Maria Walt­mann

Maria Waltmann

PhD can­di­date

Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Cog­ni­tive & Brain Sci­ences
Stephanstraße 1A
04103 Leipzig

Dur­ing her under­grad­u­ate years at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hei­del­berg (B.A. Phi­los­o­phy and Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture, B.Sc. Psy­chol­o­gy), Maria acquired a taste for neu­rocog­ni­tive research in psy­chi­a­try. For her under­grad­u­ate dis­ser­ta­tion, she worked on the effects of SSRIs on emo­tion­al pro­cess­ing in a healthy vol­un­teer mod­el of depres­sion at the Psy­chophar­ma­col­o­gy and Emo­tion Research Lab (PERL) in Oxford. She fol­lowed this up with a degree in Neu­ro­science at King’s Col­lege Lon­don, where she worked with Dr. Gem­ma Modi­nos on func­tion­al con­nec­tiv­i­ty of the stria­tum in schizo­typy using mul­ti-echo rest­ing-state data. In Novem­ber 2017, Maria joined our Lab to inves­ti­gate the shared and dif­fer­en­tial neu­rocog­ni­tive mech­a­nisms of obe­si­ty and binge eat­ing dis­or­der, employ­ing behav­iour­al and MR imag­ing tech­niques informed by com­pu­ta­tion­al mod­el­ling.

2017— PhD Stu­dent, “Shared and dif­fer­en­tial neu­ro-cog­ni­tive mech­a­nisms of obe­si­ty and binge eat­ing dis­or­der in ado­les­cence and adult­hood”, Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Cog­ni­tive and Brain Sci­ences
2016–2017 King’s Col­lege Lon­don, MSc Neu­ro­science (pass with dis­tinc­tion) Dis­ser­ta­tion: Func­tion­al Con­nec­tiv­i­ty of the Stria­tum in Psy­cho­me­t­ric Schizo­typy – Insights from Muli_echo Rest­ing-State fMRI. Super­vi­sor: Dr. Gem­ma Modi­nos (KCL)
2013–2014 Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge. Pol­i­tics, Psy­chol­o­gy, and Soci­ol­o­gy (PPS) Year abroad at St. John’s Col­lege Cam­bridge
2012–2016 Uni­ver­si­ty of Hei­del­berg, BSc Psy­chol­o­gy (1,3) Dis­ser­ta­tion: The Effects of 4 Weeks SSRI Admin­is­tra­tion on Emo­tion­al Pro­cess­ing in High and Low Neu­rot­ic Healthy Vol­un­teers. Super­vi­sors: Prof. Cather­ine Harmer (Oxford), Dr. Susan­nah Mur­phy (Oxford), Dr. Katrin Schulze (Hei­del­berg)
2011–2016 Uni­ver­si­ty of Hei­del­berg, BA in Phi­los­o­phy and Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture Dis­ser­ta­tion: Phe­nom­e­nal­i­ty and the Ontol­ogy of Prop­er­ties. Super­vi­sors: PD Dr. Oliv­er Schlaudt (Hei­del­berg), Prof. Peter McLaugh­lin (Hei­del­berg)


Janssen, L., Her­zog, N., Walt­mann, M., Breuer, N., Wiencke, K., Rausch, F., Hart­mann, H., Poes­sel, M., & Horstmann, A. (2019). Lost in trans­la­tion?: On the need for con­ver­gence in ani­mal and human stud­ies on the role of dopamine in diet-induced obe­si­ty. Cur­rent Addic­tion Reports, 6(3), 229–257. doi:10.1007/s40429-019–00268-w.
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Walt­mann, M., O’Daly, O., Egerton, A., McMullen, K., Kumari, V., Bark­er, G. J., Williams, S. C. R., & Modi­nos, G. (2018). Mul­ti-echo fMRI, rest­ing-state con­nec­tiv­i­ty, and high psy­cho­me­t­ric schizo­typy. Neu­roIm­age: Clin­i­cal, 21: 101603. doi:10.1016/j.nicl.2018.11.013.
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