1. Neurocognitive development and brain plasticity, in typically developing, impaired, and specially trained (e.g. musically) populations
  2. Neural correlates of music and language perception and their interrelation
  3. Neural correlates underlying differences in memory performance, academic achievement, and general cognitive skills in children who perinatally suffered from hypoxia / ischemia
  4. Induction of emotions (e.g., through music), exploration of their psycho- and neurophysiological correlates and their relation with other aspects of personality
  5. Psychological and neuroscientific methods (including writing purpose-made software)




Academic article
  • 2019. When the statistical MMN meets the physical MMN. Scientific Reports.
  • 2019. The association between juvenile onset of depression and emotion regulation difficulties. Frontiers in Psychology. 1-12.
  • 2019. Heroic music stimulates empowering thoughts during mind-wandering . Scientific Reports.
  • 2016. Under the hood of statistical learning: A statistical MMN reflects the magnitude of transitional probabilities in auditory sequences. Scientific Reports.
  • 2016. Sexual Dimorphism in White Matter Developmental Trajectories Using Tract-Based Spatial Statistics. Brain Connectivity. 37-47.
  • 2015. Optic radiation structure and anatomy in the normally developing brain determined using diffusion MRI and tractography. Brain Structure and Function. 291-306.
  • 2015. Neonatal hypoxia, hippocampal atrophy, and memory impairment: evidence of a causal sequence. Cerebral Cortex. 1469-1476.
  • 2015. Music Perception Influences Language Acquisition – Melodic and Rhythmic-Melodic Perception in Children with Specific Language Impairment. Behavioural Neurology.
  • 2015. Hippocampal Volume Reduction in Humans Predicts Impaired Allocentric Spatial Memory in Virtual-Reality Navigation. Journal of Neuroscience. 14123-14131.
  • 2014. Neural correlates of music-syntactic processing in two-year old children. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 200-208.
  • 2014. Differential effects of early life stress on hippocampus and amygdala volume as a function of emotional abilities. Hippocampus. 1094-1101.
  • 2013. Neural correlates of emotional personality: a structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging study. PLOS ONE.
  • 2013. From Understanding to Appreciating Music Cross-Culturally. PLOS ONE.
  • 2012. Normative development of white matter tracts: similarities and differences in relation to age, gender, and intelligence. Cerebral Cortex. 1738-1747.
  • 2012. Cardiac signatures of personality. PLOS ONE.
  • 2012. A Rapid, Hippocampus-Dependent, Item-Memory Signal that Initiates Context Memory in Humans. Current Biology. 2369-2374.
  • 2011. Neurokognition von Musik und Sprache [Neurocognition of music and language]. Sprachheilarbeit. 178-185.
  • 2010. Differences in Electric Brain Responses to Melodies and Chords. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 2251-2262.
  • 2009. Universal Recognition of Three Basic Emotions in Music. Current Biology. 573-576.
  • 2009. Musical training modulates the development of syntax processing in children. NeuroImage. 735-744.
  • 2008. Short-term effects of processing musical syntax: An ERP study. Brain Research. 55-62.
  • 2008. Processing of musical syntax in children with and without Specific Language Impairment. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 1940-1951.
  • 2008. EEG correlates of moderate intermittent explosive disorder. Clinical Neurophysiology. 151-162.
  • 2007. Untangling syntactic and sensory processing: An ERP study of music perception. Psychophysiology. 476-490.
  • 2007. A cardiac signature of emotionality. European Journal of Neuroscience. 3328-3338.
  • 2006. Brain, Music, Plasticity, and Development. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft. 51-70.
  • 2005. Neural Correlates of Processing Structure in Music and Language – Influences of Musical Training and Language Impairment. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 231-242.
  • 2017. Interaktionen zwischen Musik und Sprache [Interactions between language and music] .
Academic lecture
  • 2019. Statistical learning in the developing brain: Towards early diagnosis of impaired language acquisition.
  • 2016. Modulation of syntax processing in music and language by musical training and language impairment.
Academic monograph
  • 2007. Neural Correlates of Processing Syntax in Music and Language – Influ­ences of Development, Musical Training, and Language Impairment.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • 2018. Interaktionen zwischen Sprache und Musik [Interactions between Language and Music]. 26 pages.
  • 2016. The Relationship between Music and Language. 13 pages.
  • 2007. Einflüsse von Entwicklungsveränderungen auf die Musikwahrnehmung und die Beziehung von Musik und Sprache [The relationship of music and language and developmental influences on music perception]. 24 pages.
  • 2019. Statistical learning in the developing brain.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

I have created various webpages with resources for psychological methods, for statistical package jamovi (in Norwegian, English and German) and for user of statistical package R. Feel free to take a look!