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Janina Neufeld


Visiting address : CAP Research Center; Karolinska Institutet/KIND; Gävlegatan 22, Entré B, plan 8, 113 30 Stockholm, Sweden
Postal address : Department of Women's and Children's Health (KBH), K6, Division of Neuropsychiatry, CAP Research Center; Karolinska Institutet/KIND; Gävlegatan 22, Entré B, plan 8, 113 30 Stockholm, Sweden
Delivery address : CAP Research Center; Karolinska Institutet/KIND; Gävlegatan 22, Entré B, plan 8, 113 30 Stockholm, Sweden

About me

I studied Biology with a main focus on Neurobiology, conducting my PhD and postdoctoral studies in the field of Human Neuroscience. Methodologically my core interests are Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Eye-Tracking, Electromyography and Psychophysics.


Post-doctoral training 2012-2014, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN) / School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

PhD 2008-2012, Center for Systems Neuroscience Hannover (ZSN) / Hannover Medical School (MHH), Clinic of Psychiatry, Socialpsychiatry and Psychotherapy, Hanover, Germany

Research description

My research focuses on neural correlates and behavioral markers of Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASD) and ASD-related symptoms. More specifically, I am interested in biomarkers of overall symptom severity, as well as social cognition deficits, altered reward functioning and top-down processing in ASD.

Within the Roots of Autism and ADHD Twin Study in Sweden (RATSS), my aim is to identify connectivity-based biomarkers for ASD. To achieve this aim, I am currently investigating functional brain connectivity during the resting state using functional MRI and structural connectivity measured via Diffusion Tensor Imaging in twins.


Empathy Modulates the Rewarding Effect of Mimicry
Neufeld J, Chakrabarti B
Scientific reports 2016;6():27751-

Spontaneous Facial Mimicry is Modulated by Joint Attention and Autistic Traits
Neufeld J, Ioannou C, Korb S, Schilbach L, Chakrabarti B
Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research 2016;9(7):781-9

Autistic traits modulate frontostriatal connectivity during processing of rewarding faces
Sims Tb, Neufeld J, Johnstone T, Chakrabarti B

N1 enhancement in synesthesia during visual and audio-visual perception in semantic cross-modal conflict situations: an ERP study
Sinke C, Neufeld J, Wiswede D, Emrich Hm, Bleich S, Münte Tf, et al
Frontiers in human neuroscience 2014;8():21-

Reduced audiovisual integration in synesthesia evidence from bimodal speech perception
Sinke C, Neufeld J, Zedler M, Emrich Hm, Bleich S, Munte Tf, et al

Is synesthesia more common in patients with Asperger syndrome?
Neufeld J, Roy M, Zapf A, Sinke C, Emrich Hm, Prox-vagedes V, et al

Disinhibited feedback as a cause of synesthesia: evidence from a functional connectivity study on auditory-visual synesthetes
Neufeld J, Sinke C, Zedler M, Dillo W, Emrich Hm, Bleich S, et al
Neuropsychologia 2012;50(7):1471-7

Genuine and drug-induced synesthesia: a comparison
Sinke C, Halpern Jh, Zedler M, Neufeld J, Emrich Hm, Passie T
Consciousness and cognition 2012;21(3):1419-34

Reduced audio-visual integration in synaesthetes indicated by the double-flash illusion
Neufeld J, Sinke C, Zedler M, Emrich Hm, Szycik Gr
BRAIN RESEARCH 2012;:78-86

The neural correlates of coloured music: a functional MRI investigation of auditory-visual synaesthesia
Neufeld J, Sinke C, Dillo W, Emrich Hm, Szycik Gr, Dima D, et al
Neuropsychologia 2012;50(1):85-9

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