In my diploma theses research I investigated under the supervision of Stephan de la Rosa and Kamil Uludag the neural underpinnings of action perception and execution using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and its correlation to behavioral performance. This project feeds into the recent debate about the existence of the mirror neurons (MNs) in humans and especially their relevance to psychological theories on action understanding, simulation and imitation (cf. Dinstein et al., 2008). Using a long term fMRI-adaptation protocol we compared the BOLD (Blood-oxygen-level dependent) time courses of repeatedly carried out motor and visual tasks, which closely resemble those used in the first electrophysiological studies describing MNs (cf. Rizzolatti et al., 2004). The aim thereby is to reveal brain areas which exhibit an adaptation transfer from the motor task to the visual task and can therefore be considered a human homologue of the mirror neuron system.
I am also interested in social psychology, in particular stereotyping, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science.
Dinstein, I., Thomas, C., Behrmann, M., & Heeger, D. J. (2008). A mirror up to nature. Curr Biol, 18(1), R13-18.
Rizzolatti, G., & Craighero, L. (2004). The mirror-neuron system. Annu Rev Neurosci, 27, 169-192.
Diploma thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
03/2009 - 09/2009
Research assistant at the Knowledge Media Research Center (KMRC), research unit "Social Processes", Tuebingen
04/2008 - 10/2008
6 months internship at the National Institute of Mental Health, Unit on Cognitive Neurophysiology and Imaging, Bethesda, USA
Student of Philosophy (B.A.) at the University of Tuebingen
Student of Psychology (Diplom) at the University of Tuebingen
Studium generale at the Leibniz Kolleg, Tuebingen, Germany
Toolkit of Cognitive Neuroscience: advanced course in functional neuroimaging data analysis. Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen.
Essential Mathematics for Neuroscience. Lecture Course at the Graduate School of Neural & Behavioural Sciences, Tuebingen. Awards ECVP Student Award 2010
Essential Mathematics for Neuroscience. Lecture Course at the Graduate School of Neural & Behavioural Sciences, Tuebingen.
ECVP Student Award 2010
, , , and (February-2016) fMRI adaptation between action observation and action execution reveals cortical areas with mirror neuron properties in human BA 44/45
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10(78) 1-10.
, , and (July-2009) Dissociable Perceptual Effects of Visual Adaptation
PLoS ONE 4(7) 1-8.
, , and (August-2010): Whole-brain fMRI using repetition suppression between action and perception reveals cortical areas with mirror neuron properties, 33rd European Conference on Visual Perception, Lausanne, Switzerland, Perception, 39(ECVP Abstract Supplement) 54.
: Whole-brain fMRI using repetition suppression between
action and perception reveals cortical areas with
mirror neuron properties, Eberhards-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany, (June-2010).