Gerhard Jocham: Gerhard obtained his PhD from University of Düsseldorf in 2007 for studying the interaction between the rodent tachykinine and dopamine systems. After 3 years of postdoc with Markus Ullsperger at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne and 3 years with Tim Behrens at the FMRIB Centre at University of Oxford, he established his own lab at Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg in 2013. As of 2018, he has been appointed Professor for Biological Psychology of Decision Making at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. Gerhard defiantly claims that just because he has not even stood on his skateboard in the last five years does not mean he has really given up on it. 

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Theo OJ Gruendler: After some years in the service including international travel and work as management consultant Theo studied psychology at the University of Trier. During an inspiring internship with John JB Allen, University of Arizona he decided to continue his journey in science. For his PhD Theo worked at the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research with Markus Ullsperger on pathological error monitoring processes and neural manipulation with deep brain stimulation. Theo maintains that he has not stood on a skateboard in the last 20 years and will only eventually change this for the Hoverboard.

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Luca F. Kaiser: Luca graduated from the Berlin School of Mind and Brain in summer 2016. In her thesis, she studied resting-state network connectivity in severe obesity supervised by Kristin Prehn and Carsten Finke at Charité Berlin. Afterwards, she started her PhD in the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. Here she will work on value computations in sensory cortical areas measured with MEG. Luca stood on a skateboard only once and decided that surfboards are simply more fun.

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Lennart Luettgau: Lennart studied psychology at the University of Leipzig. As a student research assistent, he worked in Florian Schlagenhauf’s group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences,  where he got valuable insights in reward learning and higher cognitive functions. During his Master thesis, supervised by Cornelia Exner, Florian Schlagenhauf and Zsuzsika Sjoerds, Lennart studied the influence of psychosocial stress on working memory and its neural correlates in alcohol dependence. For his PhD in the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Lennart will work on the neural mechanisms of value generalization. Lennart has high hopes that when his days in American Football are over, he will be able to start a succesful skateboarding career. 

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Julia Rogge: Julia obtained her MSc in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience at TU Dresden in 2017. For her Master's project at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, she worked on the influence of dopamine on functional resting-state networks and motor skill learning. As member of the newly established ABINEP graduate school, her PhD project on the mechanisms of decision urgency in the healthy and diseased brain is jointly supervised by the Department of Neuropsychology (Prof. Markus Ullsperger) and the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. Julia thinks skateboarding is so 90's … it’s time for a revival.

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Student Assistant, BSc and MSc students:

Stephanie Senf

Halla Mulla-Osman


Daniel Priegnitz M.Sc.

Lukas Neugebauer M.Sc.

Pia Geise, B.Sc.

Maximilian Behr, M.Sc.

Marcus Kraft, M.Sc.

Marie Chanté Fröhlich, B.Sc