the latest updates


the latest updates


February, 1st 2022

We have two open positions for PhD students. We are looking for one psychologist, cognitive scientist, or neuroscientist and one candidate with expertise in Data Science, Machine Learning, Engineering, or related areas. You find all information on PsychJob: here.

October, 10th 2021

Beautiful SWR2 Wissen radio feature on sleep mentation by Eva Wolfangel, featuring amongst others our own work on imaging memory formation in the transition between wake and sleep. Check it out here!

September, 30th 2021

Svenja B sent her regards from the European Sleep Research Society’s Sleep Science School “The Functions of Sleep” currently taking place at the beautiful Villa Clythia in Frèjus, France. She just gave a talk about information processing in the transition to sleep and how we can image the locus coeruleus–noradrenergic system in humans. This fantastic retreat features great lectures by Gabrielle Girardeau, Vlad Vyazovskiy, Iben Lundgaard, Monika Schönauer et al.

new comment: Ripples for recall - The hippocampus constructing the context?

September, 1st 2021

Svenja B and Jan Born have published a new comment in Neuron.


July, 14th 2021

Campus TV Tübingen has interviewed Svenja B on sleep stages and brain activity during dreaming – worth at watch: here!

June, 2nd 2020

Svenja B and Monika have organized a symposium at this year’s Psychology and the Brain (PuG) conference. There will be great talks by Niklas Vocke (DZNE Magdeburg), David Berron (Lund University) and Antonia Lenders (Freiburg University).

June, 1st 2020

Our group has the honour, together with Birgit Derntl and Mannfred Hallschmid, to organize the conference Psychologie und Gehirn 2021 online, the Annual Conference of the Fachgruppe Biologische Psychologie der DGPs and the DGPA. Although we miss meeting you in person, we believe that the online conference will be a great possibility to exchange ideas and meet friends and colleagues! You find more information here.

new paper: Cell-Type-Specific Dynamics of Calcium Activity in Cortical Circuits over the Course of Slow-Wave Sleep and Rapid Eye Movement Sleep

April, 8th 2021

There is a new paper by Niels Niethardt, Svenja B, and Jan Born published in The Journal of Neuroscience



October, 19th 2020

We have a new member in the lab: Svenja K has joined our team for her PhD

September, 17th 2020

Svenja will present her data on the role of sleep for the consolidation of rapidly acquired neocortical memories in the oral session “Learning and Memory” of this year’s ESRS conference. If you are attending, check it out!

July, 25th 2020

We have published a review on neocortical memory engrams with a focus on humans.


October, 9th 2019

Svenja Brodt has won the prestigious Attempto prize of the Tübingen neurosciences! Congratulations! (news link)

prize: Lea wins the Forschungspreis Biopsychologie 2019

June, 20th 2019

Lea Himmer has won the prize of the section Biological Psychology of the German Psychological Society (DGPs) this year! Congratulations!

new paper: rehearsal initiates systems memory consolidation, sleep makes it last

April, 24th 2019

Our new paper “Rehearsl initiates systems memory consolidation, sleep makes it last” was just published in Science Advances. Using fMRI, we show how rehearsal shifts mnemonic processing from the hippocampus to the posterior parietal cortex and how sleep stabilizes this transition.


new paper: fast track to the neocortex – a memory engram in posterior parietal cortex

November, 20th 2018

Our new paper “Fast track to the neocortex: A memory engram in posterior parietal cortex” was just published in Science. We show with diffusion-weighted MRI that plasticity develops rapidly – after just one learning session – for a declarative object-location task in the precuneus. This rapid plasticity drove correct memory recall; and it persisted for more than 12 h.


meet us at the Tübingen Systems Neuroscience Symposium

October, 15th 2018

Come find us and discuss our new results at the Tübingen SNS on October, 18th and 19th. Svenja will be giving a talk on her newest results, and both Lea and Svenja will present posters.

new paper: inclubation, not sleep, aids problem-solving

October, 1st 2018

Our new paper “Incubation, not sleep, aids problem-solving” was just published in Sleep.
In this paper, we try to tease apart the effects of sleep and inclubation on problem-solving in different tasks: classic riddles,visual change detection and anagrams.

new paper: how subclasses affect classification

September, 27th 2018

Our new paper “Multivariate classification of neuroimaging data with nested subclasses: Biased accuracy and implications for hypothesis testing” was just published in PLOS Computational Biology.
In this paper, we show how subclasses can bias classification results and inflate correct classification rates of linear classifiers. We show, when this bias is strongest and how to use permutation tests to correct this bias.

meet us and discuss our new MEG sleep results at ESRS in Basel

September, 23rd 2018

Steffen and Lea will be attending ESRS in Basel from the 25th to the 28th of September.
Lea will be presenting a poster on her newest MEG results on October, 26th from 11:00 to 13:00 (P033).
Come find us and discuss slow oscillations, sleep spindles and why recording sleep in the MEG is fascinating.