Prof. Dr. Christiane Thiel

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Department of Psychology
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all
Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
26111 Oldenburg

Christiane Thiel

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christiane Thiel

Date of Birth: 26.03.1969 (3 children *2001, *2004, *2007)

Department of Psychology
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
26111 Oldenburg 

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1995 - 1999

PhD in Biological Psychology, University of Düsseldorf, Germany

1988 - 1994

Studies in Psychology and Neuroscience, Universities of Koblenz-Landau (Germany), Düsseldorf (Germany) and Sheffield (UK)

Academic Appointments


Visiting Professor Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University School of  Medicine, US

since 2005

Full professor (Cognitive Neurobiology), University of Oldenburg

2001 - 2005 Senior Scientist, Cognitive Neurology, Institute of Medicine, Research Centre Jülich, Germany
1999 - 2001 Visiting Scientist, Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, UCL, London, UK
1995 - 1999 Research Assistant, University of Düsseldorf, Germany

Selected professional activities, honors

since 2020

Member of Review Board Psychology, German Research Association (DFG)

since 2018 Member of the Board of Directors of the Cluster of Excellence “Hearing4all”
2016 - 2019

Dean of Research, Medical Faculty, University of Oldenburg

2015 - 2018

Member of the Board of Directors of the Research Centre for Neurosensory Science at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

2013 - 2016 Head of the Ethics Committee of the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
2013 Call to University of Düsseldorf (declined)
since 2013 Member of AcademiaNet
since 2011 DGPs - member of the Ethics Committee and Data Security Task Force
since 2009 Member of the Senate of the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
2005 Call to LMU Munich (declined)
1989 - 2004 Scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

10 representative publications

Rosemann S, Thiel CM. Neuroanatomical changes associated with age-related hearing loss and listening effort. Brain Struct Funct. 2020 Sep 22. doi: 10.1007/s00429-020-02148-w.

Ahrens S, Laux J, Müller C, Thiel CM. Increased dopamine availability magnifies nicotine effects on cognitive control: A pilot study. J Psychopharmacol. 2020 May;34(5):548-556. doi: 10.1177/0269881120907989.

Rosemann S, Thiel CM. Audio-visual speech processing in age-related hearing loss: Stronger integration and increased frontal lobe recruitment. Neuroimage. 2018 Jul 15;175:425-437. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.04.023.

Puschmann S, Steinkamp S, Gillich I, Mirkovic B, Debener S, Thiel CM. The Right Temporoparietal Junction Supports Speech Tracking During Selective Listening: Evidence from Concurrent EEG-fMRI. J Neurosci. 2017 Nov 22;37(47):11505-11516. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1007-17.2017.

Özyurt J, Müller HL, Warmuth-Metz M, Thiel CM. Hypothalamic tumors impact gray and white matter volumes in fronto-limbic brain areas. Cortex. 2017 Apr;89:98-110. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2017.01.017.

Puschmann S, Huster RJ, Thiel CM. Mapping the spatiotemporal dynamics of processing task-relevant and task-irrelevant sound feature changes using concurrent EEG-fMRI. Hum Brain Mapp. 2016 Oct;37(10):3400-16. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23248.

Giessing C, Thiel CM, Alexander-Bloch AF, Patel AX, Bullmore ET. Human brain functional network changes associated with enhanced and impaired attentional task performance. J Neurosci. 2013 Apr 3;33(14):5903-14. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4854-12.2013.

Kukolja J, Thiel CM, Fink GR. Cholinergic stimulation enhances neural activity associated with encoding but reduces neural activity associated with retrieval in humans. J Neurosci. 2009 Jun 24;29(25):8119-28. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0203-09.2009.

Thiel CM, Friston KJ, Dolan RJ. Cholinergic modulation of experience-dependent plasticity in human auditory cortex. Neuron. 2002 Aug 1;35(3):567-74. doi:  10.1016/s0896-6273(02)00801-2.

Thiel CM, Henson RN, Morris JS, Friston KJ, Dolan RJ. Pharmacological modulation of behavioral and neuronal correlates of repetition priming. J Neurosci. 2001 Sep 1;21(17):6846-52. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.21-17-06846.2001.

Third party funding (last 5 years)

2019 - 2025

Hearing4all. Medicine, basic research and engineering solutions for personalized hearing care (H4A 2.0) EXC1077 (DFG, Thiel PI + Research Thread Leader, total 41.641 k€)

2018 - 2019

Hearing aid use, audiovisual integration and speech performance: probing the interplay (Thiel Co-Applicant, Hearing IRC Research Grant, 137 k€)

2017 - 2020 Cholinergic and dopaminergic modulation of cognitive flexibility and stability (Thiel Main Applicant, DFG, 297 k€)
2016 - 2018 Hearing4all 2.0 preparation: Lower Saxonian Initiative and competition (Thiel Co-Applicant, Ministry of Science and Education Lower Saxony, 1000 k€)
2015 Großgeräteantrag INST 184/152-1 FUGG 3T Kernspintomograph (Thiel Main Applicant, DFG, 1.000 k€)
2013 - 2016 PhD Programm Signals Cognition (MWK Niedersachsen, Thiel PI, 1000 k€)
2012 - 2017 Cluster of Excellence “Hearing4all” EXC1077. (DFG, Thiel PI+ Task Group Leader, total 28.000 k€)
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