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Name
Supervisors
Doctoral project
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Flombaum
Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik Walter
Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen 
On the phenomenological, psychophysical and neurophysiological mechanisms which modulate trichromatic vision 
Doctoral projectOn the phenomenological, psychophysical and neurophysiological mechanisms which modulate trichromatic vision
DescriptionCombining phenomenological, psychophysical and neurophysiological techniques, the aim of my thesis is to uncover what I have termed cognitive color maps in human primates.
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, 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. 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. Isabel Dziobek
Prof. 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. 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. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek 
Social cognition, social interaction, and emotion 
Doctoral projectSocial cognition, social interaction, and emotion
DescriptionThe central question of my dissertation project is if social interaction is possible without assuming social understanding. The aim is to develop an account that explains social interaction as an internalized automatism, mainly by referring to what role emotions play in social interaction.
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 2: Decision-making
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtained Staatsexamen Philosophie, Universität Stuttgart
InstituteInstitut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2015
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailgina.eickers-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Academia.eduhttps://mind-and-brain.academia.edu/GinaEickers
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Robert Müller
PD Dr. Petra Ritter 
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. Klaus-Robert Müller
PD Dr. Petra Ritter
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
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. 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. Rasha Abdel Rahman
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg 
The meaning of linguistic categories in visual perception 
Doctoral projectThe meaning of linguistic categories in visual perception
DescriptionIn cognitive neuroscience, there is still an ongoing debate about the cognitive penetrability of perception. Some claim that early stages of perception are modular and functionally encapsulated from “higher-level” cognition. Others propose that even the earliest stages of perception can in principle make use of the predictive value of cognitive factors such as expectations, emotions, or language. In this context, I combine experimental paradigms from cognitive psychology with different EEG-techniques, to investigate these questions: Does language (e.g., names for object categories) impact early visual perception? Does the semantic richness of verbal categories play a role in this? And can language influence whether we consciously perceive a stimulus at all?
FundingElsa-Neumann-Stipendium des Landes Berlin
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman
Prof. Dr. Felix Blankenburg
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 3: Language
Topic 6: Social cognition / human sociality and the brain
Degrees obtainedDiplom, Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
InstituteDepartment of Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2015
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailmartin.maier-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Martin_Maier9
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. 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. 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
Prof. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger
Dr. Yee Lee Shing
Prof. Dr. Christine Heim 
The effect of stress on children's neurocognitive development 
Doctoral projectThe effect of stress on children's neurocognitive development
DescriptionSeverely stressful experiences, for instance trauma, affect children’s brain and cognitive development. However, it is less well understood how variations in stress within a less severe range affect development. For example, children may experience higher stress levels due to living in a more crowded environment or a neighborhood with a high crime rate. At the same time, family environment may moderate children’s experiences of stress. We are particularly interested in how stress and family environment affect learning and memory development in middle childhood. To understand the involved neural mechanisms, we plan to utilize magnetic resonance imaging in a longitudinal design over the course of a year.
FundingMind & Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger
Dr. Yee Lee Shing
Prof. Dr. Christine Heim
M&B TopicsTopic 4: Brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtainedBSc in Experimental Psychology, MSc in Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience
InstituteMax-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin; Charité University Medical School
Cohort2013
StatusDoctoral candidate
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Laurel_Raffington
Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Heinze
Prof. Dr. Gabriel Curio
Dr. Tino Zähle 
Closed-loop modulation of state-dependent attention 
Doctoral projectClosed-loop modulation of state-dependent attention
DescriptionOngoing neural activity - an index of the current brain state - is continuously fluctuating. Neuroscience strives to classify this quantifiable stream of ongoing neural activity into distinct brain states. The categorization of these defined brain states is explicitly as well as implicitly often based on concurrent states of the mind. Thus, descriptions of mind and brain become inextricably linked. In my PhD project, I plan to correlate brain states as represented by electrophysiological measures of neural processing with states of the mind reflected by ratings of introspectively accessible attention. I will use transcranial electrical stimulation to modulate brain states being accompanied by shifts of attentional states elucidating their role from a mechanistic perspective.
FundingResearch position Universität Magedeburg
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Hans-Jochen Heinze
Prof. Dr. Gabriel Curio
Dr. Tino Zähle
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Topic 5: Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
Degrees obtained
InstituteResearch Group “Neuropsychology”, Department of Neurology, Otto-von-Guericke-Universitaet Magdeburg
Cohort2016
Current PositionWissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailstefan.repplinger-please remove this text-@med.ovgu.de
Homepagehttps://human-rights-education.academia.edu/StefanRepplinger
Prof. Dr. Christoph Möllers
Prof. 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.
FundingBerlin School of Mind and Brain scholarship
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Christoph Möllers
Prof. 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. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Niko Busch 
Conceptual change due to scientific progress: a possible solution to the explanatory gap? 
Doctoral projectConceptual change due to scientific progress: a possible solution to the explanatory gap?
DescriptionWill we ever be able to give a satisfying explanation of consciousness? Philosophers who deny this possibility sometimes talk about the existence of an explanatory gap between phenomenal and physical/functional features. I want to argue against this view by investigating the possible consequences of conceptual change in case of consciousness. To understand the mechanisms of conceptual change I look for comparable examples in the history of science in general and the history of mental concepts in particular. Concerning a possible conceptual change in the case of consciousness I study the current development of neuroscientific and psychological theories aiming at consciousness and explore their relevance for the philosophical discussion.
FundingMind and Brain scholarship; Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
SupervisorsProf. Dr. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Niko Busch
M&B TopicsTopic 1: Perception, attention, consciousness
Degrees obtainedM.A. Philosophy
InstituteInstitute of Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cohort2013
StatusDoctoral candidate
E-mailschomaea-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
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
SupervisorsDr. 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
Current PositionDoctoral candidate
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. 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. 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. 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. 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