Wir suchen Postdoc-Verstärkung. (In Ger­man for once.)

From autumn on, or at the ear­li­est con­ve­nience, we are look­ing for a new post­doc for the (still fairly new) Oble­ser lab in Lübeck. Please see the job advert here. Dead­line for appli­ca­tions is July 6.
From this par­tic­u­lar postholder we hope for some sup­port in our Meth­ods teach­ing as well, there­fore a decent com­mand of Ger­man will be required.

17. June 2016 by Jonas
Categories: Editorial Notes, Job Offers, Uncategorized |

Why, hello: new gen­er­a­tion of audi­tory cog­ni­tion, new lab, new pro­jec­tor

Finally, this is a brief “Hello” from Lübeck, where the new instan­ti­a­tion of the Oble­ser lab has set up shop:


I took this photo at the begin­ning of our jour­nal club ses­sion last fri­day; the wide angle being nec­es­sary to show­case our lat­est addi­tion, the new pro­jec­tor.

From left to right: Michael Plöchl, Malte Wöst­mann, Lorenz Fiedler, Sung-Joo Lim, Mohsen Alavash, Franziska Scharata, and Sarah Tune. Not in pic­ture: Sophie Herbst. Wel­come to Lübeck, every­body!

01. May 2016 by Jonas
Categories: Uncategorized |

New paper out: Tune & Asari­dou, Jour­nal of Neu­ro­science

Our newest mem­ber of the lab, post-­doc Sarah Tune, just pub­lished a review arti­cle in the Jour­nal of Neu­ro­science. The arti­cle appeared in the “Jour­nal Club” sec­tion, where grad­u­ate stu­dents or post-docs are given the chance to write short review pieces.

Now avail­able online:
Stim­u­lat­ing the Seman­tic Net­work: What Can TMS Tell Us about the Roles of the Pos­te­rior Mid­dle Tem­po­ral Gyrus and Angu­lar Gyrus?

Sarah and for­mer UCI Brain Cir­cuits col­league Salomi Asari­dou com­ment on a recent TMS study by Davey et al. (2015) who inves­ti­gated the role(s) of the mid­dle tem­po­ral gyrus and angu­lar gyrus in the encod­ing and retrieval of seman­tic infor­ma­tion. Sarah and Salomi review and dis­cuss some of the fac­tors that limit the inter­pre­ta­tion of rTMS-induced behav­ioral changes in seman­tic judge­ment tasks. Con­clud­ing, they argue that a focus on neu­ral net­works and mech­a­nis­tic prin­ci­ples is key to under­stand­ing the neu­ral imple­men­ta­tion of seman­tic cog­ni­tion.

28. April 2016 by Simon Grosnick
Categories: Executive Functions, Gyrus Angularis, Publications, Semantics, TMS, Uncategorized |

New fea­turette in eLife: Tell me some­thing I don’t know

For those inter­ested in audi­tory cor­tex and how a regime of pre­dic­tions, pre­dic­tion updates and sur­prise (a ver­sion of “pre­dic­tion error”) might be imple­mented there, I con­tributed a brief fea­turette (“insight”, they call it) to eLife on a recent paper by Will Sed­ley, Tim Grif­fiths, and oth­ers. Check it out.

[For those not so famil­iar with it, “eLife”, despite its aes­thet­i­cally ques­tion­able name, poses an inter­est­ing and rel­a­tively new, high-profile, open-access pub­lish­ing effort by nobel-prize-winning Randy Schek­man, for­mer SfN pres­i­dent Eve Marder and oth­ers.]

26. April 2016 by Jonas
Categories: Auditory Cortex, Auditory Perception, Media, Neural Oscillations, Papers, Publications, Uncategorized |

[UPDATE] New paper in PNAS: Spa­tiotem­po­ral dynam­ics of audi­tory atten­tion syn­chro­nize with speech, Woest­mann et al.

Wöst­mann, Her­rmann, Maess and Oble­ser demon­strate that the hemi­spheric lat­er­al­iza­tion of neu­ral alpha oscil­la­tions mea­sured in the mag­ne­toen­cephalo­gram (MEG) syn­chro­nizes with the speech sig­nal and pre­dicts lis­ten­ers’ speech com­pre­hen­sion.

Now avail­able online:


Press release:




26. February 2016 by Jonas
Categories: Auditory Cortex, Auditory Neuroscience, Auditory Perception, Auditory Speech Processing, Editorial Notes, EEG / MEG, Executive Functions, Neural Oscillations, Neural Phase, Papers, Publications, Speech, Uncategorized |

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