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  • 01.06.2019

    Benjamin Weismüller has now published also the third study of his dissertation. In Psychophysiology he reports how feedback delay affects the processing of feedback in active and observational learning.

  • 29.04.2019

    New publication in the Journal NeuroImage with the title: „How words get meaning: The neural processing of novel object names after sensorimotor training“ (link). In this fMRI study (in cooperation with the professors Antoch, Turowski und Wittsack from the Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology), Laura Bechtold, Marta Ghio and colleagues had their participants gain active and observational sensorimotor experience with novel objects. After a short training period, the processing of the novel objects’ names drew on a semantic network involved in processing word meaning. This semantic network further showed an enhanced functional connectivity with experience-specific brain areas.

  • 12.04.2019

    New publication: Today a manuscript from our department on effects of modafinil on moral decisin making and its neural correlates has been accepted for publication in "Psychopharmacology", with the former B.Sc. student Thao Ngo as first author. The study was conducted in cooperation with Lars Kuchinke (International Psychoanalytic University Berlin) and Patrik Roser (Ruhr-University Bochum) and was funded by the Mercator Foundation.

  • 26.03.2019

    The colloquium plan for the summer term 2019 is now online

  • 07.03.2019

    New publication (undefinedLink) in the journal "Scientific Reports"! In a DFG-funded research program established together with researchers at the University of Münster, undefinedDr. Jutta Peterburs and undefinedProf. Dr. Christian Bellebaum are currently investigating if processing of and learning from performance-related feedback are altered in patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD)/social phobia. In a recent EEG-study, 34 patients with SAD and 30 healthy controls completed a probabilistic learning task in two conditions: under social observation and in a control condition without observation. As expected, SAD patients as compared to healthy controls experienced more subjective discomfort under social observation. Moreover, they showed better learning from negative feedback in the control condition, but reduced learning from negative feedback in the observation condition. This effect correlated with reduced differentiation of positive and negative feedback in the time range of the feedback-related negativity (FRN). These findings demonstrate that processing of and learning from feedback are altered in SAD, especially under social scrutiny. In particular, it appears that SAD patients do not process positive information adequately on the neural level, which may impair their ability to differentiate between negative and positive outcomes.

  • 11.12.2018

    Today undefined Benjamin Weismüller successfully completed his dissertation with the oral exam. From his colleagues he received not only a new running shirt, but also one of the most creative doctoral caps of all time (see picture). Congratulations Benjamin!
  • 15.11.2018

    New publication in the journal "Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition": Together with neuroscientists at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, and Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand,  undefinedDr. Jutta Peterburs  investigated EEG asymmtries across the head in the alpha, beta, delta, and theta frequency bands in a representative sample of 235 healthy adults. Significant asymmetries were found in all four frequency bands and across several brain areas, indicating that EEG asymmetries are not limited to frontal alpha. Asymmetries were modulated by direction of hand preference, with stronger right-handedness predicting greater right (relative to left) alpha power, or greater left (relative to right) activity. These results show that EEG asymmetries other than frontal alpha represent markers of asymmetric brain function that should be explored further.

  • 25.10.2018

    New publication in Brain Structur & Function: In collaborations with John Desmond and others researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland (USA),   undefinedDr. Jutta Peterburs  investigates non-motor functions of the cerebellum, with particular focus on verbal working memory. In this fMRI study, inferior and superior cerebellar regions were shown to be differentially modulated as a function of stimulus similarity and sequence novelty, indicating that particularly lobule VIIIa may contribute to verbal working memory by generating predictions of letter sequences that reduce the likelihood of phonological loop failure before retrieval. These findings support prediction, which can be based on sequence learning or detection, as an overarching cerebellar function

  • 22.10.2018
    New publication in Brain and Language: undefinedLaura Bechtold investigated experience-dependent effects on conceptual processing in the abstract domain. In this study, she and her co-authors could show that mathematical expertise selectively modulates the processing of mathematical words.

  • 11.10.2018
    The  colloquium plan  for the winter term 2018/9 is now online.

  • 22.06.2018
    New publication in the special issue „Neural Mechanisms of Learning“ in the Journal Biomedicines: Which role plays the imageability of concrete words for their processing advantage over abstract words? Laura Bechtold together with Marta Ghio and Christian Bellebaum could show that the mere visual imageability of newly learned words modulates the late electrophysiological correlates of semantic processing.

  • 10.05.2018
    new publication in Neuropsychologia: Patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease learn better from negative than positive feedback. Together with colleagues from our department, from the Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Medical Psychology, and the Department of Neurology of the UKD, Benjamin Weismüller could to show in a new publication in Neuropsychologia that a similar bias is seen also for delayed feedback. This may indicate an effect of dopamine on learning from delayed feedback, which has recently also been linked to the hippocampus.   undefined Link


  • 01.05.2018
    Which neural networks are implicated when sentences’ meaning is modulated by the occurrence of negation (e.g., I love you vs. I don’t love you)? Via a data-driven technique, called Multi-Variate Pattern Analysis, Marta Ghio and Karolin Haegert (WHB in our department) - in collaboration with Matilde Vaghi and Marco Tettamanti - showed that negation modulates brain networks specific for the processing of the meaning categories as well as syntactic and cognitive control systems. This new paper has just been accepted for publication in an upcoming theme issue of “Philosophical Transactions B” (doi:10.1098/rstb.2017.0124).

  • 28.04.2018
    A cognitive training with action-related verbs (e.g., to screw, to grasp) induces brain plasticity effects in the action brain system as assessed by gray matter Voxel Brain Morphometry. This preliminary finding, which might have relevant implications not only for cognitive accounts of semantic memory but also for neurorehabilitation research, is described in a new paper by Marta Ghio just accepted for publication in Neuropsychologia.  Link

  • 23.04.2018
    Eckart Zimmermann's talk today had to be cancelled. Instead it will take place on the 4th of June (see updated colloquium plan)

  • 06.04.2018
    The colloquium plan for the summer term 2018 is now online .

  • 17.01.2018
    New publication in Brain and Language: Laura Bechtold studies the development of new object representations in the brain in her PhD project. In this study she could show that the the experience with novel objects is mirrored in processing the objects' names. Link to the abstract will follow.
  • 22.11.2017

    It is well known that stimuli caused by an own action are processed differently compared to external stimuli. But what about stimuli following an observed action? This is the topic of a new paper by Marta Ghio, accepted for publication today in Psychophysiology (link to the abstract here).

  • 17.10.2017
    On the first of October Jutta Peterburs started to work in our department as a post-doc. Today her homepage has been completed with her photo. Welcome Jutta!
  • 01.10.2017

    The colloquium plan for the winter term 17/18 is now online

  • 25.09.2017

    Now it is officially confirmed: Great news for Eckart Zimmermann from our department and for the whole Institue for Experimental Psychology. Eckart succeeded in this year's competition for a "European Research Council" (ERC) "Starting Grant", which will allow him to start his own research group and to continue his successfull research on sensorimotor integration. Congratulations Eckart!

  • 19.09.2017

    New publication on the interaction between episodic and semantic memory in cooperation with the Institute for Neural Computation, Ruhr University Bochum (see publication list).

  • 07.04.2017

    The colloquium plan for the summer term is now online.

  • 07.10.2016

    The schedule of our colloquium for the winter term is now available.

  • 05.08.2016

    Does "neuroenhancement" work? Modafinil is used to treat narcolepsy. In healthy people it is said to have a neuroenhancing effect. In a study now accepted for publication in the "Journal of Psychopharmacology" we describe that modafinil leads to a bias towards learning from positive feedback, which is not always an advantage.

  • 27.07.2016

    We know already that feedback delayed by a few seconds is processed differently compared to immediate feedback. However, as we could now show in a new publication in "Psychophysiology", the processing mechanisms are not completely different.

  • 01.07.2016

    In cooperation with the Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Medical Psychology we could show that deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's Disease leads to an improvement in reward-based learning (publication in Behavioural Brain Research).

  • 10.05.2016

    On the first of March the new Post-Doc Eckart Zimmermann started in our department. Now he can also be found on our Homepage.

  • 11.04.2016

    The talks of our colloquium for the summer term are now online. (see Colloquium)

  • 11.04.2016

    New publication on the experience dependence of semantic representations. Here's the link.

  • 23.02.2016

    Can the neural representation of fine-grained conceptual categories be decoded? We addressed this question by applying MVPA in a fMRI study, which has now been accepted for publication in NeuroImage (Marta Ghio, cooperation with Matilde Vaghi, Prof. Daniela Perani and Marco Tettamanti, San Raffaele University, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan). Link.

  • 28.01.2016

    New paper on learning strategies in Parkinson patients in "Neuroscience". Here's the link to the abstract.

  • 28.01.2016

    The talk by Dr. Marco Tettamanti has moved from Rosenmontag to the following day, Tuesday, 09.02, 10:30 Uhr. (see "Kolloquium")

  • 05.01.2016

    The cancelled talk by Dr. Sven Hoffmann is now scheduled for monday, the 15. of February 2016 at 14.30. (see "Kolloquium")

  • 04.11.2015

    Symposium at TeaP 2016 in Heidelberg accepted: Marta Ghio and Christian Bellebaum will meet Shirley-Ann Rueschemeyer (University of York, U.K.), Markus Kiefer (University of Ulm, Germany), and Emily S. Cross (Bangor University, Wales) for a symposium on the role of individual experience in shaping the neural correlates of conceptual object knowledge. Looking forward for TeaP 2016! The link to the symposium will follow.

  • 30.09.2015

    Chapter published in the Neurobiology of Language (1st Edition, G. Hickok & S. Small eds.): Grounding sentence processing in the sensory-motor system (Ch. 52, Marta Ghio, cooperation with Marco Tettamanti, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan).

  • 28.09.2015

    Renovation completed. You find us now again in our rooms in building 23.03, level 00.

  • 21.09.2015

    The schedule of the talks at the research colloquium Biological Psychology for wintersemester 2015/16 is now online: Kolloquiumsplan  

  • 18.09.2015

    How does a delay of a few seconds affect feedback processing? We tried to answer this question in a study which has now been accepted for publication in Psychophysiology. Here's the abstract..

  • 30.07.2015

    manuscript in „Human Brain Mapping“ accepted: What happens in the brain when people learn morse code? We examined this in cooperation with Professor Schmidt-Wilcke (Klinikum Bergmannsheil, Ruhr-Universität Bochum). Here's the link to the abstract.

  • 21.07.2015

    We have temporarily moved: Due to the renovation work in building 23.03 we have temporarily moved to building 23.21. Until end of september you find us on level 02 in rooms 52, 54 und 83 (secretary Frau Hillebrandt).

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