Open Master Thesis

Topic: Characterization of neural responses to speech in subcortical structures

This is a collaborative project between the Applied Neurocognitive Psychology Lab (Prof. Rieger) at the University of Oldenburg and the Institute of Neurophysiology at the Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE, Dr. Moll). The aim of the project is to characterize neural responses (single-unit responses, local field potentials, and electroencephalography) to speech in subcortical structures. Recordings were obtained from patients with local anesthesia or general anesthesia suffering from diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and implanted with subcortical electrodes at UKE. These data will be analyzed by the Master student in the lab in Oldenburg with an opportunity to visit the lab at UKE to learn data analysis methods and attend intracranial patient recordings.

We are looking for a student with a background in psychology, neuroscience, medical physics, bioengineering or computer science. The ideal candidate has some experience in one or more of the following fields: programming (e.g. Matlab), electrophysiological data analysis, neuroscience and auditory/speech research.

If you are interested in this project, please contact Prof. Jochem Rieger (jochem.rieger[at] or Dr. Inga Schepers (inga.maren.schepers[at]

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Topic: Plasiticity in the control of Brain-Machine-Interfaces (BMI): Qualitative self-evaluation and physiological parameters

Aim and scope: Despite the fact that BMI builds upon voluntary self-regulation of brain activity almost nothing is known whether subjects are able to self evaluate task difficulty, strategy and prospective success. The study aims to shed light on the potential predictive power of introspective self evaluation for performance in motor imagery brain machine interfaces.

Methods: The study will build upon existing self evaluation sheets and interviews from a study on motor imagery training to control a motor BMI. Self evaluation will be analyzed semi-quantitatively. Judgments and statements will be correlated with development of behavioral success in BMI-control over training and with physiological results.

Impact: This will be a first BMI-study relating introspective self evaluation and success in BMI. The results are expected to help to improve selection of subjects and training of BMI-control.


To apply for this master thesis please send a short CV including your grades via email or snailmail to Jochem Rieger