News

2020 November 28: Christoph will present the latest results of the ongoing COVID-19 study in a virtual talk at the “National Geographic Science Festival in Rome ON-LINE” organized by Jacopo Romoli

2020 November 27: Christoph will give an online talk on “Computational models of homeostatic decisions and their relevance for personality disorders” in a symposium at this year’s DGPPN congress.

2020 Ocober: Congrats to Cristian (Ioan) for his outstanding his Bachelor’s thesis and for getting the overall best grade of his cohort.

2020 October: Catalina Sansó joins the lab on an Erasmus+ internship. She studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and will work on pupillometry.

2020 September 4: Koen gave an online brownbag talk at the Department of Psychology of the George Washington University.

2020 Juli: A new paper by Gabriela Rosenblau and co-authors is out in Biological Psychiatry Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. We show how kids with and without autism learn about the preferences of others. This study combines computational modelling and fMRI.

2020 May: Cristian Ioan starts his Bachelor’s thesis.

2020 March: In the lab meeting of the group of his PhD supervisor Hauke Heekeren, Christoph gives an online talk on online studies (including the latest results of the study on optimism about COVID-19 and published results on bilingual decision-making). Slides are available here.

2020 March: New Preprint from the lab: we found that people show and optimism bias with respect to getting COVID-19 and infecting others with COVID-19. Further studies will investigate to what extent this bias predicts adherence to guidelines around hygiene and social distancing. Find the preprint here.

2020 March: Christoph gives his first online lecture and tutorial on model-based pupil analyses in the live-online PsPM course, which covers many analyses procesdures for different types of psycho-physiological data. Check out all videos and course materials. You can download the slides on pupil responses and the scripts used in the tutorial.

2020 March: Unfortunately, the European Meeting on Human Fear Conditioning (EMHFC) including the the pre-conference seminar on “Model-based Analyses of Pupil Responses” had to be cancelled.

2020 March: Marilyn Mintah and Jannis Petalas join the lab as student assistants.

2020 March: Congrats to Antonia Weeseloh for completing her Bachelor’s thesis.

2019 November 1-2: It was a pleasure for Christoph to present at the Translational Neuroscience Automn School in Würzburg.

2019 October 30: Christoph attended the EACLIPT Satellite Symposium “Psychopathology of the Social Brain” in Dresden.

2019 October 15: Christoph gave a talk at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Hamburg.

2019 October 1-2: Christoph presented at the 10th anniversary of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience Berlin (CCNB) in Berlin. Lisa and Koen attended the symposium.

2019 September 17-19: Lisa and Christoph taught and tutored at the SPM course in Hamburg.

2019 September 13-16: Christoph and Koen presented at the Cognitive Computational Neuroscience Conference in Berlin.

2019 July 10-12: It was a pleasure for Christoph and Koen to present at the Salzburg Mind-Brain Annual Meeting (SAMBA).

2019 June 20-22: It was a pleasure for Christoph to present a poster at the PuG (Psychologie und Gehirn) in Dresden.

2019 June 5-7: It was a pleasure for Christoph to visit the MPI Leipzig.

2019 June 1: We welcome Gabriela Rosenblau from George Washington University, who will spend three months in Hamburg as a guest researcher.

2019 May 27-29: It was a pleasure for Christoph to present a poster the Symposium on the Biology of Decision Making in Oxford.

2019 May 20: A new paper with Dominik Bach is out at Nature Human Behavior. We are especially happy that Neil McNaughton wrote a wonderful News & Views piece about our article and a related article by the group of Dean Mobbs. We provide a decision-theoretic outlook on approach-avoidance conflicts (ACCs). Humans rely on predator probability & the optimal policy to solve an ACC framed as virtual foraging task. Predator probability was related to BOLD signals in hippocampus & amygdala. The optimal policy was related to medial prefrontal cortex. Behavioral data can be found here and here. Code can be found here. FMRI maps can be found here.

2019 April 4: It was a pleasure for Christoph to visit the SCAN unit headed by Claus Lamm at the University of Vienna.

2019 April:  Antonia Wesseloh joins the lab as intern.

2019 March:  Lisa and Christoph visit the lab of Sabine Herpertz in Heidelberg.

2019 March:  Lisa Doppelhofer joins the lab as PhD student.

2019 January: Koen Frolichs and Benjamin Kuper-Smith join the lab as PhD students

2018 November: It was a pleasure to attend SfN 2018 and the Society for Social Neuroscience meeting in San Diego.

2018 October: It was a pleasure to attend the Gentner Symposium “Understanding Others: From Psychological Concepts to Neural Mechanisms” in Jerusalem.

2018 September: It was a pleasure to attend to the summer meeting of the Transregional Collaborative Research Center on Crossmodal Learning (TRR 169) in Beijing.

2018 September: It was a pleasure to teach and tutor at the SPM course in Hamburg.

2018 July: It was a pleasure to attend the Salzburg Mind-Brain Annual Meeting (SAMBA).

2018 July: Three newly accepted papers from the bachlab, on which I am a co-author: (1) The article in PLoS Computional Biology with Athina Tzovara as a first author uses psychophysiological modeling of skin conductance and pupil repossess to show that autonomous nervous system activity is best explained by a probabilistic learning model accounting for uncertainty in threat estimation (Tzovara, Korn, Bach, in press). (2) A new review paper in the journal Psychophysiology summaries current theories and available methods for psychophysiological modelling (Bach, Castegnetti, Korn, et al., in press). (3) A paper in Translational Psychiatry (Bach, Korn, Vunder, Bantel, in press) considerably extends previous work on approach-avoidance conflicts (Korn, Vunder, Miró, et al., 2017) by demonstrating effects of two drugs related to GABAergic signaling, pregabalin and valproate.

2018 June: New paper by the lab of Sabine Herpertz, on which I am a co-author. The article in the journal Personality Disorders with Haang Jeung as a first author examines the emotional responses of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) patients after exchanging personal opinions in a novel virtual peer interaction paradigm. I am very happy that Sabine Herpertz and her lab have agreed to collaborate on projects testing social cooperation in BPD patients (with funding provided by the Emmy-Noether research group).

2018 June: The German Research Foundation (DFG) has awarded me an Emmy-Noether research group. I am very thankful to the DFG for this exciting opportunity and I am really looking forward to setting up a group in December 2018.

2018 June: It was a pleasure to contribue to a workshop on Psycho-physiological Modeling in Gießen.

2018 May: It was a pleasure to attend the Symposium on the Biology of Decision Making in Paris.

2018 April: Two new papers accepted with Yulia Oganian and Hauke Heekeren in the Quaterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. (1) Three online studies – one of them pre-registered – show that using a foreign language with low proficiency reduces comparitive optimism (Oganian, Heekeren, Korn, 2018). (2) In contrast, framing effects in minimally verbal settings are robust to foreign language use and to switching between languages (Korn, Heekeren, Oganian, 2018).

2018 January: New paper out with Dominik Bach in Nature Communications (see here). Model comparisons show that humans trade off optimal and heuristic decision policies during sequential decision-making. Parts of the medial prefrontal cortex are involved in computations of the the used decision policies, their uncertainties, and the discrepancies between them (Korn & Bach, 2018).

2018 January: New paper out with Gabriela Rosenblau and Kevin Pelphrey in Journal of Neuroscience. The same reinfocement-learning-based model describes how adults and adolescents learn about the preferences of their peers but adolescents are more conservative (Rosenblau, Korn, Pelphrey, 2018).

2017 December: I am very happy to receive € 27k in funding from a UKE young investigator scheme for experiments testing for the representations of concrete and abstract (i.e., social) stimuli in the medial prefrontal cortex.

2017 November: Two posters at SfN:  (1) Modulation of cross-modal integration by reward learning (2) A model combining reinforcement learning and self-evaluations explains how humans learn about character traits

2017 October: New paper out in Psychonomic Bulletin and Review with Henrik Saalbach, Lennart Schalk, and Yulia Oganian. The framing effect is one of the most prominently discussed decision biases. Here, we test whether the framing effect can be reduced by a manipulation of font readability, which has been argued to trigger deeper cognitive processing. In two initial studies we find no influence of font readability. A weak effect only emerges in a large, pre-registered online study  (Korn, Ries, Schalk, et al., 2017).

2017 September: SPM course in Hamburg. Presentations on experimental design and multivariate analysis techniques.