CBBM Lecture "Effects of motivational significance on cognition" by

Dr. Judith Schomaker, Department of Biological Psychology, University of Gießen

will take place on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 15:00 to 16:00 hours in CBBM, Ground Floor, B1/B2.

Host: Prof. Dr. Nico Bunzeck
Institute of Psychology I
University of Lübeck


In the first part of my talk I will discuss findings showing that novelty can have a range of (beneficial) effects on the brain and cognition. In the second part, I will discuss findings showing that on one hand motivation can influence attention, while on the other hand attention can facilitate motivational stimulus-outcome learning by amplifying reward learning signals in the brain.


Judith Schomaker obtained her bachelor and research master degree at the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During her master she visited the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics to do her thesis work. She then went back to do the PhD research at the VU university in Amsterdam, investigating the interaction between novelty and cognition. After her PhD I went to Bianca Wittmann's lab at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen to do a post-doc, focusing on the effects of motivation and salience on learning and decision-making. During her postdoctoral training she also visited Nathaniel Daw's lab at NYU, USA. In 2017 she became mother of Elin.