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?
  • Reasoning and intelligence: What are the neural processing mechanisms that are critical to successful problem-solving 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

since 2022

Group leader of the Minerva Fast Track Research Group Neural Codes of Intelligence

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


2019-2022

Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology

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

 

2015-2019

PhD candidate

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior

Faculty of Science, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

 

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

            the context of the doctorate

                                                            


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