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Düsseldorf Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience

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

Where?               Room

Our weekly research talks are organised by us in cooperation with the teams of Tobias Kalenscher, Christian Bellebaum and Susanne Becker. The colloquium is a hybrid event: all talks will be given in‐person in room (please note the change from last winter term), and they will be streamed online, 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






Stefano Palminteri

Human Reinforcement Learning team, INSERM & École Normale Supérieure, Paris.

Feedback anticipation induces dispositional changes in risk preferences

Gerhard Jocham


Jonas Zaman

Centre for the Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology, KU Leuven, Belgium

Multiple pathways to widespread fears: Disentangling idiosyncratic fear generalization mechanisms using computational modeling

Susanne Becker


Pieter Goltstein

Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence, Munich, Germany

Neuronal representations of learned categories in mouse visual and higher cortical areas

Tobias Kalenscher


Anne Urai

Cognitive, Computational and Systems Neuroscience; University of Leiden.

Choice history bias as a window into cognition and neural circuits

Gerhard Jocham


Simone Vossel

Cognitive Neuropsychology, Dept of Psychology, University of Cologne and FZ Jülich (INM-3)

Human brain networks for prediction-dependent attention

Gerhard Jocham


Akseli Surakka/Graf

Institute of Psychopharmacology

Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany

From Adolescence to Adulthood: How Social Isolation Shapes the Oxytocin System and Behaviour

Tobias Kalenscher


Maria Willadsen

Experimental and Physiological Psychology, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany

Anxiety and Fear in the Rat – Insights from Ultrasonic Vocalizations

Tobias Kalenscher


Julian Packheiser

Social Brain Lab, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The behavioral benefits and neural correlates of affective touch - a perspective from field, lab and meta research

Tobias Kalenscher


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Dominik Bach

Hertz Chair for Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience, University of Bonn & University College London

Critical intelligence: computational characteristics of human escape

Gerhard Jocham


Mike Colombo

Otago University Dunedin, New Zealand

Wither the primate pedestal

Tobias Kalenscher


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Christian Merz

Cognitive  Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

How stress hormones change learning and memory processes

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.