ResearchSeminar @TUMNIC

Thursdays @ 11:00 (+/-1h)

We are discussing current studies, research projects and ideas in the field of cognitive, clinical and biological neuroscience.

The research seminar is taking place online via ZOOM, the link to the talk will be circulated via email. If you would like to be added to the mailing list or if you would like to present, feel free to contact me (franziska.knolle at!

Research Seminars, Sommer Semester 2023

27.04.23Tobias Bernklau, TUMStriatal dopamine teaching signals reflect an agent’s perceived locus of control
04.05.23Sonja Kotz, Maastricht UniversityLittle brain but big contributions – how the cerebellum engages in (temporal) prediction
11.05.23Clara Boudriot & Christiane Eipert, TUMGlobal neuronal activity drives cerebrospinal fluid motion mediated by brain blood volume changes in humans
25.05.23Thorsten Pachur, TUMHow attention shapes decision making under risk
01.06.23Arkady Zgonnikov, TU DelftWhat is driving the driver? Cognitive process modeling of decision making in traffic
15.06.23Artyom Zinchenko, LMUTBA 
22.06.23Franziska Richter, TUMCVR in White Matter
29.06.23Hannah Eichhorn, TUMDeep learning for motion correction of T2*-weighted MRI
06.07.23Elisabeth Sterner, TUMPredictive language processing and oscillations
13.07.23Pantelis Leptourgos, Université de LillePsychosis and Glutamate
20.07.23Sebastian Schneider, TUMTBA

Research Seminars, Winter Semester 2022/2023

22.09.22Lorenzo Pasquini, UCSFDissociable signatures of dynamic autonomic nervous system activity are present during emotions and at rest
29.09.22Anna Dewenter, LMUDiffusion markers for cerebral small vessel disease
06.10.22Benjamin Gagl, Uni KölnCombining neurocognitive-computational models and machine learning to implement individualized diagnostic and treatment procedures to increase reading skills
20.10.22Valentin Riedl, TUMImaging the energetic brain 
27.10.22Nooshin Javaheripour, Uni JenaTransient brain functional activity in major depressive disorder: state and trait features
10.11.22Helen Blank, UKEPredictive processing in social perception – How our priors determine how we perceive speech and faces
17.11.22Pritha Sen/Elisabeth Sterner, TUMNICModel free and model based decision making in OCD/Active inference modelling of the Go-No-Go task in early psychosis
01.12.22Rachel Nuttall, TUMExploring changes in cortical and basal forebrain functional connectivity during emergence from sevoflurane general anaesthesia
08.12.22Samiar Epp, TUMQuantitative MRI: Challenging assumptions about fMRI BOLD
15.12.22Moritz Köster, Uni RegensburgInfants’ developing concepts of the world
19.01.23Verena Demler, TUMAssociation between increased anterior cingulate glutamate and  psychotic-like symptoms
26.01.23Sebastian Schneider, TUMLocal and systemic hemodynamic-vascular influences on resting-state BOLD functional connectivity in humans
02.02.23Giacomo Novembre, Italian Institute of TechnologyMultiperson Brain Stimulation
16.02.23Claudia Freigang, Hearing DiagnosticsHow I turned a research-inspired idea into a start-up
02.03.23Tristan Bekinschtein, University of CambridgeNeural dynamics of predictive processing

Research Seminars, Sommer Semester 2022

31.03.22Ana Pinheiro, Uni of LisbonAuditory-visual hallucinations and the cerebellum
07.04.22 (2PM)Magaret Westwater, Yale University/Oxford University Characterizing the neural and behavioral correlates of genetic risk for disordered eating in the ABCD cohort
27.04.22Gabriel Castrillon, TUMNICExcessive energy in the human brain is related to slow, metabotropic neuromodulation
05.05.22Felix Brandl, Psychiatry TUMNeurocognitive mechanisms of social anhedonia in schizophrenia and major depression
12.05.22Samira Epp, TUMNICLack of deactivations in default mode regions when looking at quantitative oxygen metabolism data: project presentation
19.05.22Alyssa Torske, TUMNICMindfulness Training and its Effects on Resting State Functional Connectivity
02.06.22Elisabeth Friedrich, LMUInterpersonal Predictive Coding can lead to illusory social perception: An EEG study on the trail of the Bayesian ghost
09.06.22Andre Hechler, TUMNICPredictions and prediction errors show distinct patterns in cortical oxygen consumption that scale with subjective confidence
23.06.22Sebastian Schneider, TUMNICLinking cerebral blood flow with regional gene expression in unilateral carotid artery stenosis – an imaging transcriptomics approach
30.06.22Melissa Thalhammer, TUMNICPaper presentation: Cell type-specific manifestations of cortical thickness heterogeneity in schizophrenia
07.07.22Gabriel Hoffmann, Neuroradiology, TUMAdvanced ASL imaging
14.07.22Erich Schroeger, Leipzig UniversityThe role of internal models for hearing.
21.07.22Fabian Hirsch/Afra Wohlschläger, TUMNICControlling for artifical correlations in functional connectivity dynamics
28.07.22Ronja Berg, Neuroradiology, TUMOptimizing quantitative structural magnetic resonance imaging to quantify various brain tissue parameters for clinical applications

Research Seminars, Winter Semester 2021/2022

07.10.21Jakob Kaminski, Charité BerlinCognitive deficits and its relation to glutamate alterations in patients with schizophrenia
14.10.21Merit Bruckmaier, LMUNeural correlates of context-based prediction – EEG and fMRI approaches
28.10.21Antonia Neubauer, TUMNICAberrant claustrum structure in preterm-born neonates
11.11.21Franziska Knolle, TUMNICPredictive language processing is altered in high schizotypy – preliminary data and future directions.
18.11.21Torgeir Moberget, Oslo University HospitalThe cerebellum and schizophrenia.
25.11.21Samira Epp, TUMNICRelation of the positive and negative BOLD response to quantitative MRI: project presentation
02.12.21Daniela Rodriguez, TUMNICNeurphysiological complexity of Brain Stimulation
09.12.21Julia Schulz, TUMNICAlterations of the cholinergic system across the schizophrenia spectrum
16.12.21Cilia Jaeger, TUMNICProject Update: Alpha-modulated BOLD connectivity during rhythmic visual stimulation
13.01.21Ana Pinheiro, University of LisbonAuditory-visual hallucinations and the cerebellum ***POSTPONED***
20.01.22Maria Mora, TUMNICEffects of a Web-Based Mindfulness Training on Cerebral Blood Flow
27.01.22Paul Taylor, LMUPerception and attention during real and simulated self-motion
03.02.22Sebastian Schneider, TUMNICInfluence of NVC impairments on resting-state BOLD functional connectivity
10.02.22Lara Wallenstein, Uni KonstanzCross-modal decoding of emotional expressions – mirror neurons in social cognition
17.02.22Leonie Kram, TUMNICCompreTUM: Testing the Feasibility of a New Language Comprehension Task for Stimulation-Based Language Mapping in Patients with Severe Expressive Aphasia and Healthy Controls
24.02.22Katharina Bracher, TUMNICIdentifying individuals with early psychosis using behavioural and brain data: A clustering approach

Research Seminars, Summer Semester 2021

14.01.21Antonia Bose, TUMNICTracking the circadian rhythm of cerebral energy metabolism during varying states of body energy metabolism in healthy individuals
21.01.21Lisa Ronan, Uni of CambridgeApplying machine leaning to f/MRI data POSTPONED
28.01.21Cilia Jaeger, TUMNICEarly BOLD response of entrained alpha during visual stimulation
04.02.21Sebastian Schneider, TUMNICInfluence of perfusion components on blood oxygenation functional connectivity
11.02.21Christine Preibisch, TUMNICImpact of neurovascular coupling delays on BOLD-functional connectivity at rest – using NVC modelling to understand BOLD-FC changes in patients withperfusion delays
25.02.21Felix Brandl, TUMNIC/PsychiatryNeurocognitive mechanisms of executive dysfunction in schizophrenia
04.03.21Julian Wenzel, University of CologneThe potential of machine learning for translational psychiatry
11.03.21Juliana Zimmermann, TUMNICA neurophysiological-metabolic model for burst suppression
18.03.21Alexander Soutschek, LMUSelf-control beyond impulse inhibition
25.03.21Tobias Ruzok, TUMNICPrematurity, Hypothalamus and Body Growth
08.04.21André Hechler, TUMNICPreliminary data discussion: Metabolic efficiency of predictive coding
15.04.21Jakob Kaiser, LMUThe Role Of Midfrontal Theta Oscillations For Cognitive Control
22.04.21Afra Wohlschlaeger, TUMNICKuramoto Coupling between Intrinsic Connectivity Networks (ICNs) in Schizophrenic Patients in Remission
29.04.21Katharina Krueger, Uni of PittsburghXing et al. 2019: IDH genotypes differentiation in glioblastomas using DWI and DSC-PWI in the enhancing and peri-enhancing region
20.05.21Fabian Hirsch, TUMNICModelling resting-state dynamics with Kuramoto coefficients
27.05.21Zarah Le Houcq Corbi, LMUMindfulness training as a method to improve self-control
10.06.21Leoni Kram, TUMNIC“Longitudinal structural and molecular neuroimaging in agrammatic primary progressive aphasia” by Tetzloff et al., 2018 
24.06.21Lisa Ronan, Uni CambridgeExploring the link between obesity and brain structure
01.07.21Joost Haarsma, UCLLaminar 7T and predictive coding
08.07.21Samira Epp, TUMNICMetabolic foundation of fMRI activations and deactivations – project discussion
15.07.21Juliana Zimmermann, TUMNICStudying brain dynamics under effects of Sevoflruane anesthesia via the Fano Factor
22.07.21Sarah Daimer, LMUExploring the impact of COVID-19 on schizotypy“  oder nur “The impact of COVID-19 on schizotypy
29.07.21Alyssa Torske, TUMNICiOS App Development Project | Mindful Eating

Research Seminars in 2020

12.12.19Franziska Knolle,
Feature-specific prediction errors for visual mismatch, 2019, Stefanics et al
16.01.20Felix Brandl,
Kroemer et al 2019: L-DOPA reduces model-free control of behavior by attenuating the transfer of value to action.
23.01.20Maria Mora,
High resolution continuous arterial spin labeling of human cerebral perfusion using a separate neck tagging RF coil, 2019, Mora et al
06.02.20Franziska Knolle,
13.02.20Lena Bauer,
Afra Wohlschlaeger,
Treating resting state networks as coupled oscillators: Solving the Kuramoto model on empirical fMRI data.
20.02.20Valentin Riedl,
Brodt et al (2018) „Fast track to the neocortex: A memory engram in the posterior parietal cortex“. Science 362: 1045–48.
05.03.20Kathrin Koch,
Bu et al 2019: Investigating the predictive value of different resting-state functional MRI parameters in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
09.04.20Sebastian Schneider,
Drew, 2019: Vascular and neural basis of the BOLD signal.
16.04.20Antonia Bose,
23.04.20Jan Kappes,
Lee & Frangou 2017
30.04.20Andre Hechler,
Effective learning is accompanied by high-dimensional and efficient representations of neural activity. Nature Neuroscience, 22(6), 1000–1009.
07.05.20Cilia Jaeger,
14.05.20Juliana Zimmermann, TUMNICThe Basal Forebrain Regulates Global Resting-State fMRI Fluctuations
21.05.20Samira Epp,
Hahn et al. (2020): Reconfiguration of functional brain networks and metabolic cost converge during task performance.
04.06.20Alyssa Torske,
Garrison, 2013: Real-time fMRI links subjective experience with brain activity during focused attention
18.06.20Teresa Katthagen,
Charite Berlin
Striatal Dopamine and Reward Prediction Error Signaling in Unmedicated Schizophrenia Patients
25.06.20Andrea Greve,
The impact of expectations and prior knowledge on episodic memory
02.07.20Gemma Modinos,
King’s College London
Neural correlates of aberrant salience in psychosis risk and onset
09.07.20Qiong Wu, TUMNICPichet Binette A, et al: Morphometric Network Differences in Ageing Versus Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia.
16.07.20Roberto Viviani,
Uni Innsbruck
Rewarding context/opportunity costs: neural correlates and individual differences
23.07.20Franziska Knolle
The Impact of the COVID19 Pandemic on Mental Health
30.07.-03.09.TERM BREAK
17.09.20Rachel Nuttall,
Evoked responses to flicker relative to intrinsic frequency vary across alpha generators
24.09.20Valentin Riedl,
Open Science – Better Science?
01.10.20Graham Murray,
Uni of Cambridge
Brain prediction error signalling in early psychosis.
15.10.20Katarzyna Kurcyus,
Quantitative imaging of ATP in the human brain.
22.10.20Franziska Knolle,
Paradigm Presentation: Semantic Predictions within the Predictive Coding Framework
29.10.20Maria Mora,
Increased mid-Cingulate Cortex Activation in the Alerting Network of Attention after a 31 Days Web-Based Mindfulness Training
05.11.20Samira Epp,
MRI imaging for dummies – BOLD and quantitative BOLD.
19.11.20Alyssa Torske,
A Meta-Analysis Localizing the Human Brain Response to Olfactory and Food Stimuli.
26.11.20Daniela Rodriguez Manrique, TUMNICWork in progress: Effects of tDCS on response inhibition and neuronal activity in OCD.
03.12.20André Hechler,
Bowring et al (2019). Exploring the impact of analysis software on task fMRI results.
17.12.20Franziska Knolle,
Sheep models:
Opportunities for cognitive neuroscience.