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Cur­rent Members

Jonas Obleser
Group leader

Jonas stud­ied Psy­chol­o­gy with a minor in Sta­tis­tics and got his degree from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kon­stanz in 2004. After doing research at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don and at the Max Planck Insti­tute in Leipzig, he has held a Chair in Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Psy­chol­o­gy and Research Meth­ods at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lübeck since 2016.

Cur­rent­ly, his main inter­ests lie in neur­al dynam­ics, that is, the moment-to-moment brain states as well as more sta­ble brain traits that char­ac­terise our per­cep­tion and behav­iour. An impor­tant ques­tion for Jonas is whether there are fea­tures of neur­al dynam­ics that are espe­cial­ly adap­tive or pro­tec­tive to our health as we get old­er. His pre­ferred mod­el sys­tem still is the lis­ten­ing human being.

Jonas’ research has been sup­port­ed by the ERC (2016–2021), the DFG (2015—), the Max Planck Soci­ety (2010–2015) and var­i­ous part­ners in the hear­ing aid indus­try. Jonas serves as han­dling edi­tor for the Jour­nal of Neu­ro­science and eLife.

Jonas loves typog­ra­phy, which can be a pain when you design fig­ures or man­u­scripts with him.

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Malte Wöst­mann Dynam­ics of Atten­tion Group

Senior Researcher

Malte stud­ied Cog­ni­tive Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Osnabrück and fin­ished his Master’s degree in 2012. Form 2012 to 2015, he did his PhD at the Max-Planck Insti­tute for Human Cog­ni­tive and Brain Sci­ences in Leipzig in the research group ‘Audi­to­ry Cog­ni­tion’, under super­vi­sion of Jonas Obleser. From 2015 onwards, Malte was work­ing as a post­doc­tor­al researcher at the Depart­ment of Psy­chol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lübeck. Since 2019, he is the PI of the “Dyn­mics of Atten­tion Group”.

His research focus­es on the elec­tro­phys­i­o­log­i­cal dynam­ics of human audi­to­ry atten­tion. Malte is cur­rent­ly main­ly inter­est­ed in how the neur­al sys­tem accom­plish­es the sup­pres­sion of dis­tract­ing infor­ma­tion in order to focus atten­tion on rel­e­vant information.

Malte loves sim­plic­i­ty, hav­ing con­cise hypothe­ses, and neat exper­i­men­tal designs.

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Mohsen Alavash
Post­doc­tor­al researcher

Mohsen’s back­ground is in bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing. He received his PhD in cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Old­en­burg in 2015. Dur­ing his PhD he inves­ti­gat­ed how brain net­works enable us to resolve cog­ni­tive chal­lenges, and why it occa­sion­al­ly fails to do so reflect­ing its capac­i­ty lim­its. To fol­low-up this ques­tion as a post­doc, he has been study­ing the rela­tion between brain net­works and behav­ior in chal­leng­ing lis­ten­ing tasks at the Max-Planck Insti­tute in Leipzig and cur­rent­ly at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lübeck. To this end, he adopts graph-the­o­ret­i­cal net­work analy­sis of the human func­tion­al con­nec­tome built upon the brain hemo­dy­nam­ic respons­es or neu­ronal oscillations.

He loves extract­ing knowl­edge from com­plex data, and is good at mak­ing typos.

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Franziska Schara­ta
Lab man­ag­er, Audiologist




Sarah Tune
Senior researcher

Sarah received a B.A. degree in Lan­guage and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion stud­ies as well as a PhD in Neu­rolin­guis­tics from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mar­burg, Ger­many, where she worked on the neu­ro­phys­i­o­log­i­cal sig­na­tures and the neur­al net­works that sup­port lan­guage comprehension.

She then spent two years as a post­doc­tor­al researcher at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Irvine before join­ing the Audi­to­ry Cog­ni­tion research group in 2016.

Her main research inter­ests fol­low the ques­tion of how the human brain achieves the remark­able feat of pro­cess­ing and com­pre­hend­ing lan­guage under at times extreme­ly chal­leng­ing con­di­tions and in the face of age-relat­ed neur­al, cog­ni­tive and sen­so­ry decline. Sarah is par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in under­stand­ing how dif­fer­ent neur­al and cog­ni­tive strate­gies work togeth­er to enable suc­cess­ful lis­ten­ing. Most of the time you will find her deeply immersed in build­ing ever more com­plex mod­els pre­dict­ing human speech comprehension.

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Niels Kloost­er­man
Post­doc­tor­al researcher

Niels did his Bachelor’s and Research Master’s in Psy­chol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ams­ter­dam. He then com­plet­ed a Ph.D. in Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science at UvA, after which he moved to the Max Planck Insti­tute in Berlin to work as a post­doc­tor­al researcher. He joined the Oble­ser­lab in 2022 as a lec­tur­er and senior researcher.

Research-wise, Niels is inter­est­ed in our remark­able abil­i­ty to act pur­pose­ful­ly in a com­plex and ever-chang­ing envi­ron­ment. He believes that this cog­ni­tive adapt­abil­i­ty is reflect­ed in the moment-to-moment vari­abil­i­ty of brain activ­i­ty – the more neur­al vari­abil­i­ty, the bet­ter. He is con­stant­ly look­ing for ways to test this idea in EEG, fMRI and eye track­ing stud­ies in younger and old­er healthy per­sons, in both health and psy­chi­atric disease.

In his free time, Niels likes to indulge in dis­cov­er­ing obscure elec­tron­ic music, going hik­ing in the woods, and play­ing old-school video games.

Mar­tin Orf
Post­doc­tor­al Researcher

Mar­tin is a trained hear­ing acousti­cian. He fin­ished his dual appren­tice­ship in 2014.  Based on his appren­tice­ship, he received his B.Sc in hear­ing acoustics in 2017 in Lübeck. From 2017 to 2019, he did his M.Sc in hear­ing tech­nol­o­gy at the uni­ver­si­ty of Lübeck. Dur­ing his master´s, he came into con­tact with the audi­to­ry cog­ni­tion group. After his intern­ship and mas­ter the­sis in the Obleser group, he start­ed his PhD inves­ti­gat­ing the mech­a­nism of active ignor­ing in nor­mal and hear­ing-impaired listeners.

He is inter­est­ed in cre­at­ing vir­tu­al and real­is­tic sound sce­nar­ios in the spa­tial lab. Espe­cial­ly, the mech­a­nisms of ignor­ing works in such sce­nar­ios, e.g. cock­tail-par­ty, are of inter­est for him. Based on his back­ground, he is con­cerned in how active ignor­ing works espe­cial­ly in hear­ing-impaired peo­ple and to inves­ti­gate which hear­ing aid fea­tures could be used to facil­i­tate ignor­ing on an engi­neer­ing level.

Frauke Kraus
PhD stu­dent

Frauke received her B.Sc. in Med­ical Tech­nol­o­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ties of Tübin­gen and Stuttgart and her M.Sc. in Audi­to­ry Tech­nol­o­gy of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lübeck. Dur­ing her intern­ship and mas­ter the­sis in the Audi­to­ry Cog­ni­tion group she devel­oped a fas­ci­na­tion for the field of audi­to­ry neuroscience.

Frauke is cur­rent­ly work­ing on her PhD (super­vised by Jonas and Björn Her­rmann, Rot­man Research Insti­tute and Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to). She is inter­est­ed how dif­fer­ent lev­els of atten­tion­al resource recruit­ment affect neur­al oscil­la­tions dur­ing lis­ten­ing, and the extent to which this oscil­la­to­ry activ­i­ty can be used as a mark­er of lis­ten­ing effort.

Mer­le Schuckart
PhD stu­dent

Mer­le received both her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Psy­chol­o­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kiel. After hav­ing com­plet­ed her stud­ies in 2022, Mer­le joined the Audi­to­ry Cog­ni­tion Group as a PhD stu­dent with­in a col­lab­o­ra­tive project with the Max-Planck-Insti­tute for Cog­ni­tive and Brain Sci­ences in Leipzig. In her project, she inves­ti­gates the influ­ence of domain-gen­er­al net­works on nat­ur­al lan­guage processing.

Jes­si­ca Herrmann
Audi­ol­o­gist — Researcher

Jes­si­ca Her­rmann com­plet­ed a dual appren­tice­ship as a hear­ing aid acousti­cian before begin­ning her Bach­e­lor’s degree in Hear­ing Acoustics in Lübeck. She then pur­sued a Mas­ter’s degree in Audi­to­ry Tech­nol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lübeck. Since the end of 2023, she has been a mem­ber of the Obleser group, con­tribut­ing to a major project that explores the inter­ac­tion between move­ment and communication.

Max Schulz
PhD stu­dent

Max start­ed his B. Sc. in Biol­o­gy in Gießen in 2017, after which he quick­ly switched to Uni­ver­si­ty Leipzig to fin­ish the degree. In his
bach­e­lor the­sis, he inves­ti­gat­ed audi­to­ry ele­va­tion decod­ing with
EEG. There­after, he did his M. Sc. in Biol­o­gy at Uni­ver­si­ty Leipzig.
Dur­ing his mas­ter the­sis, he focused on numeros­i­ty judg­ment in
audi­to­ry scene analy­sis, incor­po­rat­ing con­vo­lu­tion­al neur­al networks
which mim­ic human audi­to­ry behav­ior. Addi­tion­al­ly, he was a student
assis­tant under super­vi­sion of Chris­t­ian Doeller and lat­er Gesa
Hartwigsen at the Max-Planck insti­tute for human cog­ni­tive and brain
sci­ences in Leipzig.
Max recent­ly start­ed his PhD — super­vised by Malte Wöst­mann — eager to solve ques­tions about atten­tion cap­ture and distraction
sup­pres­sion in audi­to­ry atten­tion research. In par­tic­u­lar, he is
inter­est­ed in how dis­trac­tion is influ­enced by bot­tom-up and
top-down process­es, how these process­es are dis­played in
neu­ro-elec­tro­phys­i­o­log­i­cal cor­re­lates, and in what sense they are
affect­ed in aging individuals.

Andre­ja Stajduhar
PhD stu­dent

Andre­ja did her Bachelor’s at York Uni­ver­si­ty in Toron­to, Cana­da, where she inves­ti­gat­ed face per­cep­tion under dif­fer­ent con­di­tions in a visu­al neu­ro­science lab. She then spent two and a half years earn­ing her Master’s at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, where she was inter­est­ed in the rela­tion­ship between indi­vid­ual episod­ic auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal mem­o­ry per­for­mance and cor­ti­cal thick­ness. Her main research inter­est now lies in under­stand­ing how per­cep­tu­al infer­ence changes with age. In her free time, she enjoys cook­ing and hang­ing out with her friends!


Research Assis­tants

Julia Elis­a­beth Preisler

Judith Kun­ze

Mar­ius Moeller

Moritz Hegert

Mara Grothus

Han­nah Hen­rike Schewe

Niko­lai Dürrbeck

Egem Gencer

The Obleser Lab 


The Audi­to­ry Cog­ni­tion group (Obleser lab) in 2023
The Audi­to­ry Cog­ni­tion group (Obleser lab) in Decem­ber 2019
The Audi­to­ry Cog­ni­tion group (Obleser lab) in 2017
The Audi­to­ry Cog­ni­tion group (Obleser lab) in 2016
The Audi­to­ry Cog­ni­tion group (Obleser lab) in Decem­ber 2013
The Audi­to­ry Cog­ni­tion group (Obleser lab), first gen­er­a­tion, at the MPI CBS Leipzig, spring 2011


Alex Brand­mey­er — Post­doc­tor­al researcher
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Felix Deil­mann — Research Sci­en­tist

Lorenz Fiedler — PhD stu­dent

Mol­ly Hen­ry — Post­doc­tor­al researcher
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Sophie Herb­st — Post­doc­tor­al researcher
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Björn Her­mann — Post­doc­tor­al researcher
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Sung-Joo Lim — Post­doc­tor­al researcher

Michael Plöchl — Post­doc­tor­al researcher

Math­ias Scharinger — Post­doc­tor­al researcher
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Antje Strauß — PhD stu­dent

Anna Wilsch — PhD stu­dent

Lea Maria Schmitt — Post­doc­tor­al researcher

Julia Erb — PhD stu­dent, Post­doc­tor­al researcher
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Jen­nifer Klotke — Audi­ol­o­gist

Tro­by Lui — PhD stu­dent

Niko­las Makowka — Lab man­ag­er

Markus Kem­per- PhD Student

Hong-Viet Ngo — Post­doc­tor­al researcher

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Leon Franzen — Post­doc­tor­al researcher

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