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functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

Recent research in cognitive psychology is increasingly interested in locating the neuroanatomical bases of cognitive processes. The use of neuroimaging techniques (e.g. fMRI) opens an non-invasive view to the processes within our brains with great spatial resolution. Through indirect measurement of metabolic activity in the brain we are able to infer activated parts of the brain depending on different tasks or experimental paradigms.

In collaboration with the Center of Advanced Imaging (CAI Magdeburg, Bremen) and the Charité Berlin (BNIC) we are planning and realising studies on recent questions in the field of general and neurocognitive psychology.



Recent research projects:

  • early effects in word processing (processing of pseudo-homophones and the lexicality effect)
  • anatomical correlates of early word recognition (visual word recognition)
  • implicit and explicit processing of affective stimuli in word recognition

Recent publications:

Kuchinke, L., Jacobs, A. M., Võ, M. L.-H., Conrad, M., Grubich, C., & Herrmann, M. (2006). Modulation of prefrontal cortex activation by emotional words in recognition memory. NeuroReport, 17(10), 1037-1041.

Kuchinke, L., Jacobs, A. M., Grubich, C., Võ, M. L.-H., Conrad, M., & Herrmann, M. (2005). Incidental effects of emotional valence in single word processing: An fMRI study. NeuroImage, 28(4), 1022-1032.




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