LMU München, Neuro-cognitive Psychology Unit, Department Psychologie, München, Germany
Fellow of the ZiF research group "Competition and Priority Control in Mind and Brain: New Perspectives from Task-Driven Vision"
Kathrin Finke studied psychology at the University of Bielefeld where she received her diploma in 1997. She received her Ph.D. in 2001 from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) for neuropsychological work on working memory impairments which she conducted at the Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry (MPI) Munich. After a first Postdoc period at the MPI of Psychiatry she joined the team of Prof. Werner Schneider at the University of Eichstaett / Ingolstadt where she worked on visual attention deficits following diverse psychiatric and neurological pathologies. She continued these studies at the University of Munich, General and Experimental Psychology, where she worked as Research Associate, Assistant Professor and Professor of Neuro-Cognitive Psychology in an international M.Sc. program funded by the Bavarian Elite Network. She is a member of the scientific board and the Women Representative of the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN), Munich. Up from October 2012 she will be Professor of Neuro-Cognitive Psychology at the University of Bielefeld, replacing Prof. Werner Schneider for the duration of the current ZIF project.
Kathrin Finke's main research interest lies in the assessment of neuro-cognitive dysfunctions in acquired brain damage, neurodevelopmental, and neurodegenerative disorders. She aims at improving the assessment of visual attention and working memory deficits with valid and sensible tools in order to establish cognitive endophenotypes of neuropsychiatric disorders, to identify the changes that accompany normal aging and to improve the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Furthermore, she is interested in the potential of cognitive enhancement procedures and seeks for the identification of neurological correlates of attentional functions and their changes in EEG, PET and fMRI measures.