Frieder Schillinger

Alumni of the Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action
Alumni of the Group Social and Spatial Cognition

Main Focus

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.

Curriculum Vitae


Since 10/2009
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

Since 2006
Student of Philosophy (B.A.) at the University of Tuebingen

Since 2004
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.


ECVP Student Award 2010

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