Young Scientists


 

The early career researchers of the DGPs Division of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology and the DGPA organize an early career researchers’ program in the context of the conference “Psychologie und Gehirn”. The program includes pre-conference workshops, an early career researchers meeting, and the “Posterblitz” for early career researchers.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the early career researchers’ program, please contact us. The current young member representatives are:


‣ DGPs Division of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology:

Alexander Lischke (alexander.lischke@uni-greifswald.de)

Barbara Schmidt (schmidt.barbara@uni-jena.de)


‣ German Society for Psychophysiology and its application (DGPA):

Anna-Lena Schubert (anna-lena.schubert@psychologie.uni-heidelberg.de)

Maurizio Sicorello (maurizio.sicorello@zi-mannheim.de)

The DGPA, the Division of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology of the DGPs and the congress will host and fund our early career researchers’ program. We are very grateful for their generous financial support.


Workshops


W We offer two pre-conference workshops. They will take place on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 (9:00-18:00) and on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 (9:00-13:00). Early career researchers can register for the workshop “Beyond-the-lab mobile EEG” or the workshop “An introduction to R” starting on January 15, 2020 by sending an e-mail with the subject “Preconference Workshops PuG2020” to Dr. Anna-Lena Schubert. The participation fees for the workshops are 20 Euros for members of the DGPs division or the DGPA and 90 Euros for non-members. We are grateful for the financial support of the DGPA and the DGPs Division of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology and of the companies NIRx Medizintechnik GmbH and Brain Products.

We recommend that you register early, as the number of participants per workshop is limited to 20. We will act on a first come, first serve basis.

Workshop 1: “Beyond-the-lab mobile EEG”

Instructor: Dr. Martin G. Bleichner, University of Oldenburg

Contents of the workshop: Mobile EEG hardware allows the recording of brain activity beyond the lab. It opens up new possibilities to study the brain-behavior relationship. Instead of studying the brain activity of individuals who sit alone in a darkened room and are asked to move as little as possible, we now can study the brain activity of individuals in social situations and in everyday life. However, there is inherent tension between ecological validity, experimental control, and technical feasibility. When leaving the well-controlled lab environment, there are numerous technical as well as methodological challenges. As we can no longer control the participant’s environment, we need additional sensors (e.g. microphones, video cameras, motion sensors) that provide information about the participant‘s situation . With the increasing number of sensors and recording devices, the flexible acquisition and synchronization of these different data streams become essential. Traditional, hardware-based, approaches of synchronizing and triggering as they are usually employed in the lab often become infeasible. Lab streaming layer (LSL) is a software system for the unified collection of time series in research experiments that allows us to simultaneously record data from a multitude of devices. LSL handles both the networking, time-synchronization, (near-) real-time access, as well as optionally, the centralized collection, viewing, and disk recording of the data too.

In this workshop, you will learn about mobile EEG, ear-centered EEG (cEEGrid) and smartphone-based experimentation. Besides that, you will be given a general introduction to LSL. You will learn how LSL can be used for a multitude of different experimental setups, using a variety of experimental software, hardware and operation systems. You will learn how to ensure the highest possible timing accuracy when recording multimodal data. Participants are invited to contribute to the workshop by presenting their LSL use cases, or by bringing their own mobile (EEG) setup.

Martin G. Bleichner studied Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück, Germany, where he received his B.Sc. in 2005. He studied Cognitive Neuroscience in Utrecht, The Netherlands, where he received his M.Sc. in 2008. Afterwards, he worked on the development of the first fully implantable brain-computer interface at the University Hospital Utrecht. These devices are currently used independently at home by severely paralyzed patients for communication. Martin Bleichner received his Ph.D. in 2014. From 2013 he worked at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, and through 2019 he has worked in the Cluster of Excellence “Hearing4all” on the integration of brain recordings and hearing devices. In addition to that, he studied the neural basis of social interaction at the interface of performing arts, psychology, and neuroscience. In 2019 he was named head of the Emmy-Noether group “Neurophysiology in everyday life”, working on the development of mobile and ear-centered EEG solutions for horizons beyond making lab brain recordings and beyond lab experimentation. He co-developed the cEEGrid, an electrode array that allows the recording of brain activity in public from around the ears (a technology called “transparent EEG”). His latest research focuses on sound perception in everyday life and on developing a perception-based noise dosimeter. His interdisciplinary work includes designing, engineering, integrating and applying new technologies to study brain activity beyond the lab.

Workshop 2: “An Introduction to R”

Instructor: Prof. Dr. Andrea Hildebrandt, University of Oldenburg

Contents of the workshop: R is a programming language specifically developed for statistical applications and data visualizations. The program has gained immense importance in recent years. The reasons for this are manifold; they range from its free availability to the great flexibility of the application possibilities in the area of data management and statistical analyses up to the comprehensive support offered by the authors of different R-packages.

In this workshop, participants will be smoothly introduced to the program, so that the numerous possibilities for its application become obvious. The main aim at the end of the workshop is to have convinced the participants that versatile scientific work in the field of (biological) psychology can be achieved much more efficiently with the help of R. After the program’s structure and basics of the R-language have been taught in the first thematic workshop block, the second block turns to the basics of data management with R. Thereafter, the possibilities of data visualization will be presented and, similar to the previous topics, consolidated via independent exercises. In the last thematic block of the workshop, basic descriptive and inferential statistical analyses are illustrated in R; parametric and non-parametric tests regarding the central tendency and modelling approaches of linear relationships are introduced. It will be assumed that the theoretical basics of the analysis procedures (t-tests, variance and covariance analyses, correlation and regression) are well known to the participants, so that after a short summary, the focus can be directed to implementing R. Specific questions can be sent to the instructor in advance (at least one week before the workshop).

Since September 2018, Andrea Hildebrandt has been Professor for Psychological Methods and Statistics at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Oldenburg. Previously she was a junior professor for Psychological Diagnostics and Personality Psychology at the University of Greifswald. She completed her doctorate in 2010 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where she gained her first experience as a postdoctoral fellow in the teaching field of psychological methods and statistical analyses. Since then Andrea Hildebrandt also held numerous workshops on various topics of multivariate statistics at postgraduate level in national and international research contexts. In addition to her research focus related to the neuropsychology of individual differences, she develops and tests locally weighted structural equation models already being applied in behavioral and neurosciences, as well as in biometrics. For some time now, she has also been working on research and teaching statistical methods for the analysis of big data, characterized by a high number of measured variables usually used to predict or classify future observations.


Early Career Researcher Meeting


The meeting of the young scientists at the “Psychologie und Gehirn 2020” starts on Wednesday, June 10 at 2:00 pm in the lecture hall at the Institute of Psychology, Engelbergerstraße 41, 79106 Freiburg im Breisgau. We invite all master students, PhD students, post-docs and junior professors to our meeting, which facilitates the exchange and networking of young scientists. First, the young member representatives of the DGPs Division of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology and the DGPA will report on their activities in the past year and tell the present young scientists about their planned activities in the coming year. We look forward to receiving your comments and feedback here. Afterwards, those young scientists present will elect the new young member deputy representatives of the DGPA as well as of the DGPs Division of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology.

In the second part of the meeting, we will discuss the topic “Dream-job or job nightmare? The scientist and the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG)” The WissZeitVG is a German law that regulates the employment of scientists in time-limited positions. We will hear a talk by Andreas Keller, the vice-president of the GEW (Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft), the German union for scientists. As an additional expert, we invited Simon Pschorr who is a lawyer and deals with the WissZeitVG from a legal and political perspective. In this part of the meeting, you can discuss employment at universities with two experts. We will invite you to contribute your questions beforehand so that both speakers can prepare their answers properly.

After the young scientists’ meeting, we will go together to the welcome reception of the conference. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting in June!


Posterblitz


Our Posterblitz symposium offers young scientists a stage upon which to present their innovative research projects to a broad scientific audience. The symposium consists of ten talks lasting five minutes each, followed by a three-minute discussion.

To register for the Posterblitz, young scientists can check the corresponding box in the online registration form when they submit their abstract. The young member representatives of the DGPs Division of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology and the DGPA will select the ten best abstracts and inform the selected speakers. We look forward to receiving your excellent abstracts! We select the abstracts according to the following criteria: report of effect sizes, clarity, study design, and theoretical derivation of hypotheses.


Travel grants


This year, the Biological and Neuropsychology department of the DGPs awards travel grants for the conference “Psychologie und Gehirn” for the first time. Eight travel grants will be awarded, each amounting to a maximum of 325€. The grants are intended for young members who would like to attend the conference.

In order to apply for a travel grant, applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Young researcher status (valid for eight years after the doctorate; if applicable, proof of the date of the doctorate)
  • Proof of membership of the Biological and Neuropsychology department of the DGPs
  • Abstract submission (proof of submitted talk or poster abstract)
  • Letter of motivation (motivation for attending the conference and submitting an abstract; if applicable, justification of the need for travel cost support, max. 500 words)

The corresponding documents must be submitted electronically to the young member representative, Dr. Alexander Lischke, between April 15 and May 1, 2020. Participants will receive feedback by June 5, 2020.