Recent Publications

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Alavash M, Thiel CM, Gießing C (2016). Dynamic coupling of complex brain networks and dual-task behavior. Neuroimage. 2016 Jan 21;129:233-246. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.01.028. [Epub ahead of print]

Özyurt J, Müller HL, Thiel CM (2015). A systematic review of cognitive performance in patients with childhood craniopharyngioma. J Neurooncol. 2015 Oct;125(1):9-21. doi: 10.1007/s11060-015-1885-z.

Alavash M, Hilgetag CC, Thiel CM, Gießing C (2015). Persistency and flexibility of complex brain networks underlie dual-task interference. Hum Brain Mapp. 2015 Sep;36(9):3542-62. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22861.

Ahrens S, Markett S, Breckel TP, Behler O, Reuter M, Thiel CM (2015). Modulation of nicotine effects on selective attention by DRD2 and CHRNA4 gene polymorphisms. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2015 Jul;232(13):2323-31. doi: 10.1007/s00213-015-3869-2.

Behler O, Breckel TP, Thiel CM (2015). Nicotine reduces distraction under low perceptual load. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2015 Apr;232(7):1269-77. doi: 10.1007/s00213-014-3761-5.

Alavash M, Doebler P, Holling H, Thiel CM, Gießing C (2014). Is functional integration of resting state brain networks an unspecific biomarker for working memory performance? Neuroimage. 2015 Mar;108:182-93. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.12.046.

Li S, Weerda R, Milde C, Wolf OT, Thiel CM (2014). ADRA2B genotype differentially modulates stress-induced neural activity in the amygdala and hippocampus during emotional memory retrieval. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2015 Feb;232(4):755-64. doi: 10.1007/s00213-014-3710-3.

Breckel TP, Giessing C, Gieseler A, Querbach S, Reuter M, Thiel CM (2015). Nicotinergic Modulation of Attention-Related Neural Activity Differentiates Polymorphisms of DRD2 and CHRNA4 Receptor Genes. PLoS One. 2015 Jun 16;10(6):e0126460. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126460. eCollection 2015.

Li S, Weerda R, Milde C, Wolf OT, Thiel CM (2014). Effects of acute psychosocial stress on neural activity to emotional and neutral faces in a face recognition memory paradigm. Brain Imaging Behav. 2014 Dec;8(4):598-610. doi: 10.1007/s11682-013-9287-3.

Puschmann S, Sandmann P, Bendixen A, Thiel CM (2014). Age-related hearing loss increases cross-modal distractibility. Hear Res. 2014 Oct;316:28-36. doi: 10.1016/j.heares.2014.07.005

Ozyurt J, Lorenzen A, Gebhardt U, Warmuth-Metz M, Müller HL, Thiel CM (2014). Remote effects of hypothalamic lesions in the prefrontal cortex of craniopharygioma patients. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2014 May;111:71-80. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2014.03.007.

Özyurt J, Thiel CM, Lorenzen A, Gebhardt U, Calaminus G, Warmuth-Metz M, Müller HL (2014). Neuropsychological outcome in patients with childhood craniopharyngioma and hypothalamic involvement. J Pediatr. 2014 Apr;164(4):876-881.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.12.010.

Thiel CM, Studte S, Hildebrandt H, Huster R, Weerda R (2014). When a loved one feels unfamiliar: a case study on the neural basis of Capgras delusion. Cortex. 2014 Mar;52:75-85. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2013.11.011.

Breckel TP, Thiel CM, Giessing C (2013). The efficiency of functional brain networks does not differ between smokers and non-smokers. Psychiatry Res. 2013 Dec 30;214(3):349-56. doi: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2013.07.005.

Puschmann S, Brechmann A, Thiel CM (2013). Learning-dependent plasticity in human auditory cortex during appetitive operant conditioning. Hum Brain Mapp. 2013 Nov;34(11):2841-51. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22107

Puschmann S, Özyurt J, Uppenkamp S, Thiel CM (2013). Pitch-induced responses in the right auditory cortex correlate with musical ability in normal listeners. Neuroreport. 2013 Oct 23;24(15):841-5. doi: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e3283650e1e.

Weis T, Brechmann A, Puschmann S, Thiel CM (2013). Feedback that confirms reward expectation triggers auditory cortex activity. J Neurophysiol. 2013 Oct;110(8):1860-8. doi: 10.1152/jn.00128.2013.

Weis T, Puschmann S, Brechmann A, Thiel CM (2013). Positive and negative reinforcement activate human auditory cortex. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013 Dec 5;7:842. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00842. eCollection 2013

Breckel TP, Thiel CM, Bullmore ET, Zalesky A, Patel AX, Giessing C (2013). Long-term effects of attentional performance on functional brain network topology. PLoS One. 2013 Sep 9;8(9):e74125. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0074125. eCollection 2013.

Li S, Weerda R, Guenzel F, Wolf OT, Thiel CM (2013). ADRA2B genotype modulates effects of acute psychosocial stress on emotional memory retrieval in healthy young men. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2013 Apr 12;103C:11-18. [Epub ahead of print]

Giessing C, Thiel CM, Alexander-Bloch AF, Patel AX, Bullmore ET (2013). Human brain functional network changes associated with enhanced and impaired attentional task performance. J Neurosci. 2013 Apr 3;33(14):5903-5914. 

Puschmann S, Sandmann P, Ahrens J, Thorne J, Weerda R, Klump G, Debener S, Thiel CM (2013). Electrophysiological correlates of auditory change detection and change deafness in complex auditory scenes. Neuroimage. 2013 Mar 1;75C:155-164. [Epub ahead of print] 

Weis T, Puschmann S, Brechmann A, Thiel CM (2012). Effects of L-dopa during auditory instrumental learning in humans. PLoS One. 2012;7(12):e52504. Epub 2012 Dec 21.  

Puschmann S, Weerda R, Klump G, Thiel CM (2013). Segregating the neural correlates of  physical and perceived change in auditory input using the change deafness effect. J Cogn Neurosci. 2013 May;25(5):730-742. Epub 2012 Dec 18. 

Giessing C, Thiel CM (2012). Pro-cognitive drug effects modulate functional brain network organization. Front Behav Neurosci. 2012;6:53. Epub 2012 Aug 28.

Özyurt J, Rietze M, Thiel CM (2012). Prefrontal neural activity when feedback is not relevant to adjust performance. PLoS One. 2012;7(5):e36509. Epub 2012 May 16.

Puschmann S, Brechmann A, Thiel CM (2012). Learning-dependent plasticity in human auditory cortex during appetitive operant conditioning. Hum Brain Mapp. 2012 May 19. [Epub ahead of print]  

Gießing C, Neber T, Thiel CM (2011). Genetic variation in nicotinic receptors affects brain networks involved in reorienting attention. Neuroimage. 2012 Jan 2;59(1):831-839. Epub 2011 Jul 29.

Newhouse PA, Potter AS, Duman JA, Thiel CM (2011). Functional brain imaging of nicotinic effects on higher cognitive processes. Biochem Pharmacol. 2011 Oct 15;82(8):943-51. Epub 2011 Jun 13. Review.

Breckel TP, Giessing C, Thiel CM (2011). Impact of brain networks involved in vigilance on processing irrelevant visual motion. Neuroimage. 2011 Apr 15;55(4):1754-62. Epub 2011 Jan 19.

Onur ÖÄ, Piefke M, Lie CH, Thiel CM, Fink GR (2011). Modulartory effects of levodopa on cognitive control in young but not in older subjects: a pharmacological fMRI study. J Cogn Neurosci. 2011 Oct;23(10):2797-810. Epub 2011 Jan 21.