Michael Schwartze

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I studied German Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, and Rehabilitation Pedagogics with a focus on speech and language pathology at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany). Afterwards, I was a PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig (Germany) and received my PhD from the University of Potsdam (Germany). I conducted postdoctoral research at the MPI in Leipzig, as a Research Associate at the University of Manchester (UK), and as a Researcher at Maastricht University (Netherlands). Since 2018, I am Assistant Professor at Maastricht University.

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Research

Predictive adaptation to a dynamic environment

My work focuses on the functional and neural mechanisms underlying the ability to predictively adapt motor and non-motor cognitive behavior to a dynamic environment. Within this broader context I am particularly interested in the role and the interplay of classical motor structures such as the cerebellum, the basal ganglia and the supplementary motor area in auditory timing and the optimal allocation of attention in time. Human and comparative research in different animal species aims to define the structural and functional components of the brain’s timing network. I use EEG to investigate the modulation of several electrophysiological markers (ERPs, oscillatory activity) by timing manipulations, as well as structural MRI and lesion-mapping techniques in patient populations to differentiate the contribution of specific brain structures to timing mechanisms. A main goal of this research is to derive markers of dysfunction and to optimize function by timing.

Teaching

University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) certificate (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs (BKO) certificaat)

My teaching activities relate to Bachelor and Master courses on Neurobehavioural Functioning, Behavioural Disorders, Brain Damage, Ageing, Executive Function, History and Foundations of Psychology, as well as skills training in Academic Writing, Functional Neuroanatomy, Human Neuroimaging, and Research Practicals. Past and present supervision covers Bachelor, Master, MPhil and PhD student levels.

Students interested in conducting timing, auditory or audiomotor behavioural and/or EEG research during their internship can contact me directly via michael.schwartze at maastrichtuniversity.nl

Current (co*)supervision

since 2021 Hanna Honcamp*, PhD Student
since 2021 David Tekampe, Master Student
since 2021 Anxhela Sulaj*, Master Student
since 2021 Antrea Georgiadou, Master Student
since 2021 Florine Lonhard, Master Student
since 2020 Antonio Criscuolo*, PhD Student
since 2020 Pia Brinkmann*, PhD Student
since 2017 Xanthate Duggirala*, PhD Student
since 2017 Lisa Goller*, PhD Student
since 2016 Joseph Johnson*, PhD Student

Professional Experience

Associate Editor: Cortex A Journal devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior (since 2018)
Review Editor: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience (2017-2019)
Reviewer: > 40 International Journals and Conferences, Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), European Research Council (ERC)
Member: Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience EEG Committee
Appointed Examiner: University College Maastricht

since 2018
Assistant Professor, Maastricht University, Netherlands

2015-2018
Researcher, Maastricht University, Netherlands

2013-2015
Research Associate, University of Manchester, UK

2012-2013
Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

2012
PhD (Dr. phil., summa cum laude, Cognitive Science), University of Potsdam, Germany

2007-2012
PhD candidate, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

2007
Magister (M.A., German Linguistics, Rehabilitation Pedagogics), Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

2006
Student Intern, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

2005
Student Intern, Neurological Clinic for the Treatment of Parkinson´s Disease, Bernburg, Germany

2004
Student Intern, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany