In 2007, the CIN started with 25 principal investigators as cluster applicants, as stipulated in the DFG call for bids. When the CIN cluster was approved further scientists from a range of institutions were incorporated, to make up the 48 'founding members' of the CIN. Since the beginning of 2014 the CIN has consisted of over 80 scientists in total. The membership process involves an application to the steering committee in which the candidate outlines his or her scientific profile and submits a list of publications. The committee's decision is based purely on the scientific excellence of each candidate.
Field of Research
We are using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to investigate the neural basis of perception and integration of socially relevant signals expressed via different sensory modalities (facial expression, speech melody, eye gaze). Furthermore, we are interested in how processing of communication signals is influenced by interindividual factors (e.g., personality traits) or altered during psychiatric diseases (e.g. depression and bipolar disorder). To this end, we currently combine advanced methods for data acquisition, such as high-resolution imaging at 9.4 T with multivariate data analysis tools that account for fine-grained representation of neural signals within interacting networks.
1. Ethofer T, Bretscher J, Wiethoff S, Bisch J, Schlipf S, Wildgruber D, Kreifelts B (2013) Functional responses and structural connections of cortical areas for processing of faces and voices in the superior temporal sulcus. NeuroImage, in press.
2. Ethofer T, Bretscher J, Gschwind M, Kreifelts B, Wildgruber D, Vuilleumier P (2012) Emotional Voice Areas: Anatomic Location, Functional Properties, and Structural Connections revealed by combined fMRI/DTI. Cerebral Cortex, 22:191-200.
3. Ethofer T, Gschwind M, Vuilleumier P (2011) Processing social aspects of human gaze. NeuroImage, 55:411-9.
4. Ethofer T, Van de Ville D, Scherer KR, Vuilleumier V (2009). Brain reading of emotional information in voice-sensitive cortices. Current Biology, 19: 1028-1033.
5. Ethofer T, Kreifelts B, Wiethoff S, Wolf J, Grodd W, Vuilleumier P, Wildgruber D (2009) Differential influences of emotion, task, and novelty on the brain network underlying the processing of speech melody, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21:1255-1268.