI) and behavioral techniques (accuracy and eye-movements) I study performance and strategy-use in math-gifted and averagely gifted students solving mathematical and cognitive tasks. Also, I examine longitudinal training effects of full-scale furtherance. Another question I try to elucidate is how mathematical giftedness is related to processing speed, fluid intelligence, working memory abilities and attention. Beside functional differences in processing various tasks, there may also be structural or connectivity differences in the brains of math-gifted and averagely gifted students. I aim to provide evidence-based educational research results that help implementing new and effective educational strategies to classrooms.
FundingProject research assistant, funded by BMBF
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Elke van der Meer
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Topic 4: Brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedDipl.-Psych. (Humboldt-Universität), Dr. rer. nat. (Fak. Mat.-Nat. II, Humboldt-Universität)
TitleDr.
Cohort2007
StatusAlumna
Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Heinz
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer
Prof. Dr. Elke van der Meer 
Neuronal correlates of impulsivity in patients with an impared impulse control 
Doctoral projectNeuronal correlates of impulsivity in patients with an impared impulse control
DescriptionDifferent groups of psychiatric patients (e.g. ADHD patients, pathological gamblers, alcoholics) share at least one core feature: impulsivity. Impulsive behavior is characterized by low self-control. Difficulties in overcoming a temptation in connection with excessive gambling, alcohol and nicotine abuse can be caused by low self-control competencies. Hence, my aim is to investigate neuronal correlates of impulsivity and self-control with the help of different methods (e.g. fMRI) in order to not only improve the comprehension of impulsive and uncontrolled behavior but also help to direct research into more effective ways of treatment such as specific medication and new approach for behavior therapy.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship; postdoctoral scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Dr. Andreas Heinz
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer
Prof. Dr. Elke van der Meer
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedDiploma in Psychology (University of Würzburg, University of Bologna)
TitleDr.
Cohort2009
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Saskia_Quester
Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman
Prof. Dr. Werner Sommer
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg 
Influences of semantic richness on visual word processing  
Doctoral projectInfluences of semantic richness on visual word processing
DescriptionI am interested in how perceptual inputs evoke meaning within the brain. I have used EEG to track the time course of meaning access in visual word perception, and to examine influences of semantic variables on implicit word learning. Prospectively, I aim to investigate whether and how meaning access in reading depends on attention and conscious perception.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman
Prof. Dr. Werner Sommer
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 3: Language
Degrees obtainedDiplom-Psychologin (Humboldt-Universität); Dr. rer. nat. (Humboldt-Universität)
TitleDr.
Cohort2008
Current PositionIn 2014, alumna Milena Rabovsky was awarded the bi-annual “Heinz-Heckhausen-Jungwissenschaftlerpreis” for her outstanding doctoral dissertation.
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Milena_Rabovsky
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen 
Testing the hypothesis of isomorphism between mental and neural representational spaces 
Doctoral projectTesting the hypothesis of isomorphism between mental and neural representational spaces
DescriptionThere has been a long standing question in the field of the mind/brain sciences whether there is an isomorphic relationship between mental and neural representational spaces. This question goes beyond the question whether conscious thoughts about say objects are encoded in brain activity. For isomorphism to hold also the perceived relations between perceived objects need to be encoded in brain activity. We will study this key issue empirically, using synthetically generated faces to compare psychophysical face-space with the corresponding fMRI voxel-space in which faces are encoded.
FundingCONICYT/DAAD, Mind and Brain partial scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedMaster in Biological Sciences, Neuroscience (Universidad de Chile), BA Philosophy (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile)
Cohort2007
E-mailfernando.ramirez-please remove this text-@bccn-berlin.de
Prof. Dr. Manfred Krifka
Prof. Dr. Werner Sommer 
Electrophysiological reflections of processing linguistic event structure 
Doctoral projectElectrophysiological reflections of processing linguistic event structure
DescriptionIn my project, I look at how we use natural language to talk about different kinds of events and the participants involved in these events. Specifically, I focus on the question if an event implies that one of its participants changes in its course: In 'The doctor cured the boy', the verb 'cured' automatically allows to make the inference that something about the boy's state has changed – he underwent a change of state from sick to healthy. In 'The doctor treated the boy', on the other hand, the verb 'treated' leaves quite open if the boy's state has actually changed. Such semantic properties of words referring to events often have quite interesting repercussions on the syntactic level, i.e. on sentence structure. I use different methods like questionnaires, reading times and event related potentials to find out more about how such factors may influence how we process sentences online.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Manfred Krifka
Prof. Dr. Werner Sommer
M&B TopicsTopic 3: Language
Degrees obtainedM.A. in Linguistics (University of Vienna)
InstituteHumboldt Universität zu Berlin, Department of German Language and Linguistics and Department of Psychology; ZAS Berlin (Centre for General Linguistics)
TitleDr.
Cohort2008
StatusAlumnus
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
Prof. Shu-Chen Li, Ph.D. 
Developmental differences in adaptive social decision-making 
Doctoral projectDevelopmental differences in adaptive social decision-making
DescriptionClassical economic theories conceptualize humans as perfectly rational decision-makers who aim to maximize utility. However, recent research indicates that decision-making is strongly influenced by the social context of a decision. Especially during child development, action in general and choice behavior in specific is highly sensitive to the social context. The aim of the dissertation project is to investigate these developmental differences during social decision making both at the behavioral and brain level.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
Prof. Shu-Chen Li, Ph.D.
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Topic 4: Brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
Degrees obtainedDipl.-Psych. (Humboldt-Universität)
InstituteFreie Universität Berlin, Institute of Psychology; Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
Cohort2011
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Julia_Rodriguez_Buritica
Prof. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer 
Age differences in working memory and selection ability across the lifespan 
Doctoral projectAge differences in working memory and selection ability across the lifespan
DescriptionIndividuals differ in their ability to keep important information in mind for a brief period of time (a faculty referred to as ‘working memory’) as well as their ability to select relevant information for maintenance. Cortical development and aging might have differential impact on these abilities. By means of behavioural and electrophysiological indicators, the aim of my project is to investigate the underlying cortical mechanisms that determine interindividual differences in working memory and selective attention across the lifespan.
FundingMax Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer
M&B TopicsTopic 4: Brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
Degrees obtainedDipl.-Psych. (Humboldt-Universität); Dr. rer. nat. (Humboldt-Universität)
TitleDr.
Cohort2007
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Myriam_Sander
Academia.eduhttps://mpib-berlin-mpg.academia.edu/MyriamSander
Prof. Dr. Philipp Sterzer
Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinz
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kathmann 
Visual spatio-temporal integration in patients with Schizophrenia 
Doctoral projectVisual spatio-temporal integration in patients with Schizophrenia
DescriptionGeneral theories of brain function assert that the brain works like an inference machine, whereby prior expectations are used to derive perceptual experiences from the sensory inputs. Impaired perceptual inference has been suggested as one possible causal factor underlying positive symptoms, and in particular delusions, in schizophrenia. According to this framework, delusional explanations are thought to reflect the attempt to cope with unusual percepts resulting from such impaired perceptual inference. During my PhD, we conducted a series of clinical studies testing this theoretical model. Methods: psychophysics, EEG, fMRI.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship; Mind and Brain postdoctoral scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Philipp Sterzer
Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinz
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedMD, Federal University of Ceará – Fortaleza, Brazil
InstituteKlinik für Psychiatrie, CCM, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
TitleDr.
Cohort2009
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lia_Sanders
Prof. Dr. Elke van der Meer
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger 
Thinking hands: how co-speech gestures reflect cognitive processes 
Doctoral projectThinking hands: how co-speech gestures reflect cognitive processes
DescriptionFor her dissertation project Uta was interested in the relationship between gestures that are produced while speaking and thinking. In her empirical work she asked several questions: (1) how task demand affects gesture production, (2) vice versa: how gesture production affects the performance in a task, and (3) what the relationship is between cognitive skills, brain structure, and gesture production (individual differences).
FundingStudienstiftung des deutschen Volkes; Mind & Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Elke van der Meer
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger
M&B TopicsTopic 3: Language
Degrees obtainedB.Sc. in Psychology and Criminology (University of Lincoln), M.Sc. in Psycholinguistics (University of Edinburgh); Dr. rer. nat. (Mat.-Nat. II, Humboldt-Universität)
TitleDr.
Cohort2007
StatusAlumna
Homepagehttp://www.mind-and-brain.de/news/detail/in-memoriam/
Prof. Dr. Felix Bermpohl
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes 
Understanding mindfulness deficits in borderline patients 
Doctoral projectUnderstanding mindfulness deficits in borderline patients
DescriptionWhat role do problems in mindfulness play in borderline personality disorder (BPD)? One core deficit of BPD may be their inability to stay focused on feelings and experiences in the present moment. In my PhD, I am trying to understand why patients find it difficult to be mindful. For this purpose, I developed a mindfulness paradigm with which I am trying to measure frequency and length of mindfulness and related cognitive states. Using this paradigm, I would like to compare mindfulness characteristics of BPD patients and other clinical patient groups, both on a behavioral and a neurological level. Hopefully, my research will advance our understanding of both mindfulness and borderline personality disorder and guide new avenues for clinical interventions.
FundingStudienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Felix Bermpohl
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedMSc Clinical and Developmental Psychology (Univ. of Amsterdam); BA Social and Cognitive Psychology (International University Bremen)
InstituteCharité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2013
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Hannah_Scheibner
Academia.eduhttps://europawissenschaften-berlin.academia.edu/HannahScheibner
Prof. Dr. Angela Friederici
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger 
The acquisition of sentence structures with topicalized objects in German – Neural correlates and behavioral evidences 
Doctoral projectThe acquisition of sentence structures with topicalized objects in German – Neural correlates and behavioral evidences
DescriptionFrom which age on do German children rely on case marking and not only on word order in identifying objects in sentences? Are there neural correlates of the behavioral development in different age groups? Children between 3.0 and 6.0 years, as well as adults, will be tested employing behavioral methods, eyetracking, and ERPs.
FundingMax Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science, Leipzig
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Angela Friederici
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger
M&B TopicsTopic 3: Language
Degrees obtainedMagister Artium, Linguistics; Dr. phil. (Universität Potsdam)
TitleDr.
Cohort2008
StatusAlumna
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Susanne Erk
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kathmann 
Studying gene-environment interaction in depression 
Doctoral projectStudying gene-environment interaction in depression
DescriptionWhy do some people become depressed and others don’t? Although there is no doubt that inherited features, such as genetic makeup, and stress both contribute to the manifestation of mental disorders, little is known for certain about disease etiology. In my PhD project, I investigate a potential mechanism of gene-environment interaction relevant to the causation of depression. Further, my project addresses the questions of how and to what extent active mental behavior can modulate the interplay of genes and the environment.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship (until Dec 2012); from Jan 2013: Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst e.V.; since July 2014: Mind & Brain postdoctoral scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Susanne Erk
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
M&B TopicsTopic 4: Brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedDiplom, Psychology (University of Tübingen)
InstituteDivision of Mind and Brain Research, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, CCM, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
TitleDr.
Cohort2011
StatusAlumna
Prof. Dr. Dr. Friedemann Pulvermüller
Prof. Dr. Manfred Krifka
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg 
The role of the left inferior frontal cortex (LIFC) in language comprehension 
Doctoral projectThe role of the left inferior frontal cortex (LIFC) in language comprehension
DescriptionThe role of Broca’s area and motor/premotor areas in language comprehension remains a controversial and much debated issue. For example, it has been argued that motor cortex involvement in speech perception seen in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies is limited to artificial tasks, degraded stimuli or that TMS affects not perception but task-related decision processes or other secondary post-understanding processes. In my thesis I will address some of these criticisms through further TMS experiments investigating the involvement of the LIFC in speech perception and comprehension. In addition to this, I will also conduct computational modelling, based on an existing neuroanatomically grounded neural network model of the perisylvian language cortex.
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Dr. Friedemann Pulvermüller
Prof. Dr. Manfred Krifka
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
M&B TopicsTopic 3: Language
Degrees obtainedB.A., University of Cambridge, UK; M.Sc., Freie Universität Berlin
InstituteInstitut für Deutsche und Niederländische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Cohort2013
StatusAlumnus
E-mailm.schomers-please remove this text-@fu-berlin.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Malte_Schomers
Prof. Dr. Philipp Sterzer
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes 
High-level processing during continuous flash suppression 
Doctoral projectHigh-level processing during continuous flash suppression
DescriptionI am interested in the extent to which high-level aspects of visual stimuli continue to be processed during binocular rivalry suppression. I am using continuous flash suppression, a recently developed variant of binocular rivalry, in concert with psychophysics and fMRI to explore the representation of perceptually suppressed visual information.
FundingStudienstiftung des deutschen Volkes; Mind and Brain postdoctoral scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Philipp Sterzer
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Degrees obtainedB.Sc.; M.Sc.; Dr. rer. nat. (Mat.-Nat. II, Humboldt-Universität)
TitleDr.
Cohort2009
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Timo_Stein4
Academia.eduhttps://independent.academia.edu/TimoStein
Prof. Dr. Gabriel Curio
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Blankertz 
Mapping music to the mind: brain mechanisms of perceived musical tension 
Doctoral projectMapping music to the mind: brain mechanisms of perceived musical tension
DescriptionPerceiving tension in music is a multi-faceted process integrating multiple sensory and cognitive aspects that results in a highly personal, often emotional experience in the listener. My PhD project investigates this process by relating neural concomitants of perceived musical tension in EEG to its subjective behavioral assessment and related autonomous vegetative reactions. Approximating a veridical musical experience, my approach aims at identifying a neural signature of perceived tension in a complex musical context and, eventually, tries to track it in real-time closely following the musical flow.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Gabriel Curio
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Blankertz
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Degrees obtainedMusic (Diplom, Performance and pedagogics), Lübeck; Computer science (Diplom), TU Berlin
TitleDr.
Cohort2011
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Irene_Sturm
Prof. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen 
The temporal structure of conscious perception: continuous or discrete? 
Doctoral projectThe temporal structure of conscious perception: continuous or discrete?
DescriptionWhat is the temporal structure of conscious perception? Is it as continuous as suggested by subjective experience? I suggest that the neural processes underlying conscious perception are discrete in nature and I want to examine how these processes give rise to the continuity of subjective conscious perception.
FundingEvangelisches Studienwerk Villigst
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Degrees obtainedB.A. Neurowissenschaften; M.Sc. Medical Neurosciences
InstituteMax Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin; School of Design Thinking, Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Potsdam
Cohort2012
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Caroline_Szymanski
Academia.eduhttps://mpib-berlin-mpg.academia.edu/CarolineSzymanski
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Dave Hemsley 
The relationship between selfhood and agency in schizophrenia 
Doctoral projectThe relationship between selfhood and agency in schizophrenia
DescriptionI am examining disruptions of agency in schizophrenia using eye tracking tasks, and comparing this to anomalies of self-experience. I am interested in the relationship between the feeling of agency and the experience of pre-reflective self.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship; Mind and Brain postdoctoral scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Dave Hemsley
M&B TopicsTopic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedBA Philosophy, MSc Philosophy of Mental Disorder, MSc Cognitive Neuroscience
TitleDr.
Cohort2011
StatusAlumna
Academia.eduhttps://independent.academia.edu/GeorginaTorbet
Prof. Dr. Torsten Schubert
Prof. Dr. Stephan Brandt 
The role of inhibition in eye movements and cognitive control 
Doctoral projectThe role of inhibition in eye movements and cognitive control
DescriptionI am interested in how we suppress instinctive or habitual actions when we recognise that they are inappropriate. Do the same central mechanisms control this suppression across all movement systems, including those that control the movements of our eyes? When such suppression fails, is it because an inhibitory signal arrives too late or because it fails to be generated in the first place?
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Torsten Schubert
Prof. Dr. Stephan Brandt
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedMA Psychology, University of St Andrews; MSc Research Methods in Psychology, University of Reading
InstituteInstitut für Psychologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2013
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Luke_Tudge
Academia.eduhttps://independent.academia.edu/LukeTudge
Prof. Dr. Philipp Sterzer
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg 
The influence of tactile stimuli on conscious visual perception during binocular rivalry. 
Doctoral projectThe influence of tactile stimuli on conscious visual perception during binocular rivalry.
DescriptionEvery day, our senses are bombarded with stimuli, which can be from the same or from different modalities. Much research focuses on the question how we become conscious of these stimuli, especially in the visual domain. However, not much is known about how stimuli from different sensory modalities are integrated to give rise to a conscious percept. In my project, I will use behavioural methods and fMRI to investigate the influence of tactile stimuli on conscious visual perception, to contribute to our knowledge of the neural mechanisms behind multisensory integration.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship; Mind and Brain postdoctoral scholarship; Hendrik Muller’s Vaderlandsch Fonds
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Philipp Sterzer
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Degrees obtainedMSc: Dual Masters in Brain and Mind Sciences (University College London, Ecole Normale Supérieure & Université Pierre et Marie Curie) BSc: University College Utrecht (University of Utrecht)
InstituteCharité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Klinik für Psychiatrie
TitleDr.
Cohort2010
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bianca_Van_Kemenade
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Notger Müller
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter 
Role of neurotransmitter dopamine and acetylcholine during the interaction of selective attention and working memory 
Doctoral projectRole of neurotransmitter dopamine and acetylcholine during the interaction of selective attention and working memory
DescriptionI will investigate the relationship between working memory and selective attention. Why is there a difference between the memory capacity of individuals? Using fMRI I will examine the correlation between the individual storage capacity of the dopamine dependent working memory and the more cholinergic dependent ability to ignore irrelevant information by means of selective attention. Additionally I will relate different storage and filtering abilities to various polymorphisms. The effect of higher Dopamine and Acetylcholine levels on these abilities will be investigated by drug administration. Young and old healthy people as well as people suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease will be tested.
FundingDFG
SupervisorsPriv.-Doz. Dr. Notger Müller
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 4: Brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedDipl. Biology (University of Bremen)
TitleDr.
Cohort2010
StatusAlumna
Prof. Dr. Felix Bermpohl
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter 
Neural substrates of attentional bias in alcoholism 
Doctoral projectNeural substrates of attentional bias in alcoholism
DescriptionWhy do people become addicted to alcohol and why is this behaviour so persistent? Both a genetic predisposition and neural changes in motivational and reflective systems of the brain after long-term drug use influence the pathological behaviour of alcoholism. On a molecular level, more and more research reveals that drugs of abuse modulate gene expression in the brain, leading to long lasting epigenetic changes. In my PhD project I study the neural and neurochemical substrates of attention biases that alcoholic patients have for alcohol cues in their environment, and take a closer look at how long-term drinking can modulate genetic make-up. I am also interested in the clinical and neural effects of behavioural treatments - such as emotion regulation strategies -, how neuroimaging techniques can be of use for treatment, and in conceptual shifts in mental health due to neuroscientific research.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship; Mind and Brain postdoctoral scholarship; initial funding by dr. Hendrik Muller’s Vaderlandsch Fonds
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Felix Bermpohl
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 4: Brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedBSc (hons) Psychobiology; BSc Psychology; MSc Psychology, University of Amsterdam
InstituteCharité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Klinik für Psychiatrie; Institut für Psychologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
TitleDr.
Cohort2010
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Corinde_Wiers
Academia.eduhttps://nih.academia.edu/CorindeWiers
Prof. Dr. Felix Bermpohl
Prof. Dr. Tania Singer 
Social cognition, inhibition and emotion regulation in chronically violent men: neural basis and implications for law 
Doctoral projectSocial cognition, inhibition and emotion regulation in chronically violent men: neural basis and implications for law
DescriptionThis project composes a synthesis of practical neuroscience research and law. I’m interested in the underlying networks and circuits of chronically violent men, reaching a better understanding of (isolated) aggression and its neural basis. Furthermore I want to connect these results with a juridical discussion, how neuroscientific results can influence law.
FundingBundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung (Österreich)
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Felix Bermpohl
Prof. Dr. Tania Singer
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtainedDiploma Psychology
InstituteHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Cohort2012
StatusAlumna
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Korina_Winter
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
Dr. Carlo Riverebi
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen 
Neural correlates of self-regulated behavior 
Doctoral projectNeural correlates of self-regulated behavior
DescriptionThe vast majority of choices we make every day are self-regulated. We need to decide in environments that change constantly and are often unpredictable; additionally, there are no strong external cues guiding our behavior. Therefore there is a need for self-regulation. We need to monitor changes in relevant environmental variables, like reward contingencies or different task difficulties, and endogenously adapt our behavior in order to perform well. Despite this fact, research in the past has focused on fully determined situations, in which subjects were told precisely which option to choose. In this PhD, we will investigate the interplay of changing environmental variables and endogenous, self-regulated choices in a modified task-switching paradigm. Using fMRI we will investigate the neural correlates of self-regulated choices, and their relation to the representations of task-relevant environmental factors.
FundingSupervisor
SupervisorsProf. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
Dr. Carlo Riverebi
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedDipl.-Psych. (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
TitleDr.
Cohort2008
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/David_Wiesniewski
Academia.eduhttps://berlin-can.academia.edu/DavidWisniewski
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg 
Exploring the Role of the TPJs in Social Cognition 
Doctoral projectExploring the Role of the TPJs in Social Cognition
DescriptionInvestigating the role of the left and right TPJ in social cognitive tasks. This will involve the use of non-invasive brain stimulations techniques to elucidate neural correlates of social behavior.
FundingMind and Brain Scholarship; Mind and Brain postdoctoral scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtainedM.Sc. Neural & Behavioral Sciences, Tübingen B.A. Psychology, California State University in Chico
InstituteDivision of Mind and Brain Research, Charite - Universitätsmedizin Berlin; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
TitleDr.
Cohort2011
StatusAlumnus
Prof. Dr. Angela Friederici
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger 
Neuroanatomical correlates of linguistic complexity in the left frontal cortex 
Doctoral projectNeuroanatomical correlates of linguistic complexity in the left frontal cortex
DescriptionCentral aspect of my research is the investigation of the neural substrates of syntactic processing and thematic organization in human sentence comprehension. Using both fMRI and behavioral techniques with non-canonical structures, the (temporo)frontal cortex - and its potential interplay with other annexed subcortical regions showing related operational roles - will be functionally disentangled.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Angela Friederici
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger
M&B TopicsTopic 3: Language
Degrees obtainedBA in Communication Sciences, University of Siena; MA in Linguistics, University of Siena and University of Edinburgh
TitleDr.
Cohort2010
StatusAlumnus
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Emiliano_Zaccarella
Academia.eduhttps://independent.academia.edu/EmilianoZaccarella