Curriculum Vitae

research
RG Psychology and Neurobiology of Sleep and Memory
since 2019
PhD student

The research group Psychology and Neurobiology of Sleep and Memory headed by Dr Gordon Feld is part of the department of Clinical Psychology at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim.

In my work there, I investigate the processing of long-term memory during sleep and how the brain determines what enters our memory and what doesn't. I especially focus on the influence of reward: Highly rewarded information is preferentially consolidated during sleep.

Comparative Psychology, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf
2016 - 2019
student/research assistant

I mainly collected data in experiments with rodents. That involved delayed discounting paradigms, where rats had to choose between two outcomes that were delivered at different timepoints. Another large project was the social maze, were rats could make a choice between getting a reward for themselves or for themselves and another rat. Lastly, the conformity paradigm dealed with whether rats passed on their food preferences to other rats.

Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, University of Cambridge
2015 - 2016
research internship

I assisted two PhD students who tested neurocognitive processes in rodent touchscreen boxes. I worked with mice to investigate the influence of fluoxetine in a range of (motivational) cognitive tasks like the progressive ratio task. In rats, I was involved in a project about sustained attention, where we developed a distraction probe for the continuous performance task. In another project, we examined hippocampal neurogenesis in spatial pattern separation.

Comparative Psychology, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf
2015
research internship

In a short internship as part of my Bachelor's degree, I tested rats in delay discounting tasks.

education
M.Sc. Psychology
2017 - 2019
Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany

Grade: 1.19

Master's thesis: Keep Calm and Discuss: The Reception of Different Styles of Discourse in a Scientific Debate

B.Sc. Psychology
2013 - 2017
Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany

Grade: 1.80

Bachelor's thesis: Investigating Choice Behaviour in Rats Opting Between Immediate and Delayed Aversive Options

competencies
R
I am a great R enthusiast. Every year, I bake my favourite programming language a cake for our anniversary (2018). More importantly, however, I'm proficient in data wrangling and statistical analyses including the basic frequentist tools (ANOVAs, mixed models ...), simulations and reprodicuble manuscripts in R Markdown. One of my favourite things is data visualisation.
more computer stuff
I can also handle SPSS and a bit of Matlab. My initial plan to become a graphic designer during school manifests in some random image manipulation skills.
Felasa B certificate
In 2017, I got the Felasa B certificate which covered laboratory procedures on rats, mice, rabbits, cats and dogs. I have excessive experience in handling and training rats and mice and assisted in stereotaxic surgeries in rats.
languages
German (native speaker), English (C2)
interests
open science
I am an active member of the Mannheim Open Science Community, where we organise Meetups and spread the word about (how to do) open science.
science communication
Research does not belong in an ivory tower. I love to spread the word about science, be it in the form of science slams or as a team member of "psychologeek", a German science YouTube channel.