Brain & Cognition Group

Selma Kemmerer

selma1Research Interests

My research interests include brain oscillations, entrainment, visual attention and working memory. As methods of investigation I use non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) such as transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), sensory entrainment and electroencephalography (EEG) combined with psychophysical paradigms. I am interested in the functional role of brain oscillations such as alpha, beta and gamma oscillations and their role in visual attention and working memory. In this framework, I am keen on optimizing brain stimulation protocols and EEG data analysis by using individual frequencies and by modeling the tACS current flow in the brain. Furthermore, I like the concept of neuroenhancement to widen our understanding of brain mechanisms and for its application in the clinical environment.

Brief Bio

I completed the Bachelor in Psychology and the Research Master in Cognitive Neuroscience at Maastricht University. In the framework of my bachelor thesis I spent half a year in Leipzig at the MPI investigating the effect of sensory entrainment of various oscillations on auditory perception. For my research master internship I joined the NIBSlab and under supervision of T. Schuhmann and A. Sack I wrote my master thesis about ‘Entrainment effects of tACS stimulation tuned to the individual alpha frequency’. During my PhD I will elaborate on the role of oscillations in visual attention and working memory under supervision of P. de Weerd and A. Sack.


Supervision of MARBLE/Bachelor theses
Learning and memory
Sensation and Perception