Main Focus

  • Language: communication; syntax, prosody and their interaction; pragmatics
  • Music: music perception and production; emotion; interaction between musicians
  • Language & music: cognitive similarities and interaction between both domains
  • Methods: experimental electrophysiology and neuroimaging in healthy adults, neurological patients and professional musicians

Curriculum Vitae

Career

since 2013
Research Group Leader
Otto Hahn Group "Neural Bases of Intonation in Speech and Music", Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
2014
Visiting Researcher
MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia
2011 - 2013
Visiting Researcher
Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (CCNi), University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
2009 - 2011
Scientific Staff
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
2008 - 2009
Postdoc
University Nord-de-France, Lille and La Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France

Academic Education

2018
Habilitation and Venia Legendi in Psychology at University of Leipzig, Germany
Title of habilitation thesis: "The Melodic Mind: Neural Bases of Intonation in Speech and Music"
2004 - 2008
Ph.D. student at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
Title of dissertation: "The neuroanatomical overlap of syntax processing in music and language - Evidence from lesion and intracranial ERP studies"
1999 - 2000
Licence de Psychologie
Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France
1997 - 2004
Diploma in Psychology, University of Leipzig, Germany
Diploma thesis: "Music and Emotion: Electrophysiological correlates of the processing of pleasant and unpleasant music" at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Awards

2010

2010

2010

2012

Otto Hahn medal, Max Planck Society

Otto Hahn Award, Max Planck Society

Poster prize, 16th Annual Meeting of the Organization of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)

Gold medal for outstanding achievements in the preservation of historic monuments in Europe, 10th Europe's Leading Trade Fair for Conservation, Restoration and Old Building Renovation (denkmal)

Memberships

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs)

Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS)

Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL)

Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC)

Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)

Committees

Member of the Ethics Council of the Max Planck Society

Elected scientific staff member of the Humanities & Social Sciences Section of the Max Planck Society

Mentor for female scientists, Minerva-FemmeNet of the Max Planck Society

Associate Faculty Member, International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) NeuroCom

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