– Temporal processing in healthy and patient populations
– Sensorimotor synchronization and predictive adaptation
– Dynamic allocation of attention in time
– Speech perception and production
My work focuses on the functional and neural mechanisms underlying the ability to adapt the timing of motor and non-motor cognitive behaviour 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 temporal processing and the optimal allocation of attention in time. I use EEG to investigate the modulation of several electrophysiological markers (ERPs, oscillatory activity) by timing manipulations, as well as structural MRI in healthy and patient populations to differentiate the contribution of specific structures to these mechanisms (current projects).
Since 2015 Researcher, Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology, Maastricht University
2013-2015 Research Associate, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester
2012-2013 Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
2007-2012 PhD candidate, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
2006 Intern, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
2005 Intern, Neurological Clinic for the Treatment of Parkinson´s Disease, Bernburg
2004 Intern, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
2001-2007 Studies, German Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Rehabilitation Pedagogics, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
Behavioural measures, Electroencephalography, Structural magnetic resonance imaging, Lesion-symptom mapping, Meta-analysis
Schwartze, M., Stockert, A., & Kotz, S.A. (2015). Striatal contributions to sensory timing: Voxel-based mapping of electrophysiological markers. Cortex, 71, 332-340.
Schwartze, M., & Kotz, S.A. (2015). The timing of regular sequences: production, perception and co-variation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(9), 1697-1707.
Schwartze, M., & Kotz, S.A. (2013). A dual-pathway neural architecture for specific temporal prediction. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 37(10), 2587-2596.
Schwartze, M. (2012). Adaptation to temporal structure. Doctoral Dissertation: MPI Series in Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Vol. 138. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.