Behavioural Neuroscience

The members of Behavioral Neuroscience: Lya Paas, Vincent Küppers, Dr. Robert Langner, Nevena Kraljevic, Veronika Müller, Marisa Heckner


Dr. Robert Langner and his group “Behavioural Neuroscience” aim to further our understanding of how the brain contributes to human behaviour. The group investigates cognitive and affective processes and their associations with brain activity, connectivity and morphology.

In the brain, multiple individual regions are interlinked, forming complex neural networks that show common patterns across humans as well as individual differences related to factors such as aging, diseases (e.g., schizophrenia, depression or Parkinson’s disease) or subjective state (e.g., stress or fatigue). The Behavioural Neuroscience group seeks to elucidate how these commonalities and differences in brain circuitry map onto human behaviour and its variability between and within individuals. These insights, in turn, are used to inform psychological theorizing on the cognitive mechanisms of a given observable behaviour.

Research Topics

Mental processes of particular interest to the group include how people control their attention and actions in demanding situations as well as how they perceive affective stimuli and regulate their emotions. Beside the impact of state fluctuations and trait differences on these processes, the group also studies the mechanisms through which these processes are enhanced in experts or impaired in advanced age and in conditions such as depression, schizophrenia or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

The Behavioural Neuroscience group applies a broad spectrum of multimodal neuroimaging methods to study brain–behaviour relationships. Approaches include innovative task-based fMRI studies, voxel-based morphometry as well as large-scale meta-analyses ( to identify brain regions associated with particular mental processes. The interregional coupling between individual brain areas is examined via resting-state functional connectivity analysis and meta-analytic connectivity modelling. The association of functional connectivity patterns with cognition and behaviour across individuals is studied using both correlational and out-of-sample prediction analyses, while large neuroimaging databases like BrainMap ( are exploited to investigate the functional profiles of particular brain regions across tasks.


Dr. phil. Robert Langner


Building 14.6y / Room 2045

+49 2461/61-8609


Group Members

Dr. phil. Robert LangnerBuilding 14.6y / Room 2045+49 2461/61-8609
Dr. rer. medic. Edna CieslikBuilding 15.2 / Room 313+49 2461/61-96411
Dr. rer. medic. Veronika MüllerBuilding 14.6y / Room 2037+49 2461/61-96411
Lennart FrahmBuilding 15.2 / Room 417+49 2461/61-85333
Martin GellBuilding 15.2 / Room 416+49 2461/61-6582
Marisa HecknerBuilding 14.6y / Room 3050+49 2461/61-96118
Jan HirschmannBuilding 15.2 / Room 419+49 2461/61-85335
Nevena KraljevicBuilding 15.2 / Room 418+49 2461/61-5917
Lya Katarina Paas OliverosBuilding 14.6y / Room 3049+49 2461/61-96117
Michael RüdigerNoneBuilding 14.6y / Room 3053+49 2461/61-85947
Ina SrokaNoneBuilding 14.6y / Room 2045+49 2461/61-8609
Last Modified: 17.05.2023