Cognition and oscillations Lab - cURRENT Members


Federica meconi - postdoctoral researcher (marie-curie fellow)

research interest

My main research interest is in empathy towards others' pain. As part of my Marie-Curie project, I will be exploring how autobiographical memories are involved when we empathize with others' physical pain.


key publications

Meconi, F., Doro, M., Lomoriello, A., Mastrella, G., & Sessa, P. (2018). Neural measures of the role of affective prosody in empathy for pain. Scientific Reports8(1).

Meconi, F., Anderl-Straub, S., Raum, H., Landgrebe, M., Langguth, B., Bäuml, K., & Hanslmayr, S. (2016). Aberrant prefrontal beta oscillations predict episodic memory encoding deficits in schizophrenia. Neuroimage: Clinical12, 499-505.

Vaes, J., Meconi, F., Sessa, P., & Olechowski, M. (2016). Minimal humanity cues induce neural empathic reactions towards non-human entities. Neuropsychologia89, 132-140.

Sessa, P., & Meconi, F. (2015). Perceived trustworthiness shapes neural empathic responses toward others' pain. Neuropsychologia79, 97-105.

Meconi, F., Vaes, J., & Sessa, P. (2014). On the neglected role of stereotypes in empathy toward other-race pain. Social Neuroscience10(1), 1-6.

Sessa, P., Meconi, F., & Han, S. (2014). Double dissociation of neural responses supporting perceptual and cognitive components of social cognition: Evidence from processing of others' pain. Scientific Reports4(1).

Meconi, F., Luria, R., & Sessa, P. (2014). Individual differences in anxiety predict neural measures of visual working memory for untrustworthy faces. Social Cognitive And Affective Neuroscience9(12), 1872-1879.



f.meconi.1 [at]


Emmanuel Biau - Post Doctoral researcher (Sir henry Wellcome trust fellow)

research interest

 My research aims to investigate how the natural alignment between speaker’s lip movements and verbal utterance onto dominant theta rhythm in audiovisual speech shapes the formation of new multimodal memories. I’ll combine naturalistic material presentation to MEG and iEEG recording to address the incidence of audiovisual synchrony on endogenous theta oscillations in sensory cortical areas, and whether such a coordinated activity is potentially reflected deeper in the binding memory sites (i.e. hippocampus). 

Key Publications

 Biau, E., Fromont, L. A. and Soto-Faraco, S. (2018), Beat Gestures and Syntactic Parsing: An ERP Study. Language Learning, 68: 102-126.

Fromont, L.A., Soto-Faraco, S., & Biau, E. (2017). Searching high and low: Prosodic breaks disambiguate Relative clauses. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:96.

Biau, E., Fernandez, L.M., Holle, H., Avila, C., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2016). Hand gestures as visual prosody: BOLD responses to audio-visual alignment are modulated by the communicative nature of the stimuli. NeuroImage, 132, 129-137.

Biau, E., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2015). Synchronization by the hand: The sight of gestures modulates low-frequency activity in brain responses to continuous speech. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 527.

Biau, E., Torralba , M., Fuentemilla, L., de Diego Balaguer, R., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2015). Speaker’s hand gestures modulate speech perception through phase resetting of ongoing neural oscillations. Cortex, 68, 76-85.

Biau, E., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2013). Beat gestures modulate auditory integration in speech perception. Brain and Language, 124(2), 143–52.


e.biau [at]

George Parish - Post Doctoral researcher

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Danying Wang - Post Doctoral researcher

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benjamin james griffiths - PHD STUDENT

research INTEREST

Ben’s current research focuses on the role of alpha and beta desynchronisation in episodic memory formation and retrieval. In an ongoing simultaneous EEG-fMRI project, he is examining the relationship between oscillatory desynchronisation and the BOLD correlates of memory reinstatement. Meanwhile, his work with epilepsy patients is examining the interaction between neocortical low-frequency desynchronisation and hippocampal theta-gamma synchronisation during episodic memory formation.



Salvidegoitia M. P., Jacobsen, N., Bauer, A.R., Griffiths, B. J., Hanslmayr, S., & Debener, S. (2019). Out and about: subsequent memory effect captured in a natural environment with smartphone EEG. Psychophysiology, e13331.

Griffiths, B. J., Michelmann, S., Roux, F., Rollings, D., Sawlani, D., Chelvarajah, R., Gollwitzer, S., Kreiselmeyer, G., Hamer, H., Staresina, B., Wimber, M., & Hanslmayr, S. (2018). Hippocampal theta/gamma synchronisation and neocortical alpha/beta desynchronisation co-operate during the encoding and retrieval of human episodic memories. bioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/305698

Michelmann, S., Treder, M. S., Griffiths, B., Kerren, C., Roux, F., Wimber, M., Rollings, D., Sawlani, D., Chelvarajah, R., Gollwitzer, S., Kreiselmeyer, G., Hamer, H., Bowman, H., Staresina, B., & Hanslmayr, S. (2018). Data-driven re-referencing of intracranial EEG based on independent component analysis (ICA). Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 307, 125-137.

Griffiths, B., & Beierholm, U. (2017). Opposing effects of reward and punishment on human vigor. Scientific Reports, 7, 1-7.

Griffiths, B., Mazaheri, A., Debener, S., & Hanslmayr, S. (2016). Brain oscillations track the formation of episodic memories in the real world. NeuroImage, 143, 256-266.

McKeown, D., Holt, J., Delvenne, J-F., Smith, A., & Griffiths, B. (2014). Active versus passive maintenance of visual non-verbal memory. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 21(4), 1041.


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Mircea Van Der Plas - PhD Student

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lUCA dominik kOLIBIUS - PhD student

research INTEREST

The hippocampus as an indexing machine: Computational model and validation. According to the indexing theory the hippocampus does not store memory content, but instead indexes the memory content that is stored in the neocortex. During my PhD I investigate how how the hippocampus manages this task during encoding and retrieval of episodic memories. I approach this through the analysis of human single unit activity. Using the insights inferred from these analyses, I will build a computational model to test if we can replicate our empirical findings."


Voss, U., D'Agostino, A., Kolibius, L. D., Klimke, A., Scarone, S., & Hobson, J. A. (2018). Insight and dissociation in lucid dreaming and psychosis. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1-9. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02164

Kolibius, L. D., Born, J., & Feld, G. B. (in prep.). The effect of sleep on the consolidation of declarative memories under conditions of high information load.

Kolibius, L. D., & Sassenhagen, J. (in prep.). Visualization of ERP data: An empirical investigation.


Brenner, T. C., & Kolibius, L. D. (2019). Computerspiele im Diskurs: Aggression, Amokläufe und Sucht. Heidelberg: Springer.

Brenner, T. C., & Kolibius, L. D. (2019). Grundlagen der Computerspiele und der Spielspychologie. Heidelberg: Springer.


LDK898 [at]

Qiaoyu Chen - PhD student

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QXC648 [at]


Cognition and oscillations Lab alumni