I am a PhD Student within the Otto-Hahn Research Group on Associative Memory in Old Age, Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and the Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institutet.
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. Moreover, I’m keen to understand the mechanisms and motivational states that underlie memory enhancement. 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.