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Dr. rer. nat. Sara Letzner

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

Room: GAFO 05/624
Phone: +49 234 32 24917
Fax: +49 234 32 14377
Office hours: best to reach by email


Curriculum Vitae

Since 09/2015 Postdoc in the project "Entwicklung eines neuronalen Kausalmodells zu Mechanismen von Zielaktivierungsprozessen im Multitasking"
(cooperation project of Prof. Dr. Christian Beste at Universitätsklinikum Dresden and Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Onur Güntürkün at Ruhr-University Bochum)
2015 PhD Thesis: "Impact of Ontogenetic Factors and Commissural Systems onto an Asymmetric Information Processing in the Pigeon (Columba livia)"
(Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Onur Güntürkün, Prof. Dr. Nikolai Axmacher)     
2011-2015 PhD Student in the lab of Prof. Onur Güntürkün
2011 M.Sc. Thesis: “Impact of tectotectal interactions onto the asymmetric visual information processing in the pigeon”
(Prof. Dr. Drs. h.c. Onur Güntürkün, PD Dr. Martina Manns)
2008 – 2011 M.Sc. Biochemistry, Ruhr-University Bochum
2008 B.Sc. Thesis: “Untersuchung des Wasserhaushalts von Pankreas-Tumor-Zellen mittels Nahinfrarot-Mikroskopie”
(Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith-Newen)
2004 – 2008 B.Sc. Biochemistry, Ruhr-University Bochum
2004 Abitur/ A-level Exam Käthe-Kollwitz-Gymnasium Dortmund


Research Interests

Behavioural, anatomical and cytochemical foundations of mutitasking learning.



  • Letzner S, Güntürkün O, Beste C. (2017). How birds outperform humans in multi-component behavior. Curr Biol. 27(18):R996-R998.
  • Stacho M, Letzner S, Theiss C, Manns M, Güntürkün O. (2016). A GABAergic tecto-tegmento-tectal pathway in pigeons. J Comp Neurol. 524(14):2886-913.
  • Letzner S, Simon A, Güntürkün O. (2015). Connectivity and neurochemistry of the commissura anterior of the pigeon (Columba livia). J Comp Neurol. 524(2):343-61.
  • Letzner S, Patzke N, Verhaal J, Manns M. (2014). Shaping a lateralized brain: asymmetrical light experience modulates access to visual interhemispheric information in pigeons. Sci Rep. 3(4):4253.
  • Herold C, Bingman VP, Ströckens F, Letzner S, Sauvage M, Palomero-Gallagher N, Zilles K, Güntürkün O. (2014). Distribution of neurotransmitter receptors and zinc in the pigeon (Columba livia) hippocampal formation: A basis for further comparison with the mammalian hippocampus. J Comp Neurol. 522(11):2553-75.

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