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Supervisors
Doctoral project
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Flombaum
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen 
How do biological systems form percepts? 
Doctoral projectHow do biological systems form percepts?
DescriptionBased on my psychophysical data collected in normal and anomalous human trichromats and calcium imaging data collected in Caenorhabditis elegans, the central aim of my thesis is to put forth a theory which sheds light on one of the most perplexing questions in all of science: how do biological systems form percepts?
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Jonathan Flombaum
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Topic 4: Brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
Degrees obtainedBA (philosophy of history), MSc (psychology conversion), MPhil (specialization in color vision)
InstituteCharité Medical Faculty Berlin; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, School of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Cohort2015
StatusDoctoral candidate
Academia.eduhttps://hu-berlin.academia.edu/IfedayoEmmanuelAdeyefaOlasupo
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg 
The role of functional connectivity and EEG rhythms on nonconscious processing of tactile stimuli 
Doctoral projectThe role of functional connectivity and EEG rhythms on nonconscious processing of tactile stimuli
DescriptionThe project investigates the neural correlates of nonconscious tactile stimuli localization. An EEG experiment is designed to observe whether specific EEG oscillations correlates with the ability to correctly localize undetected tactile stimuli. A TMS study will be designed to observe a possible pathway bypassing primary somatosensory cortex and allowing participants to localize undetected tactile stimuli. Finally, an fMRI experiment will be performed to understand the role of prestimulus functional connectivity on the localization of undetected stimuli.
FundingMind & Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Arno Villringer
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedB.Sc. Molecular Biology and Genetics
InstituteCharité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Cohort2016
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailesra.al.mbg-please remove this text-@gmail.com
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
Prof. Dr. Stephan Brandt 
Efficacy of physiological stimulation in modulating neurobiological markers of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 
Doctoral projectEfficacy of physiological stimulation in modulating neurobiological markers of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
DescriptionThe aim of my project is to elucidate the role of overactive error monitoring in patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Hyperactive error monitoring is one of the most robust psychophysiological alterations in OCD and may qualify as a neurobiological marker for the disorder. In my project, EEG will be used to assess electrophysiological correlates of error processing in patients with OCD. By employing a neurophysiological stimulation technique, I aim to answer the question whether neural correlates of error processing can be modulated in these patients and how this modulation affects obsessive-compulsive symptomatology. The overarching goal of my thesis is to increase our understanding of how specific neurocognitive functions contribute to complex psychopathological symptoms.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Norbert Kathmann
Prof. Dr. Stephan Brandt
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtained
InstituteDepartment of Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2017
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailluisa.balzus-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman
Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek 
Untrustworthy gossip: Effects on person perception and moral judgement 
Doctoral projectUntrustworthy gossip: Effects on person perception and moral judgement
DescriptionWhen gossiping with colleagues, reading news, or browsing social media, we constantly encounter verbal information about other people that may or may not be true and meaningful. I investigate how unreliable affective information about a person influences how we perceive and morally judge them. I use electrophysiological correlates of brain activity (ERPs) to study how perceiving their face and appraising their character is shaped by what we’ve heard about them.
FundingStudienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman
Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 3: Language
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtained
InstituteHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Psychology, Neurocognitive Psychology; Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Cohort2017
StatusDoctoral candidate
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Julia_Baum2
Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein
Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
 
Effect of oxytocin on person-identity recognition in autism spectrum disorders 
Doctoral projectEffect of oxytocin on person-identity recognition in autism spectrum disorders
DescriptionRecognizing others is a key ability for human communication and its disability leads to severe social difficulties. Social deficits characterize autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and are caused by abnormal processing of communication signals such as the voice and the face. Previous studies have shown that face recognition in neurotypical individuals and individuals diagnosed with ASD can be improved pharmacologically. The aim of my project is to systematically investigate the effect of oxytocin on behavioral and neural mechanisms of voice-identity and face-identity recognition in ASD.
FundingElsa-Neumann-Stipendium des Landes Berlin
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein
Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
M&B TopicsTopic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtainedBSc. Psychology (Freie Universität Berlin), MSc. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (Freie Universität Berlin)
InstituteMax Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2014
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailborowiak-please remove this text-@cbs.mpg.de
Academia.eduhttps://cbs-mpg.academia.edu/KamilaBorowiak
Prof. Dr. York Winter
Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinz
Prof. Dr. Randolf Menzel 
The value of information in decision-making in nectar-drinking bats 
Doctoral projectThe value of information in decision-making in nectar-drinking bats
DescriptionAnimals have been seen to violate the principles of rationality by choosing informative but low-energy rewards instead of non-informative, high-energy rewards. The question is whether Glossophaga soricina, a nectar-drinking bat which should value both information and energetic reward highly, also behaves irrationally. The free-flying animals will be studied using an electronic operant wall, and hypotheses, explanations and mathematical models underlying their behaviour will be explored.
FundingDAAD scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. York Winter
Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinz
Prof. Dr. Randolf Menzel
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtained
InstituteInstitute of Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2017
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailshambhavi.chidambaram-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
Dr. Roland Benoit 
Role of emotion in future episodic thinking 
Doctoral projectRole of emotion in future episodic thinking
DescriptionThe focus of my project is towards gaining insights into the link between episodic memories and episodic future thinking. The key questions of my project are: Does the valence of our episodic memories play a significant role in simulating future episodic events? If yes, what are the neural correlates of this past-future link? Can aberrations of this past-future link influence decision-making processes?
FundingDAAD
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
Dr. Roland Benoit
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtained
InstituteFreie Universität, Berlin; Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig; Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Cohort2017
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailaroma.dabas-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aroma_Dabas
Academia.eduhttps://mind-and-brain.academia.edu/AromaDabas
Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
 
Neural correlates of stereotypes and prejudice 
Doctoral projectNeural correlates of stereotypes and prejudice
DescriptionThis project examines how social biases are created through both prejudice (affective response) and stereotypes (semantic associations). Some of the essential questions are: Are these dissociable processes with distinct neural networks? Does the brain react similarly or differently across different social divisions? Do stress/arousal affect both processes or just the affective component?
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtained
InstituteHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Psychology
Cohort2016
StatusDoctoral candidate
Prof. Dr. Jan Slaby
Prof. Dr. Jesse Prinz
Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek 
Social cognition, social interaction, and emotion 
Doctoral projectSocial cognition, social interaction, and emotion
DescriptionMy thesis challenges prevailing models of mental state attribution and advances an alternative by focusing on the role of behavioral alignment in social interaction. The focus is especially on non-verbal cues in social interactions, e.g., emotional display.
FundingMind & Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Jan Slaby
Prof. Dr. Jesse Prinz
Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtained Staatsexamen Philosophie, Universität Stuttgart
InstituteFreie Universität Berlin, Institut für Philosophie; Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Cohort2015
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailgina.eickers-please remove this text-@fu-berlin.de
Academia.eduhttps://mind-and-brain.academia.edu/GinaEickers
Prof. Dr. Petra Ritter
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Robert Müller 
Decoding musical emotions using the virtual brain (TVB) 
Doctoral projectDecoding musical emotions using the virtual brain (TVB)
DescriptionMy project involves the study of musical emotions. Changes in intensity of valence and arousal results in different emotional states. In this study I will use these two components (arousal and valence) to decode person’s emotional experience.
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Petra Ritter
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Robert Müller
M&B TopicsTopic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtainedMSc Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Goldsmiths University of London
InstituteTechnische Universität Berlin; Charite - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Cohort2015
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailamna.ghani-please remove this text-@charite.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Amna_Ghani
Academia.eduhttps://goldsmiths.academia.edu/AmnaGhani
Dr. Radoslaw Cichy
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes 
Objects and space: understanding how object and location information are processed in the real world 
Doctoral projectObjects and space: understanding how object and location information are processed in the real world
DescriptionIn my research, I aim to characterize the neural dynamics of object and scene perception in a spatio-temporally resolved manner. Extensive research on object recognition in the brain has shown that visual object representations hierarchically emerge along the regions of the ventral visual stream while category-orthogonal information is gradually lost. In this PhD project I will investigate how object representations and object category-orthogonal information change in the ventral stream when objects are presented embedded in naturalistic scenes. To address this, I will apply multivariate pattern analysis and representational similarity analysis to human electrophysiology and neuroimaging data.
FundingResearch position, Emmy Noether grant
SupervisorsDr. Radoslaw Cichy
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Topic 3: Language
Degrees obtained
InstituteFreie Universität Berlin, AG Neural Dynamics of Visual Cognition; Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Cohort2017
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailmonikag-please remove this text-@zedat.fu-berlin.de
Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
Prof. Dr. Hans-Christian Deter 
Does mindfulness modulate empathy and mentalization processing? 
Doctoral projectDoes mindfulness modulate empathy and mentalization processing?
DescriptionThe aim of this study is to determine whether a psychological intervention (mindfulness) may have an impact in the brain processing of basic social abilities such as empathy and mentalization. To address these questions will be conducting a prospective study, with pre-post measurements of neural correlates of empathy and mentalization, using functional magnetic resonance imaging under particular social cognition paradigms.
FundingCONICYT – Chile / Mind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
Prof. Dr. Hans-Christian Deter
M&B TopicsTopic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtainedMedical degree & Adult Psychiatry (University of Chile)
InstituteInstitute of Psychology & Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2014
StatusDoctoral candidate
Academia.eduhttps://hu-berlin.academia.edu/SimonGuendelman
Prof. Dr. Andrea Kühn
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren 
Modelling decision-making in Parkinson’s disease 
Doctoral projectModelling decision-making in Parkinson’s disease
DescriptionThis project investigates disease- and therapy-specific deficits in decision-making in patients with the neurodegenerative disorder Parkinson’s Disease. In particular, the effect of deep brain stimulation on impulsivity and reward-related decision-making and the interaction with dopaminergic medication are investigated. Further, local field potentials of patients receiving deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus are investigated as possible markers of decision-making performance.
FundingMind & Brain Scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Andrea Kühn
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedMSc Clinical Neuroscience
InstituteFreie Universität Berlin & Virchow Klinikum Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Cohort2015
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailfriederike.irmen-please remove this text-@gmx.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Friederike_Irmen
Prof. Dr. Niko Busch
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Daniel Senkowski  
Oscillatory signatures and neural connectivity in multisensory integration 
Doctoral projectOscillatory signatures and neural connectivity in multisensory integration
DescriptionMy research aims to elucidate how brain regions interact to integrate the input from visual and auditory modalities. I will employ multisensory illusions, in which information from one modality can influence the perception of stimuli in another so that a novel percept arises, combined with EEG and TMS. Recently, beta-band oscillations have been suggested to provide a possible integrative processing mechanism across brain regions. I will consequently model oscillatory activity in the respective sensory areas, multisensory hubs and frontal regions, and perform connectivity analyses to get a better idea of the information transfer during multisensory processing. I will also apply TMS to selectively disrupt activity in regions of interest and analyze the effect on network activity.
FundingDFG grant supervisor
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Niko Busch
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Daniel Senkowski
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Degrees obtainedDiplom, Psychology (University of Konstanz)
InstituteDepartment of Psychology, FU Berlin; Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Cohort2014
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailmathis.kaiser-please remove this text-@charite.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mathis_Kaiser
Academia.eduhttps://charite.academia.edu/MathisKaiser
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer
Prof. Dr. Werner Sommer 
Virtually real cognition? Assessing human cognition in virtual environments 
Doctoral projectVirtually real cognition? Assessing human cognition in virtual environments
DescriptionWhat is the epistemological and ontological status of human cognitions that are elicited in virtual reality (VR) environments? Are they just as real as non-virtual cognitions (Chalmers, 2017)? How much can they tell us about cognition in the “real” world (or vice versa)? Are the underlying processes significantly shaped by the level of presence in the VR? The rise and the propagation of immersive VR technologies poses important questions to the research on mind and brain, and provides a new quiver of tools to approach traditional issues of the cognitive sciences. During my doctoral project I want to examine these tools and their interaction with our cognition. I will use virtual environments with different degrees of immersion, behavioural measures, and neuroimaging techniques (EEG/fNIRS).
FundingBMBF Project
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Arno Villringer
Prof. Dr. Werner Sommer
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtained
InstituteHumboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Psychologie; Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Cohort2017
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailfelix_klotzsche-please remove this text-@web.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Felix_Klotzsche
Academia.eduhttps://hu-berlin.academia.edu/FelixKlotzsche
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
Prof. Dr. Jesse Prinz
 
Emotions, folk-psychology, and natural kinds 
Doctoral projectEmotions, folk-psychology, and natural kinds
DescriptionEmpirical research has shown that emotions are not easily identifiable at the neural or bodily levels. This brings up the question of whether they form a natural kind and whether we should consider them objects of scientific inquiry on their own right. I want to argue that emotions are still interesting objects for psychology and neuroscience, despite the doubts we may have regarding their status as natural kinds. My project aims to develop an account in which, by starting from folk-psychological definitions and abstracting away from them, we can define emotions in scientifically meaningful ways.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
Prof. Dr. Jesse Prinz
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtainedB.A. Philosophy, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia
InstituteHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute of Philosophy
Cohort2016
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailloaiza.juan-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Prof. Dr. Carsten Finke
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
 
Functional connectivity profiles and relational memory deficits in patients with limbic encephalitis 
Doctoral projectFunctional connectivity profiles and relational memory deficits in patients with limbic encephalitis
DescriptionIn my PhD project I investigate resting-state functional connectivity in patients with autoimmune diseases of the brain. First, I want to use resting-state fMRI data to identify a patient's disease earlier than usual based on functional connectivity measures. Secondly, I will examine functional connectivity differences in distinct variants of autoimmune encephalitis and their effect son cognitive functioning. Thirdly, I will assess relational memory in patients with limbic autoimmune encephalitis as a model for bilateral hippocampal damage. The goal of my PhD project is to facilitate clinical diagnostics using fMRI, help to elucidate differences in autoimmune encephalitis variants and generate knowledge about both the processing of relational memory and the effects of functional connectivity variations on cognition in the human brain.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Carsten Finke
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Topic 4: Brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtained
InstituteHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Psychology
Cohort2016
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailmantwill.m-please remove this text-@googlemail.com
Prof. Dr. Dr. Friedemann Pulvermüller
Prof. Dr. Christine Mooshammer
 
The mechanism of sound symbolism in the action-perception network of language 
Doctoral projectThe mechanism of sound symbolism in the action-perception network of language
DescriptionSound symbolism is a universal linguistic phenomenon of nonarbitrariness in human language. The present project aims to explore the mechanisms of sound symbolism in the action-perception networks of language. In parallel we would like to test sound symbolism in NHM exploring further the origins of human language.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Dr. Friedemann Pulvermüller
Prof. Dr. Christine Mooshammer
M&B TopicsTopic 3: Language
Degrees obtained
InstituteFreie Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Deutsche und Niederländische Philologie, Brain Language Laboratory
Cohort2016
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailkonstantina.margiotoudi-please remove this text-@gmail.com
Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman
 
Reward-related processing of social non-verbal cues in Autism Spectrum Disorders 
Doctoral projectReward-related processing of social non-verbal cues in Autism Spectrum Disorders
DescriptionThe aim of my project is to better understand how individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) process social non-verbal cues (facial expressions, gestures, and body posture). To address this issue, I will design a paradigm suitable for measuring both neural (ERPs) and other psychophysiological indicators of social and non-social reward processing (e.g. eye-tracking measures). Furthermore, I will investigate whether motion (videos instead of static pictures) and complexity (all of, or one of the following: facial, hand and posture cues) of social stimuli aid or impede feedback responsiveness in individuals with ASD.
FundingMind & Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtained
InstituteHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2016
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailmatyjekm-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer
Prof. Dr. Soyoung Q Park 
Unconventional eating behaviour and its effect on brain circuits and on mind-gut-feedback 
Doctoral projectUnconventional eating behaviour and its effect on brain circuits and on mind-gut-feedback
DescriptionIn this project, we want to study the effects of an unconventional diet on food decision-making, brain connectivity and other cognitive and sensory processes implicated in choosing between food items. It has been shown that a change in diet affects our intestinal microbial composition and other metabolic markers, however, cognitive effects have not been fully investigated yet. We suggest that unconventional eaters manifest changes not only on a biological but also on a cognitive level (i.e. more self-control). We are interested in whether gut microbiotic status is predictive of brain connectivity in brain regions related to the adoption of an unconventional diet.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Arno Villringer
Prof. Dr. Soyoung Q Park
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtained
InstituteMax Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2017
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailmedawar-please remove this text-@cbs.mpg.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Evelyn_Medawar2
Prof. Dr. Friedemann Pulvermüller
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg 
Neurolinguistic investigations of causal links between the mechanisms for language and perception 
Doctoral projectNeurolinguistic investigations of causal links between the mechanisms for language and perception
DescriptionCan language influence our perception? Does labelling something make it easier for us to perceive it? These questions are central to my thesis project, in which I investigate the causal links between language and perception. The crux of my research involves tactile perception and discrimination before and after associating labels with tactile patterns.
FundingMind & Brain Scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Friedemann Pulvermüller
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 3: Language
Degrees obtainedBA Spanish, MA German and Theoretical Linguistics, MA European Linguistics
InstituteFreie Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Deutsche und Niederländische Philologie, Brain Language Laboratory
Cohort2015
StatusDoctoral candidate
Phone+49 30 83851170
E-mailtally.miller-please remove this text-@fu-berlin.de
Homepagehttp://www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/v/brainlang/te...
Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman 
Empathy plasticity and the empathic brain: an EEG-accompanied training study employing the computer-assisted program Zirkus Empathico with preschoolers 
Doctoral projectEmpathy plasticity and the empathic brain: an EEG-accompanied training study employing the computer-assisted program Zirkus Empathico with preschoolers
DescriptionMy doctoral project examines the development and plasticity of empathy looking at both the construct’s behavioral and neuronal correlates. Mental health problems in children have dramatically increased. A first indicator of dysfunctional, psychological, and behavioral patterns are deficient social and emotional competences. Continuous fostering of these competences should therefore already start at a very young age to prevent, correct, or compensate problematic thoughts and behaviors. Therefore, the computer-assisted program Zirkus Empathico will be employed in a longitudinal study design within my PhD project, with children’s behavioral and neuronal variables measured before and after the training to examine if improvements in empathic responses can be achieved.
FundingScholarship from Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman
M&B TopicsTopic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtained
InstituteDepartment of Psycholgoy, AG Social Cognition, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2017
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailsandra.naumann-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sandra_Naumann3
Prof. Dr. Felix Bermpohl
Dr. Daniel Margulies
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer 
Models of the self and their neurobiological implementation 
Doctoral projectModels of the self and their neurobiological implementation
DescriptionMy doctoral research surrounds the neurobiological mechanisms (as well as their relation with behaviour and phenomenology) that (might) play a role in the maintenance and regulation of (human) systemic balance and identity. I pursue different lines of thought, one main focus concerns the regulatory mechanisms of large-scale brain networks involved with internally and externally directed attention.
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Felix Bermpohl
Dr. Daniel Margulies
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtainedB.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Biological Psychology, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Philosophy), University College Maastricht; M.Sc. Brain and Mind Sciences, University College London, Ecole Normale Superieure, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie
InstituteCharite Universitätsmedizin
Cohort2015
StatusDoctoral candidate
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Katharina_Ohrnberger2
Academia.eduhttps://ucl.academia.edu/KOhrnberger
Prof. Dr. Angela D. Friederici
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger
 
The sensitive period for associative learning of non-adjacent dependencies in verbal and non-verbal material 
Doctoral projectThe sensitive period for associative learning of non-adjacent dependencies in verbal and non-verbal material
DescriptionYoung children are able to learn the rules of their native language in an associative, automatic way. Adults, on the other hand, have to learn a second language in a more explicit, controlled way. One kind of rules that have to be learned when acquiring a language are non-adjacent dependencies. These are grammatical dependencies that span across one or more other elements of a sentence, for example the “is” and “-ing” in: “The sister is singing.” In my thesis, I want to investigate when in development the ability to learn non-adjacent dependencies in natural language associatively is lost. By also investigating non-adjacent dependency processing for non-linguistic material, I want to further find out whether this developmental trajectory is specific to language or domain-general.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Angela D. Friederici
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger
M&B TopicsTopic 3: Language
Degrees obtained
InstituteMax Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Cohort2016
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailpaulm-please remove this text-@cbs.mpg.de
Elisa Filevich, PhD
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen 
Metacognition of action – behavioral and brain bases 
Doctoral projectMetacognition of action – behavioral and brain bases
DescriptionIn my project I am interested in metacognition, i.e. the knowledge about one’s own cognitive phenomena. Precisely, I study metacognition of action: my main question is whether and to what extend people have metacognitive access to their movements. Typically, in metacognition research people do a task, in my case a motor task, and they subsequently judge their performance. This judgement is our measure of metacognitive ability. I am interested in both behavioural and neural correlates of metacognition of action. The implications of my project are manifold: it is of interest for sports science as well as for clinical research on motor disorders. Also, metacognition is an important aspect of human consciousness and could provide new insights relevant for philosophy as well.
FundingFreigeist fellowship, Volkswagen Stiftung
SupervisorsElisa Filevich, PhD
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtained
InstituteBernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience / Department of Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2018
StatusDoctoral candidate
Phone030 2093-6266
E-mailcaroline.peters-please remove this text-@bccn-berlin.de
Prof. Dr. Carsten Finke
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
PD Dr. Sabine Müller 
Memory independent spatial navigation in clinical and experimental settings 
Doctoral projectMemory independent spatial navigation in clinical and experimental settings
DescriptionIn my doctoral project, I will study impaired and unimpaired memory independent topographical orientation in old age. I developed an assessment, which integrates core cognitive processes of navigation like mental rotation, sense of direction and the synchronisation of ego- and allocentric perspective, without the necessity for subjects to memorise routes or landmarks. I intend to use this tool, to differentiate between subjects with and without difficulties in topographical orientation and to explore neural activation patterns in successful vs. insufficient orientation using fMRI. Building on these findings, I plan to study the effects of enhanced excitability of neurons in regions that are involved in successful orientation on behavioural performance in navigation with tDCS.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Carsten Finke
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
PD Dr. Sabine Müller
M&B TopicsTopic 4: Brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtained
InstituteDepartment of Neurology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin; Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Cohort2017
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailsophia.rekers-please remove this text-@charite.de
Prof. Dr. Christoph Möllers
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
Prof. Dr. Tade Spranger
 
Fixing broken brains – The human right to mental self-determination of legally incompetent persons in favor of or against psychiatric neurosurgery  
Doctoral projectFixing broken brains – The human right to mental self-determination of legally incompetent persons in favor of or against psychiatric neurosurgery
DescriptionIn my PhD thesis standard questions like the legal requirements for the information duties of doctors and the need for the ascent of legally incompetent persons will be discussed. The focus will lie on relatively new issues like the possibilities of psychiatric patients to obtain PNS without or against their proxy’s consent (when patient prefers PNS over other medical treatment or detention). Moreover, the thesis will contain suggestions as to the establishment of an effective control system (monitoring patient care, study setup and outcomes). In an outlook, I will address the regulation of legally relevant behavior induced by functional and/or psychiatric neurosurgery (buying binge, gambling addiction, criminal behavior, …) and the possibility of applying PNS beyond the strictly clinical setting.
FundingMind & Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Christoph Möllers
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
Prof. Dr. Tade Spranger
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtained1. juristisches Staatsexamen, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Maitrise en droit (international law), Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas; Licence en droit (law of the European Union), Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas
InstituteJuristische Fakultät, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2015
StatusDoctoral candidate
Phone+49 (0) 173 7028358
E-maillucia.reuter-please remove this text-@posteo.de
Homepagehttp://mindandbrain.charite.de/en/people/team_rg_mab/lucia_r...
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lucia_Reuter
Prof. Dr. Hellmuth Obrig
Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman 
Semantic context effects in healthy and language impaired participants 
Doctoral projectSemantic context effects in healthy and language impaired participants
DescriptionSemantic relations between objects can influence how easily an object’s name is retrieved in language production. Categorical relations usually inhibit, whereas associative relations facilitate object naming. In my thesis I investigate these effects in detail using eye tracking and reaction time measures in healthy participants and people with language impairments. Individuals with aphasia following stroke or progressive aphasia due to dementia show particular difficulties in naming certain items. I aim to show how the processing of semantic relations between these items (as seen in eye movements) correlates with the speed and success of naming them in inhibitory or facilitative conditions. These behavioural insights can improve diagnosis and treatment strategies for these impairments.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Hellmuth Obrig
Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtained
InstituteDay Clinic for Cognitive Neurology, Leipzig; MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig; Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Cohort2017
StatusDoctoral candidate
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cornelia_Van_Scherpenberg
Prof. Dr. Martin Rolfs
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
 
Perceptual and motor consequences of intrasaccadic perception 
Doctoral projectPerceptual and motor consequences of intrasaccadic perception
DescriptionWhenever we humans make rapid, step-like eye movements - so-called saccades – the visual image shifts across our retina at high velocities. Why do we never perceive some kind of blurred visual input while we move our eyes? Previous studies have related this observation to an effect, or mechanism, termed saccadic suppression. This has led to the rather common belief that perception during saccades is shut down, which is not true. In contrast, some experiments suggest that intrasaccadic perception is not only well possible but also quite efficient. Using psychophysical methods combined with eye tracking and EEG, we will investigate the potential functional role of intrasaccadic perception in a range of visual processes.
FundingStudienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Mind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Martin Rolfs
Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Degrees obtained
InstituteInstitute of Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin &
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience
Cohort2016
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailrichard.schweitzer-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Prof. Dr. Vittorio Gallese
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen 
Interpersonal mirroring: Towards an empirically informed account of the second-person perspective 
Doctoral projectInterpersonal mirroring: Towards an empirically informed account of the second-person perspective
DescriptionThe aim of my project is to provide a full-developed epistemological account of the second-person perspective, based on both philosophical reflection and neuroscientific evidence – with particular regard to the role played by the mirror mechanism. Furthermore, I will try to make use of this account of the dyadic relation I-Thou in order to explain a wider range of intersubjective phenomena, from shared intentionality to joint action.
FundingEinstein Stiftung Berlin
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Vittorio Gallese
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
M&B TopicsTopic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtainedB.A. and M.A. in Philosophy (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan)
InstituteBerlin School of Mind and Brain & Institute of Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2016
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailluca.settembrino-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Luca_Settembrino
Academia.eduhttps://hu-berlin.academia.edu/LucaSettembrino
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt 
Emotions as a source of moral knowledge 
Doctoral projectEmotions as a source of moral knowledge
DescriptionRecent empirical research in moral psychology has underscored the importance of emotions in determining either all or some class of our moral judgments. This can be taken to justify skepticism with regards to the truth of such judgments. My project aims to explore the empirical underpinnings of moral emotions with the goal of ascertaining whether they can function as legitimate evidence for moral judgment and belief. Taking my cue from research in the model-based learning mechanisms involved in generating and refining emotional reactions, I will investigate whether moral emotions are also the upshot of such learning, and whether this can be a way of vindicating emotions as a source of moral knowledge.
FundingElsa Neumann Stipendium des Landes Berlin
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Thomas Schmidt
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtained
InstituteDepartment of Philosophy, HU Berlin
Cohort2018
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailsofronir-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Academia.eduhttps://hu-berlin.academia.edu/RazvanSofroni
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen 
Uncovering neural mechanisms of consciousness - Modality-independent conscious processing within the working memory 
Doctoral projectUncovering neural mechanisms of consciousness - Modality-independent conscious processing within the working memory
DescriptionMy research project aims at disentangling different neural mechanisms related to conscious processing of stimuli in a working memory task. I will be looking for a brain structure and function that is at work during conscious processing of visual, auditory and tactile stimuli, regardless of their perceptual modality, and in contrast to unconscious processing of said stimuli. For that, I will be using data from EEG as well as fMRI and TMS. Integrating existing neural theories of conscious processing is the overarching goal of my thesis.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedDiploma in Psychology, Philipps-Universität Marburg
InstituteInstitute of Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin
Cohort2013
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailkathrin.tertel-please remove this text-@fu-berlin.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kathrin_Tertel
Prof. Dr. Dr. Friedemann Pulvermüller
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
 
Brain connections of words, perceptions, and actions: A neurobiological model of semantic brain areas and brain imaging studies 
Doctoral projectBrain connections of words, perceptions, and actions: A neurobiological model of semantic brain areas and brain imaging studies
DescriptionA growing number of studies indicate the existence of so-called ‘semantic hubs’, that is, areas in cortex where the meaning of all types of signs and symbols is processed. However, recent neuroimaging and patient studies have shown that other cortical areas contribute to semantic processing in a more selective fashion, being particularly relevant for specific semantic categories. Why are there both semantic hubs and category-specific semantic areas in the human brain? Are these areas all necessary? When in time they first emerge? These questions will be investigated in a neurobiological model of semantic brain areas that simulates aspects of word learning in action and perception, to derive predictions and to be tested in a word learning experiment using fMRI and EEG.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Dr. Friedemann Pulvermüller
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
M&B TopicsTopic 3: Language
Degrees obtained
InstituteInstitut für Deutsche und Niederländische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Cohort2016
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailtomasello.r-please remove this text-@fu-berlin.de
Homepagehttp://www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/v/brainlang/te...
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rosario_Tomasello
Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter 
Interactions between oxytocin and the reward system on social cognition 
Doctoral projectInteractions between oxytocin and the reward system on social cognition
DescriptionTo date, understanding the role of oxytocin in empathy and other pro-social behaviours has been a primary focus in social cognition research. How this neuropeptide exerts its effects is, however, not yet fully understood. Animal studies hint at oxytocinergic modulations of neurotransmitter systems underlying social-affective behaviours, such as serotonin and dopamine. In humans, however, these interactions are still not well identified. My project aims to further elucidate oxytocin’s mechanisms of action in humans, with special focus on the interactions with the dopaminergic-reward system.
FundingMind & Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
M&B TopicsTopic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtainedB.A. in Psychology (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) M.Sc. in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
InstituteDepartment of Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2015
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailirene.trilla-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Irene_Trilla
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Niko Busch 
Neurophysiological correlates of working memory without consciousness 
Doctoral projectNeurophysiological correlates of working memory without consciousness
DescriptionWorking memory is thought to be a conscious process until recently. However, two studies behaviourally showed that there may be unconscious working memory. My work plans to search if this claim can be proven with an ERP study by subliminally occupying visual working memory and researching amplitude differences in CDA component, which is in relation to working memory capacity.
FundingDAAD scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Niko Busch
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Degrees obtainedM.Sc., Cognitive Science, Universität Wien; M.A., Philosophy, Bogazici University, Istanbul
InstituteDepartment of Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin
Cohort2014
StatusDoctoral candidate
Phone+49 151 12309799
E-mailisil.uluc-please remove this text-@gmail.com
Academia.eduhttps://independent.academia.edu/IsilUluc
Prof. Dr. Carsten Finke
Prof. Dr. Christoph Ploner 
Dynamic functional connectivity in patients with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis 
Doctoral projectDynamic functional connectivity in patients with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis
DescriptionMy project aims to investigate temporal dynamics of functional connectivity in patients with autoimmune encephalitis. Two main hypotheses will be tested (a) do patients show symptomatic patterns of dynamic functional connectivity that distinguishes them from healthy controls? and (b) do these alterations account for the patients’ compromising long-standing memory deficits?
FundingCusanuswerk
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Carsten Finke
Prof. Dr. Christoph Ploner
M&B TopicsTopic 2: Decision-making
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtained
InstituteNeurology Department, Charité -- Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Cohort2018
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailnina.schwanenflug-please remove this text-@charite.de
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren 
Working memory representation of multi-feature contents in somesthesis 
Doctoral projectWorking memory representation of multi-feature contents in somesthesis
DescriptionThe present research project aims to characterize the fundamental neural mechanisms underlying multi-featured WM representations. From the perspective of sensory WM research, the benefit of this project would be twofold: On one hand, it would be one of few studies that addresses WM processing of more complex stimuli in somesthesis. On the other hand, by comparing analogies and differences between the new findings with other modalities would facilitate the identification of supramodal mechanisms. From the perspective of a larger context, this investigation can help to understand our ability to integrate different information and to experience them as a coherent, unitary wholes.
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Degrees obtainedBSc in Psychology MSc in Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience
InstituteDepartment of Education and Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin
Cohort2015
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailyuan-hao.wu-please remove this text-@fu-berlin.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yuan_Hao_Wu
Prof. Dr. Elke van der Meer
Prof. Dr. Fabian Klostermann 
Event segmentation and temporal event sequencing of patients with Parkinson’s disease 
Doctoral projectEvent segmentation and temporal event sequencing of patients with Parkinson’s disease
DescriptionThe aim of the project is the better understanding of the cognitive impairments and the underlying neural mechanisms in patients with Parkinson’s disease regarding event segmentation and temporal event sequencing. Both processes are highly important for remembering and executing daily activities and thus, for the patients quality of life. The project includes behavioural tasks, e.g. the event segmentation task where participants segment movies into meaningful events. Furthermore, the project includes a neurophysiological measurement (ERP) where participants identify contentual or temporal errors in event sequences (event triplet task). The long-term objective of the project is the development of specific rehabilitative training programs that aim to improve the daily competence of the patients.
FundingErnst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES)
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Elke van der Meer
Prof. Dr. Fabian Klostermann
M&B TopicsTopic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtained
InstituteHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Psychology / Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Department of Neurology
Cohort2018
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailmichelle.wyrobnik-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Homepagehttps://www.psychologie.hu-berlin.de/de/personal/91680356
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michelle_Wyrobnik