I have an undergraduate degree in Biophysics (1998) and a Dr. rer. nat. (~Ph.D.) in Psychology (2001) from Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany (supervisor: Werner Sommer). From 2001 to 2003 I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (funded by ESRC and others) at University of Glasgow, Scotland (mentor: Hartmut Leuthold). In January 2004 I took up an academic position here in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of St Andrews, where I am now a Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience.
Research interests: I am a cognitive neuroscientist studying attention and performance in humans. I am specifically interested in cognitive control, effects of event history and expectancy in decision making, and planning and control of voluntary movements, using both behavioural and electrophysiological approaches. I am also interested in how these processes change as a function of expertise (e.g., in groups with high levels of motor skills such instrumental musicians), normal aging and psychological illness.