Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Consciousness

Research group leader


  • Sergej Wüthrich
  • Else Schneider
  • Romi Zäske
  • Marc Züst
  • Simon Ruch 

Research focuses

  • Unconscious and conscious learning
  • Neural correlates of consciousness
  • Hippocampus
  • Sleep


  • Behavioral measurement
  • PET
  • fMRI
  • EEG

Short description

The group of K. Henke examines conscious and unconscious information processing and episodic memory formation using fMRI, PET, EEG, and behavioral methods in brain damaged patients and healthy controls. They found that human hippocampus mediates the rapid establishment of new associations in memory, irrespective of whether learning and retrieval were carried out with or without consciousness of learning/retrieving. They study the role of sleep learning and retrieving information.