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Kreitewolf, J., Wöstmann, M., Tune, S., Plöchl, M., & Obleser, J. (2019). Working-memory disruption by task-irrelevant talkers depends on degree of talker familiarity. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 81(4), 1108-1118.

van der Burght, C. L., Goucha, T., Friederici, A. D., Kreitewolf, J.*, & Hartwigsen, G.* (2019). Intonation guides sentence processing in the left inferior frontal gyrus. Cortex, 117, 122-134.
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Biel, D., & Bunzeck, N. (2019). Novelty Before or After Word Learning Does Not Affect Subsequent Memory Performance. Frontiers in Psychology, 10.

Wöstmann, M., Schmitt, L.-M. Obleser, J.  (2019) Does Closing the Eyes Enhance Auditory Attention? Eye Closure Increases Attentional Alpha-Power Modulation but Not Listening Performance. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, March 2019.

Guran, CA., Herweg, NA., Bunzeck, N. (2019) Age-Related Decreases in the Retrieval Practice Effect Directly Relate to Changes in Alpha-Beta Oscillations. J Neurosci. 2019 May 29;39(22):4344-4352. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2791-18.2019. Epub 2019 Mar 22.

Clos, M., Bunzeck, N., Sommer, T. (2019) Dopamine is a double-edged sword: dopaminergic modulation enhances memory retrieval performance but impairs metacognition. Neuropsychopharmacology 44:555.

Steiger, T., Herweg, N., Menz, M., Bunzeck, N. (2019). Working memory performance in the elderly relates to theta-alpha oscillations and is predicted by parahippocampal and striatal integrity. Scientific Reports 9:706.

Vellage, A., Müller, P., Graf, A., Bunzeck, N., Müller, N. (2019). Increasing Dopamine and Acetylcholine Levels during Encoding Does Not Modulate Remember or Know Responses during Memory Retrieval in Healthy Aging—a Randomized Controlled Feasibility Study. J Cogn Enhanc Available at:

Alavash, M., Tune, S., & Obleser, J. (2019). Modular reconfiguration of an auditory-control brain network supports adaptive listening behavior. (P N A S) 116(2):660-669.

Mamashli, F., Khan, S., Obleser, J., Friederici, A.D., & Maess, B. (2019). Oscillatory dynamics of cortical functional connections in semantic prediction. Human Brain Mapping. doi: 10.1002/hbm.24495. Epub 2018 Dec. 7.

Fiedler, L., Wöstmann, M., Herbst, S.K., & Obleser, J. (2019). Late cortical tracking of ignored speech facilitates neural selectivity in acoustically challenging conditions. Neuroimage. 2019 Feb 1;186:33-42. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.10.057. Epub 2018 Oct 24.



Wöstmann, M., Waschke, L. & Obleser, J. (2018) Prestimulus neural alpha power predicts confidence in discriminating identical auditory stimuli. Eur. J. Neurosci. 285577 (2018). doi:10.1111/ejn.14226

Kreitewolf, J., Mathias, S. R., Trapeau, R., Obleser, J., & Schönwiesner, M. (2018). Perceptual grouping in the cocktail party: Contributions of voice-feature continuity. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144 (4), 2178-2188. doi:org/10.1121/1.5058684.

Knolle, F., Ermakova, A.O., Justicia, A., Fletcher, P.C., Bunzeck, N., Düzel, E., Murray, G.K. (2018). Brain responses to different types of salience in antipsychotic naïve first episode psychosis: An fMRI study. Transl Psychiatry. 2018 Sep 21;8(1):196. doi: 10.1038/s41398-018-0250-3.

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Wilsch, A., Henry, M.J., Herrmann, B., Herrmann,C.S., & Obleser, J., (2018). Temporal expectation modulates the cortical dynamics of short-term memory. The Journal of Neuroscience. In press.

Herbst, S.K., Fiedler, L., & Obleser, J. (2018). Tracking temporal hazard in the human electroencephalogram using a forward encoding model. eNeuro. 5 (2) ENEURO.0017-18.2018

Erb, J., Ludwig, A., Kunke, D., Fuchs, M., & Obleser, J., (2018). Temporal sensitivity measured shortly after cochlear implantation predicts six-month speech recognition outcome. Ear and Hearing. In press.

Lim, S.J., Wöstmann, M., Geweke, F., & Obleser, J. (2018). The benefit of attention-to-memory depends on the interplay of memory capacity and memory load. Frontiers in Psychology 9:184.

Wilsch, A., Neuling, T., Obleser, J., & Herrmann, C.S. (2018). Transcranial alternating current stimulation with speech envelopes modulates speech comprehension. Neuroimage. In press

Wöstmann, M., Vosskuhl, J., Obleser, J., & Herrmann, C.S. (2018). Opposite effects of lateralised transcranial alpha versus gamma stimulation on auditory spatial attention. Brain Stimulation, 6 April 2018,

Tune, S., Wöstmann, M., Obleser, J. (2018) Probing the limits of alpha power lateralisation as a neural marker of selective attention in middle-aged and older listeners. European Journal of Neuroscience, 28 February 2018,

Herweg, N.A., Sommer, T., Bunzeck, N. (2018). Retrieval Demands Adaptively Change Striatal Old/New Signals and Boost Subsequent Long-Term Memory. Journal of Neuroscience, 17 January 2018. 38 (3) 745-754,

Alavash M, Lim SJ, Thiel CM, Sehm B, Deserno L, Obleser J (2018) Dopaminergic modulation of hemodynamic signal variability and the functional connectome during cognitive performance. NeuroImage (172):341-356.


Bauch, E.M., Andreou, C., Rausch, V.H., Bunzeck, N. (2017). Neural Habituation to Painful Stimuli Is Modulated by Dopamine: Evidence from a Pharmacological fMRI Study. Front. Hum. Neurosci., 21 December 2017.

Waschke, L., Wöstmann, M., Obleser, J. (2017). States and traits of neural irregularity in the age-varying human brain. Scientific Reports 7:17381.

Ripollés, P., Biel, D., Peñaloza, C., Kaufmann, J., Marco-Pallarés, J., Noesselt, T., & Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2017). Strength OF Temporal White Matter Pathways Predicts Semantic Learning. The Journal of Neuroscience: The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience.

Obleser, J., Henry, M.J., & Lakatos, P. (2017). What do we talk about when we talk about rhythm? Plos Biology, 15(9):e2002794

Herbst, S.K., & Obleser, J. (2017). Implicit variations of temporal predictability: Shaping the neural oscillatory and behavioural response. Neuropsychologia. 101:141-152

Henry, M.J., Herrmann, B., Kunke, D., & Obleser, J. (2017). Aging affects the balance of neural entrainment and top-down neural modulation in the listening brain. Nature Communications. 8:15801

Winton-Brown, T., Schmidt, A., Roiser, JP., Howes OD., Egerton, A., Fusa-Poli, P., Bunzeck, N., Grace, AA., Duzel, E., Kapur, S., McGuire, P. (2017). Altered activation and connectivity in a hippocampal-basal ganglia-midbrain circuit during saience processing in subjects at ultra high risk for psychosis. Transl. Psychiatry, doi: 10.1038/tp.2017.174

Kreitewolf, J., Mathias. S. R., & von Kriegstein, K. (2017). Implicit Talker Training Improves Comprehension of Auditory Speech in Noise. Frontiers in Psychology 8:1584.

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Park, S.Q., Kahnt, K., Dogan, A., Strang, S., Fehr, E., Tobler, P.N. (2017). A neural link between generosity and happiness. Nature Communications, in press.

Strang, S., Hoeber, C., Uhl, O., Koletzko, B., Münte, T.F., Lehnert, H.,  Dolan, R.J., Schmid, S.M., Park, S.Q (2017). Impact of nutrition on social decision making. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, doi/10.1073/pnas.1620245114

Fiedler, L., Wöstmann, M., Graversen, C., Brandmeyer, A., Lunner, T., & Obleser, J. (2017). Single-channel in-ear-EEG detects the focus of auditory attention to concurrent tone streams and mixed speech. J. Neural Eng. 14 036020

Wöstmann M., Lim S.J., & Obleser J. (2017). The Human Neural Alpha Response to Speech is a Proxy of Attentional Control. Cerebral Cortex, 18:1–11, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhx074. [Epub ahead of print]

Alavash M, Daube C, Wöstmann M, Brandmeyer A, Obleser J (2017) Large-scale network dynamics of beta-band oscillations underlie auditory perceptual decision-making. Network Neuroscience 1(2). doi:10.11.62/netn_a_00009.

van den Buuse, M., Biel, D., Radscheit, K. (2017). Does genetic BDNF deficiency in rats interact with neurotransmitter control of prepulse inhibition? Implications for schizophrenia. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 75, 192–198.

Steiger, T., Bunzeck, N. (2017). Reward Dependent Invigoration Relates to Theta Oscillations and Is Predicted by Dopaminergic Midbrain Integrity in Healthy Elderly. Front Aging Neurosci. 2017 Jan 24;9:1. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2017.00001. eCollection 2017.

Bassarak, C., Leib, M., Mischkowski, D., Strang, S., Glöckner, A. and Shalvi, S. (2017). What provides justification for cheating – producing or observing counterfactuals? Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, doi: 10.1002/bdm.2013.

Strang, S., Gerhardt, H., Marsh, N., Oroz Artigas, S., Hu,Y., Hurlemann, R., Park, S.Q. (2017). A matter of distance - The effect of oxytocin on social discounting is empathy-dependent. Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Haaker, J., Lonsdorf, TB, Schümann, D., Bunzeck, N., Peters, J., Sommer, T., Kalisch, R. (2017). Where there is Smoke there is Fear-Impaired Contextual Inhibition of Conditioned Fear in Smokers. Neuropsychopharmacology. doi: 10.1038/npp.2017.17.

Packard PA, Rodríguez-Fornells, A., Bunzeck, N., Nicolás, de Diego-Balaguer, R., Fuentemilla, L. (2017). Semantic congruence accelerates the onset of the neural signals of successful memory encoding. Journal of Neuroscience, 37 (2) 291-301:


Plöchl, M., Gaston, J., Mermagen, T., König, P., & Hairston, W. D. (2016). Oscillatory activity in auditory cortex reflects the perceptual level of audio-tactile integration. Scientific Reports, 6.

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Fiedler, L., Obleser, J., Lunner, T., & Graversen, C. (2016). Ear-EEG allows extraction of neural responses in challenging listening scenarios—a future technology for hearing aids? 38th Annual Int. Conf. of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society vol 38 pp 5697–700

Herrmann, B., Henry, MJ., Johnsrude IS, Obleser, J. (2016). Altered temporal dynamics of neural adaptation in the aging human auditory cortex. Neurobiol Aging. 2016 Sep;45:10-22. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2016.05.006. Epub 2016 May 14.

Maess, B., Mamashli, F., Obleser, J., Helle, L., Friederici, AD. Prediction Signatures in the Brain: Semantic Pre-Activation during Language Comprehension. Front Hum Neurosci. 2016 Nov 15;10:591. eCollection 2016.

Obleser, J. (2016). Tell me something I don't know. Elife. 2016 Apr 19;5:e15853. doi: 10.7554/eLife.15853.

Scharinger, M., Bendixen, A., Herrmann, B., Henry, MJ., Mildner, T., Obleser, J. (2016). Predictions interact with missing sensory evidence in semantic processing areas. Hum Brain Mapp. 2016 Feb;37(2):704-16. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23060. Epub 2015 Nov 19.

Bellucci G, Chernyak SV, Goodyear K, Eickhoff SB, Krueger F. (2016). Neural signatures of trust in reciprocity: A coordinate-based meta-analysis. Hum Brain Mapp. 2016 Nov 17. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23451.

Wöstmann, M. & Obleser, J. (2016). Acoustic detail but not predictability of task-irrelevant speech disrupts working memory. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10:538

Petersen, E.B., Wöstmann, M., Obleser, J., Lunner, T. (2016). Neural tracking of attended versus ignored speech is differentially affected by hearing loss. Journal of Neurophysiology. do: 10.1152/jn.00527.2016

Häusler, N.H., Oroz Artigas, S., Trautner, P., and Weber, B. (2016) Gain and loss related brain activation is associated with information search differences in risky gambles: an fMRI and eye-tracking study. eNeuro 2016. doi: 10.1523/ENEURO.0189-16.2016

Kroemer, N. B., Burrasch, C. & Hellrung, L. (2016). To work or not to work: Neural representation of cost and benefit of instrumental action. Progress in Brain Research.

Strang, S. und Park, S. Q. (2016). Human Cooperation and Its Underlying Mechanims. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences. Springer Science & Business Media, Berlin, Heidelberg.
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Strombach, T., Strang, S., Park, S. Q. and Kenning, P. (2016). Common and different approaches to motivation in different disciplines. Progress in Brain Research.

Strang, S., Park, S. Q., Strombach, T. and Kenning, P. (2016). Applied economics - The Use of Monetary Incentives to Modulate Behavior. Progress in Brain Research.

Bunzeck, N.  Thiel, C. (2016). Neurochemical modulation of repetition suppression and novelty signals in the human brain. Hum Brain Mapp. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2015.10.013.

Eckart, C., Woźniak-Kwaśniewska, A., Herweg, N., Fuentemilla, L., Bunzeck, N. (2016). Acetylcholine modulates human working memory and subsequent familiarity based recognition via alpha oscillations. doi: 10.1016/ J NeuroImage. 2016.05049.

Wöstmann, M., Herrmann, B., Maess, B., Obleser, J. (2016). Spatiotemporal dynamics of auditory attention synchronize with speech. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. pii: 201523357. 2016.

Scharinger, M. Bendixen, A. Henry, M.J. Herrmann, B., Mildner, T., Obleser, J. (2016). Predictions interact with missing sensory evidence in semantic processing areas. Hum Brain Mapp. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23060. 2016.

Steiger, T., Weiskopf, N., Bunzeck, N. (2016). Iron Level and Myelin Content in the Ventral Striatum Predict Memory Performance in the Aging Brain. doi: 10.1523/J Neurosci. 3617-15.2016.

Herweg, N., Apitz, T., Leicht, G., Fuentemilla, L., Bunzeck, N. (2016). Theta-Alpha Oscillations Bind the Hippocampus, Prefrontal Cortex and Striatum during Recollection: Evidence from Simultaneous EEG-fMRI. doi: 10.1523/J Neurosci. 3629-15.2016.

Henry, M.J., Herrmann, B., Obleser, J., (2016). Neural microstates govern perception of auditory input without rhythmic structure. Journal of Neuroscience. 36(3):860–871

Strang, S., Grote, X., Kuss, K., Park, S.Q. and Weber, B. (2016) Generalized Negative Reciprocity in the Dictator Game – How to Interrupt the Chain of Unfairness. Scientific Reports. Scientific Reports. 6, 1-5. doi: 10.1038/srep22316


Wöstmann, M., Herrmann, B., Wilsch, A., Obleser, J. (2015). Neural alpha dynamics in younger and older listeners reflect acoustic challenges and predictive benefits. J Neurosci. 2015 Jan 28;35(4):1458-67. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3250-14.2015.

Hartwigsen, G., Golombek, T., Obleser, J. (2015). Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation over left angular gyrus modulates the predictability gain in degraded speech comprehension. Cortex. 2015 Jul;68:100-10. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2014.08.027. Epub 2014 Sep 18.

Scharinger, M., Henry, MJ., Obleser, J. (2015). Acoustic cue selection and discrimination under degradation: differential contributions of the inferior parietal and posterior temporal cortices. Neuroimage. 2015 Feb 1;106:373-81. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.11.050. Epub 2014 Dec 3.

Wilsch, A., Obleser, J., (2015). What works in auditory working memory? A neural oscillations perspective. Brain research. pii: S0006-8993(15)00841-0. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres. 2015.

Lim, S.J. Wöstmann, M. Obleser, J. (2015/2016). Selective attention to auditory memory neurally enhances perceptual precision. J Neurosci. 35(49):16094-104.

Herweg, N. Bunzeck, N. (2015). Differential effects of white noise in cognitive and perceptual tasks. Front. Psychol. Front Psychol. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015. eCollection 2015.

Herrmann, B. Parthasarathy, A. Han, E.X. Obleser, J. Bartlett, E.L. (2015) Sensitivity of rat inferior colliculus neurons to frequency distributions. J Neurophysiol. doi: 10.1152/jn.00555.2015. Epub 2015 Sep 9.

Marsh, N. Scheele, D. Gerhardt, H. Strang, S. Enax, L. Weber, B. Maier, W. Hurlemann, R. (2015). The Neuropeptide Oxytocin Induces a Social Altruism Bias. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(47), 15696–15701. doi: 10.1523/J NEUROSCI. 3199-15.2015

Hu, Y. Strang, S. Weber, B. (2015). Helping or punishing strangers: Neural correlates of altruistic decisions as third-party and of ist relation to empathic concern. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 9:24. 10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00024

Lonsdorf, T.B. Haaker, J. Schümann, D. Sommer, T. Bayer, J. Brassen, S. Bunzeck, N. Gamer, M. Kalisch R. (2015) Sex differences in conditioned stimulus discrimination during context-dependent fear learning and its retrieval in humans: the role of biological sex, contraceptives and menstrual cycle phases. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 40(6):368-75

Haaker, J. Lonsdorf, T.B. Schümann, D., Menz, M Brassen, S. Bunzeck, N. Gamer, M. Kalisch, R. (2015) Deficient inhibitory processing in trait anxiety: Evidence from context-dependent fear learning, extinction recall and renewal. Biol Psychol. 111:65-72  

Herrmann, B. Henry, M.J. Haegens, S. Obleser, J. (2015) Temporal Expectations and Neural Amplitude Fluctuations in Auditory Cortex Interactively Influence Perception. Neuroimage. 124:487-497  

Obleser, J. (2015) Re-visiting the electrophysiology of language. Guest Editorial. Brain Lang. 148:23-4  

Bauch, E.M. Bunzeck, N. (2015) Anticipation of electric shocks modulates low beta power and event-related fields during memory encoding. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 123:196-204

Wiers, C.E. Ludwig V.1. Gladwin T.E. Park, S.Q. Heinz, A. Wiers, R.W. Rinck, M. Lindenmeyer, J. Walter, H. Bermpohl, F. (2015) Effects of cognitive bias modification training on neural signatures of alcohol approach tendencies in male alcohol-dependent patients. Addict Biol. 20(5):990-9

Wilsch, A.  Henry, M.J.  Herrmann, B.  Maess, B., Obleser, J. (2015) Slow-delta phase concentration marks improved temporal expectations based on the passage of time. Psychophysiology. 52(7):910-8.

Clos, M. Schwarze, U. Gluth, S. Bunzeck, N. Sommer, T. (2015) Goal- and retrieval-dependent activity in the striatum during memory recognition. Neuropsychologia. 72:1-11

Tegelbeckers, J. Bunzeck, N. Duzel, E. Bonath, B. Flechtner, H.H. Krauel, K. (2015) Altered salience processing in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Hum Brain Mapp. 36(6):2049-60

Wiers, C.E. Stelzel, C. Gladwin, T.E Park, S.Q. Pawelczack, S. Gawron, C.K Stuke, H. Heinz, A. Wiers, R.W. Rinck, M. Lindenmeyer, J. Walter, H. Bermpohl, F. (2015) Effects of cognitive bias modification training on neural alcohol cue reactivity in alcohol dependence. Am J Psychiatry. 172(4):335-43

Herrmann, B.   Henry, M.J.   Fromboluti, E.K., McAuley, J.D., Obleser, J. (2015) Statistical Context Shapes Stimulus-Specific Adaptation in Human Auditory Cortex. J Neurophysiol . 13(7):2582-91

Petersen, E.B., Wöstmann, M., Obleser., J, Stenfelt, S., Lunner, T. (2015) Hearing loss impacts neural alpha oscillations under adverse listening conditions. Front Psychol 6:177

Strauß, A., Henry, M.J., Scharinger, M., Obleser, J. (2015) Alpha phase determines successful lexical decision in noise. J Neurosci . 35(7):3256-62


Apitz, T. Bunzeck, N. (2014) Early effects of reward anticipation are modulated by dopaminergic stimulation. PLoS ONE. 9(10):e108886

Bauch, E.M. Rausch, V.H. Bunzeck, N. (2014) Pain anticipation recruits the mesolimbic system and differentially modulates subsequent recognition memory. Hum Brain Mapp . 35(9):4594-606

Eckart, C. Fuentemilla, L. Bauch, E.M. Bunzeck, N. (2014) Dopaminergic stimulation facilitates working memory and differentially affects prefrontal low theta oscillations. Neuroimage. 94:185-92

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