Research Areas

Second language acquisition
Object-, and person perception
Interaction of vision and language
Emotional Neuroscience
Methods: MEG, EEG, Eyetracking, Performance measures

Selected Publications

Dobel, C., Enriquez-Geppert, S., Bölte, J., & Zwitserlood, P. (in press). Representation of actions in sign language. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education.

Junghöfer, M., Kissler, J., Schupp, H., Putsche, C., Elling, L. & Dobel, C. (2010). A fast neural signature of motivated attention to consumer goods separates the sexes. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4:179. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2010.00179

Hirschfeld, G., Zwitserlood, P. & Dobel, C. (2010). Effects of language comprehension on visual processing - MEG dissociates early perceptual and late N400 effects. Brain and Language.

Dobel, C., Junghöfer, M., Klauke, B., Breitenstein, C., Pantev, C., Knecht, S. & Zwitserlood, P. (2010). New names for known things: On the association of novel word forms with existing semantic information. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 1251-1261.

Dobel, C., Lagemann, L. & Zwitserlood, P. (2009). Non-native phonemes in adult word learning – evidence from the N400m. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 364, 3697-3710.

Lange, J., de Lussanet, M., Kuhlmann, S., Zimmermann, A., Lappe, M., Zwitserlood, P. & Dobel, C. (2009) Impairments of biological motion perception in congenital prosopagnosia. PLoS ONE. PLoS ONE 4(10): e7414. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007414.

Dobel, C., Geiger, L., Bruchmann, M., Putsche, C., Schweinberger, S. & Junghöfer, J. (2008). On the interplay of familiarity and emotional expression. Psychological Research, 72, 580-586.

Dobel, C., Putsche, C., Zwitserlood, P. & Junghöfer, M. (2008). Early left-hemispheric dysfunction of face processing in congenital prosopagnosia: an MEG study. PLoS ONE 3(6): e2326.

Breitenstein, C., Zwitserlood, P., de Fries, M., Feldhuis, C., Knecht, S. & Dobel, C. (2007). Five days versus a lifetime: Intense associative vocabulary training generates lexically integrated words. Journal of Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 25, 493- 500.

Dobel, C.,  Bölte, J., Aicher, M. & Schweinberger, S. (2007). Prosopagnosia without apparent cause: Overview and diagnosis of six cases. Cortex, 43, 718-733.

Dobel, C., Diesendruck, G. & Bölte, J. (2007). How writing system and age influence spatial representations of actions - a developmental, crosslinguistic study. Psychological Science, 18, 487-491.

Academic CV

1986–1988 Undergraduate Studies of Psychology, University of Konstanz
1988–1989 Scholarship Holder, University of Rutgers, New Jersey, USA
1989–1994 Graduate Studies of Psychology, University of Konstanz
03/94 Diploma of Psychology (Dipl. Psych.) University of Konstanz
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. R. Cohen, Prof. Dr. B. Rockstroh
Subject: Programming of movements in schizophrenic patients   
1997-1999 Dissertation (Dr. rer. soc.), University of Konstanz
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. B. Rockstroh, Prof. Dr. Dr. P.W. Schönle
Subject: Event related potentials of aphasics and controls in language production tasks   
1999–2000 Postdoc position with Prof. Dr. F. Pulvermüller, University of Konstanz
2000–2002 Postdoc position with Prof. Dr. W.J.M Levelt, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, NL; funded by the German Research Council (DFG)
2002–2006 Assistant Professor (C1), Department of Prof. Dr. P. Zwitserlood, University of Münster
Since 2006 Senior scientist at the Insitute for Biomagnetism and Biosignalanalysis, University of Münster / Medical Department
12/07 Habilitation and Venia Legendi for Psychology, University of Münster
Title: Cognition of action events
04/10-03/11 Temporary Head of General and Biological Psychology, University of Wuppertal