About me

This page is my personal research page, and my entries should be considered private opinion. I blog about my current research projects, discuss tools i found to be helpful or interesting, and comment on developments in my area of expertise.

Current Work

Since 2010, I am working as a Researcher in the Institute for Neurotechnology and Neuromodulation, directed by Prof. Alireza Gharabaghi. There we research brain stimulation for the treatment of motor disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s, stroke). My daily work is comprised of applying for grants, setting up experiments, supervising students, conducting data analysis, and writing papers. We are mostly performing experiments with EEG, and a multitude of neurostimulation techniques, e.g. TMS, TCS and PES, but also have division for neurorobotics for rehabilitation.

Postgraduate

I defended my Dr.rer.nat in March 2017, and my Dr. rer.soc. in July 2012. Both were received from the University Tübingen.

During my natural scientific doctorate research, I was enrolled in the International Max Plack Research School / Graduate Training Centre for Neural and Behavioral Sciences. My thesis was based on new ways to improve the instructional efficiency of restorative BCIs and neurofeedback training. I researched how we can measure cognitive resources and task load during neurofeedback training, and how adaptation of difficulty can be useful to increase the effect of neurofeedback.

During my social scientific doctorate research, I was enrolled at the European Graduate School in Addiction Research at Dresden International University (ESADD) and the Research Training Group on Bioethics at the International Centre for Ethics in Sciences and Humanities (IZEW). My thesis was based on responsibility attribution for addiction. It was interdisciplinary between philosophy and social science and answered two key research questions. One was empirical, and asked how addiction care professionals attribute responsibility for relapse. The other was ethical, and asked whether and how we can justify the attribution of responsibility for relapse.

Undergraduate

I graduated in 2007 with a Dipl.-Päd., which is equivalent to a Master in Education. During my undergraduate studies, I was enrolled at the Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg. I received training in the educational sciences, sociology, psychology and philosophy. During this period, I worked as a research assistant at the University and part-time at a drug addiction rehabiliation clinic.