Research Labs - Experimental and Clinical Neuropsychology

The department runs short with respect to space for labs and offices. The Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology Lab, therefore, combines both a room for clinical investigations as part of an outpatient unit and an experimental laboratory designed to set up behavioral experiments, and to gather the behavioral data set for fMRI and ERP studies.

Recent research in the field of clinical neuropsychology focused on

Experimental studies mainly involve the field of executive and memory performance. Recent research focuses on inhibitory mechanism during processing of competing information streams and interference resolution in episodic memory retrieval. Furthermore, there are several projects in the field of visual psychophysics using combined fMRI and MEG technology which are conducted by John-Dylan Haynes in co-operation with the Department of Neurology II (Prof. Dr. H.J. Heinze) at Magdeburg University. These include studies on the neural basis of contrast perception and contour integration. Methodological studies include the application of nonspectral and spectral neuromagnetic measures of brain state coherency (Haynes), performed together with Udo Ernst and Klaus Pawelzik from the Bremen Institute of Theoretical Neurophysics.

Recent publications:

Frühholz, S., Trautmann, S.A. & Herrmann, M. (2011). Contextual interference processing during evaluation of facial expressions, Cognition and Emotion, 25, 1045-1073.

Frühholz, S., Godde, B., Finke, M., & Herrmann, M. (2011). Spatio-temporal brain dynamics in a combined stimulus-stimulus and stimulus-response conflict task, NeuroImage, 54, 622-634.

Frühholz, S., Jellinghaus, A., & Herrmann, M. (2011). Time course of implicit and explicit processing of emotional faces and emotional words. Biological Psychology, 87, 265-274.

Frühholz, S., Fehr, T. & Herrmann, M. (2009). Early and late temporo-spatial effects of contextual interference during perception of facial affect. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 74, 1-13. [doi:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2009.05.010]

Achtziger, A., Fehr, T., Oettingen, G., Gollwitzer, P. & Rockstroh, B.(2009). Strategies of intention formation are reflected in continuous MEG activity. Social Neuroscience, 4, 11-27.

Galashan, D., Wittfoth, M., Fehr, T., & Herrmann, M. (2008). Two Simon tasks with different sources of conflict: an ERP study of motion- and location-based compatibility effects. Biological Psychology, 78, 246-252.

Fehr, T. (2008). Signal- und bildgebende Verfahren: Magnetenzephalographie (MEG). In: Gauggel,S. & Herrmann,M. (Eds.) Handbuch der Neuro- und Biopsychologie. Göttingen: Hogrefe-Verlag, pp. 185-189.

Fehr, T., Wiedenmann, P., & Herrmann, M. (2007). Differences in ERP topographies during color matching of smoking-related and neutral pictures in smokers and non-smokers. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 65, 284-293.

Herrmann,M. & Fehr,T. (2007). Investigations in speech and language and related disorders: Crossing the boundaries between disciplines. In: Ball,M.J. & Damico,J.S. (Eds.) Clinical aphasiology - future directions. Oxford: Psychology Press, pp.17-27.

Schmiedt,C., Schwendemann,G., Herrmann,M., Basar-Eroglu,C. (2007). Event-related oscillations related to stimulus-response incompatibility in patients with Parkinson's disease and healthy controls. NeuroReport, 18, 277-281.

Fehr,T., Wiedenmann,P., & Herrmann,M. (2006). Nicotine-stroop and addiction memory - an ERP study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 62, 224-232.

Schmiedt,C., Meistrowitz,A., Schwendemann,G., Herrmann,M., & Basar-Eroglu,C. (2005). Theta and alpha oscillations reflect differences in memory strategy and visual discrimination performance in patients with Parkinson's disease. Neurosci Letters, 388, 138-143.

Daum,I., Schubotz,R.I., Münte,T.F., & Herrmann,M. (2005). Different windows on executive functions. Neurocase, 11, 154 – 155.

Code,C. & Herrmann,M. (2003) The relevance of emotional and psychosocial factors in aphasia to rehabilitation. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 13, 109-132.

Herrmann,M. (2003) Qualitätsmanagment in der neuropsychologischen Diagnostik und Behandlung. In: Linster,H.W., Härter,M. & Stieglitz,R.D. (Eds.) Qualitätsmanagment in Psychotherapie und Beratung. Grundlagen – Methoden – Anwendungen. Göttingen: Hogrefe, pp. 375-388.

Wallesch,C.W., Bartels,C. & Herrmann,M. (2003) Wernicke’s cases of conduction aphasia. In: Code,C., Wallesch,C.W., Joanette,Y. & Roch-Lecours,A.. (Eds.) Classic cases in neuropsychology II. Sussex: Taylor & Francis – Psychology Press, 9-16.


Beblo,T. & Herrmann,M. (2001) Pathophysiologische und neuropsychologische Aspekte depressiver Störungen. Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie, 12, 264-275.

Ebert,A.D., Walzer,T.A. Huth,C. & Herrmann,M. (2001) Early neurobehavioral disorders after cardiac surgery: A contrastive analysis of coronary artery bypass grafting and valve replacement. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, 15, 15-20.

Kutz,S., Ebert,A.D., Beblo,T., Curio,N., Grubich,C., Eisfeld,I.S. & Herrmann,M. (2001) Neuropsychologische Befunde bei der Diagnostik hirnorganischer Erkrankungen mit Demenz - Eine retrospektive Analyse. Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie, 12, 131-141.


Herrmann,M., Curio,N., Petz,T., Synowitz,H. Wagner,S., Bartels,C. & Wallesch,C.W. (2000) Coping with illness after brain diseases – A comparison between patients with traumatic brain injury, malignant brain tumors, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease. Disability and Rehabilitation, 22, 539-546.

Vielhaber,St., Ebert,A.D., Feistner,H. & Herrmann,M. (2000) Frontal-executive dysfunction in early onset cerebellar ataxia of Holmes’ type. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, 102, 102-105.


Ebert,A.D., Wendt,J. & Herrmann,M. (1999) Das “Gerstmann-Syndrom” und sein Stellenwert für die Neuropsychologie. Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie, 10, 129-138.

Beblo,Th., Wallesch,C.W. & Herrmann,M. (1999) The crucial role of frontostriatal circuits for depressive disorders in the post-acute stage after stroke. Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology, and Behavioral Neurology, 12, 234-246.

Ebert,A.D., Vinz,B., Görtler,M., Wallesch,C.W. & Herrmann,M. (1999) Is there a syndrome of tuberothalamic artery infarction? A case report and critical review. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 21, 397-411.

Code,C., Müller,D.J., Hogan,A. & Herrmann,M. (1999) Perceptions of psychosocial adjustment to acquired communication disorder: Applications of the Code-Müller-Protocols. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 34, 193-207.


Beblo,Th., Baumann,B., Bogerts,B., Wallesch,C.W. & Herrmann,M. (1999) Neuropsychological correlates of major depression: A short term follow-up. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 4, 333-341.


Current research projects:

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