Principal Investigator

Wolfgang Kelsch


+49(0)6131/17-3950 or +49(0)621/1703-6213
I am seeking to understand how value and social memories are encoded in neuronal circuits and how individual differences arising from prior experience and genetics shape these neuronal functions and behavior.
Lab Members

Mirko Articus

I am interested in how expectation updating is supported by limbic networks.

Michael Bram

I am an electrical engineer in a shared project with the Fraunhofer Institute to advance the development of non-invasive sensor-rich mazes for the high dimensional automated assessment of multiple behavioral domains.

Carla Filosa

I am a theoretical neuroscientist. My goal is to understand the complex interactions between learning and neuronal representations and how they shape reinforcement learning and social behavior.

Sarah Ghanayem

I am developing new behavioral paradigms with ecological longitudinal designs for better translatability.

Franziska Haag

I examine the role of dynamic dopamine signaling in striatal coding of sensory information

Renee Hartig

I aim to understand how distributed circuits interact to generate cognitions related to social behaviors and expected value. Towards this aim, I combine fMRI and electrophysiology in behaving mice.

Jonathan Reinwald

My research focuses on the full development of awake mouse fMRI. This work shall contribute to a better understanding of the networks critically involved in stress-related responses. Here I investigate the interaction of natural social behaviors with individual response traits.

Walter Canedo Riedel

My goal is to understand how expectations are formed and corrected through neuronal computations in distributed circuits.

Max Scheller

I am developing new tools and approaches to better understand cognitive flexibility and value assignment in complex behaviors. Specifically, I am interested in how interregional networks are coordinated dynamically to generate plasticity and new memories.

Luise Staatsmann

I am interested in the dynamics of complex social interactions and development of non-invasive sensor-rich mouse habitats

Laurens Winkelmeier

My goal is to advance functional MRI as a translational tool.

David Wolf

I examine how social information is encoded in distributed brain circuits. My goal is to generate an olfactory systems model of social identity and value presentations.

Angela Zhuo

I am investigating social and reward memory formations. My goal is to better understand how distributed circuits encode value information.

Florian Bähner

Group leader, CIMH, Heidelberg University

Patrick Jendritza

ESI, Frankfurt

Zhijun Li

Professor in Neurology, Wuhan U

Lennart Oettl

Fellow, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, UCL

Manfred Oswald

Researcher, Heidelberg University

Namas Ravi

PostDoc, Childrens Hospital, Philadelphia

Sebastian Schindler

Co-owner of

Anna-Sophia Wahl

Group leader, Brain Research Institute, Zurich

Sebastian Wieland

Group leader, SFB1158, Heidelberg University