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Prof. Dr. Martina Manns

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

Room: GAFO 03/950
Phone: +49 234 32 21765
Fax: +49 234 32 14377
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Curriculum Vitae

1964 born in Dortmund
1984 Abitur
1984-1991 Biology student in Bochum and Bielefeld
1991 1991 Diploma thesis: "Influence of lithium and retinoic acid onto the morphogenesis and differentiation of the nervous and sensory system of Xenopus laevis: effects of anterior suppression" Prof. Dr. B. Fritzsch, Univ. Bielefeld
1992-1998 Dissertation in Konstanz and Bochum
1992-1995 Scholarship of the Boehringer-Ingelheim Fonds
1997 Holder of a "Wiedereinstiegsstipendium" des Hochschulsonderprogramms II, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
1998 Dissertation: "Ontogeny of visual lateralization in pigeons: development and plasticity of the system" Prof. Dr. O. Güntürkün, Univ. Bochum
1998-1999 PhD scholarship of the Graduiertenkolleg "KOGNET" of the Ruhr-University Bochum
2000-2001 Research assistent at the Dep. Molecular Neurobiochem., Prof. Dr. R. Heumann, RUB
2002-2008 Research assistent at Biopsychologie, Prof. Dr. O. Güntürkün, RUB
2007 Habilitation for "Cognitive Neuroscience" at the Ruhr-University Bochum
2008-2009 Coordinator of the DAAD PHD programme „Neurocognition: Foundations and clinical processes“
2009-2010 Acting professor for "Biological & General Psychology", Bergische Universität Wuppertal
2010-2013 PI of the DFG project  “Influences of inter- and intrahemispheric interactions onto the development and dynamics of visual lateralization in pigeons“
04/2014 “Außerplanmäßige (apl) Professur” Faculty of Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum
10/2013 Acting professor for „General Psychology“, FernUniversität in Hagen
04/2014 Acting professor for „General Psychology: Learning, Motivation, Emotion“, FernUniversität in Hagen
10/2014 Acting professor for “Biopsychology”, Ruhr-University Bochum


Research Interests

Functional organization of visual lateralization in pigeons:

The visual system of pigeons serves as a model system to understand the functional architecture of lateralized information processing and its development.

a) Structural organization of the visual system

We investigate the structural organization of the visual pathways by means of tract-tracing and immunohistochemical techniques in order to unravel the visual architecture as a prerequisite for an understanding of asymmetrical visual processing.

b) Development of visual lateralization in pigeons

We examine the developing visual system by means of neuroanatomical and biochemical methods and investigate morphological and behavioural consequences of modulations in developmental light experience to understand the neuronal mechanisms which mediate asymmetry formation.

c) Hemispheric specific processing and its ontogenetic foundations

We investigate which aspects of visual processing are lateralized and how the hemispheres integrate information by adopting tasks requiring higher cognitive functions like spatial orientation or categorization to understand the dynamic aspects of interhemispheric interactions. Moreover, we want to know how these interactions are influenced by the ontogenetic experiences.




  • S. Letzner, N. Patzke, J. Verhaal, M. Manns (2014) Shaping a lateralized brain: Asymmetrical light experience modulates access to visual interhemispheric information in pigeons. Sci Rep. 2014 Mar 3;4:4253.
  • M. Manns, F. Ströckens (2014) Functional and structural comparison of visual lateralization in birds – similar but still different. Front Psychol. 2014 Mar 25;5:206. eCollection 2014.
  • Güntürkün, O., Stüttgen, M. C., Manns, M., Pigeons as a model species for cognitive neuroscience, e-Neuroforum, 2014, 5: 86-92.


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