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Goran Papenberg is assistant professor at the Aging Research Center, working with Lars Bäckman. Goran is a cognitive developmental psychologist and completed his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. During his PhD, he investigated the contributions of intraindividual variability and dopaminergic neuromodulation to episodic memory in old age. In his current projects, he aims at combining behavioral, genetic and neuroimaging approaches to examine interindividual differences in cognitive and brain aging.


Anticholinergic drug use is associated with episodic memory decline in older adults without dementia
Papenberg G, Bäckman L, Fratiglioni L, Laukka Ej, Fastbom J, Johnell K
Neurobiology of aging 2017;55():27-32

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

Dopamine D2 receptor availability is linked to hippocampal-caudate functional connectivity and episodic memory
Nyberg L, Karalija N, Salami A, Andersson M, Wåhlin A, Kaboovand N, et al
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2016;113(28):7918-23

Olfactory memory in the old and very old: relations to episodic and semantic memory and APOE genotype
Larsson M, Hedner M, Papenberg G, Seubert J, Bäckman L, Laukka Ej
Neurobiology of aging 2016;38():118-126

Physical activity and inflammation: effects on gray-matter volume and cognitive decline in aging
Papenberg G, Ferencz B, Mangialasche F, Mecocci P, Cecchetti R, Kalpouzos G, et al
Human brain mapping 2016;37(10):3462-73

Vicarious Fear Learning Depends on Empathic Appraisals and Trait Empathy
Olsson A, Mcmahon K, Papenberg G, Zaki J, Bolger N, Ochsner Kn
Psychological science 2016;27(1):25-33

Aging-related magnification of genetic effects on cognitive and brain integrity
Papenberg G, Lindenberger U, Bäckman L
Trends in cognitive sciences 2015;19(9):506-14

Genetic contributions to variation in general cognitive function: a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies in the CHARGE consortium (N=53949)
Davies G, Armstrong N, Bis Jc, Bressler J, Chouraki V, Giddaluru S, et al
Molecular psychiatry 2015;20(2):183-92

Genetics and functional imaging: effects of APOE, BDNF, COMT, and KIBRA in aging
Papenberg G, Salami A, Persson J, Lindenberger U, Bäckman L
Neuropsychology review 2015;25(1):47-62

Magnified effects of the COMT gene on white-matter microstructure in very old age
Papenberg G, Lövdén M, Laukka Ej, Kalpouzos G, Keller L, Graff C, et al
Brain structure & function 2015;220(5):2927-38

Microstructural White Matter Properties Mediate the Association between APOE and Perceptual Speed in Very Old Persons without Dementia
Laukka Ej, Lövdén M, Kalpouzos G, Papenberg G, Keller L, Graff C, et al
PloS one 2015;10(8):e0134766-

COMT polymorphism and memory dedifferentiation in old age
Papenberg G, Bäckman L, Nagel Ie, Nietfeld W, Schröder J, Bertram L, et al
Psychology and aging 2014;29(2):374-83

Dopamine and glutamate receptor genes interactively influence episodic memory in old age
Papenberg G, Li Sc, Nagel Ie, Nietfeld W, Schjeide Bm, Schröder J, et al
Neurobiology of aging 2014;35(5):1213.e3-8

Interactive effects of KIBRA and CLSTN2 polymorphisms on episodic memory in old-age unipolar depression
Pantzar A, Laukka Ej, Atti Ar, Papenberg G, Keller L, Graff C, et al
Neuropsychologia 2014;62():137-42

MicroRNA-138 is a potential regulator of memory performance in humans
Schröder J, Ansaloni S, Schilling M, Liu T, Radke J, Jaedicke M, et al
Frontiers in human neuroscience 2014;8():501-

No association between CTNNBL1 and episodic memory performance
Liu T, Li Sc, Papenberg G, Schröder J, Roehr Jt, Nietfeld W, et al
Translational psychiatry 2014;4():e454-

Aging magnifies the effects of dopamine transporter and D2 receptor genes on backward serial memory
Li Sc, Papenberg G, Nagel Ie, Preuschhof C, Schroder J, Nietfeld W, et al
NEUROBIOLOGY OF AGING 2013;34(1):358.e1-10

Dopaminergic Gene Polymorphisms Affect Long-term Forgetting in Old Age: Further Support for the Magnification Hypothesis
Papenberg G, Backman L, Nagel Ie, Nietfeld W, Schroder J, Bertram L, et al

Lower theta inter-trial phase coherence during performance monitoring is related to higher reaction time variability: A lifespan study
Papenberg G, Hammerer D, Muller V, Lindenberger U, Li Sc
NEUROIMAGE 2013;:912-20

Higher intraindividual variability is associated with more forgetting and dedifferentiated memory functions in old age
Papenberg G, Backman L, Chicherio C, Nagel Ie, Heekeren Hr, Lindenberger U, et al
NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA 2011;49(7):1879-88

Ebbinghaus Revisited: Influences of the BDNF Val66Met Polymorphism on Backward Serial Recall Are Modulated by Human Aging
Li Sc, Chicherio C, Nyberg L, Von Oertzen T, Nagel Ie, Papenberg G, et al

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