Short CV/Education and training

  • 1986
    1st state examination in German philology, English studies and political science at the University of Tübingen, Germany

  • 1986 – 1987
    English Department, University of Tübingen

  • 1987 – 1988
    Visiting researcher at the Children's Hospital, Boston, USA

  • 1987 – 1996
    Adjunct instructor in the Department of German and Asian Languages, Tufts University, USA

  • 1989 – 1996
    Adjunct instructor in the Dept. of Psychology, Tufts University, USA

  • 1989 – 1996
    Research assistant

  • 1992 – 1996
    Adjunct instructor

  • Since 1996
    Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

  • 1996
    PhD in experimental psychology from Tufts University, Medford, USA

  • Since 1996
    Adjunct instructor, German Society for Neuropsychology

  • Since 1996
    Adjunct instructor, Department of Psychology, University of Leipzig, Germany

  • Since 1996
    Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig

  • 1996 – 2000
    Neuropsychologist at the day clinic for cognitive neurology, University of Leipzig

  • 1996 – 2006
    Lecturer

  • 2000 – 2006
    Lecturer (in retirement)

  • 2006
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the field of psychology, University of Leipzig

  • Since 2007
    Director of an independent Max Planck-Minerva research group (W2)

  • 2010
    Honorary professor of experimental psychology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Psychology, University of Leipzig

Selected publications

  • Kanske, P., Kotz, S.A. (in press): Early emotional modulation of conflict processing: N200 responds to emotional words in a flanker task. Neuropsychologia. DOI:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2010.07.021.

  • Kanske, P., Kotz, S.A. (in press): Emotion speeds up conflict resolution: A new role for the ventral anterior cingulate cortex? Cerebral Cortex. DOI:10.1093/cercor/bhq157.

  • Schmidt-Kassow, M. et al. (in press): Did you get the beat? Late French-German bilinguals extract strong-weak patterns in tonal but not in linguistic sequences. NeuroImage. DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.07.062.

  • Kotz, S.A. et al.: Lexicality drives audio-motor transformations in Broca's area. In: Brain and Language 112(1), 2010. pp. 3-11.

  • Kotz, S.A., Schwartze, M.: Cortical speech processing unplugged: a -timely- subcortico-cortical framework. In: Trends in Cognitive Science 14, 2010. pp. 392-399.

  • Obleser, J., Kotz, S.A.: Semantic constraints in degraded speech: Fine-tuning the speech comprehension network. In: Cerebral Cortex 20(3), 2010. pp. 633-640.

  • Paulmann, S., Seifert, S., Kotz, S.A.: Orbito-frontal lesions cause impairment of late but not early emotional prosodic processing stages. In: Social Neuroscience 5 (1), 2010. pp. 59-75.

  • Kotz, S.A.: A critical review of ERP and fMRI evidence on L2 syntactic processing. In: Brain and Language 109, 2009. pp. 68-74.

  • Kotz, S.A., Schwartze, M., Schmidt-Kassow, M.: Non-motor basal ganglia functions: A review and proposoal for a neurofunctional model of sensory predictability in auditory language perception. In: Cortex 45, 2010. pp. 982-990.


Selected projects

  • Time, emotion and the sensorimotor system (Currently, we are working with Parkinson (PD) patients, individuals with speech dysfluencies, and patients with focal lesions of the basal ganglia (BG) or the cerebellum (CE). By means of behavioural (sensorimotor synchronization) and electrophysiological (ERPs) methods we explore specific aspects of temporal and emotional processing in these groups. Our primary concern is to differentiate the contributions of subcortical structures and their cortical connections in these processes with special interest in the lateralization of the pathology.)

  • The role of temporal and formal cues in communicative signals (Our research is based on the working hypothesis that speech comprehension involves ongoing predictions about future events. Further, we assume that those predictions are established based on cues provided in the ongoing signal. An open question is how cues are extracted and which cues are selected to form predictions. Finally, our research investigates how those predictions facilitate processing.)

  • The role of emotional cues in communicative signals (One contextual aspect that can influence comprehension is the emotional content of a communicative signal. Emotional cues capture attention and therefore support efficient information processing. These can be contained in vocal, facial, and bodily expressions. Congruency between the different modalities facilitates processing, while incongruent cues can hamper comprehension. Methods in use include ERP, fMRI, and behavioural studies with healthy participants as well as patients with Parkinson's disease (PD).)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)

  • International Society for Women in Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Neuroscience

  • Women in Neuroscience

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