Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Andreas Finkelmeyer

Research Associate



    1995-2000: studied Psychology at Georg-August-University, Goettingen, Germany
    2000-2002: studied Experimental Psychology at the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, USA
    2002-2007: studied Applied Experimental Psychology at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA


    BA Psychology (German: Dipl.-Psych.)
    M.Sc. Experimental Psychology
    Ph.D. Applied Experimental Psychology

    Previous Positions

      1997-2000: Undergarduate Research Assistant, Spatial Cognition Laboratory, Georg-August-University, Goettingen, Germany
      2000-2002: Graduate Research Assistant, Spatial Cognition Laboratory, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, USA
      2002-2007: Graduate Research Assistant, Cognition and Virtual Reality Lab & Autism Research Group, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA
      2007-2010: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry & International Research Training Group "Schizophrenia and Autism", RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany


      German - native
      English - fluent


      Research Interests

      I am interested in the behavioural and neurobiological correlates of emotion, cognition and their interaction, especially in relation to psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. These disorders are associated with altered affective and cognitive functioning, but these (dys-)functions are not yet fully understood. In my work, I primarily use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients and healthy volunteers to measure brain structure and activity during active task performance.

      Furthermore, I am using MRI technologies to study biological correlates of complex disorders such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 

      Other Expertise

      In previous research, I studied the role of spatial reference systems in spatial memory, spatial navigation and motion perception in virtual environments.
      I have also been involved in various research projects that investigated olfactory function. Here smells were used in their primary sensory role, and as inherently 'emotional' stimuli.

      Current Work

      I am currently involved in a clinical research trial that investigates the influence of an antiglucocorticoid augmentation therapy on treatment resistant depression - the ADD-Study:

      Furthermore I am involved in large study investigating the role of autonomic dysfunctions in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome led by Prof. Julia Newton.