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Dr. Kirsten Volz

Organization: Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience


Otfried-Müller-Str. 25
72076 Tübingen

Department: CIN Neural Basis of Intuition

Position: Head of Research Group

Area: CIN Members (Alumni)

Scientific topic: Neural Basis of Intuition

Field of Research

The aim of the junior research group is to foster a deeper understanding of intuitive (and deliberate) judgmental processes. This is aimed first by a thorough conceptual clarification of the concept of intuition, which certainly has to include conceptions from philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. Crucially, a differentiation of intuition to emotion and implicit memory is needed. With regard to the empirical investigation, we believe that the use of imaging techniques  could especially be helpful in determining the underlying processes during intuitive judgments. That is, by determining structural features of activated areas as well as their connectivity and temporal progression, additional information about underlying mechanisms (especially those relying on unconsciously applied associations) can be revealed.


Following methods are planned to be used: behavioral methods, including comparisons across the life span; funtional Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Electroencephalography; Diffusion Tensor Imaging.


brain imaging; cognitive neuroscience; psychology; thinking and reasoning

  1. Volz KG, von Cramon DY (2009). How the orbitofrontal cortex contributes to decision making - a view from neuroscience. Prog Brain Res. 174:61-71.
  2. Volz KG, Rübsamen R, von Cramon DY (2008). Cortical regions activated by the subejctive sense of perceptual coherence of environmental sounds: a proposal for a neuroscience of intuition. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 8(3):318-28.
  3. Volz KG, von Cramon DY (2006). What neuroscience can tell about intuitive processes in the context of perceptual discovery. J Cogn Neurosci. 18(12):2077-87.