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Nina Becker

PhD student

About me

I am a Postdoc within the Otto-Hahn Research Group on Associative Memory in Old Age of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and the Aging Research Center at Karolinska Institutet.

Research description

My primary research interest lies in the neural basis of episodic memory formation. I have a strong interest in how we encode associations and specifically, how encoding processes are modulated by the circumstances under which we learn different types of associations. To identify brain factors and activity patterns that relate to memory formation, I am applying behavioral and neuroimaging measures (i.e., sMRI, fMRI, and DTI) specifically in MTL substructures and frontal regions. As I am interested in functional connectivity of MTL subregions during memory formation, I also employ functional connectivity measures (PPI). Further, I am using joint independent component analysis to examine how brain structure and function relate together during successful encoding of associative information.




Differential Effects of Encoding Instructions on Brain Activity Patterns of Item and Associative Memory
Becker N, Kalpouzos G, Persson J, Laukka Ej, Brehmer Y
Journal of cognitive neuroscience 2017;29(3):545-559

Dopamine Receptor Genes Modulate Associative Memory in Old Age
Papenberg G, Becker N, Ferencz B, Naveh-benjamin M, Laukka Ej, Bäckman L, et al
Journal of cognitive neuroscience 2017;29(2):245-253

Structural brain correlates of associative memory in older adults
Becker N, Laukka Ej, Kalpouzos G, Naveh-benjamin M, Bäckman L, Brehmer Y
NeuroImage 2015;118():146-53