Research Project

By applying transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) above cortical target areas, it is possible to enhance or inhibit neuronal activity of those regions. My main focus lies on the question how tDCS can modulate affective processing by stimulating prefrontal cortical areas, as they play a crucial role in the emotion network. Sabatinelli et al. (2007) found the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) to be specifically more active for pleasant than unpleasant and neutral stimuli. In my first study (to be published), we stimulated the mPFC via tDCS and therefore were able to alter activation patterns for stimuli with different valence. Our follow-up studies will focus more on methodological questions in order to improve this new tDCS protocol for modulating affective processing.

PhD Committee

Prof. Dr. Markus Junghöfer
Prof. Dr. Pienie Zwitserlood
PD Dr. Christian Dobel

Conference Contributions

Winker, C., Rehbein, M., Sabatinelli, D., & Junghöfer, M. (2015). Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation of the Prefrontal Cortex Modulates Appetitive-Aversive Picture Processing Bias: Magnetoencephalographic Evidence. Poster Presentation at the 4th International Symposium “Fear, Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders” of the Sonderforschungsbereich, Münster, Germany.

Winker, C., Rehbein, M., Sabatinelli, D., & Junghöfer, M. (2015). Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation of the Prefrontal Cortex Modulates Appetitive-Aversive Picture Processing Bias: Magnetoencephalographic Evidence. Poster Presentation at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Seattle, Washington, USA.

Winker, C., Rehbein, M., Sabatinelli, D., & Junghöfer, M. (2015). Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation of the Prefrontal Cortex Modulates Appetitive-Aversive Picture Processing Bias: Magnetoencephalographic Evidence. Poster Presentation at the 11th NeuroVisionen Conference, Münster, Germany.

CV

*1989 Saalfeld, Germany
2009–2014 Studies in Psychology at the University of Münster
2015 Beginning of PhD research project, Institute for Biomagnetism and Biosignalanalysis, University of Münster