M.Sc. Miriam Steines

Mail: miriam.steines ~at staff.uni-marburg.de

I am a PhD student working primarily in the Gestik3 and GUI projects and further contributing to the EEG-CON project. In August 2013 I completed my B.A. in Language and Communication at the University of Marburg and began a fast-track program in neurolinguistics, supported by a qualifying fellowship by the IRTG 1901 ‘The Brain in Action’.

I have been working at the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Marburg since June 2011, first as a student research assistant, then a fast-track fellow and lastly a PhD student and associated member of the IRTG 1901. During this time I have been involved in several fMRI, EEG and behavioral studies on the processing of language, gesture and social interactions in healthy subjects as well as various psychiatric populations.

My research on neural correlates of verbally and nonverbally expressed communicative intentions is now carried on in my PhD project. Here, I further focus on social interactions in different intergroup contexts.

Research interests

  • language and gesture
  • nonverbal communication
  • social interactions in intergroup contexts


Steines, M., Nagels, A., Kircher, T., & Straube, B. (accepted). The Role of the Left and Right Inferior Frontal Gyrus in Processing Metaphoric and Unrelated Co-speech Gestures. NeuroImage. IF: 5.902

Steines, M., Krautheim, J.T., Neziroğlu, G., Kircher, T. & Straube, B. (2020). Conflicting group memberships modulate neural activation in an emotional production-perception network. Cortex, Special issue: Understanding others, 126, 153-172. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2019.12.020

Suffel, A., Nagels, A., Steines, M., Kircher, T., & Straube, B. (2020). Feeling addressed! The neural processing of social communicative cues in patients with major depression. Human Brain Mapping

Choudhury, M., Steines, M., Nagels, A., Riedl, L., Kircher, T. & Straube, B. (accepted). Neural Basis of Speech-Gesture Mismatch Detection in Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders. Schizophrenia Bulletin IF: 7.958

Krautheim, J.T., Steines, M., Dannlowski, U., Neziroğlu, G., Acosta, H., Sommer, J., Straube, B.* & Kircher, T.* (2020). Emotion specific neural activation for the production and perception of facial expressions. Cortex, Special issue: Understanding others (accepted) *contributed equally

Cuevas, P., Steines, M., He, Y., Nagels, A., Culham, J., & Straube, B. (2019). The facilitative effect of gestures on the neural processing of semantic complexity in a continuous narrative. NeuroImage, 195, 38–47. IF: 5.426

Krautheim, J., Dannlowski, U., Steines, M., Neziroğlu, G., Acosta, H., Sommer, J., Straube, B.*, & Kircher, T.* (2019). Intergroup empathy: enhanced neural resonance for ingroup facial emotion in a shared neural production-perception network. NeuroImage, 194, 182-190. IF: 5.426 * contributed equally

Nagels, A., Kircher, T., Grosvald, M., Steines, M., & Straube, B. (2019). Evidence for gesture-speech mismatch detection impairments in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2018.12.107  IF: 2.223

He, Y., Steines, M., Sommer, J., Gebhardt, H., Nagels, A., Sammer, G., Kircher, T., & Straube, B. (2018). Spatial-temporal dynamics of gesture-speech integration: a simultaneous EEG-fMRI study. Brain Structure and Function. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00429-018-1674-5

He, Y., Steines, M., Sammer, G., Nagels, A., Kircher, T., Straube, B. (2018). Action-Related Speech Modulates Beta Oscillations During Observation of Tool-Use Gestures. Brain Topogr. doi:10.1007/s10548-018-0641-z IF: 3.394

He, Y., Gebhardt, H., Steines, M., Sammer, G., Kircher, T., Nagels, A., & Straube, B. (2015). The EEG and fMRI signatures of neural integration: An investigation of meaningful gestures and corresponding speech. Neuropsychologia, 72, 27-42. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.04.018

Nagels, A., Kircher, T., Steines, M., & Straube, B. (2015). Feeling addressed! The role of body orientation and co-speech gesture in social communication. Human Brain Mapping, 36(5), 1925-1936. http://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.22746

Nagels, A., Kircher, T., Steines, M., Grosvald, M., & Straube, B. (2015). A brief self-rating scale for the assessment of individual differences in gesture perception and production. Learning and Individual Differences, 39, 73-80. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2015.03.008

Straube, B., He, Y., Steines, M., Gebhardt, H., Kircher, T., Sammer, G., & Nagels, A. (2013). Supramodal neural processing of abstract information conveyed by speech and gesture. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 7, 1-14. http://doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2013.00120