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Heike Eichele

Senior Engineer, MD PhD


Our brain is continuously in development from early infancy to adulthood. We know that functions that related to self-regulation are dependent on maturation of the frontal lobes. The frontal lobes are critical for the interplay between the different functional networks in the brain and are broadly involved in regulation of behavior, impulse control and cognitive control. For example, most school-age children have learned to regulate feelings and impulses, and are functioning well in a classroom setting, while some children might struggle to regulate their emotions. We believe that some of the problems in children are caused by alterations in the of the control networks in the brain. Therefore, I want to learn more about the development of these networks in children and adolescents with neuropsychiatric conditions, especially Tourette syndrome and ADHD. I investigate different aspects of self-regulation, performance monitoring and attention across diagnostic groups in a long-term perspective in children and adults through neuropsychological testing and imaging techniques such as electroencephalography, event related potentials and MRI brain scans.


  • Lab management: In charge of technical and administrative operation of the electroencephalography and event related potential lab at the department of biological and medical psychology.
  • Contribute to planning, acquisition and analysis of EEG/ERP experiments.
  • Responsible for MR acquisition related to EEG/ERP research projects.

Cognitive Neuroscience (PROPSY304) - EEG/ERP Lecture, EEG/ERP Lab Course 

THE IGSIN COURSE - Integrated Neuroscience (IGSIN913) - EEG/ERP Lecture, EEG/ERP Lab Course 

Doctoral Thesis: 

Electrophysiological Correlates of Performance Monitoring in Children with Tourette Syndrome - a developmental perspective



  • 2020. Utfordrende atferd og eksplosive raseriutbrudd ved Tourettes syndrom.
  • 2020. Tourettes syndrom.
  • 2019. Hvor kommer ticsene fra? 2-RETTE NORSK TOURETTE FORENINGEN. 26-27.
  • 2019. Case Report: No effect of electrical transcranial direct current stimulation adjunct treatment for epilepsia partialis continua in POLG disease. Epilepsy and Behavior Case Reports (EBCR).
  • 2019. Atferdsterapeutiske behandlinger ved Tourettes syndrom.
  • 2018. Utvikling av evne til å undertrykke tics hos barn og unge med Tourettes syndrom. 2-RETTE NORSK TOURETTE FORENINGEN. 24-25.
  • 2018. Sustained Attention and Interference Control Among 7-Year-Old Children With a Familial High Risk of Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder-A Nationwide Observational Cohort Study. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. 704-712.
  • 2018. Keeping emotions in mind: The influence of working memory capacity on parent-reported symptoms of emotional lability in a sample of children with and without ADHD. Frontiers in Psychology. 1-9.
  • 2018. Hva er egentlig ADHD? ... og hvorfor det er viktig å gjenkjenne symptomer på ADHD hos de med Tourettes syndrom? 2-RETTE NORSK TOURETTE FORENINGEN. 18-20.
  • 2018. Event-related-potential (ERP) correlates of performance monitoring in adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Frontiers in Psychology. 1-12.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

2017: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Department of biological and medical psychology, University of Bergen

2010: Doctor of Medicine (Dr. med.), Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University, Greifswald, Germany

2002: Medical State Examination (cand. med.), Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University, Greifswald, Germany

1995: Human and veterinarian Medical technical assistant, Naturwissenschaftliches Technikum, Landau/Pfalz, German

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