Main Focus

  • Cognitive maps for concept learning: How do we extract commonalities and mark distinctions across experiences to build organised knowledge? How is conceptual knowledge represented in the brain to be used flexibly, i.e. to infer never experienced relations and to understand new matters?
  • Neural geometry of reasoning ability and general intelligence: What are the representational mechanisms critical to successful reasoning and general intelligence?

Selected publications

Theves, S.; Fernández, G.; Doeller, C. F.: The hippocampus encodes distances in multidimensional feature space. Current Biology 29 (7), S. 1226 - 1231.e3 (2019)

Theves, S.; Fernández, G.; Doeller, C. F.: The hippocampus maps concept space, not feature space. The Journal of Neuroscience 40 (38), S. 7318 - 7325 (2020)

Theves, S.; Neville, D. A.; Fernández, G.; Doeller, C. F.: Learning and representation of hierarchical concepts in hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience 41 (36), S. 7675 - 7686 (2021)


Curriculum Vitae

Career

starting 2022

Group leader of the Minerva Fast Track Research Group ‘Neural Mechanisms of Intelligence’

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Leipzig, Germany


since 2019

Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Leipzig, Germany

 

2015-2019

PhD in Neuroscience

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior

Faculty of Science, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

 

2014

Research Assistant

Institute of Medical Psychology

Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany


Education

M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

B.Sc. in Psychology, Innsbruck University, Austria 


Awards

2021    Minerva Fast Track Fellowship awarded by the Max Planck Society

2021    Otto Hahn medal of the Max Planck Society for outstanding scientific achievements in context 

           of the doctorate

                                                            


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