Prof. Dr. Stefan Debener
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
November 2008 - November 2009
March 2006 - October 2008
October 2005 - October 2008
July 2003 - September 2003
January 2003 - September 2005
August 2001 - December 2002
1997 & 1999
August 1996 - July 2001
1994 - 1996
Memberships in scientific societies
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie
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)
|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.