We are developmental neuroscientists with the aim of spreading knowledge in a way that is fun and easily understandable for everyone. We want to break down the walls raised by complicated communication. Because science is meant for all! Willkommen Wir sind Wissenschaftler, die sich als Ziel genommen haben, Wissen auf eine witzige, einfache und verständliche... Continue Reading →

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Neural Correlates of Theory of Mind

New manuscript accepted from the NMR Kids Lab in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. In our article, meta-analytic likelihood estimations and connectivity modelling are used to summarize the neural correlates of mentalizing based on data of over 5000 adults and 479 children and adolescents. Adults (N = 5286) recruited medial prefrontal and middle/inferior frontal cortices,... Continue Reading →

Scicomm Palaver

I had the pleasure to be a guest in Sabine Gysi's audio podcast series SciComm Palaver. In our interview we talked about research studies with children and families, science and science communication, who it is that makes a good expert and about our efforts of cartooning for science.  For the full interview link see: https://lnkd.in/dWMzz8Fr In the... Continue Reading →

Covid19: Mental Well-Being and Neural Premarkers

The NMR Kids Lab published their newest research article looking at the well-being of adults and children during the first months of the pandemic as published in the magazine Scientific Reports. They investigated well-being, mental health variables and parent-child relations in adults and children across seven waves of investigations. While anxiety, depression and caregiver burden... Continue Reading →


In Press Alert: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1878929321000505 Huge congrats to Réka Borbás for her first first author paper "Neural correlates of Theory of Mind in children and adults using CAToon: introducing an open-source child-friendly neuroimaging task" published in the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience! In this publication, our team introduces a novel child-friendly, open-source Theory of Mind fMRI task.... Continue Reading →

Opportunities for increased R&R in DCN

Illustration published in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 2020 (by NM Raschle) Human development is a result of many complex, interacting processes. It may be described on different levels of investigations and can be studied using different methodologies. Studying development also requires the consideration of individual variations over time, both within and between individuals. Development does not... Continue Reading →

The Lifelong Learning Brain

The Campus Seminar Series 2019 in Zurich brought together educators, visionaries and design thinkers to discuss the topic of digital change in the classroom. Honored that I was allowed to give a short lay language presentation about the life-long learning brain (in German). Video Campus Seminar Series Nora Raschle

Science & Art: Emotion Regulation in CD

The journal Biological Psychiatry Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging published an article by our group (NMR Kids Lab) entitled "Atypical dorsolateral prefrontal activity in females with conduct disorder during effortful emotion regulation". Fun fact: Our work was not just inside the journal, but also on the cover. In our study, which is based on work by... Continue Reading →

Becoming MR Superheroes

Are you participating in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) session? MRI is an important tool in today’s medicine and may be used for clinical and research purposes.  MRI techniques allow us to take detailed images of our body. Do you want to know more about how MRI works? Then follow our MR superheroes and their... Continue Reading →

Banksy, Dali and Engram Cells

01/28/2019 Guess of the day: „ What do Banksy’s artwork & engram cells have in common?“ #MondayMotivation (hint: past week's news is this week's art) Solution: Research published by Pignatelli, Ryan and colleagues in NeuroCellPress demonstrates how memory recall induces a transient increase in engram excitability. The cells can encode and switch between different memory functions,... Continue Reading →

The Story of Science Communication

This is the story of why we should all care and be careful about science communication. A visual summary of my latest #scicomm talk, including ivory towers, sleeping beauties and digital wildfires:   To understand science communication, we have to understand the core of science - our methods: the whole mechanistics of our striving to... Continue Reading →

My time at Flux, Berlin

Last week our neuroimaging team attended the annual Flux Society Congress in Berlin. For PhD student Réka Borbás this was one of the first international conferences and she describes her impressions and learning experiences within the following blog post. Réka Borbás (left), PhD student from Basel, Switzerland, together with Nora M. Raschle (middle) and Lynn... Continue Reading →

Neuroscience Challenges: Group Averages

Most of what we know from neuroscience studies today is based on data deriving from group averages. This can be a problem. Why? #MRI #challenges #scicomm #sciart #scitoons #cartoons #thread People are like sushi! Similar in some regards, different in others. Common group analyses are based on group averages that discount individual variability & have... Continue Reading →

Passion, Grit and Mental Health in Science

07/19/2018: Throughout the past year we have been privileged to interview a wide variety of academic experts in our special mentoring section of our blog. No matter what challenges were brought up, the fascination for science was undeniably present in all the stories. This is also true for this week’s interview with Jason Shepherd, Assistant Professor... Continue Reading →

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