I’m a post-doctoral research fellow at the Georg-August University of Göttingen. Together with Dr. Roland Grabner, the Principle Investigator of our research group, I tackle the question of how the human brain processes and represents basic numerical information and how such neural representations change over developmental time. A central aim of my research is to better understand how basic numerical abilities such as the comparison of symbolic and non-symbolic numerical magnitude relate to arithmetic, as well as the neural correlates that underlie these processes.
Besides the typical development of numerical abilities, I’m also interested in how the atypical development of basic numerical abilities relate to mathematical difficulties such as Developmental Dyscalculia. In order to achieve these goals I use a variety of different neuroscientific methods such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). Besides seeking a better understanding of how numerical magnitudes are processed and represented in the human brain, I have a deep interest to uncover the principles guiding the organization of the parietal lobe.
From 2009 to 2013 I conducted my Ph.D. studies at the Numerical Cognition Laboratory at the Mind & Brain center of the University of Western Ontario, Canada. During this time I had the great pleasure to work with Dr. Daniel Ansari. Under his guidance I was able to conduct several behavioural and neuroimaging studies that aimed to investigating the cortical representation of symbolic numerical magnitude processing in children and adults. I graduated in September 2013 with a Ph.D. degree in Developmental Psychology.
My undergrad work was done at the Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck, Austria. Thanks to Dr. Liane Kaufmann, my supervisor at that time, I was able to gain my first hands on experiences with fMRI. During this exciting time I was involved in a series of experimental studies that aimed to investigate the typical and atypical trajectories of mathematical abilities in children and adults. I finished my undergrad degree with a Mag. rer. nat. in Psychology in 2009.
“Things should be made as simple as possible…but not simpler.” — Albert Einstein