Prof. Dr. Birgit Mathes

Head of Research Group

Psychologist, Prof. Dr.


University of Bremen

Mary-Somerville-Straße 3

28359 Bremen

Phone: +49 421/218-68661

E-Mail: birgit.mathesprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

  • Neurocognitive development between infancy and adolescence
  • Neural correlates of perception, memory, attention and action planning

  • Influence of the family environment on neuro-cognitiv development
since 2019

Head of research group / University of Bremen

Bremen Initiative to Foster Early Childhood Development

since 2017

Head of laboratory / University of Bremen

Bremen Initiative to Foster Early Childhood Development

2016Habilitation with Venia Legendi in Psychology

Research Papers

  • Wienke AS, Mathes B.: Socioeconomic inequalities affect brain responses of infants growing up in Germany. Brain Sciences. 14(6):560 [open acces].

  • Mathes, B., Kemmerich, R., Wienke, A.S. (2024). Experimentelles Arbeiten mit Kindern aus verschiedenen (Sprach-)Kulturen und mit familiären Herausforderungen. Frühe Bildung (2024), 13(2):116-118.

  • Kiel, N., Samdan, G., Wienke, A.S., Reinelt, T., Pauen, S., Mathes, B., Herzmann, Ch. (2024). From co-regulation to self-regulation: Maternal soothing strategies and self-efficacy in relation to maternal reports of infant regulation at 3 and 7 months.Infant Mental Health Journal, 45(2):135-152.
  • Römer, P., Kemmerich, R., Petermann, F., Mathes, B., Zierul, C. (2023). Alcohol and nicotine consumption during pregnancy. Prevalence and predictors among women in Bremen, Germany. Sucht 69(3):99–110.
  • Küçük, K.M., Mathes, B., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Başar-Eroğlu, C. (2023). Aging attenuated theta response during multistable perception. Psychophysiology, open access.
  • Küçük, K.M., Wienke, A.S., Mathes, B., Başar-Eroğlu, C. (2023). Multistable perception elicits compensatory alpha activity in older adults. Front Aging Neurosci., open access.
  • Başar-Eroğlu, C., Küçük, K.M., Rürup, L., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Mathes, B. (2022). Oscillatory activities in multiple frequency bands in patients with schizophrenia during motion perception. Clin EEG Neurosci, 54(4):349-358 doi: 10.1177/15500594221141825
  • Samdan, G., Reinelt, T., Kiel, N., Mathes, B., Pauen, S. (2022). Maternal self-efficacy development from pregnancy to 3 months after birth. Infant Mental Health Journal, 43(6):831-974.
  • Römer, P., Gómez Putzer, A., Kemmerich, R., Mathes, B. (2021). Effects of prenatal electronic cigarette exposure on foetal development: a review of the literature. Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde 81(11):1224-1237. 10.1055/a-1524-5155 [OPEN ACESS]
  • Römer, P., Mathes, B., Stoyanova, P., Reinelt, T., Petermann, F., Zierul, C. (2020). Systematic review showed that low and moderate prenatal alcohol and nicotine exposure affected early child development. Acta Paediatrica 109(12):2491-2501.
  • Rürup, L.,Mathes, B., Schmiedt-Fehr, C.,Wienke, A. S., Özerdem, A., Brand, A., Basar-Eroglu, C. (2020). Altered gamma and theta oscillations during multistable perception in schizophrenia. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 155:127-139.
  • Wienke, A. S., Başar-Eroğlu, C., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Mathes, B. (2018). Novelty N2-P3a complex and theta oscillations reflect improving neural coordination within frontal brain networks during adolescence. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, open access.
  • Mathes, B., Khalaidovski, K., Wienke, A. S., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Başar-Eroğlu, C. (2016). Maturation of the P3 and concurrent oscillatory processes during early and late adolescence. Clinical Neurophysiology, 127, 2599-609.
  • Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Mathes, B., Kedilaya, S., Krauss, J., Başar-Eroğlu, C. (2016). Aging differentially affects alpha and beta sensorimotor rhythms in a go/nogo task. Clinical Neurophysiology, 127:3234–3242.
  • Mathes, B., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Kedilaya, S., Strüber, D., Brand, A., Başar-Eroğlu, C. (2016). Theta response in schizophrenia is indifferent to perceptual illusion. Clinical Neurophysiology, 127:419-430. DOI: 10.1016/j.clinph.2015.02.061
  • Koch, M., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Mathes, B. (2016). Neuropharmacology of altered brain oscillations in schizophrenia. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 103:62-68.
  • Başar-Eroğlu, C., Mathes, B., Khalaidovski, K., Brand, A., Schmiedt-Fehr, C. (2016). Altered alpha brain oscillations during multistable perception in schizophrenia. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 103:118-128.
  • Başar, E., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Mathes, B., Femir, B., Emek-Sava, D. D., Tülay, E., Tan, D., Düzgün, A., Güntekin, B., Özerdem, A., Yener, G., Başar-Eroğlu, C. (2016). What does the broken brain say to the neuroscientist? Oscillations and connectivity in schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, and bipolar disorder. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 103:135-148,
  • Mathes, B., Khalaidovski, K., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Başar-Eroğlu, C. (2014). Frontal theta activity is pronounced during illusory perception. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 94:445-54.
  • Başar-Eroğlu, C., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Mathes, B. (2013). Auditory evoked alpha oscillations imply reduced anterior and increased posterior amplitudes in schizophrenia. Supplements to Clinical Neurophysiology, 62:121-129.
  • Mathes, B., Schmiedt, J., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Pantelis, C., Başar-Eroğlu, C. (2012). New rather than old? For working memory tasks with abstract patterns the P3 and single-trial delta response are larger for modified than identical probe stimuli. Psychophysiology, 49(7):920-932.
  • Başar-Eroğlu, C., Mathes, B., Brand, A., Schmiedt-Fehr, C. (2011). Occipital gamma response to auditory stimulation in patients with schizophrenia. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 79(1):3-8.
  • Mathes, B., Pomper, U., Walla, P., Başar-Eroğlu, C. (2010). Dissociation of reversal- and motor-related delta and alpha band responses during visual multistable perception. Neuroscience Letters, 478(1):14-18.
  • Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Mathes, B., Başar-Eroğlu, C. (2009). Aging: alpha brain oscillations and inhibitory control – a partially preserved mechanism in healthy aging? Journal of Psychophysiology, 23(4):208-215.
  • Başar-Eroğlu, C., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Mathes, B., Zimmermann, J., Brand, A. (2009). Are oscillatory brain responses generally reduced in schizophrenia during long sustained attentional processing? International Journal of Psychophysiology, 71(1):75-83.
  • Başar-Eroğlu, C., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Marbach, S., Brand, A., Mathes, B., (2008). Altered oscillatory alpha and theta networks in schizophrenia. Brain Research, 1235:143-152.
  • Mathes, B., Fahle, M. (2007). Closure facilitates contour integration in smooth and short contours. Vision Research, 47(6):818-827.
  • Mathes, B., Fahle, M. (2007). The electrophysiological correlate of contour integration is similar for colour and luminance mechanisms. Psychophysiology, 44(2):305-322.
  • Picchioni, M., Matthiasson, P., Broome, M., Giampietro, V., Brammer, M., Mathes, B., Fletcher, P., Williams, S., McGuire, P. (2007). Medial temporal lobe activity at recognition increases with the duration of mnemonic delay during an object working memory task. Human Brain Mapping, 28(11):1235-1250.
  • Başar-Eroğlu, C., Brand, A., Hildebrandt, H., Kedzior, K. K., Mathes, B., Schmiedt, C. (2007). Working memory related gamma oscillations in schizophrenia patients. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 64(1):39-45.
  • Mathes, B., Trenner, D., Fahle, M., (2006). The electrophysiological correlate of contour integration is modulated by task demands. Brain Research, 1114(1):98-112.
  • Mathes, B., Strüber, D., Stadler, M., Başar-Eroğlu, C. (2006). Voluntary control of Necker cube reversals modulates the EEG delta- and gamma-band response. Neuroscience Letters, 402(1-2):145-149.
  • Mathes, B., Wood, S. J., Proffitt, T. M., Stuart, G. W., Buchanan, J. A., Velakoulis, D., Brewer, W. J., McGorry, P. D., Pantelis, C. (2005). Early processing deficits in object working memory in first-episode schizophreniform psychosis and established schizophrenia. Psychological Medicine, 35(7):1053-1062.