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Dr. Dorothe Poggel

Head of Program BRAIN

Degrees & Professional Career

1988 - 1991 and 1992 - 1995 Student in Psychology, Institute for Psychology, Technische Universität Berlin (University of Technology Berlin), Germany; Diploma in Psychology: October 1995 

1991-1992 Visiting Student, St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford, UK (Stipend from DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service)

1996 - 2001 PhD student, Institut für Medizinische Psychologie, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany, Degree "Dr. rer. nat." February 2002 

1996 - 1999 PhD Scholarship of the DFG Graduiertenkolleg "Biologische Grundlagen von Erkrankungen des Nervensystems" (Graduate School "Biological Basis of Nervous System Diseases") 

1997 Internship at EEG Vision and Attention Laboratory, University of California, Davis, USA; Stipend from the Lienert Foundation for Young Scientists in Biopsychological Methods 

2001 - 2003 Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Generation Research Program (GRP) Bad Tölz, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany 

2003 - 2009 Research Fellow Center for Innovative Visual Rehabilitation, Boston VA and Center for Biomedical Imaging, Boston University, Boston, USA 

2009 - 2010 Research Fellow, Medical Psychology, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany 

Since 2010 Research Manager for Neurosciences and Cognitive Sciences, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Delmenhorst, Institute for Advanced Study

Honors

1991:Scholarship for Graduate Students of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for studies at Oxford 

1996:Award and scholarship of the G.A. Lienert Foundation for Young Scientists in Biopsychological Methods 

2002: Women's Award of the German Society for Medical Psychology for best doctoral thesis 

2009: Honorary Scholarship of the Universität Groningen for research cooperation Poster award of the German Society for Medical Psychology 

2012: Psychonomic Society "Best Article of the Year" Award by Journal "Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics"

Research interests 

  • Plasticity of visual functions and cross-modal plasticity in healthy and patient populations, recovery of visual functions by training
  • Spatial attention and visual perception in healthy, aging, and visually impaired populations
  • Residual visual performance in blind visual field regions of patients
  • Aging of visual processing - changes over the life span, particularly of dynamic vision
  • Processing of temporal information in the visual system of healthy, aging, and visually impaired populations
  • Visual pseudo-hallucinations in visually impaired patients, connection with brain plasticity
  • Psychophysical test methods for patients with visual impairments, evaluation of visual performance and of   treatment methods
  • Combination of behavioral, EEG, and fMRI-methods for investigation of visual functions
  • Brain synchronization in music
  • Neuroaesthetics

Selected publications

Poggel, D. A., Kasten, E., Mueller-Oehring, E. M., Sabel, B. A. & Brandt, S. A. (2001), Unusualspontaneous and training induced visual field recovery in a patient with a gunshot lesion. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2001 Feb;70(2):236-9 

Schoenfeld, M.A., Noesselt, T., Poggel, D. A., Tempelmann, C., Hopf, J.- M., Woldorff, M.G., Heinze, H.-J. & Hillyard, S. A. (2002), Analysis of pathways mediating preserved vision after striate cortex lesions.Annals of Neurology, 52(6), 814-824 

Poggel, D. A. & Strasburger, H. (2004). Visual perception in space and time-mapping the visual field of temporal resolution. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 64, 427-437 

Poggel, D. A., Kasten, E., Sabel, B. A. (2004), Attentional cueing improves vision restoration therapy in patients with visual field defects. Neurology, 63 (11), 2069-2076 

Kasten, E., Poggel, D. A. (2006), A mirror in the mind: a case of visual allaesthesia in homonymous hemianopia. Neurocase.12(2):98-106 

Poggel, D. A., Treutwein, B., Calmanti, C. & Strasburger H. (2006), Increasing the temporal g(r)ain: Double-pulse resolution is affected by the size of the attention focus. Vision Research, 46(18): 2998-3008 

Poggel, D. A., Kasten, E., Mueller-Oehring, E. M., Bunzenthal, U. & Sabel, B. A. (2006), Improving residual vision by attentional cueing in patients with brain lesions. Brain Research, 1097(1):142-148 

Poggel, D. A., Mueller-Oehring, E. M., Gothe, J., Kenkel, S., Kasten, E. & Sabel, B. A. (2007), Visual hallucinations during spontaneous and training-induced visual field recovery. Neuropsychologia, 45 (11): 2598-2607 

Poggel, D. A., Mueller-Oehring, E. M., Kasten, E., Bunzenthal, U. & Sabel, B. A. (2007), The topography of training-induced visual recovery: Perimetric maps and subjective representations. Visual Cognition,16 (8):1059-1077 

Poggel, D. A., Strasburger, H. & MacKeben, M. (2007), Cueing attention by relative motion inthe periphery of the visual field. Perception;36(7):955-70 

Poggel, D. A., Mueller, I., Kasten, E. & Sabel, B. A. (2008),  Multifactorial predictors of training-induced visual field recovery in patients with post-genicular visual system lesions. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 26: 321-339 

Eisenbarth, W., Mackeben, M., Poggel, D. A. & Strasburger, H. (2008), Characteristics of dynamic processing in the visual field of patients with age-related maculopathy. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol;246(1):27-37

Mueller-Oehring, E.M., Schulte, T., Kasten, E., Poggel, D. A., Müller, I., Wüstenberg, T. & Sabel, B.A. (2009), Parallel interhemispheric processing in hemineglect: relation to visual field defects. Neuropsychologia;47(12):2397-408 

Poggel, D. A., Mueller, I., Kasten, E., Bunzenthal, U. & Sabel, B. A. (2010), Subjective and objective outcome measures of computer-based vision restoration training.NeuroRehabilitation;27(2):173-87 

Poggel, D. A., Treutwein, B. & Strasburger H. (2011), Time will tell: deficits of temporal information processing in patients with visual field loss. Brain Research, 1368:196-207 

Poggel, D. A., Treutwein, B., Calmanti, C. & Strasburger, H. (2012), The Tölz Temporal Topography Study: mapping the visual field across the life span. Part I: the topography of light detection and temporal-information processing. Atten Percept Psychophys;74(6):1114-32 

Poggel, D. A., Treutwein, B., Calmanti, C. & Strasburger, H. (2012), The Tölz Temporal Topography Study: mapping the visual field across the life span. Part II: cognitive factors shaping visual field maps. Atten Percept Psychophys;74(6):1133-44