November 2020: New article accepted for publication
Our article named "Frontal ERP slow waves during memory encoding are associated with affective attitude formation" was accepted for publicatuin in International Journal of Psychophysiology. In this article, we report a study in which we show that slow, frontal EEG-waves during learning of word pairs, which are associated with working memory and executive function, predict both subsequent memory performance and the degree of evaluative conditioning. This shows that overlapping neural processes underlie both episodic memory and evaluative conditioning.
Forester, G., Halbeisen, G., Walther, E. & Kamp, S.-M. (2020). Frontal ERP slow waves during memory encoding are associated with affective attitude formation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 158, 389-399.
Until 2. January 2021, the article is freely available at:
11. November 2020: Glen Forester successfully completes his dissertation defense
On 11. November 2020, Glen Forester completed his dissertation successfully. His excellent work was rewarded with the grade "Summa Cum Laude", which is the best possible grade for a dissertation/defense. Congratulations, Dr. Forester!!!
Summer semester 2020: Nine successful Bachelors and Masters theses
During the summer semester 2020, four students successfully completed their Masters theses, and five students completed their Bachelors theses in our group. Congratulations!
August/September 2020: Two new manuscripts and one new "registered report" accepted for publication
Two articles with authorship or co-authorship of our group were accepted for publication. In the first article, Dr. Kamp reports two experiments in which the neurocognitive mechanisms behind the difficulties of older aduls to remember associations (i.e., combinations of differnt units of information) were investigated. The second article with first authorship by our collaboration partner Prof. Dr. Meike Kroneisen, reports a study from our DFG-project on the survival processing effect.
These are the references:
Kamp, S.-M. (2020). Neurocognitive mechanisms of guided item and associative encoding in young and older adults. Brain and Cognition, 145, 105626. (can be retrieved for free until 1.11.2020 through: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1bk8N-HGGeolL)
Kroneisen, M., Kriechbaumer, M., Kamp, S.-M., & Erdfelder, E. (in press). How can I use it? The role of functional fixedness in the survival processing paradigm. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.
In addition, a registered report on the topic "neurocognitive markers in older adults with subjective cognitive decline" was accepted for publication in the "Journal of Neuropsychology". This is an "in principle acceptance": The study will be conducted in our group and published afterwards.
April 2020: Three new articles in the Journals "Psychophysiology", "Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience" and "International Journal of Psychophysiology!"
Three articles with authorship or co-authorenship of our group have been accepted for publication in reputable scientific journals. The first article is a report from the AnFAnG-study. The second article is a study of the department of social psychology (Prof. Eva Walther) at University of Trier, in which Siri Kamp had the opportunity to join as a co-author. The third article reports a study that was conducted as part of the DFG-funded project "Experimental tests of proximate explanations of the survival processing effect in episodic memory" .
These are the references to the three articles:
Kamp, S.-M. (2020). Preceding stimulus sequence effects on the oddball-P300 in young and healthy older adults. Psychophysiology.
Halbeisen, G., Buttlar, B., Kamp, S.-M., & Walther, E. (2020). The Timing-dependent Effects of Stress-induced Cortisol Release on Evaluative Conditioning. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 152, 44-52.
Forester, G., Kroneisen, M., Erdfelder, E., & Kamp, S.-M. (2020). Survival processing modulates the neurocognitive mechanisms of episodic encoding. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience.
Winter Semester 2019/2020: Three successful masters theses!
During winter semester 2019/2020, three students successfully completed their masters theses in our group. Congratulations!!
24.1.2020: New Article in the Scientific Journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory !
A successful collaborative project with Dr. Monika Undorf (Universität Mannheim) has been accepted for publication in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory . In this study, we demonstrate that a neural correlate of the difficulty of semantic integration in a learning task is associated with self estimated learning success.
January 7, 2020: Interview with Siri-Maria Kamp in online article
Under https://www.myhomebook.de/fun/tuer-abgeschlossen-merken you can find an online article that includes an expert interview with Siri-Maria Kamp on the topic "memory in everyday life". However, unfortunately it's in German only.
8.November 2019: Student group mentored by our research group wins first price in the "EmPra-congress 2019"
During winter 2018/2019 and summer 2019, Siri Kamp mentored three student groups within her course "empirical practice / scienfic project seminar", where each group plans, conducts, analyzes and interprets empirical research projects on the topic "neurocognition of item and associative memory". Two of these three groups, out of their own initiative, prsented their excellent projects on scientific posters at the "EmPra-Kongress 2019" of the Psychology Department at Trier University. At the end of the event, there was a huge success: the poster titled "Alt oder Neu - Die Bildpräsentation trennt Weizen von Spreu" (on ERP old/new effects) by Paulina Schwab, Joshua Greif, Lea Schulze-Buschoff and Hannah Römgens was awarded the first price! With a total of 19 posters, this is a huge accomplishment. Congratulations!
4.11.2019: Scientific Presentation in the "Campus of Generations" (Study Program for Senior Citizens at Trier University)
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Siri-Maria Kamp held a presentation on "development of memory processes in older adults: Individal differences in neurocognitive function" at the study program for senior citizens at Trier University (Campus der Generationen) . The interest was so high that unfortunately many interested guests did not get a seat. Thank you to all participants! We are looking forward to next time.
Summer Semester 2019: Five successful masters thesis, three completed research internships
During the summer semester, 5 students completed their masters theses and three students completed their research internships in our group.Congratulations!
September 2019: Conference of the Swiss Psychological Society in Bern
On September 9, 2019 Siri Kamp is presenting a project that is part of the AnFAnG-study in a symposium on the topic "Stress and Aging" at the SPS SGP SSP Conference. We hope to see you there and are looking forward to an interesting discussion and fruitful exchange of ideas!
Reference to the abstract:
Kamp, S.-M. & Domes, G. (2019) Age differences in affect in an EEG experiment on episodic memory. Conference of the Swiss Psychological Society, Bern September 2019.
August 31st 2019: New study published in a scientific journal!
Our paper titled "On the role of retrieval processes in the survival processing effect: Evidence from ROC and ERP analyses" was just accepted for publication in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. This is the first study from Glen Forester's dissertation and the first publication of Siri Kamp als senior author. Congratulations!
The reference is as follows:
Forester, G., Kroneisen, M., Erdfelder, E. & Kamp, S.-M. (im Druck). On the role of retrieval processes in the survival processing effect: Evidence from ROC and ERP analyses. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.
July 2019: Siri-Maria Kamp Receives Award for best Psychology Seminar of 2018/2019 by the Psychology Student Association at Trier University
The seminar "Interactions of cognition and emotion - neurocognitive perspectives" (Masters-track cognition, emotion & action) was a very fun, interesting and rewarding class to teach. We are thrilled that the participants agreed such that the seminar has received the award for best seminar in this academic year by the psychology students association at Trier University. Thank you very, very much - this is a very special award!!!
Thank you also to everyone from our team who has helped to make this seminar such a big succeess, especially with training the participants on some applied methods and assisting in data collection!
We will probably be able to offer this seminar again in winter 2019/2020 - this time as a one-semester seminar.
June 2019: "Psychologie und Gehirn (PuG)"-conference in Dresden
June 19.-22. 2019 we will be at the PuG-conference in Dresden! We are presenting 3 Posters: Glen Forester's poster on ERPs during memory encoding in a survival processing task can be found here, Kalina Nennstiel's poster on age differences in retrieval ERPs in item and associative memory test can be downloaded here and Siri Kamp's Poster on the oddball-P300 in young and older adults is located here . We hope to see you in Dresden!
References to our abstracts:
Forester, G., Kroneisen, M., Erdfelder, E., & Kamp, S.-M. (2019). The Effect of Survival Processing on Event Related Potentials during Word Encoding. Psychologie und Gehirn, June 2019.
Kamp, S.-M. (2019). Sequential effects on the oddball-P300 in young and older adults. Psychologie und Gehirn, June 2019.
Nennstiel, K. & Kamp, S.-M. (2019). Episodic retrieval of visually rich items and associations in young and older adults: Evidence from ERPs. Psychologie und Gehirn, June 2019.
June 15th 2019: Children's University ("Kinderuni")-Seminar "Flashes and sparkles - my brain is learning"
In a 3-hour long weekend seminar children between the ages of 8 and 12 learned how nervous cells in our brain communicate, how an EEG-recording works, and why we remember things and events well that are special to us in one way or another. The children conducted their own little EEG experiment. This was a really fun event and we are looking forward to the next Children's University event in our lab!
April 2019: We are presenting our research at TEAP in London and at the EUCAS-Meeting in Zürich
In April we are presenting our research at two conferences!
At the conference of the European Cognitive Aging Society (EUCAS), we are presenting three sub-projects of the AnFAnG-Study . Malena Vittinghoffs und Siri Kamps posters are uploaded here and here . We are especially looking forward to Luisa Knopf's oral presentation on "metacognitive judgments of item vs. associative memory and everyday cognition in young and older adults", which was selected as a contribution to the plenary session "Real-life cognition".
We are looking forward to meeting you and exchanging ideas at TEAP and the EUCAS-conference!!
References to our abstracts:
Forester, G., Kroneisen, M., Erdfelder, E., & Kamp, S.-M. (2019). On the role of retrieval processes in the survival processing effect: Evidence from ROC and ERP analyses. TEAP 2019.
Kamp, S.-M. & Domes, G. (2019). Age differences in affective responses to experimental sessions in the EEG-laboratory. International Conference on Aging & Cognition (EUCAS), April 2019.
Knopf, L. & Kamp, S.-M. (2019). Metacognitive judgments of item vs. associative memory and everyday cognition in young and older adults. International Conference on Aging & Cognition (EUCAS) , April 2019.
Vittinghoff, M. & Kamp, S.-M. (2019). Does everyday cognitive activity over the lifespan have differential effects on neuronal activity during item- vs. associative encoding in older adults? International Conference on Aging & Cognition (EUCAS), April 2019.
December 2018: Call for Participants Published in Local Newspapers
The "Trierische Volksfreund" (11.12.) and the "Wochenspiegel" (14.12.) have published our call for participants for the AnFAnG-Study. We have received many calls and emails from interested persons, which we are quite happy about. Thank you very much to everyone who has contacted us!
December 11th, 2018: New article in the journal "Neurobiology of Learning and Memory"
Our article reporting an empirical study on the effects of stress on learning success its neural correlates when learning single items vs. associations was accepted for publication in "Neurobiology of Learning and Memory"! Co-authors are Ricarda Endemann, Gregor Domes (Trier University) and Axel Mecklinger (Saarland University).
You can find the article here: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1YIgb_ORzDou4A
Summer Semester 2018: Six successful Thesis Completions; one Successful Research Internship
During the summer semester, 5 students completed their bachelors theses, one student completed his masters thesis, and one student completed her research internship in our group. Everyone was really successful, so congratulations!
August 2018: New Team Member!
On August 1st, Glen Forester joined our team as a scientist and PhD student. He made his way over to Trier all the way from the USA, so we are especially happy to welcome him to our team!
April 2018: New grant by the German Research Foundation!
Together with Jun.-Prof. Dr. Meike Kroneisen (Universität Koblenz-Landau) and Prof. Dr. Edgar Erdfelder (Universität Mannheim), Jun.-Prof. Dr. Siri-Maria Kamp was awarded a grant by the German Research Foundation, titled „Experimental tests of proximate explanations of the survival processing effect in episodic memory.“ (36 months, total amount 398.000 Euros).
Winter Semester 2017/2018: Two Successful Bachelors Theses
This semester, two students successfully completed their bachelors theses in our group. Congratulations!
March 3rd 2018: New paper!
Our hard work has paid off! Our paper "Unitization of word pairs in young and older adults: Encoding mechanisms and retrieval outcomes" has been accepted for publication by the high-ranking journal Psychology and Aging! Co-authors are Regine Bader and Axel Mecklinger from Saarland University.
October 25, 2017: New Grant by the Nikolaus Koch Foundation
We are happy to announce that the Nikolaus-Koch-Foundation is supporting our research project "Entwicklung der neurokognitiven Grundlagen des Gedächtnisses im höheren Erwachsenenalter" (Translation: "Development of the neuro-cognitive basis of episodic memory in older adults"; amount: 14.300 Euro; project duration: January 2018 - March 2019).
September 2017: New Team Members!
Three new research assistants are joining our team in October 2017. Welcome, Klemens, Luisa und Malena!