Main Focus

  • Neural networks for higher cognitive functions 
  • Adaptive plasticity and compensation in neural networks for cognition 
  • Plasticity and reorganization in the language network after stroke

Funding: DFG

2022 – 2025 The impact of domain-general networks on natural language processing. PIs: Gesa Hartwigsen & Jonas Obleser
2021 – 2022
An Automated System for Localizing the Effects of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. PIs: Jens Haueisen, Gesa Hartwigsen & Thomas Knösche
2017 – 2021
Functional Segregation in the Default Mode Network. PIs: Danilo Bzdok & Gesa Hartwigsen
2017 – 2021
Modulating neural network dynamics of speech comprehension. PIs: Gesa Hartwigsen & Jonas Obleser
2011 – 2014
Neuromodulation of phonological word processing with multifocal parieto-frontal transcranial magnetic stimulation. PI: Gesa Hartwigsen
2023 – 2026
DFG Research Unit: Modulation of brain networks for memory and learning by transcranial electrical stimulation. Role: PI, Speaker: Agnes Flöel

Funding: Other sources

2023 – 2027 The Flexible Brain. (Re-)Spring Adaptation in Semantic Cognition. ERC Consolidator Grant
NVIDIA GPU grant (Titan Xp Donation), NVIDIA Developer. PI: Gesa Hartwigsen

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Education

2001 - 2006
Studies of Psychology, (Dipl.-Psych.), Kiel University
2007 - 2010
PhD student (Dr. phil.), Department of Neurology, Kiel University
Habilitation (venia legendi: Psychology), University of Potsdam


2010 – 2011
Department of Neurology, University of Leipzig, Language and Aphasia Laboratory
2010 – 2013
Guest Scientist
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Leipzig (Department of Neurology)
2011 – 2013
Principle Investigator (DFG grant)
Department of Neurology, University of Leipzig
2013 – 2015
Junior Professor for Biological Psychology 
Kiel University
2013 – 2017
Guest Scientist
Department of Neurology, University of Leipzig
2015 – 2018
Research Group Leader "Modulation of Language Networks"
Department of Neuropsychology, MPI CBS
Since 2019
Lise Meitner Research Group Leader "Cognition and Plasticity"

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