News 2017

Upcoming Talk

Prof. Dr. Julia Fischer (German Primate Center, Göttingen)

Guinea baboons as a test case for studying the link between social systems, communication and cognition
Julia Fischer_
© Julia Fischer

Our next speaker in the OCC Colloquium Series in the summer semester is Prof. Dr. Julia Fischer from the German Primate Center, Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, Göttingen, Germany.

  • Time: June 21, 2017 (Wed), 16.15 h
  • Location: Lecture Hall, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, Building A9, 2nd Floor, Room 120.074

OCC Activity

Neuroscience in School

Galen I
© WWU - Ima Trempler

In May, some of our OCC PhD students visited a fourth grade in the Kardinal-von-Galen Elementary School, Münster-Handorf. Together with their teacher, Babette Havers, the kids had learned about brain research during a two-week project. The teaching unit, including specifically designed material and the interactive robot "Herr Tie", was developed and made publicly available by the Hertie Foundation. The OCC organizes the school visits in Münster in collaboration with the Hertie Foundation. Using the material, the students learned about our sensory systems and tackled questions like "Why is the brain folded?" and "How do nerve cells communicate?". To conclude the project, our OCC experts visited the school for an intense question-and-answer session. They also gave an impression of their research and showed pictures illustrating their daily work. The project will continue during the next school year. Interested schools and teachers can contact the OCC coordinator.

Paper published

Stimulation of prefrontal cortex and affective processing

Constantin Winker

A new paper with the title "Noninvasive stimulation of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex enhances pleasant scene processing" has been published in the Journal Cerebral Cortex by our OCC PhD student Constantin Winker (Institute of Biomagnetism and Biosignalanalysis, IBB). Together with his OCC colleagues Dr. Maimu Rehbein and Prof. Dr. Markus Junghöfer and in collaboration with Prof. Dean Sabatinelli from the University of Georgia, he shows in an MEG and fMRI study that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex tunes affective processing of emotional scenes in a valence-specific manner. This finding may suggest the ventromedial prefrontal cortex as alternative target for add-on therapies of affective disorders such as depression or generalized anxiety.

Talk by Dr. Anouk Keizer (Universiteit Utrecht)

A new perspective on body image disturbance in anorexia nervosa
Anouk Keizer
© Anouk Keizer

We are very happy to welcome our first speaker in the OCC Colloquium Series in the summer semester, Dr. Anouk Keizer from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

  • Time: May 10, 2017 (Wed), 16.15 h
  • Location: Lecture Hall, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, Building A9, 2nd Floor, Room 120.074

Abstract
Patients with anorexia nervosa are generally very thin, nevertheless they experience the size of their body as bigger than it actually is. This body image disturbance is a core symptom of anorexia and difficult to treat. Traditionally body image disturbance is defined as having negative attitudes about the own body and visually perceiving the body as larger than it is. In this talk I will give an overview of the studies conducted in my group that show that body image disturbance is a multisensory disturbance. We have shown that patients for example perceive touch on their skin different from healthy females, and that they move around in space as if their body is larger, without being aware of doing so.

Thesis Defense

PhD for Sebastian Geukes

Sebastian Geukes

We are very happy to announce that our OCC PhD Student Sebastian Geukes has successfully defended his thesis entitled On necessary conditions for learning new words and their meanings - behavioral and event-related potential studies. The thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Pienie Zwitserlood (Institute of Psychology), Prof. Dr. Jens Bölte (Institute of Psychology) and Prof. Dr. Gareth Gaskell.