In November 2018, I completed my PhD in the field of social neuroscience, working for the Translational Neuroimaging Marburg (TNM) Lab under the direction of Prof. Dr. Benjamin Straube (EKFS project). My research at the TNM lab addresses the neural mechanisms of social-cognitive and communicative abilities in patients with psychiatric disorders. Besides my scientific career, I have also built up my expertise in the field of Systemic Therapy and Family Therapy (DGSF), and collected practical experience as a psychologist in various workplaces.
Since late 2019, I am employed as a Postdoc at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, where I focus on the developmental trajctories of social cognition (FOR2253; https://crossing-project.de).
- neural mechanisms of social cognition
- social cognition in patients with mental disorders
- developmental neuroscience and psychology
Berger, P., Bitsch, F., Jakobi, B., Nagels, A., Straube, B., & Falkenberg, I. (2019). Cognitive and emotional empathy in patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders: A replication and extension study. Psychiatry Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2019.04.015
Bitsch, F., Berger, P., Nagels, A., Falkenberg, I., & Straube, B. (2018). Impaired right temporo-parietal junction – hippocampus connectivity in schizophrenia and its relevance for representing other minds. Schizophrenia Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sby132
Berger, P., Bitsch, F., Nagels, A., Straube, B., & Falkenberg, I. (2018). Frontal hypoactivation and alterations in the reward-system during humor processing in patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Schizophrenia Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2018.06.053.
Buttelmann, D. & Berger, P. (2018). Inventing a new measurement for inhibitory control in preschoolers. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12242.
Bitsch, F., Berger, P., Nagels, A., Falkenberg, I., Straube, B. (2018). The role of the right temporo-parietal junction in social decision-making. Human Brain Mapping. https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.24061.
Berger, P., Bitsch, F., Nagels, A., Straube, B., & Falkenberg, I. (2017). Personality modulates amygdala and insula connectivity during humor appreciation: an event-related fMRI study. Social Neuroscience. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17470919.2017.1403375.
Berger, P., Bitsch, F., Bröhl, H., & Falkenberg, I. (2017). Play and playfulness in psychiatry: a selective review. International Journal of Play, 1-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21594937.2017.1383341.