Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab

Department of Neurology

Group Members

Ulrike M. Krämer (Group leader)
Martin Göttlich (Senior Researcher)
Tatiana Goregliad (Postdoc)
Pauline Petereit (PhD Student)
Ronja Weiblen (PhD Student)
Susanne Schellbach (Technician)

Research Interests

Our research focuses on different topics in the field of cognitive and affective neurosciences. We are interested in the neural and neuroendocrine factors that explain inter-individual differences in the experience and control of anger and aggressive behavior. In this regard, we develop novel paradigms and methods to study social interactions within the constraints of an fMRI or EEG setting. We also investigate more classical topics of cognitive neuroscience, as action monitoring, cognitive control and motor learning and examine how these functions are affected by certain neurological or psychiatric diseases. Finally, a number of projects deal with the development and implementation of advanced analysis methods for fMRI and EEG. We use different methods from psychology and neurosciences (behavioral tests, fMRI, EEG, fNIRS, TMS) to address our research questions. 


  • Robert T. Knight, UC Berkeley
  • Anne-Kristin Solbakk, University of Oslo
  • Katja Bertsch, Heidelberg University Hospital
  • Karin Roelofs, Donders Institute Nijmegen

Latest Publications

  1. Göttlich, M., Ye, Z., Rodriguez-Fornells, A., Münte, T. F., & Krämer, U. M. (2017). Viewing socio-affective stimuli increases connectivity within an extended default mode network. Neuroimage, 148, 8-19.
  2. Buades-Rotger, M., Beyer, F., & Krämer, U. M. (2017). Avoidant responses to interpersonal provocation are associated with increased amygdala and decreased mentalizing network activity. eNeuro, 4(3).
  3. Tzvi, E., Verleger, R., Münte, T. F., & Krämer, U. M. (2016). Reduced alpha-gamma phase amplitude coupling over right parietal cortex is associated with implicit visuomotor sequence learning. Neuroimage, 141, 60-70.
  4. Göttlich, M., Krämer, U. M., Kordon, A., Hohagen, F., & Zurowski, B. (2015). Resting-state connectivity of the amygdala predicts response to cognitive behavioral therapy in obsessive compulsive disorder. Biol Psychol, 111, 100-109.
  5. Beyer, F., Münte, T. F., Göttlich, M., & Krämer, U. M. (2014). Orbitofrontal cortex reactivity to angry facial expression in a social interaction correlates with aggressive behavior. Cereb Cortex, 25(9), 3057-3063.