M.Sc., PhD student
Monja joined the neuroMADLAB in March 2017. After completing her master thesis there, she prolonged her membership now aspiring to obtain a PhD in neuroscience. Monja is interested in the volatility and flexibility of behavior and cognition. In particular: How can we facilitate the engagement of beneficial behavior?
Monja obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Heidelberg. For her bachelor’s thesis, she developed quality criteria for processes and outcomes of systemic psychotherapy. She became enthusiastic about the brain working as a research assistant at the Section of Systems Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in Dresden. Consequently, she started to discover the marvelous realms of cognitive science at the University of Tübingen. During her master’s thesis, she conducted research on how and under which conditions people consider a reward being (or not being) worth the effort. For her PhD project, she is investigating motivation and reward processing, particularly in the context of eating. What are the mechanisms connecting brain function and food intake? How are these processes altered by increased body weight? And: how do pleasure and self-control relate?
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