Prof. Dr. Christiane Thiel

+49 441 798-3641

+49 441 798-3848

Office: A7 0-059

Office hour: Thursday 11:00-12:00
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 A7 0-035

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

Carsten Gießing

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

Phone +49-(0) 441 798 3866

Consultation hour for analysing fMRI data and other methodological questions
every Thursday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, room A7-0-053 – Book an appointment here (Stud.IP)

Research profile

How is the organization of brain networks related to cognitive performance? To investigate this question, I use imaging techniques in combination with cognitive-enhancing drugs. I also have a strong focus on statistical methods.

Major research topics

  • Effects of nicotine on attention performance
  • Graph-theoretical analyses of functional brain networks
  • Robust predective models for inter-individual differences

Academic positions 

2011 – 2014

Associate junior fellowship of the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Germany

2009 – 2011

Postdoctoral fellow at the Bullmore Lab, Cambridge University, UK

Since 2005

Research associate in the Biological Psychology Lab, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany

2002 – 2005

PhD student and research associate in the Research Centre Jülich, Germany in the group of Prof. Gereon Fink
Co-supervised by Prof. Frank Rösler
Institute of Psychology, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany



Doctoral graduation (Dr. rer. nat.), Philipps-University Marburg


Diploma in Psychology, Philipps-University Marburg


Teaching experiences since 2005

Lectures, seminars and tutorials with the focus on statistics, experimental designs and the analysis of fMRI data

Representative publications

Alavash M, Doebler P, Holling H, Thiel CM, and Gießing C (2015). Is functional integration of resting state brain networks an unspecific biomarker for working memory performance? NeuroImage 108C, 182-193.

Alavash M, Hilgetag CC, Thiel CM, and Gießing C (2015). Persistency and flexibility of complex brain networks underlie dual-task interference. Human Brain Mapping 36(9), 3542-3562.

Alavash M, Thiel CM, and Gießing C (2016). Dynamic coupling of complex brain networks and dual-task behavior. NeuroImage 129, 233-246.

Gießing C, Thiel CM, Alexander-Bloch AF, Patel AX, and Bullmore ET (2013). Human brain functional network changes associated with enhanced and impaired attentional task performance. Journal of Neuroscience 33(14), 5903-5914. doi:

Gießing C, Fink GR, Rösler F, and Thiel CM (2007). fMRI data predict individual differences of behavioral effects of nicotine: a partial least square analysis. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 19(4), 658-670. doi:

A complete list of publications can be found here:

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