CBBM Lecture "Mechanisms of hemispheric lateralization"

by Prof. Dr. Andreas Jansen,

Research Group „Multimodal Imaging in Cognitive Neuroscience”,

Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie,

Philipps-Universität Marburg

will take place on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 from 17:15 to 18:15 hours in CBBM Research Building, EG, Room 50/51.Host: Prof. Sören KrachDepartment of Psychiatry and PsychotherapyUniversität zu LübeckAbstract

Although it is known for more than a century that most cognitive functions are lateralized, the underlying mechanisms are still largely unknown. One explanation for our limited insight on the hemispheric lateralization in the human brain is that the vast majority of neuroimaging studies have so far described functional asymmetries mainly by activation differences between both hemispheres. While yielding valuable insights, these approaches provide only a descriptive statistical account of the acquired data and do not contribute to the investigation of the mechanisms that generated the observed lateralization pattern – that is, what computations are performed and how these are implemented in the human brain. Only recently researchers in imaging neuroscience began to move away from a purely descriptive perspective and started to address the putative processes using computational modeling approaches. In this talk, I will present results from a set of imaging studies investigating the lateralization of face- and emotion processing.


Andreas Jansen studied physics in Bonn, Sydney and Strasbourg and received a PhD in imaging neuroscience at the University of Münster. After a postdoc in Bonn and Aachen, he works since 2009 as Professor of Neuroimaging at the University of Marburg. His research is focused on the neural basis of higher cognitive functions.