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Paul Sauseng

Prof. Dr. Paul Sauseng

GSN associate faculty, regular member MCN


Head "Biological Psychology"


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Department Psychologie
Leopoldstr. 13
80802 München

Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2088-6159


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Research focus: Prof Sauseng is interested in the neuronal substrates of human working memory and attention. Using a multi-method electrophysiological approach (EEG, TMS, tDCS) Paul's team investigates how working memory and (visual) attention are controlled and how they interact. Thereby they particularly focus on studying neural synchronisation by oscillatory brain activity.

Key words: Attention; electroencephalography EEG; non-invasive brain stimulation NIBS; working memory;

Current GSN students: Anna-Lena Biel, Charline Peylo, Yannik Hilla

Selected publications:

Glennon, M., Keane, M., Elliott, M., & Sauseng, P. (2015). Distributed cortical phase synchronization in the EEG reveals parallel attention and working memory processes involved in the attentional blink. Cerebral Cortex, in press

Pinal, D., Zurron, M., Diaz, F., & Sauseng, P. (2015). Stuck in default mode: Ineffienct cross-frequency
synchronization may lead to age-related short-term memory decline. Neurobiology of Aging, in press.

Griesmayr, B., Berger, B., Stelzig-Schoeler, R., Aichhorn, W., Bergmann, J., & Sauseng, P. (2014). EEG theta phase coupling during executive control of visual working memory investigated in healthy and schizophrenic humans. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioural Neuroscience, 13, 1340-1355.

Sauseng, P., Gerloff, C., & Hummel, F.C. (2013). Two brakes are better than one: the neural bases of inhibitory control of motor memory traces. Neuroimage, 65, 52-58.

Sauseng, P. (2012). Brain oscillations: phase-locked EEG alpha controls perception. Current Biology, 22, R306-R308.

Holz, E.M., Glennon, M., Prendergast, K., & Sauseng, P. (2010). Theta-gamma phase synchronization during memory matching in visual working memory. Neuroimage, 52, 326-335.

Sauseng, P., Griesmayr, B., Freunberger, R., & Klimesch, W. (2010). Control Mechanisms in Working Memory: A Possible Function of EEG Theta Oscillations. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 34, 1015-1022.