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Sound-processing areas
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PD Dr. rer. nat. Peter Schneider
I am leader of the Music and Brain research group and I am currently working as a neuroscientist and physicist at the Department for Neuroradiology at University Hospital Heidelberg. Being a church musician myself, my research interests comprise auditory abilities (e.g., pitch perception) and dysfunctions (e.g., tinnitus), as well as musical learning and aptitude. In my research projects, I am exploring these interests from a neuroscientific perspective focusing on auditory cortex functioning and morphology.

PD Dr. phil. Annemarie Seither-Preisler
I am currently working as a researcher and lecturer at the Centre for Systematic Musicology at University of Graz, Austria. After my studies in Psychology and Biology I gained research experience in Munich and Münster as a postdoctoral researcher. My habilitation in Psychology (2007) was on individual differences in the perception of musical sounds and my current research focuses on the behavioral and neural underpinnings of pitch and music perception, dyslexia and AD(H)D.

Prof. Valdis Bernhofs
I am currently working as lecturer and vice chancellor for musical theory at the Music Academy Latvia. Besides, I am conducting a number of research projects exploring aspects related to musical performance and neurofeedback.

Prof. Elke Hofmann
Ear training professor at Hochschule für Musik Basel. Being a recorder player, pianist, music theorist, and an ambitious hobby singer and programmer myself, I worked together with Peter Schneider since 2001 within several research projects on pitch perception, bass-hearing, as well as absolute and relative pitch. I am particularly interested in individual differences in musical perception of professional musicians & music students.

Dr. med. Bettina Serrallach
Currently working as radiologist at the hospital St. Gall in Switzerland, I am continuing my involvement in studies of the team in Heidelberg. I am particularly interested in the neuro-auditory profiles of individuals with AD(H)D and just recently, I have started working on an combined fMRI and EEG project involving adults suffering from AD(H)D.

Dr. med. Dorte Engelmann
I have been scientific member of the team since the very beginning and I am mainly responsible for organizing and planning the longitudinal study. My research interests comprise MEG, computer testing of musical abilities and pitch perception. At the moment, I am investigating in how far external and internal variables impact children’s decisions to pursue musical education.

M.A. Tine Gross
I have recently finished my PhD thesis on individual differences in auditory profiles of children diagnosed with ADHD. Therein I investigated if and to what extent musical training may impact the development of children with respect to auditory processing capacity. I help organizing and conducting the current longitudinal study in Heidelberg, while working in music therapy.

Mag. Markus Christiner
As a musician and linguist I have worked in various domains, including language teaching and music education. I am particularly interested in exploring the link between language, music and singing and have developed my own, innovative language aptitude test (MULTAP). I am currently writing my PhD thesis at the University of Vienna and was awarded a Doc-team fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Mag. B.A. Sabrina Turker
Having worked as a teacher for foreign languages and in child education in Graz, I am now pursuing a PhD and working at the Centre for Systematic Musicology at the University of Graz, Austria. I am exploring the neuroanatomical correlates of foreign language learning ability in my PhD thesis and was thefore awarded a Doc-team Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Besides, I am particularly interested in auditory processing in dyslexic children and investigating the link between working memory, language learning ability and music.

Steffen Bücher
In my current PhD thesis I am trying to shed light onto the relationship between abstract thinking in prefrontal cortex and auditory cortex. Besides, I am working as a professional musician and in cultural education contexts in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden.

M.Sc. Jan Benner
Until 2018 I have worked as an neuroscientist within the longitudinal study “Auditory Neuroplasticity in the Adult Musical Brain” at the University Hospitals of Basel and Heidelberg. I recently started working on my PhD project at the Lab of Peter Schneider dealing with individual auditory cortex morphology and the auditory fingerprint of sound perception. Being an acoustical engineer and musician myself, I am further responsible for  development of hearing tests and technical support.

Alexander Ludwig
Since I joined the team in 2016 my main interest is in optimizing, collecting and analyzing MRI data within our current longitudinal study in Heidelberg. Moreover, I am responsible for the technically support in the lab of Peter Schneider while pursuing a degree in Bioscience at the University of Heidelberg.

B.A. Bettina Zeidler
I studied systematic musicology in Würzburg and Hamburg and joined the team in 2016 as a scientific assistant within our ongoing longitudinal study in Heidelberg. I have just started writing my master thesis dealing with the intricate relationship between more general cognitive abilities (e.g. language, working memory) and auditory processing ability.