Projects for Bachelor and Master theses are in the area of cognitive neuroscience (see our publication list for details). We would suggest that you contact us several months in advance before you intend to start your thesis. To get a glimpse on fMRI studies and the work of our group you are always welcome to volunteer for one of our experiments (see here).
If you are interested in a Bachelor's thesis we would strongly recommend to visit the Neurobiology module ("Grundlagen der Neurobiologie I und II). Of additional advantage (but not prerequisite) is some knowledge of MATLAB.
Master students will perform an fMRI study in the area of attention, learning, audition or psychopharmacology under supervision of a lab member. Practical steps involve programming of an fMRI suitable experimental paradigm, scanning of volunteers in the fMRI scanner and statistical data analysis with the software package SPM. Prior experience in fMRI data analysis is necessary for fMRI studies!
Biology/Neuroscience: If you are interested in a Master's thesis you have to choose bio610 Grundmodul Neurosensorik und Verhalten/neu220 Neurosensory Science and Behaviour Part B in the winter term and bio640 (option2)/neu270 (stream 1) in the summer term.
Neurocognitive Psychology: you have to choose the module psy270 Functional Neuroimaging in the summer term. Of additional advantage for all prospective Master students is an interest in statistics and MATLAB. Note that international students who cannot test volunteers in German need to have good statistics and MATLAB skills to focus on fMRI data analysis only.
Master students from other disciplines (physics, mathmatics, computer science) are also welcome. For those students we can provide data for modelling approaches.
Recently completed master theses
Verena Larissa Becher (2013): Cognitive Performances in the Elderly before and after Major Surgery with Attention to Postoperative Delirium
Anna-Maria Renner (2013): How nicotine has an impact on non-smoking participants in an attention-demanding task - a functional magnetic resonance imaging study (fMRI)
Oliver Behler (2013): Effekte von Nikotin auf die Kontrolle der Aufmerksamkeit bei Nichtrauchern
Roger Fritsch (2013): Reward Perception and Risk Behaviour with Regard to the Depressive Illness (External)
Leonie Brinkmann (2014): Modulation of nociceptive trigeminal stimulation (External)
Anja Gieseler (2014): Effects of Nicotine and CHRNA4 Gene Variants on Visual Attention and Resting State Connectivity - An fMRI study
Annika Eilers (2014): Working Memory and Source Memory for Faces in Mild Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Dementia
Shabnamalsadat Ayathollahi (2015): Effects of Nicotin on Auditory Attention. A Behavioral Study
Emma Jenks (2015): Anatomical Differences in Brain Structure between Craniopharyngioma Patients and Healthy Controls
Hanna Bönitz (2015): Electrophysiological Correlates of Auditory Processing in Single-Sided Deaf Cochlear Implant Users (External)
Nadyezhda van Tuylen Dominguez (2015): Can Preschool Performance in Theory of Mind, Working Memory and Intelligence Tasks predict later School Performance?
Julia Jablonowski (2016): Neuroimaging Correlates of Evidence Seeking in Patients with Delusions and Healthy Controls (External)
Elena Borisov (2016): The Relation between Chronic Pain and Grey Matter Volume and its Implication on Numbers Sense
Aylin Mehren (2016): Acute Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Cognitive Functions and Brain Activation in Adult Patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - An fMRI Study
Tugba Gülbas (2016): The effects of oxytocin on the neural processing of stress-related olfactory stimuli
Imke M. Gillich (2016): Working memory capacity as a predictor for solving the Cocktail Party problem: A combined EEG-fMRI study
Simon R. Steinkamp (2016): Relating graph-based measures of network topology to fluctuations in selective auditory attention: A concurrent EEG/fMRI study