Research Project

The environment we live in is highly dynamic and yet it presents us with continuous sensory regularities. This allows us to implicitly and explicitly extract regularities and associations from our environment and establish internal representations of the external world. Once these representations are built to form a hierarchical generative model, temporal regularities can be anticipated through top-down predictions. As such, less time and attention is required to process these sensory stimuli. Neurophysiological accounts postulate that these top-down predictions are represented by beta/alpha oscillation dominance, whilst feedforward projection of novel information is represented by dominating gamma oscillations. Yet, what remains somewhat speculative is the generation process of implicit predictions itself. With this study we therefore intend to investigate the electrophysiological insights into the nature of predictions underlying visual statistical learning.

PhD Committee

Prof. Dr. Ricarda Schubotz
Prof. Dr. Pienie Zwitserlood
Dr. Daniel S. Kluger


Roehe, M.A., Kluger, D.S., Schroeder, S.C.Y., Schliephake, L.M., Boelte, J., Jacobsen, T., Schubotz., R.I. (2021). Early alpha/beta oscillations reflect the formation of face-related expectations in the brain. PlosOne, in press.

Schliephake, L., Trempler, I., Roehe, M.A., Heins, N., Schubotz,R.I. (2021). Positive and negative prediction error signals to violated expectations of face and place stimuli distinctively activate FFA and PPA. NeuroImage, 236 (2021) 118028

Kluger D. S., Broers N, Roehe M. A., Wurm M. F., Busch N. A., Schubotz R.I. (2020) Exploitation of local and global information in predictive processing. PLoS ONE 15(4): e0231021.

Conference Contributions

Roehe, M. A., Kluger, D. S., Schroeder, S. C. Y., Schliephake, L. M., Bölte, J., Kohler, A., Schubotz, R. I. Formation of face-related predictions: An interplay of prestimulus α/β enhancement and peristimulus N170 diminution. Cognitive Neuroscience Society 2020 Virtual Meeting, Boston, USA, May 2020.


since 2017 PhD student at the Institute of Psychology, University of Münster, Germany.
2015–2016 Master of Science in Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
Summer 2014 Research Assistant at the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development and Clinical Research Imaging Centre, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
2011-2015 Bachelor of Music at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
*1993 Guelph, Canada