OLD-Sonja Kotz


Cognitive, Affective, and Translational Neuroscience

  • Verbal and non-verbal (social) communication
  • Predictive coding of time, rhythm, unimodal, and multimodal perception
  • Learning and neuroplasticity
  • Cognitive and affective control


  • s/fMRT (3 and 7T); parcellation, connectivity, lesion-symptom mapping, behavior
  • M/EEG & TFA


  • 2006 – University of Leipzig, Germany: Doctor rerum naturalium habilitatus (Psychology)
  • 1996 – Tufts University, USA: Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology/Neuropsychology)
  • 1992 – Tufts University, USA: M.Sc. (Experimental Psychology/Neuropsychology)
  • 1986 – University of Tübingen, Germany: M.A. (Psycholinguistics, Literary and Political Sciences)


  • 2015 – University of Manchester, UK: Honorary Professorship in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
  • 2015 – Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA: Research Fellow and Affiliate
  • 2010 – University of Leipzig, Germany: Honorary Professorship in Experimental Psychology
  • 2009 – Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany: Research Fellow
  • 2007 – Max Planck Society, Germany: „Excellence support for female scientists“ Minerva Award (5yrs to run an independent research group)

Selected Publications (> 2010)

  1. Kotz, S.A. & Schwartze, M. (2010). Cortical speech processing unplugged: A timely subcortico-cortical framework. Trends in Cognitive Science, 14(9), 392-399.
  2. Stahl, B., Kotz, S.A., Henseler, I., Turner, R., & Geyer, S. (2011). Rhythm in disguise: Why singing may not hold the key to recovery from aphasia. Brain, 134, 3083-3093.
  3. Kanske, P., & Kotz, S.A. (2012). Effortful control, depression, and anxiety correlate with the influence of emotion on executive attentional control. Biological Psychology, 91(1), 88-95.
  4. Kotz, S.A., Kalberlah, C., Bahlmann, J., Friederici, A.D., & Haynes, J.D. (2013).Predicting emotional vocal expressions from the human brain. Human Brain Mapping, 34(8),1971-81.
  5.  Jessen, S., & Kotz, S.A. (2013). On the role of crossmodal prediction in   audiovisual emotion perception. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7:369. doi:  10.3389/fnhum.2013.00369.
  6. Kotz, S.A., Stockert, A., & Schwartze, M. (2014).Cerebellum, temporal predictability, and the updating of a mental model. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 369(1658): 20130403.
  7. Benoit, C-E., Dalla Bella, S., Farrugia, N., Obrig, H., Mainka, S., & Kotz, S.A. (2014). Musically cued gait training improves both perceptual and motor timing in Parkinson’s Disease. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8: 494 doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00494.
  8. Kotz, S.A., Dengler, R., & Wittfoth, M. (2015). Valence specific conflict         moderation in the dorso-medial PFC and the caudate head in emotional         speech. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience,10(2), 165-171.
  9. Kotz, S.A. & Gunter, T.C. (2015).Rhythmic cueing remediates language-related disorders in Parkinson’s disease. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1337, 62-68.
  10. Kotz, S.A. & Schmidt-Kassow, M. (2015). Basal ganglia contribution to rule expectancy and temporal predictability in speech. Cortex, 68, 48-60.

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