Research Project

In my PhD project we will try to extend our knowledge on vmPFC functioning by a causal modulation of its activity. TDCS is non-invasive brain stimulation technique that allows us to alter brain activity from outside the skull. The vmPFC stimulation will modulate decision-making and the processing of emotions after a feedback stimulus is presented. Thus, the vmPFC in involved in fear inhibition, risk-taking and the estimation of outcomes of our behavior. By altering vmPFC-activity we will be able to further investigate vmPFC functioning and change potentially dysfunctional cognitive processes, that induce maladaptive behavior.

PhD Committee

Prof. Dr. Markus Junghöfer

Prof. Dr. Jens Bölte

Prof. Dr. Ricarda Schubotz

Conference Contributions

Kroker, T., Roesmann, K., Hein, S., Rehbein, M., Winker, C., Leehr, E.J., Klucken, T., & Junghöfer, M.: Transcranial direct current stimulation of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex modulates behavioral and neural patterns of fear generalization. Talk presented at the European Society of
Visual Perception, Berlin, Germany.


*1996 Volkmarsen, Germany
2015-2018 B.Sc. Psychology at the Universities of Wuppertal and Salzburg
2018-2020 M.Sc. Psychology (major in Cognitive Neuroscience) at the University of Münster
2020 Beginning of PhD research project, The effect of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) on attentional biases and reward processing