Prof. Dr. Stefan Debener 


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Fakultät VI

Department für Psychologie
Abteilung Neuropsychologie

26111 Oldenburg

Tel.: +49 (0)441 - 798-4271
Fax.:+49 (0)441 - 798-5522

Email:  stefan.debener(at)uni-oldenburg.de

Raum: Gebäude A07–0–056

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Research Interests

My personal goal is to further our understanding of the brain-behaviour relationship. How does the brain respond to sensory deprivation, and how could a better knowledge of compensatory mechanisms help us to improve rehabilitation strategies, for instance in the deaf? How is information of the different senses, such as seeing and hearing, combined to create a coherent percept of the world? Why do we make errors even in very simple tasks? And could we predict those errors before they occur? To investigate these questions we combine established approaches in experimental psychology with non-invasive recordings of human brain function. Our key tool is the high-density EEG, but we also use MEG, fMRI, and concurrent EEG-fMRI recordings. Because these tools provide us with very complex, mixed signals that reflect different features of human brain function, we spend some time on the application and evaluation of signal un-mixing and signal integration procedures as well.

"As long as our brain is a mystery, the universe, the reflection of the structure of the brain, will also be a mystery" Santiago Ramon y Cajal (1852-1934)


Education - Career

Since December 2009
Full Professor of Neuropsychology, Dept. of Psychology, University of Oldenburg, Germany.

November 2008 - November 2009
Full Professor and Director of the Biomagnetic Center, Dept. of Neurology, University Hospital Jena, Gremany.

March 2006 - October 2008
Honorary Reader, School of Medicine, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

October 2005 - October 2008
Senior Scientist and Deputy Head of MRC Institute of Hearing Research Southampton Section, Southampton, UK.

July 2003 - September 2003
Visiting fellow, Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience (Director Scott Makeig), La Jolla, CA, USA.

January 2003 - September 2005
Center of Experimental Medicine, Institute of Neurophysiology (Director Prof. A.K. Engel), University Hospital Hamburg. Senior Scientist, head of the EEG group.

August 2001 - December 2002
Reserach Center Juelich, Institute of Medicine. Post-doc, Cellular Neurobiology group (A. K. Engel).

July 2001
Ph.D. degree (Dr. rer. nat.) received at Dresden University of Technology, Germany.

1997 & 1999
Lab visits and training in EEG/ERP analysis, Dept. of Biopsychology, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, USA.

August 1996 - July 2001
Dresden University of Technology, Germany. Ph.D. Student and Academic Assistant at Dept. of Psychology.

July 1996
Berlin University of Technology, Germany. Degree in Psychology (Diplom-Psychologe).

1994 - 1996
Berlin University of Technology, Germany. Teaching assistant (Tutor) at Dept. of Biopsychology (G. Erdmann).

Memberships in scientific societies

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie
Society for Psychophysiological Research
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychophysiologie und ihre Anwendungen
Society for Neuroscience
Deutscher Hochschulverband

Editorial board memberships

Associate Editor of Psychophysiology (since 2009)
Member of the Editorial Board of Brain Topography (since 2010)
Guest Editor for International Journal of Psychophysiology (2008)

Reviewer activities

Frequently requested ad-hoc reviewer for various scientific journals (>15) and research funding bodies

Some recent publications

(a complete list can be found here)

Debener S, Minow F, Emkes R, Gandras K, De Vos M (in press). How about taking a low-cost, small and wireless EEG for a walk? Psychophysiology.

De Vos M, Thorne JD, Yovel G, Debener S. Let's face it, from trial to trial: Comparing procedures for N170 single-trial estimation. Neuroimage. 2012 Aug 2. [Epub ahead of print].

Viola FC, De Vos M, Hine J, Sandmann P, Bleeck S, Eyles J, Debener S. Semi-automatic attenuation of cochlear implant artifacts for the evaluation of late auditory evoked potentials. Hear Res. 2012 Feb;284(1-2):6-15.

Sandmann P, Dillier N, Eichele T, Meyer M, Kegel A, Pascual-Marqui RD, Marcar VL, Jäncke L, Debener S. Visual activation of auditory cortex reflects maladaptive plasticity in cochlear implant users. Brain. 2012 Feb;135(Pt 2):555-68.

Thorne JD, De Vos M, Viola FC, Debener S. Cross-modal phase reset predicts auditory task performance in humans. J Neurosci. 2011 Mar 9;31(10):3853-61.

Sandmann P, Eichele T, Buechler M, Debener S, Jäncke L, Dillier N, Hugdahl K, Meyer M. Evaluation of evoked potentials to dyadic tones after cochlear implantation. Brain. 2009 Jul;132(Pt 7):1967-79.

Personal hompage

www.debener.de