Annual Meeting of the German Society for Neuroscience

March, 27. 2017


Ina held a talk with the topic "Seeing faces in random noise: A brain network for illusory face perception" at the 12th Göttingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society. She presented data from her Bachelor thesis that she conducted in our lab. She identified, that brain regions that are involved in face perception are also activated if subjects only imagine a face in a random pattern of black and white pixels. This emphasises how strong top-down predictions of sensory input activates specific visual systems.

Can you see the face on one of the two pictures?

  Ina Talk1




Grant for research project!

August, 22. 2016

The Marburg based „von-Behring Röntgen-Stiftung“ approved funding of 13 medical research projects at Justus-Liebig-University Gießen and Philipps-University Marburg in 2016. We are pleased to announce, that funding was given to a research project at the LMN Marburg. This project strives to investigate the neural bases of Alexithymia. Alexithymia is characterised by the inability to identify, describe and express emotions. This personality construct is also called “emotion blindness” and is prevalent in approximately 10% of the general population, while people with psychiatric conditions such as depression or anxiety disorders are affected twice as often. The aim of this project, proposed by Cris Zimmermann and Andreas Jansen in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Frank Leweke from Gießen, is to examine the impact of emotion blindness on the development of psychiatric conditions. The longterm goal of the research project, funded with 160.000 Euros, is to develop new therapies with the help of imaging techniques and neural network analyses.



Manuscript accepted

Monday, May 30, 2016
Our manuscript "Handedness is related to neural mechanisms underlying hemispheric lateralization of face processing" was accepted for publication in Scientific Reports.



Expert on neural substrates of face perception Prof. Rossion for visit in Marburg

Monday, February 29th - Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

On Monday the 29th of February until Tuesday the 1st of March, Prof. Bruno Rossion from the UCLouvain, Belgium, has visited the LMN. On monday, Bruno gave a public lecture on "Acquired prosopagnosia and what it tells us about how the human brain recognizes faces". On tuesday, Bruno visited the MRI-scanner dedicated for research at the Clinic for Psychiatry, and gave a scientific lecture introducing our work group to his research paradigms on the perception of faces in humas. We had the chance to present to Bruno the paradigms developed by Stefan and Andreas in the past year to study by means of Dynamic Causal Modeling (DCM) and fMRI the hemispheric lateralization in the face perception core network. Furthermore, Roman, Ina and other interested PhD- or Master-students from our work group were invited to participate in a summer school focused on the study of neural mechanisms for face perception in EEG that Bruno's face lab will be hosting this summer in Louvain-la-Neuve. Overall, during the visit we had the opportunity to obtain a lot of scientific knowledge and could generate many ideas for future paradigms to use in upcoming experiments in order to further establish the research cooperation of our labs. We thank Bruno for his visit and hope to welcome him again in Marburg.   rossion



Talk by Prof. Bruno Rossion (Universitè catholique de Louvain, Belgium)


Manuscript accepted

Friday, February 19, 2016
Our manuscript "No-Report and Report-Based Paradigms Jointly Unravel the NCC: Response to Overgaard and Fazekas" was accepted for publication in Trends in Cognitive Sciences.



Successful defense of PhD thesis

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Stefan has successfully defended his PhD thesis on the "Neural Mechanisms of the Hemispheric Lateralization in the Human Brain". In his thesis, Stefan introduced a generative modeling framework for studying the intra- and interhemispheric integration underlying lateralization of the core face perception network using Dynamic Causal Modeling (DCM) for fMRI. Besides showing the practical utility of this approach, Stefan further demonstrated its stability in terms of test-retest reliability. The studies from Stefan's PhD thesis have been published and are listed here.  


Manuscript accepted

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Our manuscript "Effects of Long-Term Mindfulness Meditation on Brain’s White Matter Microstructure and its Aging" was accepted for publication in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.



Manuscript accepted

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Our manuscript "Test-retest reliability of effective connectivity in the face perception network" was accepted for publication in Human Brain Mapping.



Manuscript accepted

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Our manuscript "No-report paradigms: Extracting the true neural correlates of consciousness" was accepted for publication in Trends in Cognitive Sciences.



Manuscript accepted

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Our manuscript "Mechanisms of hemispheric lateralization: Asymmetric interhemispheric recruitment in the face perception network" was accepted for publication in NeuroImage.



Peer and Verena were able to present first results of their ongoing studies at the 17th annual YARE meeting in Berlin. Verena presented preliminary results of her study „The influence of endogenous and exogenous female sex hormones on brain structure, function and connectivity” and received a travel grant provided by the German Society of Endocrinology. Peer introduced multivariate data analysis in his talk “Predicting usage of oral contraceptives & cycle phase with classifiers & representational geometries based on fMRI activation patterns”.



Manuscript accepted

Wedneyday, September 16, 2015
Our manuscript "Evidence from pupillometry and fMRI indicates reduced neural response during vicarious social pain but not physical pain in autism" was accepted for publication in Human Brain Mapping.



Conference on Biofeedback and Realtime-Imaging in Marburg

Wedneyday, September 9, 2015
From September 13-15, the Core-Facility Brainimaging and the Laboratory of Multimodal Imaging will organize a workshop on "Biofeedback and Realtime-imaging in brain research". On the first day, renowned experts will give a comprehensive overview on recent developments in biofeedback techniques, with particular emphasis on fMRI and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). On the second and third day, we have organized a workshop in which newly developed realtime imaging tools will be introduced. The workshop will include methodological and practical lectures on several feedback strategies as well as practical hands-on sessions.
More information are listed here.



Manuscript accepted

September 1, 2015
Our manuscript "Allelic variation in CRHR1 predisposes to panic disorder: evidence for biased fear processing" was accepted for publication in Molecular Psychiatry.



Manuscript accepted

Thursday, August 20, 2015
Our manuscript "How pain empathy depends on ingroup/outgroup decisions: A functional magnet resonance imaging study" was accepted for publication in Psychiatry Research.



Manuscript accepted

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Our manuscript "Neural Pathways of Embarrassment and their Modulation by Social Anxiety" was accepted for publication in NeuroImage.



Launch of website

Monday, June 1, 2015
We are happy to announce the launch of the new webpage of the Laboratory for Multimodal Neuroimaging.



Grant for research project!

July, 30. 2014

Verena succesfully received a grant from the Medizinstiftung Philipps-University Marburg for her research topic „The influence of endogenous and exogenous female sex hormones on brain structure, function and connectivity”.