I am a professor for Aging and Cognition at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). I started my career with a PhD in psychology (Hamburg University), followed by a three year Postdoc at the University of California Santa Barbara, where I gained extensive VR training. In 2009, I moved to the University of Edinburgh as a Senior Lecturer before joining the DZNE in 2012.
German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases
In 2014, the Nobel prize in Medicine/Physiology was awarded for the discovery of the brain’s navigational system. Because this system is often compromised in aging and Alzheimer's dementia, my interdisciplinary research employs VR-based spatial navigation as a model system for understanding mechanisms of healthy ageing and dementia. In addition, we develop VR-based diagnostic tools to improve the assessment of cognitive health and to detect people at increased risk of developing dementia. Finally, digital technologies and big data analytics also hold great promise for treating psychiatric disorders. In an applied line of research (www.neomento.com), my lab is fusing our extensive virtual reality expertise with established principles for cognitive behavioral therapy to create innovative treatments for anxiety and addictive disorders.