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 Private 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 Hoedlmoser

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@sbg.ac.at

+43 662 8044 5113

 

kerstin.hoedlmoser@sbg.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@sbg.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@sbg.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@sbg.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 implemeted 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 phenomema with EEG, eye tracking and pupillometry and behavioral experiments.

 

florian.hutzler@sbg.ac.at

+43 662 8044 5114

 

martin.kronbichler@sbg.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 electroencepahlography (EEG), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS),and behavioral techniques (e.g. eye-tracking).

 

dietmar.roehm@sbg.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@sbg.ac.at

+43 662 8044 5124

NEUROLOGY

Eugen Trinka

Eugen Trinka

Mehr in kürze.

 

eugen.trinka@sbg.ac.at

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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

Tinnitus and tinnitus disorder: Theoretical and operational definitions (an int…

De Ridder, D., Schlee, W., Vanneste, S., Londero, A., Weisz, N., Kleinjung, T., Shekhawat, G. S., Elgoyhen, A. B., Song, J-J., Andersson, G., De Azevedo, A. A., Baguley, D. M., Biesinger, E., Binetti, A. C., Del Bo, L., Cederroth, C. R., Cima, R., Eggermont, J. J., Figueiredo, R., Fuller, T. E. &37 mehr (2021). Tinnitus and tinnitus disorder: Theoretical and operational definitions (an international multidisciplinary proposal). Progress in Brain Research: Tinnitus - An Interdisciplinary Approach Towards Individualized Treatment: From Heterogeneity to Personalized Medicine. Schlee, W., Langguth, B., Kleinjung, T., Vanneste, S. & De Ridder, D. (Hrsg.). Amsterdam: Elsevier B.V., Band 260. S. 1-25 25 S. (Progress in Brain Research; Band 260). https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.pbr.2020.12.002

Characterising binge eating over the course of a feasibility trial among indivi…

Chami, R., Reichenberger, J., Cardi, V., Lawrence, N., Treasure, J. & Blechert, J. (2021). Characterising binge eating over the course of a feasibility trial among individuals with binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa. Appetite, 164, 105248. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2021.105248

The relation between sigma power and internalizing problems across development.

Bothe, K., Hahn, M. A., Wilhelm, I. & Hoedlmoser, K. (2021). The relation between sigma power and internalizing problems across development. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 135, 302-310. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.01.027

Narrative Review: Quantitative EEG in Disorders of Consciousness.

Wutzl, B., Golaszewski, S. M., Leibnitz, K., Langthaler, P. B., Kunz, A. B., Leis, S., Schwenker, K., Thomschewski, A., Bergmann, J., & Trinka, E. (2021). Narrative Review: Quantitative EEG in Disorders of Consciousness. Brain Sciences, 11(6), 697. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11060697

Comparison of different response devices to assess behavioral tendencies toward…

Wittekind, C. E., Blechert, J., Schiebel, T., Lender, A., Kahveci, S. & Kühn, S. (2021). Comparison of different response devices to assess behavioral tendencies towards chocolate in the Approach-Avoidance Task. Appetite, 165, 105294. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2021.105294

Decoding Brain Responses to Names and Voices across Different Vigilance States.

Wielek, T., Blume, C., Wislowska, M., Del Giudice, R. & Schabus, M. (2021). Decoding Brain Responses to Names and Voices across Different Vigilance States. Sensors, 21(10), 3393. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21103393

Cortical tracking of unheard formant modulations derived from silently presente…

Suess, N., Hauswald, A., Reisinger, P., Roesch, S., Keitel, A. & Weisz, N. (2021). Cortical tracking of unheard formant modulations derived from silently presented lip movements and its decline with age. bioRxiv., https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.04.13.439628

Cognitive Effects of Montelukast: A Pharmaco-EEG Study.

Schwimmbeck, F., Staffen, W., Höhn, C., Rossini, F., Renz, N., Lobendanz, M., Reichenpfader, P., Iglseder, B., Aigner, L., Trinka, E. & Höller, Y. (2021). Cognitive Effects of Montelukast: A Pharmaco-EEG Study. Brain Sciences, 11(5), 547. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11050547

Neural speech tracking shifts from the syllabic to the modulation rate of speec…

Schmidt, F., Chen, Y-P., Keitel, A., Roesch, S., Hannemann, R., Serman, M., Hauswald, A. & Weisz, N. (2021), Neural speech tracking shifts from the syllabic to the modulation rate of speech as intelligibility decreases. bioRxiv., https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.03.25.437033

Grab it or not? Measuring avoidance of spiders with touchscreen-based hand move…

Rinck, M., Dapprich, A., Lender, A., Kahveci, S., & Blechert, J. (2021). Grab it or not? Measuring avoidance of spiders with touchscreen-based hand movements. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 101670. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbtep.2021.101670

In the Media

Grants

S. Hawelka: Fortgeschrittene Perimetrie zur Evaluierung der Neuroplastizität im…

Projekttitel:      Fortgeschrittene Perimetrie zur Evaluierung der Neuroplastizität im visuellen Kortex

Projektleitung:             Hawelka S.

Fördergeber:                FWF

Bewilligte Summe:       352.884,-

Förderzeitraum:           08/2018 - 08/2022

F. Hutzler: OeMEG: Magnetencephalography for Austria [infrastructure]

Projekttitel: OeMEG: Magnetencephalography for Austria [infrastructure]
Projektleitung:Florian Hutzler
Fördergeber: BM:wfw
Bewilligte Summe: € € 2.239.200,-
Förderzeitraum: 2014-2017

G. Barchiesi: Brain Mechanism Preventing Automatic Imitation

Projekttitel:                  Brain Mechanism Preventing Automatic Imitation

Projektleitung:             Barchiesi, G.

Fördergeber:                FWF

Bewilligte Summe:       € 161.220,-

Förderzeitraum:           03/2017 – 02/2019

N. Weisz: ESIT: European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research

Projekttitel:                 EU Horizon 2020 & Marie Skłodowska-Curie action: “European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research (ESIT)

Projektleitung:             Weisz N.

Fördergeber:                Europäische Union

Bewilligte Summe:       Teilsumme Weisz: €256.000,- (GESAMT: € 3.823.896,60)

Förderzeitraum:           04/2017 – 03/2021

M. Huemer: Mental files theory of cognitive development: How children represent…

Projekttitel:                  Mental files theory of cognitive development: How children represent identity, belief and its intensionality

Projektleitung:             Huemer M.

Fördergeber:                Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Bewilligte Summe:       € 114.996,-

Förderzeitraum:           09/2017 – 08/2020

 

M. Kronbichler: Investigating phenotypes of choice using computational fMRI

Projekttitel:                  Investigating phenotypes of choice using computational fMRI

Projektleitung:             Kronbichler M.

Fördergeber:                FWF

Bewilligte Summe:       € 246.193,-

Förderzeitraum:           10/2017 – 09/2021

F. Hutzler PRISMA Update

Projekttitel:                  PRISMA Update

Projektleitung:             Hutzler F. (PLUS) & Trinka E. (CDK & SALK)

Fördergeber:                Hochschulraumstrukturmittel, Bundesministerium
Bewilligte Summe:       € 1.500.000

Förderzeitraum:           2017

M. Köhler: Rythmic Modulation Patterns of Cochlear Acoustic Activity

Projekttitel: Rythmic Modulation Patterns of Cochlear Acoustic Activity
Projektleitung: Moritz Köhler
Fördergeber: ÖAW (25677)
Bewilligte Summe: € 77.000,-
Förderzeitraum: 2020 - 2022

K Hödlmoser: Fit4School: Schulische Gesundheitsförderung zum Thema Schlaf und G…

Projekttitel: Fit4School: Schulische Gesundheitsförderung zum Thema Schlaf und Gesundheit
Projektleitung: Kerstin Hödlmoser
Fördergeber: Gebietskrankenkasse Steiermark
Bewilligte Summe: € 43.000,-
Förderzeitraum: 2020 - 2021

J. Perner & M. Schabus: 3rd funding period - Doctoral College “Imaging The Mind…

Projekttitel:                  3rd funding period - Doctoral College “Imaging The Mind: Connectivity and Higher Cognitive Function”

Projektleitung:             Perner J. & Schabus M.

Fördergeber:                FWF

Bewilligte Summe:       € 6.729.334,99

Förderzeitraum:           03/2011 – 02/2023