Short CV/Education and training

  • 1986
    Abitur (A-levels) at the Staatliches Gymnasium (grammar school) in Hermeskeil, Germany

  • 1986 – 1991
    Studied psychology at Marburg University, Germany

  • 1991
    Diplom degree in psychology from Marburg University

  • 1993
    Visiting researcher in the psychophysiological laboratory of Prof. M. Coles at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

  • 1995
    Doctor of Natural Science (Dr rer. nat.) in psychology from Marburg University (under Prof. F. Rösler)

  • 1995 – 1997
    Postdoc in the Brain Development Lab (Prof. H. Neville), University of Oregon, Eugene, USA

  • 1997 – 2000
    Research associate in the Psychology section (Prof. F. Rösler) of Marburg University

  • 2000 – 2003
    Director of an independent Emmy Noether junior research group, Marburg University

  • 2002
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in psychology at Marburg University

  • Since 2003
    Professor of biological psychology and neuropsychologist at the University of Hamburg, Germany

  • Since 2004
    Additional appointment to the Faculty of Medicine, Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany

Selected publications

  • Rohlf, S.*, Habets, B.*, von Frieling, M., & Röder, B. (2017). Infants are superior in implicit crossmodal learning and use other learning mechanisms than adults. eLife, 6:e28166. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.28166. *equal contribution

  • Guerreiro, M. J. S., Putzar, L., & Röder, B. (2016). Persisting cross-modal changes in sight-recovery individuals modulate visual perception. Current Biology, 26(22), 3096-3100.

  • Bottari D., Troje N.F., Ley P., Hense M., Kekunnaya R. and Röder B. (2015). The neural development of the biological motion processing system does not rely on early visual input. Cortex, 7, 359-367.

  • Bruns, P. & Röder, B. (2015). Sensory recalibration integrates information from the immediate and the cumulative past. Scientific Reports, 5, 12739; doi: 10.1038/srep12739.

  • Guerreiro, M., Putzar, L., & Röder, B. (2015). The effect of early visual deprivation on the neural bases of multisensory processing, Brain, 138, 1499-1504.

  • Heed, T., Buchholz, V., Engel, A., & Röder, B. (2015). Tactile remapping: from coordinate transformation to integration in sensorimotor processing. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19(5), 251-258.

  • Hötting, K. & Röder, B. (2013). Beneficial effects of physical exercise on neuroplasticity and cognition. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 37 (9), 2243-2257.

  • Röder, B., Ley, P., Shenoy, H.S., Kekunnaya, R., & Bottari, D. (2013). Sensitive periods for the functional specialization of the neural system for human face processing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science U.S.A., PNAS, 110(42), 16760-16765.

  • Röder, B., Pagel, B., & Heed, T. (2013). The implicit use of spatial information develops later for crossmodal than for intramodal temporal processing. Cognition, 126, 301-306.

  • Putzar, L., Goerendt, I., Lange, K., Rösler, F., Röder, B. (2007). Early visual deprivation impairs multisensory interactions in humans. Nature Neuroscience, 10, 1243-1245.

  • Röder, B., Kusmierek, A., Spence, C., & Schicke, T. (2007) Developmental vision determines the reference frame for the multisensory control of action. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science U.S.A. 104 (11), 4753-4758.

  • Schicke, T., & Röder, B. (2006). Spatial remapping of touch: confusion of perceived stimulus order across hand and foot. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science U.S.A., 103, 11808-11813.

  • Röder, B., Rösler, F., & Spence, C. (2004). Early vision impairs tactile perception in the blind. Current Biology, 14(2), 121-124.

  • Röder, B., Teder-Sälejärvi, W., Sterr, A., Rösler, F., Hillyard, S.A., & Neville, H.J. (1999). Improved auditory spatial tuning in blind humans. Nature, 400, 162-166.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • European Research Council (ERC): Advanced investigators grant. CriticalBrainChanges, 2010-2015

  • German Research Foundation (DFG: GK 1247/2) German–Chinese Graduate Student Training Program; Crossmodal Interaction in Natural and Artificial Cognitive Systems (CINACS, Investigators: Jianwei Zhang (spokesperson), Brigitte Röder (spokesperson Hamburg) Christian Büchel, Andreas Engel, Christopher Habel, Wolfgang Menzel, Brigitte Röder, 8 professors from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China), 2010 – 2015

  • EU collaborative grant: NOMS: Nano-Optical Mechanical Systems (project section of Brigitte Röder), 2009 – 2012

  • German Research Foundation (DFG; Research Centre 538; E7 Multilingualism): Critical periods for the acquisition of German and of German Sign Language: Is being multilingual of any advantage? Investigators: Brigitte Röder and Barbara Hänel-Faulhaber, 2008 – 2011

  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): 01GO0510: NeuroImageNord (Investigators: Christian Büchel, Günther Deuschl, Andreas Engel, Detlef Kömpf, Dieter Naber, Brigitte Röder, Hermann Zeumer), 2005 – 2008

  • BMBF (01GW0561): Plasticity and reorganization of object processing in the human brain (Investigators: Brigitte Röder, Christian Büchel, Andreas Engel, Hartwig Siebner) (spokesperson: Brigitte Röder), 2005 – 2008

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)

  • German Psychological Society (DGPs) (DGPs)

  • German Society for Psychophysiology and its Applications (DGPA)

  • German Society for Neuropsychology (GNP)

  • International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF)

  • Neuroscience Society of Germany (NWG)

  • Society of Neuroscience (SFN)

  • Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)


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