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Virginia L. Flanagin

Dr. Virginia L. Flanagin

GSN associate faculty


Research Group Leader


German Center for Vertigo and Balance Disorders (DSGZ)
University Hospital Munich - Großhadern
Marchioninistr. 15
D-83177 Munich

Phone: +49 (0)89 / 4400-76973
Fax: +49 (0)89 / 4400-74801


Further Information

Research focus: Spatiotemporal dynamics in spatial perception and memory, vestibular and auditory spatial perception, behavioral strategies in spatial navigation, methods in fMRI analysis

Key words: Functional imaging, multisensory spatial processing, spatial navigation and memory, hippocampus

GSN students

Selected publications:

Raiser TM, Flanagin VL, Duering M, van Ombergen A, Ruehl RM, zu Eulenburg P. The human corticocortial vestibular network. NeuroImage 2020. 223: 117362.

Kostorz K, Flanagin VL, Glasauer S. Synchronization between instructor and observer when learning a complex bimanual skill. Neuroimage. 2020. 216: 116659.

Yiu Y-H, Aboulatta M, Raiser T, Ophey L, Flanagin VL, zu Eulenburg P, Ahmadi, S-A. DeepVOG: Open-source pupil segmentation and gaze estimation in neuroscience using deep learning. J Neurosci Meth. 2019; 324: 108307.

Ulrich S, Grill E, Flanagin VL. Who gets lost and why: A representative cross-sectional survey on sociodemographic and vestibular determinants of wayfinding strategies. PLoS One. 2019; 14(1): e0204781.

Flanagin VL, Schörnich S, Schranner M, Hummel N, Wallmeier L, Wahlberg M, Stephan T, Wiegrebe L. Human sonar exploration of enclosed spaces. J Neurosci. 2017; 37(6): 1614-27.

Brodt S, Pöhlchen D, Flanagin VL, Glasauer S, Gais S, Schönauer M. Rapid and independent memory formation in the parietal cortex. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016; 113(46): 13251-6.

Hummel N, Cuturi LF, MacNeilage PR, Flanagin VL. The effect of supine body position on human heading perception. J Vis. 2016; 16(3): 19.

Wallmeier L, Kish D, Wiegrebe L, Flanagin VL. Aural localization of silent objects by active human biosonar: neural representations of virtual echo-acoustic space. Eur J Neurosci. 2015; 41(5): 533-45.

Hummel N, Hüfner K, Stephan T, Linn J, Kremmyda O, Brandt T, Flanagin VL. Vestibular loss and balance training cause similar changes in human cerebral white matter fractional anisotropy. PLoS One. 2014; 9(4): e95666.

Fraedrich EM, Flanagin VL, Duann JR, Brandt T, Glasauer S. Hippocampal involvement in processing of indistinct visual motion stimuli. J Cogn Neurosci. 2012; 24(6): 1344-57.

Wutte MG, Glasauer S, Jahn K, Flanagin VL. Moving and being moved: differences in cerebral activation during recollection of whole-body motion. Behav Brain Res. 2012; 227(1): 21-9.

Wutte MG, Smith MT, Flanagin VL, Wolbers T. Physiological signal variability in hMT+ reflects performance on a direction discrimination task. Front Psychol. 2011; 2:185.

Hüfner K, Binetti C, Hamilton DA, Stephan T, Flanagin VL, Linn J, Labudda K, Markowitsch H, Glasauer S, Jahn K, Strupp M, Brandt T. Structural and functional plasticity of the hippocampal formation in professional dancers and slackliners. Hippocampus. 2011; 21(8): 855-65.

Safran MN, Flanagin VL, Borst A, Sompolinsky H. Adaptation and information transmission in fly motion detection. J Neurophysiol. 2007; 98(6): 3309-20.

Borst A, Flanagin VL, Sompolinsky H. Adaptation without parameter change: Dynamic gain control in motion detection. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005; 102(17): 6172-6.