The Centre

Established in 2004 at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS), the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCNS) aims to advance our understanding between neural and cognitive processes. Recognizing that this essentially needs to be an interdisciplinary effort, the currently approximately 60 researchers of the CCNS are from diverse departments at the University (e.g. psychology, biology, linguistics) and the Department of Neurology at the Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg. The close link between basic and clinical researchers at the CCNS enables translational research, necessary to tackle today’s urgent health and societal challenges posed by mental and neurological disorders. The research groups at the CCNS are highly internationally recognized as underlined by strong, competitive output in terms of peer-reviewed publications and acquisition of third-party funding.

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Mission

RESEARCH FIELDS

SLEEP, COGNITION & CONSCIOUSNESS RESEARCH

Manuel Schabus & Kerstin Hödlmoser

Manuel Schabus
Kerstin Hödlmoser

The laboratory for “Sleep, Cognition, and Consciousness” works in two main domains. This includes cognition during sleep, specifically how information is consolidated over periods of sleep, in addition to understanding how new incoming information is processed during sleep in babies, the pupils and in adult sleep periods. This stream of research also includes information processing in “altered states of consciousness” and therefore focuses on the processing of stimuli before birth, in the fetus, as well as during various stages of sleep or even pathological states of consciousness such as post-comatose states. In addition to these topics, the laboratory is interested in applied sleep research and focuses on non-pharmacological ways to improve sleep from the habitual bad sleeper to the clinical insomniac.

 

 

manuel.schabus@plus.ac.at

+43 662 8044 5113

 

kerstin.hoedlmoser@plus.ac.at

+43 662 8044 5143

 

www.sleepscience.at

AUDITORY NEUROSCIENCE

Nathan Weisz

Nathan Weisz

The group is interested how the brain makes sense of sounds, also in the face of challenges such as background noise or hearing loss. This includes rehabilitation of listening in deaf individuals following cochlea implantation. Furthermore, the group tries to understand factors that lead to illusory perception of sounds, such as tinnitus.

 

nathan.weisz@plus.ac.at

+43 662 8044 5120

 

braindynamics.sbg.ac.at/auditory-neuroscience-group

HORMONE RESEARCH

Belinda Pletzer

Belinda Pletzer

The Hormone Research Unit (HuG-Lab) focuses on the interactions between the nervous system and the endocrine system as the basis of information processing underlying human behaviour. To that end, we utilize hormone analyses and genetic analyses in combination with neurocognitive methods. For a better understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms, we seek to parallel our approaches in humans by animal studies. Previous and ongoing work includes studies on sex differences, hormone cycles, stress effects and hormonal contraceptives. A particular focus lies on women's health and a better understanding of the female brain.

 

belinda.pletzer@plus.ac.at

+43 662 8044 5184

EATING BEHAVIOUR

Jens Blechert

Jens Blechert

In the eating behavior laboratory, we are investigating why people have eating habits that do not contribute to good health. Therefore, we study whether food cravings, stress- and emotion related eating, self-reward driven eating or strict dietary restraint are contributing to unhealthy eating and overeating. We study healthy individuals but also individuals affected by overweight, obesity or eating disorders. For better understanding of these reasons for unhealthy eating, we combine laboratory-based methods (eye tracking, psychophysiology, EEG, functional neuroimaging) with naturalistic methods (ecological momentary assessment by using smartphone-based momentary questions). We also develop interventions that support healthy eating, particularly smartphone-delivered interventions in every-day life (i.e., ‘ecological momentary interventions’ or ‘just-in-time adaptive interventions’).

 

jens.blechert@plus.ac.at

+43 662 8044 5163

NEUROCOGNITION

Florian Hutzler & Martin Kronbichler

Florian Hutzler
Martin Kronbichler

We are primarily interested in higher cognitive functions like reading and visual cognition, decision-making, social cognitive processes, their development and disorders affecting these processes and how these higher cognitive functions are implemented in the brain. We have a strong focus and interest in the bidirectional links between behavior and brain data and how these links can advance our understanding of cognitive processes.

The group further investigates the neuronal underpinning and mechanisms of normal and disordered cognition. Our main research topics are the neurocognitive mechanism of normal reading (development) and the causation of reading disorder (i.e., developmental dyslexia), the neural correlates of decision making and pathological gambling, and the neuronal signature of psychiatric disorder such as, for example, schizophrenia. Besides (f)MRI, we study these phenomena with EEG, eye tracking and pupillometry and behavioral experiments.

 

florian.hutzler@plus.ac.at

+43 662 8044 5114

 

martin.kronbichler@plus.ac.at

 

 

NEUROBIOLOGY OF LANGUAGE

Dietmar Roehm

Dietmar Roehm

The research group focuses on the neurobiology of language, the way in which language is implemented by the brain. In particular, we concentrate on three main topics: a) language comprehension and the role of linguistic prediction, b) sign language and, more recently, c) multilingualism as well as L2+ learning and processing with a focus on (inter- & intra-) individual differences and across various age groups. We conduct research using electroencephalography (EEG), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS),and behavioral techniques (e.g. eye-tracking).

 

dietmar.roehm@plus.ac.at

+43 662 8044 4271

MENTAL FILES

Josef Perner

Josef Perner

The group is interested in neural correlates of mental files, which provide a cognitive architecture for representing concrete objects. We focus on cases where objects are represented in different ways. The required processes find application in a great variety of areas ranging from understanding identity, mathematical equations, recognition, and theory of mind.

 

josef.perner@plus.ac.at

+43 662 8044 5124

NEUROLOGY

Eugen Trinka

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Find the latest scientific publications of members of the CCNS, browse their contributions in the media as well as grants and third-party projects.

Publications

Networks of stress, affect and eating behaviour: anticipated stress coping pred…

Pannicke, B., Kaiser, T., Reichenberger, J. & Blechert, J. (2021). Networks of stress, affect and eating behaviour: anticipated stress coping predicts goal-congruent eating in young adults. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 18(1), 9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-020-01066-8

Enumerating the forest before the trees: The time courses of estimation-based a…

Melcher, D., Huber-Huber, C., & Wutz, A. (2021). Enumerating the forest before the trees: The time courses of estimation-based and individuation-based numerical processing. Atten Percept Psychophys., 83, 1215–1229. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-020-02137-5

Sleep neurophysiology in childhood onset schizophrenia.

Markovic, A., Buckley, A., Driver, D. I., Dillard-Broadnax, D., Gochman, P. A., Hoedlmoser, K., Rapoport, J. L., & Tarokh, L. (2021). Sleep neurophysiology in childhood onset schizophrenia. Journal of Sleep Research, 30(2), e13039. https://doi.org/10.1111/jsr.13039

Mood induced changes in the cortical processing of food images in bulimia nervo…

Lutz, A. P. C., Dierolf, A., Van Dyck, Z., Georgii, C., Schnepper, R., Blechert, J., & Vögele, C. (2021). Mood induced changes in the cortical processing of food images in bulimia nervosa. Addictive Behaviors 113, 106712. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106712

Highly Purified Cannabidiol for Epilepsy Treatment: A Systematic Review of Epil…

Lattanzi, S., Trinka, E., Striano, P., Rocchi, C., Salvemini, S., Silvestrini, M., & Brigo, F. (2021). Highly Purified Cannabidiol for Epilepsy Treatment: A Systematic Review of Epileptic Conditions Beyond Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. CNS Drugs, 35(3), 265–281. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40263-021-00807-y

Cochlear activity in silent cue-target intervals shows a theta-rhythmic pattern…

Köhler, M.H.A., Demarchi, G., & Weisz, N. (2021). Cochlear activity in silent cue-target intervals shows a theta-rhythmic pattern and is correlated to attentional alpha and theta modulations. BMC Biol., 19, 48. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12915-021-00992-8

Genial im Schlaf: Geheimnisse aus dem Schlaflabor für Bestnoten und mehr Power …

Hödlmoser, K., Eder, S. & Hirsch, A. (2021). Genial im Schlaf: Geheimnisse aus dem Schlaflabor für Bestnoten und mehr Power am Tag. 1 Aufl. Salzburg: edition riedenburg e.U. (SOWAS!; Band 23).

Classification of visual comprehension based on EEG data using sparse optimal s…

Ford, L. K. W., Borneman, J., Krebs, J., Malaia, E., & Ames, B. (2021). Classification of visual comprehension based on EEG data using sparse optimal scoring. Journal of Neural Engineering, 18(2), 16 S., 026025. https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-2552/abdb3b

Neuroimaging the menstrual cycle: A multimodal systematic review.

Dubol, M., Epperson, C. N., Sacher, J., Pletzer, B., Derntl, B., Lanzenberger, R., Sundström-Poromaa, I., & Comasco, E. (2021). Neuroimaging the menstrual cycle: A multimodal systematic review. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 60, 100878. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yfrne.2020.100878

Assessment of approach-avoidance tendencies in body image using a novel touchsc…

Dondzilo, L., Basanovic, J., Bell, J., Mills, C., Dinic, R., & Blechert, J. (2021). Assessment of approach-avoidance tendencies in body image using a novel touchscreen paradigm. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 70, 101612. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbtep.2020.101612

In the Media

Grants

Sex differences in the development of numerical abilities and what we can learn…

Projekttitel: Sex differences in the development of numerical abilities and what we can learn from them

Projektleitung: Pletzer Belinda

Fördergeber: FWF

Bewilligte Summe: 4.200.000,-

Förderzeitraum: 03/2021 – 02/2025

A. Wutz: Seeing Objects in Rhythms

Projekttitel: Seeing Objects in Rhythms
Projektleitung: Andreas Wutz
Fördergeber: FWF - Lise Meitner (M2496-B27)
Bewilligte Summe: € 173.000,-
Förderzeitraum: 2018 - 2020

N. Weisz: Audiovisual speech entrainment in deafness

Projekttitel: Audiovisual speech entrainment in deafness
Projektleitung:Nathan Weisz
Fördergeber: FWF (P31230-B27)
Bewilligte Summe: € 384.000,-
Förderzeitraum: 2018 - 2022

E. Trinka: Hochfrequente Gehirnaktivität im hochauflösenden EEG

Projekttitel: Hochfrequente Gehirnaktivität im hochauflösenden EEG
Projektleitung: Eugen Trinka
Fördergeber: FWF (KLI 657-B31)
Bewilligte Summe: € 309.000,-
Förderzeitraum: 2018- 2021

S. Hawelka: Reader’s Theater-projects in reading disability remediation (ReadDr…

Projekttitel: Reader’s Theater-projects in reading disability remediation (ReadDrama)
Projektleitung: Stefan Hawelka
Fördergeber: Academy of Finland
Bewilligte Summe: € € 194.600,-
Förderzeitraum: 2018 – 2023

J. Blechert: EVALSTABIL: Evaluation psychoedukativer Stabilisierungsgruppen bei…

Projekttitel:                  EVALSTABIL: Evaluation psychoedukativer Stabilisierungsgruppen bei Asylwerbern

Projektleitung:             Blechert J.

Fördergeber:                Amt der Salzburger Landesregierung

Bewilligte Summe:       € 8.030,-

Förderzeitraum:           01/2018 – 06/2019

C. Blume: Artificial Light: A Janus-Faced Achievement of Modern Society? Effect…

Projekttitel:                  Artificial Light: A Janus-Faced Achievement of Modern Society? Effects of Evening Light Exposure on Cognitive Processing during Wakefulness and Sleep.

Projektleitung:             Blume C.

Fördergeber:                FWF (Erwin-Schrödinger-Stipendium)

Bewilligte Summe:       € 177.805,00

Förderzeitraum:           06/2018 – 12/2021

J. Perner: Structure and development of understanding action and reason

Projekttitel:                  Structure and development of understanding action and reason

Projektleitung:             Perner J.

Fördergeber:                FWF

Bewilligte Summe:       € 387.615,-

Förderzeitraum:           06/2018 – 05/2021

 

M. Schabus: Besser Schlafen mit dem „iBed“

Projekttitel:                  Besser Schlafen mit dem „iBed“

Projektleitung:             Schabus M.

Fördergeber:                Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft

Bewilligte Summe:       € 12.500,-

Förderzeitraum:           07/2018 – 02/2019

N. Weisz: Speech-related neural entrainment in deaf individuals and impllicatio…

Projekttitel:                  Speech-related neural entrainment in deaf individuals and impllications for speech rehabilitation following CI

Projektleitung:             Weisz N.

Fördergeber:                FWF

Bewilligte Summe:       € 384.541,-

Förderzeitraum:           07/2018 – 06/2022