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Düsseldorf Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience Winter Term 2022/2023

When?                 Tuesday, 4:30pm-5:30pm

Where?               Room 23.03.U1.61

The Düsseldorf Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience is a research colloquium jointly organised by the Departments of Tobias Kalenscher (Comparative Psychology), Christian Bellebaum (Biological Psychology) and Gerhard Jocham (Biological Psychology of Decision Making).
Our colloquium is a hybrid event: all talks will be given in-person in room 23.03.U1.61, provided in-person meetings remain possible during the winter term, but talks will be virtually streamed, too.
We will not record the talks, they will not be made available after the session.
You are welcome to join the in-person talks. If you want to join the virtual meeting, please send an email to






Inaugural lecture Susanne Becker

Clinical Psychology II, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

(Live in-person in lecture hall 2A, no online stream!)

Zu viel Schmerz und zu wenig Belohnung: ein Weg zu chronischem Schmerz?

The Dean


Paul Forbes

Comparative Psychology, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Autistic adults show enhanced generosity to socially distant others

Tobias Kalenscher


No talk (All Saints)

No talk (All Saints)

No talk (All Saints)


Esther Florin

Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Medical Psychology,
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Relevance of electrophysio-logical resting state networks for task performance

Gerhard Jocham


No talk

No talk

No talk


Jan Peters

Biologische Psychologie
Universität zu Köln

Title TBD

Gerhard Jocham


Helena Hartmann

Bingellab, Clinical Neurosciences, University Hospital Essen, D

SCAN-Unit, Department of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Vienna, AUT

Another’s pain in my brain - understanding shared representations of pain in empathy and prosociality

Tobias Kalenscher


No talk

No talk

No talk


Alizée Lopez-Persem

INSERM, Paris Brain Institute, Paris, France

Liking your own ideas: deciphering the role of preferences in creativity.

Tobias Kalenscher


Mandy Roheger

Abteilung Ambulantes Assessment in der Psychologie, Department für Psychologie, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Nonpharmacological interventions to improve cognition in healthy and pathological aging: who benefits and how can we assess potential effects?

Tobias Kalenscher


Christmas break

Christmas break

Christmas break


Christmas break

Christmas break

Christmas break


Nils Kroemer

neuroMADLAB: Neuroscience of Motivation, Action, & Desire 

University of Bonn & University of Tübingen, Faculty of Medicine,

Department of Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

Mind your body: the role of vagal afferents in the adaptive control of behavior

Gerhard Jocham


Lisa Rosenberger

Decision Neuroscience lab, Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL

The causal role of the human basolateral amygdala in (social) decision making


Tobias Kalenscher


Monja Froböse

Biological Psychology of Decision Making, Institute of Experimental Psychology, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

GABAergic and glutamatergic control of decision making and learning

Gerhard Jocham


Clay Holroyd

Department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University

Distributed representations of task progress by anterior cingulate cortex

Christian Bellebaum

12.12.2020 Congratulations Luca!
Luca’s first paper of her PhD thesis has been accepted for publication in Nature Communications! Luca shows that the cortical balance between excitation and inhibition (E/I balance) plays region-specific roles in different kinds of decision making. E/I balance in one region (dorsal anterior cingulate cortex) influences how we balance the value of moving away from a depleting resource against the cost of leaving. In contrast, E/I balance in another region (ventromedial prefrontal cortex) is related to simple reward-maximizing choices.

Kaiser LF, Gruendler TOJ, Speck O, Luettgau L, Jocham G (2021) Dissociable roles of cortical excitation-inhibition balance during patch-leaving versus value-guided decisions. Nature Communications, Feb 10, 12(1): 904.

04.07.2020: Congrats Lennart!
Lennart just published the first paper of his PhD thesis! His work shows that decisions are not only guided by memories, but decisions themselves modify hippocampal stimulus-outcome associations - and thereby bias future decisions.

Luettgau L, Tempelmann C, Kaiser LF, Jocham G (2020) Decisions bias future choices by modifying hippocampal associative memories. Nature Communications 3 July 11(1): 3318.