Neurocognition of Learning and Memory

Institute of Psychology I 

Group Members

Nico Bunzeck (Group leader)
Pau Packard (PostDoc)
Tineke Steiger (PostDoc)
Davina Biel (PhD student)
Alexandrina Guran (PhD student)
Alexandra Sobczak (PhD student)

Research Interests

Our primary scientific goals concern the cognitive neuroscience of learning and memory across the life-span. More specifically, we are interested in dopaminergic and cholinergic neuromodulation and their relationship to learning, adaptation and motivation. To gain insights into these issues, we use multimodal imaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electro- or magnetoencephalography (EEG/MEG) in combination with behavioral experiments and neuropsychopharmacology. Our work offers direct translational applications to clinical research investigating, for instance, dementia disorders, Schizophrenia and Parkinson's Disease.


  • Lluis Fuentemilla, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Tino Zaehle, University of Magdeburg, Germany
  • Nikolaus Weiskopf, Max Planck Institute Leipzig, Germany
  • Christiane Thiel, University of Oldenburg, Germany


  1. Herweg NA, Apitz T, Leicht G, Mulert C, Fuentemilla L, Bunzeck N. Theta-Alpha Oscillations Bind the Hippocampus, Prefrontal Cortex, and Striatum during Recollection: Evidence from Simultaneous EEG-fMRI. J Neurosci. 2016 Mar 23;36(12):3579-87.
  2. Steiger TK, Weiskopf N, Bunzeck N. Iron Level and Myelin Content in the Ventral Striatum Predict Memory Performance in the Aging Brain. J Neurosci. 2016 Mar 23;36(12):3552-8.
  3. Bunzeck N, Guitart-Masip M, Dolan RJ, Duzel E. Pharmacological dissociation of novelty responses in the human brain. Cereb Cortex. 2014 May;24(5):1351-60.
  4. Bunzeck N, Singh-Curry V, Eckart C, Weiskopf N, Perry RJ, Bain PG, Düzel E, Husain M. Motor phenotype and magnetic resonance measures of basal ganglia iron levels in Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2013 Dec;19(12):1136-42.
  5. Zaehle T, Bauch EM, Hinrichs H, Schmitt FC, Voges J, Heinze HJ, Bunzeck N. Nucleus accumbens activity dissociates different forms of salience: evidence from human intracranial recordings. J Neurosci. 2013 May 15;33(20):8764-71.