CBBM Lecture "Learning in development vs. adulthood: Sensitive phases in human brain development" by

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Roeder.

Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology ,

University of Hamburg


will take place on Tuesday, 6 November 2018 from 15:00 to 16:00 hours in CBBM, Ground Floor, B1/B2.

Host: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Krämer
Department of Neurology
University of Lübeck


Learning at the beginning of the ontogenetic development cannot be guided to the same degree by internal models of the world as in adults. Thus, developmental learning is presumably to a larger degree bottom up or input driven. Indeed, we have demonstrated that infants quickly learn crossmodal statistics in passive exposure settings. By contrast, adult leaning was only observed under explicit learning instructions. The higher sensitivity to environmental statistics in early development seems to constitute a sensitive phase. We have demonstrated in humans that what was learned within the sensitive period is at least partially conserved even if the environment drastically changes.


Brigitte Röder studied Psychology at and received her PhD from the University of Marburg (Germany). After her postdoc time at the University of Oregon (U.S.) she was awarded an Emmy-Noether grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG). In 2004 she moved to the University of Hamburg, where she since then holds a full professorship for Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology with a second affiliation at the Medical Faculty of the University of Hamburg. Brigitte Röder’s research interests comprise multisensory processes and age-dependent neuroplasticity. Her main research methods include behavioral, electrophysiological techniques and brainimaging.

Brigitte Röder is member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg. Her most important awards are the Leibniz Award of the German Research Foundation, the Hector Science Award and an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council.