Dr. Sibylle Herholz

Montreal Neurological Institute
Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, Room 276
3801 rue University
Montréal, QC
H3A 2B4, Kanada

Phone: +1 (514) 398 8519


PhD in 2009

PhD Research Project

"Effects of short- and long-term musical training on neuronal processing in human auditory cortex"

Promotion Committee

Prof. Dr. C. Pantev (Supervisor)
Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser
Prof. Dr. Markus Lappe


Herholz, S. C., Lappe, C., Knief, A., & Pantev, C. (2008). Neural basis of music imagery and the effect of musical expertise. Eur J Neurosci, 28(11), 2352-2360.

Lappe, C., Herholz, S. C.*, Trainor, L. J., & Pantev, C. (2008). Cortical plasticity induced by short-term unimodal and multimodal musical training. J Neurosci, 28(39), 9632-9639.

Herholz, S. C., Lappe, C., & Pantev, C. (2009). Looking for a pattern: An MEG study on the abstract mismatch negativity in musicians and nonmusicians. BMC Neurosci, 10(1), 42.

Schmid, J., Herholz, S. C., Brandt, M., & Buchner, A. (2010). Recall-to-reject: The effect of category cues on false recognition. Memory, 18(8), 863-882.

Lappe, C., Trainor, L. J., Herholz, S. C., & Pantev, C. (2011). Cortical Plasticity Induced by Short-Term Multimodal Musical Rhythm Training. PLoS One, 6(6).

Boh, B., Herholz, S. C.*, Lappe, C., & Pantev, C. (2011). Processing of Complex Auditory Patterns in Musicians and Nonmusicians. PLoS One, 6(7).

Herholz, S. C., Boh, B., & Pantev, C. (in press). Musical training modulates encoding of higher-order regularities in auditory cortex. Eur J Neurosci.

Pantev, C., & Herholz, S. C. (in press). Plasticity of the Human Auditory Cortex Related to Musical Training. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.

*shared first authorship


*1983 Cologne, Germany

Education and professional experience

Since 04/2010 Post-doctoral fellow at Montreal Neurological Institute, Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, McGill University, Montréal, Canada     Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Robert Zatorre
11/2009 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Biology, Westfalian Wilhelms-University (WWU) Münster
10/2006-12/2009 PhD student and research assistant at the Institute for Biomagnetism and Biosignalanalysis, WWU Münster
Participation in the PhD-Program of the Otto-Creutzfeldt-Center for Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience, WWU Münster (since 10/2007)
19th April 2006 Diploma in Psychology; Diploma Thesis: "Reduktion falscher Erinnerungen durch bewusste Abrufprozesse: Der Einfluss semantischer Hinweisreize     bei der Rekognition" [“False memories are reduced by conscious recall: The impact of semantic cues in recognition“]; Supervisor: Prof. Dr. A. Buchner
01/2003-04/2006 Student assistant at the Institute for Experimental Psychology (Prof. Dr. Axel Buchner), Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
10/2001-04/2006 Studies of Psychology, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

Research internships

09-10/2006 Institute for Biomagnetism and Biosignalanalysis, Münster
02-04/2004 Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Independent Junior Research Group: Neurocognition of Music (Dr. Stefan Koelsch)
05-06/2003 Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, Royal Edinburgh Hospital (Prof. Dr. Klaus Ebmeier)
06/2001 Max-Planck-Institute for Neurological Research, Cologne (Prof. Dr. Josef Kessler)

Other responsibilities

Reviewer for NeuroImage, PLoS One, Human Brain Mapping, Brain Research
Since 2011 Academic and social commissioner in the Student and Post-doc section of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping
Grant support and awards
01/2009-01/2010 Supporting grant by the Friends of the University of Münster (Förderverein der Universität Münster) awarded to S.C. Herholz and C. Lappe
04/2010-04/2012 Post-doctoral fellowship (Forschungsstipendium), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
03/2011 Travel award, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, McGill University
05/2011 Best speaker award, Neuroscience Research Day, McGill University