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Prof. Dr. Martina Piefke

Professor Martina Piefke is neuroscientist who has done important research on integrating psychological and neuroscientific approaches in studying complex phenomena such as empathy.

Contact Information

Portrait von Professor Martina Piefke
  • Faculty for Health (Psychology and Psychotherapy Department)
  • Head of the Chair of Neurobiology and Genetics of Behaviour
  • University Professor
  • Alfred-Herrhausen-Straße 4458455 Witten
+49 2302 / 926-778
+49 2302 / 926-500


Social cognition, cognitive and clinical neuroscience, emotion regulation, empathy, Theory of Mind, learning and memory, structural and functional neuroimaging, psychophysics, epigenetics, behavioural genetics, neuropsychological diagnosis and rehabilitation, stress, forensic psychiatry, malingering, autism, neurodegenerative diseases

Relevant Publications

  • Piefke, M., Weiss, P.H., Zilles, K., Markowitsch, H.J., Fink, G.R. (2003). Differential remoteness and emotional tone modulate the neural correlates of autobiographical memory. Brain, 126, 650-668.
  • Driessen, M., Beblo, T., Mertens, M., Piefke, M., Rullkötter, N., Silva Saveedra, A., Reddemann, L., Rau, H., Markowitsch, H.J., Wulff, H., Lange, W., Woermann, F.G. (2004). Different fMRI activation patterns of traumatic memory in Borderline personality disorder with and without additional posttraumatic stress disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 55, 603-611.
  • Piefke, M., Weiss, P.H., Markowitsch, H.J., Fink, G.R. (2005). Gender differences in the functional neuroanatomy of emotional episodic autobiographical memory. Human Brain Mapping, 24, 313-324.
  • Beblo, T., Driessen, M., Mertens, M., Wingenfeld, K., Piefke, M., Rullkoetter, N., Silva-Saavedra, A., Mensebach, C., Reddeman, L., Rau, H., Markowitsch, H.J., Wulff, H., Lange, W., Berea, C., Ollech, I. Woermann, F.G. (2006). Functional MRI correlates of the recall of unresolved life events in borderline personality disorder. Psychological Medicine, 36, 845-856.
  • Schulte-Rüther, M., Markowitsch, H.J., Fink, G.R., Piefke, M. (2007). Mirror neuron and theory of mind mechanisms involved in face-to-face Interactions: an fMRI approach to empathy. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 1354-1372.
  • Piefke, M., Kramer, K., Korte, M., Schulte-Rüther, M., Korte, J.M., Wohlschläger, A., Weber, J., Shah, N.J., Huber, W., Fink, G.R. (2009). Functional segregation of brain regions during the observation and mental imagery of distinct types of human body movements. Human Brain Mapping, 30, 432-451.
  • Schulte-Rüther, M., Markowitsch, H.J., Shah, N.J., Fink, G.R., Piefke, M. (2008). Gender differences in the functional neuroanatomy of emotional perspective taking. Neuroimage, 42, 393-403.
  • Greimel, E., Schulte-Rüther, M., Fink, G.R., Piefke, M., Herpertz-Dahlmann, B., Konrad, K. (2010). Development of neural correlates of empathy from childhood to early adulthood: an fMRI study. Journal of Neural Transmission, 117, 781-791.
  • Schulte-Rüther, M., Greimel, E., Markowitsch, H.J., Kamp-Becker, I., Remschmidt, H., Fink, G.R., Piefke, M. (2011). Dysfunctions of brain networks supporting empathy - an fMRI investigation in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Social Neuroscience, 13, 1-21.
  • Piefke, M., Onur, O., Fink, G.R. (2012). Aging-related changes of the brain mechanisms supporting visual-spatial working memory. Neurobiology of Aging, 33, 1284-1297.
  • Ortega, A., Wagenmakers, E.J., Lee, M., Markowitsch, H.J., Piefke, M. (2012). A Bayesian latent group analysis for detecting poor effort in the assessment of malingering. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 27, 453-465.
  • Greimel, E., Nehrkorn, B., Fink, G.R., Kukolja, J., Kohls, G., Müller, K., Piefke, M., Kamp-Becker, I., Remschmidt, H., Herpertz-Dahlmann, B., Konrad, K., Schulte-Rüther, M. (2012). Neural mechanisms of encoding social and non-social context information in autism spectrum disorder. Neuropsychologia, 50, 3440-3449.
  • Ortega, A., Labrenz, S., Markowitsch, H.J., Piefke, M. (2012). Diagnostic accuracy of a Bayesian Latent Group Analysis for the detection of malingering-related poor effort. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 27, 1019-1042.
  • Schulte-Rüther, M., Greimel, E., Piefke, M., Kamp-Becker, I., Remschmidt, H., Fink, G.R., Herpertz-Dahlmann, B., Konrad, K. (2014). Age-dependent changes in the neural substrates of empathy in autism spectrum disorder. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 1118-1126.
  • Grewe, P., Lahr, D., Kohsik, A., Dyck, E., Markowitsch, H.J., Bien, C.G., Botsch, M., Piefke, M. (2014). Real-life memory and spatial navigation in patients with focal epilepsy: ecological validity of a virtual reality supermarket task. Epilepsy and Behavior, 31, 57-66.
  • Grewe, P., Woermann, F., Bien, C.G., Piefke, M. (2015). Disturbed spatial-cognitive processing of body-related stimuli in a case of a lesion to the right fusiform gyrus. Neurocase, 21, 688-696.
  • Glienke, K., Piefke, M. (2016). Acute social stress before the planning phase improves memory performance in a complex real life-related prospective memory task. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 133, 171-181.
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