Dr. rer. nat., Dipl.-Psych., Junior Group Leader
Phone: +49 7071/ 29-82021
Nils joined the University of Tübingen in 2017 and is currently heading the junior research group on the neuroscience of motivation, action, and desire within the Section of Translational Psychiatry (head: Prof. Martin Walter) of the Department of Psychiatry. He studied psychology at the University of Technology Chemnitz and obtained his PhD from the psychology department of Technische Universität Dresden. Nils’ work focuses on all things tempting; what cost are we willing to incur if we receive a reward in return and how do we learn when a prospective benefit is worth making an effort? During his PhD, he studied how metabolic feedback such as caloric intake regulates the brain response to images of palatable food. During his postdoc at TUD, he studied how dopamine affects action and reinforcement learning and the invigoration of action by reward. Moreover, he did a postdoc at the John B. Pierce Laboratory / Yale University in the lab of Prof. Dana Small examining alterations of brain response to milkshake in obesity and dissecting the role of effort in shaping reward value. He has received the Werner Straub award for a PhD thesis with highest distinction by TUD in 2014 and a IZKF Junior Research Group award by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tübingen in 2017. As many of his co-workers and students will confirm, Nils is notorious for advocating advanced statistical modeling (‘duh, there is a NO in ANOVA’) and the never-ending search for the most stunning visualization of data.
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