Dr. Anja Kuchenbuch

Institute for Biomagnetism and Biosignalanalysis
Malmedyweg 15
D-48149 Münster

Phone: +49 (0) 251/83 57957
Fax.: +49 (0) 251/83
E-mail: anja.kuchenbuch@uni-muenster.de



Joined OCC in 2010

Research Project

The effect of musical training on perception and processing in the auditory cortex
In the focus of this research are the effects of musical training by means of comparisons of musicians and nonmusicians in experimentally controlled training studies. Methodically we will investigate complex processing within the auditory cortex as well as neuronal correlates of long term effects of musical training on functional plasticity via MEG (magnetoencephalography). One important auditory evoked potential (AEP) is the mismatch negativity (MMN). This is a component with its main sources located in the auditory cortex, serving as a detection mechanism for violations of regularities in auditory stimuli. We are going to develop and systematically evaluate MMN paradigms and further investigate neuronal correlates of  implicit learning processes, mental imagery, as well as short-term multimodal musical training.

Promotion Committee

Prof. Dr. C. Pantev
Prof. Dr. P. Zwitserlood
Prof. Dr. M. Lappe


Kuchenbuch, A., Paraskevopoulos, E., Herholz, S., Pantev, C., (2012). Electromagnetic correlates of musical expertise in processing of tone patterns. PlosOne, 7(1): e30171. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030171

Paraskevopoulos, Ε., Kuchenbuch, A., Herholz, S., Pantev, C., (2012). Evidence for training-induced plasticity in multisensory brain structures: an MEG study. PlosOne, 7(5): e36534. doi:10.1371/journal.psone.0036534.

Paraskevopoulos, Ε., Kuchenbuch, A., Herholz, S., Pantev, C., (2011). Statistical learning effects in musicians and non-musicians: an MEG study. Neuropsychologia, 50:341–349. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.12.007

Conference Contributions

Paraskevopoulos, Ε., Kuchenbuch, A., Herholz, S. &  Pantev, C. Music training effects on statistical learning of melodies: an MEG study. Poster Presentation at the Lifelong learning conference, Tübingen, Germany, 2010


*1983 Münster, Germany
2004-2010 Studies in Psychology, University of Münster
2010 Master Degree; Master Thesis: “Präferenzverschiebung für Mittagsgerichte durch Lernen mit aversivem Stimulusmaterial” ("Can learning with aversive stimuli alter the preference of lunch dishes?"), Department of Neurology, University Hospital Münster, Institute of Psychology, University of Münster, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. P. Zwitserlood
2010 Beginning of PhD research project, Institute for Biomagnetism and Biosignalanalysis, University of Münster