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

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

  • Changes of neural processes in patients with schizophrenia

  • 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 Associate / University of Bremen

Institute of Psychology and Cognition Research


Visiting Scientist / Istanbul Kültür Üniversitesi, Turkey

Brain Dynamics, Cognition and Complex Systems Research Unit

2006Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) with summa cum laude

Research Assistant / University of Bremen

Collaborative Research Center 517 „Neurocognition“ and Institut of Human-Neurobiology / University of Bremen


Visiting Scientist / University of Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre

2002Diploma in Psychology

Research Papers

  • 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, 00, 1– 14.
  • 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 2021; 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 2020; 3:1–11.
  • 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.
  • Wienke, A. S., Basar-Eroglu, 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.
  • Mathes, B., Khalaidovski, K., Wienke, A. S., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Basar-Eroglu, 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., Basar-Eroglu, 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., Basar-Eroglu, C. (2016). Theta response in schizophrenia is indifferent to perceptual illusion, Clinical Neurophysiology, 127: 419-30.
  • Koch, M., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Mathes, B. (2016). Neuropharmacology of altered brain oscillations in schizophrenia. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 103, 62-8.
  • Basar-Eroglu, 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, 118-28, .
  • Basar, E., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Mathes, B., Femir, B., Emek-Sava, D. D., Tülay, E., Tan, D., Düzgün, A., Güntekin, B., Özerdem, A., Yener, G., Basar-Eroglu, 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, 135-48, .
  • Mathes, B., Khalaidovski, K., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Basar-Eroglu, C. (2014). Frontal theta activity is pronounced during illusory perception. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 94:445-54, .
  • Basar-Eroglu, 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, 121-9.
  • Mathes, B., Schmiedt, J., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Pantelis, C., Basar-Eroglu, 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, 920-32.
  • Basar-Eroglu, C., Mathes, B., Brand, A., Schmiedt-Fehr, C. (2011). Occipital gamma response to auditory stimulation in patients with schizophrenia, International Journal of Psychophysiology, 79, 3-8.
  • Mathes, B., Pomper, U., Walla, P., Basar-Eroglu, C. (2010). Dissociation of reversal- and motor-related delta and alpha band responses during visual multistable perception, Neuroscience Letters, 478, 14-18.
  • Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Mathes, B., Basar-Eroglu, C. (2009). Aging: alpha brain oscillations and inhibitory control – a partially preserved mechanism in healthy aging?, Journal of Psychophysiology, 23, 208-15.
  • Basar-Eroglu, 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, 75-83.
  • Basar-Eroglu, C., Schmiedt-Fehr, C., Marbach, S., Brand, A., Mathes, B., (2008). Altered oscillatory Alpha and Theta networks in Schizophrenia, Brain Research, 1235,143-52.
  • Mathes, B., Fahle, M. (2007). Closure facilitates contour integration in smooth and short contours, Vision Research, 47, 818-27.
  • Mathes, B., Fahle, M. (2007). The electrophysiological correlate of contour integration is similar for colour and luminance mechanisms, Psychophysiology, 44,305-22.
  • 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, 1235-50.
  • Basar-Eroglu, 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, 39-45.
  • Mathes, B., Trenner, D., Fahle, M., (2006). The electrophysiological correlate of contour integration is modulated by task demands, Brain Research, 1114, 98-112.
  • Mathes, B., Strüber, D., Stadler, M., Basar-Eroglu, C. (2006). Voluntary control of Necker cube reversals modulates the EEG delta- and gamma-band response, Neuroscience Letters, 402,145-9.
  • 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, 1053-62.

Posters & scientific presentations at symposia:

  • Wienke, A., Ruge, J., Mathes, B. (2022). Impact of socio-economic status on electrophysiological response to acoustic stimulus change in infants. FLUX Society Annual Conference; September 7-9,  2022, Paris, France.
  • Mathes, B., Wienke, A. S., Kiel, N., Wastl, F. L., Kemmerich, R., Macha, T., Kröger, H. (2022). Recruitment strategies targeting young families with socio-economic and cultural challenges. 52nd Congress of the German Psychological Society, September 10-15, 2022, Hildesheim, Germany.
  • Samdan, G., Reinelt, T., Kiel, N., Mathes, B., Pauen, S. (2022). Maternal self-efficacy: characteristics that influence it, ways to increase it, and mothers who develop it the most. 52nd Congress of the German Psychological Society, September 10-15, 2022, Hildesheim, Germany.
  • Iken, P. I., Kiel, N., Wölbling, V., Mathes, B. (2022). Associations between media exposure, attachment, education and temperament in infancy. 52nd Congress of the German Psychological Society, September 10-15, 2022, Hildesheim, Germany
  • Wienke, A., Mathes, B. (2022). "Einfluss des sozioökonomischen Status auf die elektrophysiologische Verarbeitung akustischer Reizänderung von Säuglingen", Familiäre Herkunft und frühkindliche Entwicklung online; 9.-11. März 2022.
  • Kiel, N., Samdan, G., Wienke, A., Reinelt, T., Pauen, P., Mathes, B., Herzmann, C. (2022). "Von Ko-Regulation zur Selbst-Regulation: Zusammenhänge von mütterlichem Beruhigungsverhalten, mütterlicher Erziehungsselbstwirksamkeit und Säuglingsregulation", Familiäre Herkunft und frühkindliche Entwicklung online; 9.-11. März 2022.