Dr. Anna Lena Biel
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Dr. Anna Lena Biel
Institute of Experimental Psychology (Prof. Busch)
Room Fl. 318
Fliednerstr. 21
48149 Münster
T: +49 (0) 251/8331378


I study how the human brain manages to coordinate complex cognitive processes, using EEG, noninvasive brain stimulation, eye-tracking and their combination.


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  • CV


    10/2016 - 09/2021     Doctor of Philosophy: Graduate School for Systemic Neurosciences
                                              Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München & Munich Center for Neuroscience

    10/2014 - 09/2016     Master of Science: Neuro-Cognitive Psychology
                                              Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München & Elite Network Bavaria

    10/2010 - 09/2013     Bachelor of Science: Psychologie
                                              Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

    Work Experience

    04/2022 – ongoing      Research associate: EEG and eye-tracking studies on working memory and
                                               attention; teaching General & Experimental Psychology Lab,
                                               WWU Münster (Prof. N. Busch)

    10/2016 – 03/2022     Research associate: EEG and noninvasive brain stimulation studies on
                                               working memory and attention; teaching
                                               Biological Psychology Lab, LMU Munich (Prof. P. Sauseng)

    09/2015 - 09/2016      Research assistant: Behavioural, eye tracking and tactile stimulation studies
                                               General & Experimental Psychology Lab, LMU Munich (Prof. T. Geyer)

    08 - 10/2015                  Research intern: Study on perceptual grouping in parietal extinction patients
                                               General & Experimental Psychology Lab, LMU Munich (PD Dr. M. Conci)

    02 - 04/2015                  Research intern: EEG-TMS study on oscillatory coupling in working memory
                                               Biological Psychology Lab, LMU Munich (Prof. P. Sauseng)

    09 - 12/2013                  Research intern: Behavioral and EEG studies on age differences in attention
                                               Memory & Decision Processes Lab,
                                               Ryerson University Toronto (Prof. J. Spaniol)

    09/2011 - 07/2013      Research assistant: Behavioral and EEG studies on social cognition
                                               Social Psychology Lab, WWU Münster (Prof. G. Echterhoff)

  • Publications

    • Friedrich, E.V., Zillekens, I.C., Biel, A.L., O'Leary, D., Singer, J., Seegenschmiedt, E.V., Sauseng, P., Schilbach, L. (2022). Temporal dynamics of oscillatory brain activity during the observation of communicative interactions between point-light agents. European Journal of Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejn.15903

    • Peylo, C., Friedrich, E. V., Minarik, T., Biel, A. L., & Sauseng, P. (2022). Theta: Gamma Phase Coupling and Evoked Gamma Activity Reflect the Fidelity of Mental Templates during Memory Matching in Visual Perception. Cerebral Cortex. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhab472

    • Friedrich, E. V., Zillekens, I. C., Biel, A. L., O'Leary, D., Seegenschmiedt, E. V., Singer, J., ... & Sauseng, P. (2022). Seeing a Bayesian ghost: Sensorimotor activation leads to an illusory social perception. Iscience, 25(4), 104068. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2022.104068
    • Biel, A. L., Sterner, E., Röll, L., & Sauseng, P. (2022). Modulating verbal working memory with fronto‐parietal transcranial electric stimulation at theta frequency: Does it work?. European Journal of Neuroscience, 55(2), 405-425. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejn.15563
    • Nowack, L., Finke, K., Biel, A. L., Keller, I., Müller, H. J., & Conci, M. (2021). Attention capture by salient object groupings in the neglected visual field. Cortex, 138, 228-240. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2021.02.011
    • Biel, A. L., Minarik, T., & Sauseng, P. (2021). EEG cross-frequency phase synchronization as an index of memory matching in visual search. NeuroImage, 235, 117971. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2021.117971

    • Sauseng, P., Tschentscher, N., & Biel, A. L. (2019). Be prepared: Tune to FM-theta for cognitive control. Trends in Neurosciences, 42(5), 307-309. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tins.2019.02.006
    • Sauseng, P., Peylo, C., Biel, A. L., Friedrich, E. V., & Romberg‐Taylor, C. (2019). Does cross‐frequency phase coupling of oscillatory brain activity contribute to a better understanding of visual working memory?. British Journal of Psychology, 110(2), 245-255. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12340

    • Berger, B., Griesmayr, B., Minarik, T., Biel, A. L., Pinal, D., Sterr, A., & Sauseng, P. (2019). Dynamic regulation of interregional cortical communication by slow brain oscillations during working memory. Nature communications, 10(1), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-12057-0
    • Biel, A. L., & Friedrich, E. V. (2018). Why you should report bayes factors in your transcranial brain stimulation studies. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1125. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01125
    • Williams, R. S., Biel, A. L., Dyson, B. J., & Spaniol, J. (2017). Age differences in gain-and loss-motivated attention. Brain and cognition, 111, 171-181. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2016.12.003
    • Williams, R. S., Biel, A. L., Wegier, P., Lapp, L. K., Dyson, B. J., & Spaniol, J. (2016). Age differences in the Attention Network Test: Evidence from behavior and event-related potentials. Brain and Cognition, 102, 65-79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2015.12.007