• 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.  undefinedLink

  • 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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