Short CV/Education and training

  • Current academic position

  • Since 2018
    Full Professor at Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University, Netherlands

Professional Experience

  • 2017 – 2018
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden

  • 2012 – 2018
    Otto-Hahn Group Leader (W2 position), Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany, Affiliated Research Scientist, Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2006 – 2012
    Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2006
    Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Center for Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

  • 2004 – 2006
    Pre-doctoral Research Fellow of the International Max Planck Research School LIFE: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics. Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

  • 2003 – 2004
    Pre-doctoral Research Fellow, Developmental Psychology Unit, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

  • 2001 – 2003
    Student Research Assistant, Developmental Psychology Unit, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany


  • 2017
    Associate professor (docent), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2006
    Dr. rer. nat. (summa cum laude) [equivalent to Ph.D.], Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

  • 2003
    Diploma in Psychology [equivalent to M.Sc. in Psychology], Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

  • 1997 – 2003
    Undergraduate and Graduate Program in Psychology, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

Selected publications

  • Becker, N., Kalpouzos, G., Persson, J., Laukka, E. J., & Brehmer, Y. (2017). Differential effects of encoding instructions on neural correlates of item and associative memory. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29, 545-559.

  • Bellander, M., Eschen, A., Lövdén, M., Martin, M., Bäckman, Y., & Brehmer, Y. (2017). No Evidence for Improved Associative Memory Performance Following Process-based Associative Memory Training in Older Adults. Frontiers Aging Neuroscience, 8, 326.

  • Papenberg, G., Becker, N., Laukka, E.J., Naveh-Benjamin, M., Bäckman, L., & Brehmer, Y. (2017). Dopamine receptor genes modulate associative memory in old age. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29, 245-253.

  • Brehmer, Y., Shing, Y. L., Heekeren, H. R., Lindenberger, U., & Bäckman, L. (2016). Training-Induced Changes in Subsequent Memory Effects: No Major Differences Among Children, Younger Adults, and Older Adults. NeuroImage, 131, 214-225.

  • Becker, N., Laukka, E. J., Kalpouzos, G., Naveh-Benjamin, M., Bäckman, L., & Brehmer, Y. (2015). Structural brain correlates of associative memory in older adults. NeuroImage, 118, 146-153.

  • Brehmer, Y., Rieckmann, A., Bellander, M., Westerberg, H., Fischer, H. & Bäckman, L. (2011). Neural correlates of training-related working memory gains in old age. NeuroImage, 58, 1110-1120.

  • Brehmer, Y., Li, S.-C., Mueller, V., v.Oertzen, T., Lindenberger, U. (2007). Memory plasticity across the life span: Uncovering children’s latent potential. Developmental Psychology, 43, 465-478.

Selected projects

  • Otto-Hahn Group on associative memory in old age, Max Planck Society, 2012 – 2018

  • PI together with Dr. Yee Lee Shing, Research grant: ‘Neural Mechanisms of Lifespan Age Differences in Episodic Memory Formation: Separating Associative and Strategic Components,’ German Research Foundation, 2011 – 2013

  • PI together with Drs. Anne Eschen and Jacqueline Zöllig, Research grant: ‘Training der assoziativen Komponente des episodischen Gedächtnisses im Alter [Training of the associative component of episodic memory in old age]’, Stiftung Suzanne und Hans Biäsch, 2010

  • Postdoctoral stipend, FLARE: Future Leaders of Aging Research in Europe, ERA-AGE, from the Swedish Research Council, 2008 – 2010


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