Main Research Topics in Our Lab

Our research group studies the brain bases of higher cognitive functions such as language, working memory, cognitive control, goal-directed behavior. To this end, we use modern brain imaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, EEG, or magnetoencephalography. Our work aims at understanding basic mechanisms of cognition, but also individual differences in cognitive abilities, such as general intelligence or working memory capacity.


Cognitive Stability and Cognitive Flexibility

  • working memory, working memory capacity, working memory precision

  • task switching

  • distractor inhibition

  • dopaminergic control of stability vs. flexibility


Language Processing

  • predictive coding during language processing (L-POP project funded by ERC)

  • word recognition

  • reading and reading disorders


Neurobiological Mechanisms underlying Individual Differences

  • brain bases of intelligence

  • effects of personality (esp. anxiety) on executive cognitive control

  • individual differences in working memory capacity

  • genes, brain, and behavior

  • neurocognitive development of reading, attention, executive control

Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of Resilience

  • mechanisms of affective information processing - see also

  • cognitive flexibility and resilience

  • affective flexibility

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