Dr. Carolyn Vatheuer (nee Wu)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Office hours

By appointment

Research Interests

- The neural correlates and psychological effects of acute stress (EEG/(f)MRI)
- The effect of music on the acute stress response
- The effect of acute stress in musicians
- The influence of musical training on sensorimotor and cognitive processing in the brain

Selected publications

Dörrenbächer, S., Wu, C., Zimmer, H., & Kray, J. (2020). Plasticity in brain activity dynamics after task-shifting training in older adults. Neuropsychologia, 136, 107285. doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2019.107285

Zimmer, P., Wu, C., & Domes, G. (2019). Same same but different? Replicating the real surroundings in a virtual Trier Social Stress Test (TSST-VR) does not enhance presence or the psychophysiological stress response.Physiology and Behavior.

Dörrenbächer, S., Schütz, C., Woirgardt, M., Wu, C., Zimmer, H. D., & Kray, J. (2019). Spatio-temporal neural changes after task-switching training in old age. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience11, 267. doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2019.00267 

Spriggs, M. J., Thompson, C. S., Moreau, D., McNair, N. A., Wu, C. C., Lamb, Y. N., ... & Hamm, J. P. (2019). Human Sensory LTP Predicts Memory Performance and is Modulated by the BDNF Val66Met Polymorphism. Frontiers in human neuroscience13, 22. doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2019.00022

Wu, C., Hamm, J. P., Lim, V. K., & Kirk, I. J. (2017). Musical training increases functional connectivity, but does not enhance mu suppression. Neuropsychologia, 104, 223-233. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.08.029

Wu, C., Hamm, J. P., Lim, V. K., & Kirk, I. J. (2016). Mu rhythm suppression demonstrates action representation in pianists during passive listening of piano melodies. Experimental Brain Research, 234(8), 2133-2139. doi:10.1007/s00221-016-4615-7

Smallwood, N., Spriggs, M. J., Thompson, C. S., Wu, C., Hamm, J. P., Moreau, D., & Kirk, I. J. (2015). Influence of Physical Activity on Human Sensory Long-Term Potentiation. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21(10), 831-840. doi:10.1017/s1355617715001095

Wu, C., Fairhall, S., McNair, N., Hamm, J., Kirk, I., Cunnington, R., Anderson, T., et al. (2010). Impaired sensorimotor integration in focal hand dystonia patients in the absence of symptoms. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 81(6), 659-665. doi:10.1136/jnnp.2009.185637

Wu, C., Kirk, I. J., Hamm, J. P., & Lim, V. K. (2008). The neural networks involved in pitch labeling of absolute pitch musicians. NeuroReport, 19(8), 851-854. doi:10.1097/wnr.0b013e3282ff63b