CBBM Lecture "Forty years on the tight rope between matter and mind: Do electric potentials of the human EEG help understand the mind?" by

Emeritus Professor Rolf Verleger

will take place on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 15:00 to 16:00 hours in CBBM, EG, B1/B2.Host: Prof. Ulrike KrämerDepartment of NeurologyUniversity of LübeckAbstract

After 40 years of research into event-related potentials (ERPs) of the human EEG, among them 29 years in our dept. of neurology, I will provide an overview on results of my most recent projects. These include: (1) Traces of perceptions and actions in the brain, as measured by EEG during sleep: Is there a relation between such traces, possibly reflecting some reprocessing, and later insight into relationships between events?  (2) A right-hemisphere advantage in healthy persons for identifying briefly presented target stimuli: Does this asymmetry provide clues for understanding the hemi-neglect syndrome occurring after lesions of the right hemisphere? And what information is gained by ERPs over and above the information provided by overt behavior?  (3) Free will and the brain: Demystifying the Bereitschaftspotential.  (4) Psychological meaning of the P3 component: What psychological process is reflected by this most conspicuous component of the ERP? And if this is the wrong question, what question is the right one?


Rolf Verleger, *1951, studied psychology in Konstanz 1970-76, worked as a research assistant at the Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit in Mannheim 1977-1985, at the department of Clinical Psychology in Tübingen 1985-1986, and at the department of neurology of the University of Lübeck from 1988 onwards . Ph.D. 1986 in Tübingen, habilitation 1994 in Lübeck, appointment as Außerordentlicher Professor 1998 in Lübeck. Retired in June 2017.