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Dr. Thomas Ethofer

Organization: University Hospital Tübingen


Otfried-Müller-Str. 25
72076 Tübingen

Phone number: 49-7071-2987384

Department: Department of Biomedical Magnetic Resonance

Area: CIN Members

Field of Research

We are using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to investigate the neural basis of perception and integration of socially relevant signals expressed via different sensory modalities (facial expression, speech melody, eye gaze). Furthermore, we are interested in how processing of communication signals is influenced by interindividual factors (e.g., personality traits) or altered during psychiatric diseases (e.g. depression and bipolar disorder). To this end, we currently combine advanced methods for data acquisition, such as high-resolution imaging at 9.4 T with multivariate data analysis tools that account for fine-grained representation of neural signals within interacting networks.


1. Ethofer T, Bretscher J, Wiethoff S, Bisch J, Schlipf S, Wildgruber D, Kreifelts B (2013) Functional responses and structural connections of cortical areas for processing of faces and voices in the superior temporal sulcus. NeuroImage, in press.


2. Ethofer T, Bretscher J, Gschwind M, Kreifelts B, Wildgruber D, Vuilleumier P (2012) Emotional Voice Areas: Anatomic Location, Functional Properties, and Structural Connections revealed by combined fMRI/DTI. Cerebral Cortex, 22:191-200.


3. Ethofer T, Gschwind M, Vuilleumier P (2011) Processing social aspects of human gaze. NeuroImage, 55:411-9.


4. Ethofer T, Van de Ville D, Scherer KR, Vuilleumier V (2009). Brain reading of emotional information in voice-sensitive cortices. Current Biology, 19: 1028-1033.


5. Ethofer T, Kreifelts B, Wiethoff S, Wolf J, Grodd W, Vuilleumier P, Wildgruber D (2009) Differential influences of emotion, task, and novelty on the brain network underlying the processing of speech melody, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21:1255-1268.