News 2022

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Venture for Science

Researchers from the Otto Creutzfeldt Center investigated the positive aspects of children's successful involvement with adventure. In the OCC Venture Camp 2022 elementary school students faced different challenges during their summer vacation, while the researchers measured the children's experienced fear by means of questionnaires and increased heart rates. For example, the children went up to a height of 7 meters with a lift truck. In another challenge, courage was required to look through VR goggles, where the children experienced a virtual thunderstorm, sat in a room with virtual spiders or rode a virtual elevator to a platform of a skyscraper to look down from there.

"Children increasingly have fewer opportunities to take risks in their everyday lives or at school," says Prof. Dr. Markus Junghöfer, who is the scientific director of the venture camp together with PD Dr. Marc de Lussanet. "This minimizes the risk of accidents, for example in school sports, but at the same time deprives children of many opportunities to learn successful strategies and self-confidence in dealing with scary situations.”

Even though the evaluation of the data is just beginning now, the children's feedback shows that the learned mastery of dares led to a significant reduction in the experienced anxiety and was experienced very positively. The long-term goal of the OCC researchers is now to be able to offer Venture Camps to all children as part of school field trips in Münster and to study their prevention of anxiety disorders in children in even greater detail. 

 

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Mark the date

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Upcoming OCC Lab Rotation on fMRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and especially functional MRI is one of the most commonly applied methods in neuroscience. This lab rotation will offer insight into the work with (f)MRI. The participants will get to know the procedures in preprocessing and analyzing fMRI data, gain experience in the processing of structural data, and will be able to experience an MRI measurement first hand. In the end participants can (hopefully) walk away with a lot of new knowledge about the method (f)MRI in neuroscience as well as with a little 3D-printed model of their own brain.

The lab rotation is available for around six OCC PhD students and will take place from 04.10. – 10.10.2022. If you are interested to take part, please contact Svenja Gremmler.

 

Thesis Defense

PhD for Torge Dellert

Torge Dellert
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We congratulate Dr. Torge Dellert  on successfully defending his thesis "Neural correlates of consciousness in visual and auditory perception" at the Institute of Medical Psychology and Systems Neuroscience. The thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Thomas Straube, Prof. Dr. Jens Bölte und Dr. Maximilian Bruchmann.

Upcoming Talk

Talk by Prof. Dr. Barbara Webb from the University of Edinburgh

Modelling the neural mechanisms of navigation in insects
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Our next speaker in the OCC Colloquium Series in the summer semester 2022 is  Prof. Dr. Barbara Webb  (University of Edinburgh)
 

  • Time: June 29, 2022 (Wed), 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Fliednerstraße 21, Lecture Hall 119

Upcoming Talk

Talk by Prof. Dr. Benedetto de Martino UCL

Goals, Usefulness and Abstraction in Value-based Choice
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Our first speaker in the OCC Colloquium Series in the summer semester 2022 is  Prof. Dr. Benedetto De Martino  (University College London)
 

  • Time: June 15, 2022 (Wed), 3:00 p.m.!!!
  • Location: Online Zoom Meeting – Registration Required (occinfo@uni-muenster.de)

Announcement

New OCC PhD Student - Marit Praetz

With Marit Praetz we welcome the newest member in our OCC PhD Program.  Marit Praetz says about her research project: "Insect navigation is widely studied in bees and ants and neuronal circuits and motifs are established for a part of these navigation strategies. Since working with fast flying organisms still is a methodological challenge, my PhD project will focus on locomotion of Drosophila larvae." The project is supervised by OCC members Prof. Dr. Christian Klämbt and Prof. Dr. Benjamin Risse. The PhD Committee is completed by Dr. Gerit Linneweber.

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OCC Neuroscience Colloquium

The new semester has started and we look forward to welcoming five outstanding speakers to the Neuroscience Colloquium of the Otto Creutzfeldt Center:

  • June 15th 2022, 3 p.m. s.t., Prof. Benedetto de Martino from UCL, invited by Thomas Kroker
  • June 29th 2022, 4 p.m.: Prof. Barbara Webb from University of Edinburgh, invited by Prof. Benjamin Risse
  • July 6th 2022, 4 p.m.: Prof. Constance Royden from College of the Holy Cross, invited by Anna Hülemeyer   
  • July 13th 2022, 4 p.m.: Dr. Filip Děchtěrenko and Dr. Jiří Lukavský from the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, invited by Prof. Niko Busch 

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New OCC PhD Student - Eleni Nikalexi

Eleni Nikalexi
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In our OCC PhD Program we welcome Eleni Nikalexi. The title of her project is “Biomarkers for the ictogenesis of Absence seizures – The role of cortical 5-9Hz oscillations”, under the direct supervision of Dr. Annika Lüttjohann. The project is supervised by OCC members Prof. Dr. Thomas Budde and Prof. Dr. Thomas Seidenbecher. The PhD Committee is completed by Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz.

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New OCC member - Prof. Dr. Christian Klämbt

We welcome Prof. Dr. Christian Klämbt from the Institute of Neuro- and Behavioral Biology as a new member of the Otto Creutzfeldt Center in 2022.

Prof. Dr. Chrstian Klämbt works on questions about

  • Formation and function of the Drosophila blood-brain barrier.
  • Function of glial cells in modulating neuronal conductance speed and ephaptic coupling.
  • Function of glial cells during action selection.
  • Navigation of Drosophila larvae.

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New OCC member - Dr. Insa Schloßmacher

Insa Schlossmacher
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We welcome Dr. Insa Schloßmacher from the Institute of Medical Psychology and Systems Neuroscience as a new member of the Otto Creutzfeldt Center in 2022.

Dr. Insa Schloßmacher works on questions about

  • Neural correlates of consciousness
  • Mechanisms of mismatch processing
  • nonconscious processing

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New OCC PhD Student - Rosari Naveena Selvan

Rosari Naveena Selvan
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In our OCC PhD Program we welcome Rosari Naveena Selvan. In her research she is focused on to investigate the cognitive architecture of action perception and how the brain understands the cues in action sequences for prediction for taking turns in such joint actions using fMRI, EEG & Eye-Tracking. The project is supervised by OCC member Prof. Dr. Ricarda Schubotz. The PhD Committee is completed by Prof. Dr. Florentin Wörgötter (University of Göttingen) and OCC member Prof. Dr. Markus Lappe.

Upcoming Talk

Talk by Prof. Dr. Frank Neuner (Universität Bielefeld)

When trauma is repeated and social: Challenges to the concept of PTSD and implications for therapy
Prof. Dr. Frank Neuner (Universität Bielefeld)
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Our next speaker in the OCC Colloquium Series in the winter semester 2021/2022 is Prof. Dr. Frank Neuner (Universität Bielefeld)
 

  • Time: February 09, 2022 (Wed), 4.15 p.m.
  • Location: Online Zoom Meeting – Registration Required (occinfo@uni-muenster.de)

Upcoming Talk

Talk by Prof. Dr. Volker Stefanski (Universität Hogenheim)

Behavioral Physiology in Pigs – from Bench to Practice
Prof. Dr.  Volker Stefanski (Universität Hogenheim)
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Our next speaker in the OCC Colloquium Series in the winter semester 2021/2022 is Prof. Dr. Volker Stefanski (Universität Hogenheim)
 

  • Time: January 26, 2022 (Wed), 4.15 p.m.
  • Location: Online Zoom Meeting – Registration Required (occinfo@uni-muenster.de)