Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994 – 2001
    Human medicine, University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 1995 – 1997
    Philosophy, University of Göttingen

  • 1996 – 2000
    Doctoral student, Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, Göttingen

  • 2001
    PhD ('')

  • 2001 – 2003
    House officer, Clinic of Neurology, University of Frankfurt/M., Germany

  • 2001 – 2004
    Research associate, Clinic of Neurology, University of Frankfurt/M., Germany

  • 2004 – 2009
    Research associate, University College London, UK

  • Since 2009
    Head of Max Planck Research Group 'Neuronal Mechanisms of Human Communication', Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

Selected publications

  • Blank, H., Anwander, A., von Kriegstein, K.: Direct structural connections between voice- and face-recognition areas. In: J Neurosci 31, 2011. S. 12906-12915.

  • von Kriegstein, K. et al.: How the human brain recognizes speech in the context of changing speakers. In: J Neurosci 30, 2010. S. 629-638.

  • von Kriegstein, K. et al.: Simulation of talking faces in the human brain improves auditory speech recognition. In: Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 105, 2008. S. 6747-6752.

  • von Kriegstein, K., Patterson, R.D., Griffiths, T.D.: Task-dependent modulation of medial geniculate body is behaviorally relevant for speech recognition. In: Curr Biol 18, 2008. S. 1855-1859.

  • von Kriegstein, K., Giraud, A.L.: Implicit multisensory associations influence voice recognition. In: PLoS Biol 4, 2006. S. e326.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Representative of Max Planck Research Group Leaders, Humanities Section, 2009-2011

  • Member of the Working Group 'Promoting Women Scientists' of the Max Planck Society, since 2012


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  1. Learning With All Senses

    If a new word is accompanied by an active gesture, people are much more likely to remember it. Seeing an image helps as well, as researchers from the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences found out. The study was headed by neuroscientist Katharina von Kriegstein.