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Dr. Erhan Genc

Ruhr-University Bochum
Fakultät für Psychologie
AE Biopsychologie
D-44780 Bochum, Germany

Room: GAFO 05/620
Phone: +49 234 32 24323
Fax: +49 234 32 14377



Since 2012 University of Bochum
PI in the lab of Onur Güntürkün
09/2016 – 11/2016 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Research stay in the lab of Prof. Rex Jung
2008 – 2012 Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany
PhD student at the Department of Neurophysiology, Functional Neuroimaging Group,
Ph.D thesis title: “Anatomical Correlates of Subjective Visual Experience
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Wolf Singer (MPIH), Dr. Axel Kohler (University of Münster, Germany, MPIH)
and Prof. Dr. Christian Fiebach (Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany)
2002 – 2008 University of Mannheim, Germany
Undergraduate and graduate studies in Psychology



Methods and Research Interests

  • Neural basis of interindividual differences in cognitive functions and personality
  • Individual basis of multistable perception
  • Intra- and interhemispheric integration
  • Corpus callosum
  • Combination of Psychophysics, fMRI, DTI and EEG 



2017-2021 DFG, “SFB 1280”, funding id: project A03
Project title: “Functional role and dynamic change of extinction network connectivity”
PI: Erhan Genç (together with  Nikolai Axmacher)
Budget approx. 560k Euro
2016-2019 DFG, “Sachbeihilfeantrag”, funding id: GE 277/2-1
Project title: "Interhemispheric integration in different sensory modalities and their relation to callosal microstructure and functional brain asymmetries "
PI: Erhan Genç
Budget approx. 250k Euro
2016-2017 MERCUR Foundation, “Anschubförderung”, funding id: An-2015-0044
Project title: "Neural Basis of general knowledge and fluid intelligence"
PI: Erhan Genç
Budget approx. 50k Euro




Publication list on google scholar

  • Friedrich P, Ocklenburg S, Heins N, Schlüter C, Fraenz C, Beste C, Güntürkün O, Genç E. (2017). Callosal microstructure affects the timing of electrophysiological left-right differences. Neuroimage. 2017 Sep 23;163:310-318. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.09.048.
  • Schlüter C, Fraenz C, Pinnow M, Voekle M, Güntürkün O, Genç E. (2017). Volition and Academic Achievement: Interindividual Differences in Action Control Mediate the Effects of Conscientiousness and Sex on Secondary School Grading. Motivation Science. Epub.
  • Friedrich P, Ocklenburg S, Mochalski L, Schlüter C, Güntürkün O, Genç E. (2017). Long-term reliability of the visual EEG Poffenberger paradigm.  Behav Brain Res. 017 May 12;330:85-91. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2017.05.019.
  • Meissner T, Friedrich P, Ocklenburg S, Genç E, Weigelt S. (2017). Tracking the functional development of the corpus callosum in children using evoked potential interhemispheric transfer times. Developmental Neuropsychology. 2017 May 12:1-15. doi: 10.1080/87565641.2017.1315582.
  • Ocklenburg S, Gerding WM, Arning L, Genç E, Epplen JT, Güntürkün O, Beste C. (2016). Myelin Genes and the Corpus Callosum: Proteolipid Protein 1 (PLP1) and Contactin 1 (CNTN1) Gene Variation Modulates Interhemispheric Integration.  Mol Neurobiol. 2016 Nov 18. Epub
  • Ocklenburg S, Friedrich P, Güntürkün O, Genç E. (2016). Voxel-wise grey matter asymmetry analysis in left- and right-handers. Neurosci Lett. 2016 Oct 28;633:210-214. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2016.09.046. Epub 2016 Sep 26.
  • Ocklenburg S, Friedrich P, Güntürkün O, Genç E. (2016). Intrahemispheric white matter asymmetries: the missing link between brain structure and functional lateralization? Rev Neurosci. 2016 Jan 22. doi: 10.1515/revneuro-2015-0052. Epub.
  • Bergmann J, Pilatus U, Genç E, Kohler A, Singer W, Pearson J.(2016). V1 surface size predicts GABA concentration in medial occipital cortex. NeuroImage, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.09.036. Epub
  • Genç E, Schölvinck M, Bergmann J, Singer W, Kohler A. (2015) Functional connectivity patterns of visual cortex reflect its anatomical organization. Cerebral Cortex, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhv175. Epub
  • Bergmann J, Genç E, Kohler A, Singer W, Pearson J. (2015). Smaller primary visual cortex is associated with stronger, but less precise mental imagery. Cerebral Cortex, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhv186. Epub
  • Genç E, Ocklenburg S, Singer W, Güntürkün O. (2015) Abnormal interhemispheric motor interactions in patients with callosal agenesis. Behav Brain Res. 2015 Jul 14;293:1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2015.07.016. Epub
  • Selpien H, Siebert C, Genç E, Beste C, Faustmann P, Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S. (2015) Left dominance for language perception starts in the extrastriate cortex. Behav Brain Res. Jun 2. doi: 10.1016 /j.bbr.2015.05.050. Epub
  • Ocklenburg S, Ball A, Wolf CC, Genç E, Güntürkün O. (2015). Functional Cerebral Lateralization and Interhemispheric Interaction in Patients With Callosal Agenesis. Neuropsychology. 2015 Mar 23. Epub.
  • Bergmann J, Genç E, Kohler A, Singer W, Pearson J (2014). Neural Anatomy of Primary Visual Cortex Limits Visual Working Memory. Cereb Cortex, 2014, bhu168. Epub.
  • Genç E, Bergmann J, Singer W, Kohler A (2013). Surface Area of Early Visual Cortex Predicts Individual Speed of Traveling Waves During Binocular Rivalry. Cerebral Cortex, 2013, bht342. Epub.
  • Klein D, Rotarska.Jagiela A, Genç E, Sritharan S, Roux F, Han CE, Kaiser M, Singer W, Uhlhaas PJ (2014). Adolescent Brain Maturation and Cortical Folding: Evidence for Reductions in Gyrification. PloS one, Volume 9, Issue 1, e84914
  • Genç E, Bergmann J, Tong F, Blake R, Singer W, Kohler A (2011). Callosal connections of primary visual cortex predict the spatial spreading of binocular rivalry across the visual hemifields. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 5:161. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2011.00161.

  • Genç E, Bergmann J, Singer W, Kohler A (2011). Interhemispheric connections shape subjective experience of apparent motion. Current Biology, Volume 21, Issue 17, 1494-1499.

  • Grützner C, Uhlhaas PJ, Genç E, Kohler A, Singer W, Wibral M (2010). Neuroelectromagnetic correlates of perceptual closure processes. Journal of Neuroscience, Volume 30, Issue 24, 8342-52.

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