Jasmin Kizilirmak

Lehre | Teaching

Winter 2018/19

  • Wissenschaftspraktikum (für Bachelor Psychologie): Problemlösen mit und ohne Aha!, Lernen und Langzeitgedächtnis
  • Seminar Grundlagenvertiefung Neuropsychologie (für Master Psychologie)

Sommer 2018

  • Vorlesung Biopsychologie II (für Bachelor Psychologie + Nebenfächer) - Vertretung für Prof. Folta-Schoofs (Forschungsfreisemester)
  • Seminar Neurodidaktik (für Bachelor Psychologie) - Vertretung für Prof. Folta-Schoofs (Forschungsfreisemester)
  • Seminar Grundlagenvertiefung Neuropsychologie (für Master Psychologie)

Research interests

My primary field of research is long-term memory, my secondary insight problem-solving and the "aha!" experience. The connection between both fields lies within associative networks and schemata which play an important role when

(1) looking into the question of how we manage to selectively retrieve a single piece of information from memory on cue without being distracted by other information equally associated with that cue, and

(2) when investigating learning from insight, i.e., encoding problems and their solution when a novel association between the provided pieces of information that make up the problem is comprehended suddenly, unravelling the solution.

For my research, I am employing several different methods from classical behavioral measures (accuracy, response times) over electrophysiology (especially ERPs and slow waves) to functional magnetic resonance imaging. I am regarding myself as an Experimental and Biological Psychologist.

Publications (peer-reviewed)

Kizilirmak, J. M., Schott, B. H., Thuerich, H., Sweeney-Reed, C. M. , Richter, A., Richardson-Klavehn, A. (in press). Learning of novel semantic relationships by sudden comprehension is associated with a hippocampus-independent network. Consciousness and Cognition.

Schott, B. H., Luecke, E., Pohl, I.-M., Seidenbecher, C., Pollmann, S., Kizilirmak, J. M., Richardson-Klavehn, A. (2018). Gradual acquisition of visuospatial associative memory traces via the dorsal precuneus. Human Brain Mapping. epub ahead of print.

Kizilirmak, J. M., Serger, V., Kehl, J., Öllinger, M., Folta-Schoofs*, K., & Richardson-Klavehn*, A. (2018) Feelings-of-Warmth Increase More Abruptly for Verbal Riddles Solved With in Contrast to Without Aha! Experience. Frontiers in Psychology, 9:1404. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01404 [Link] (*shared senior authorship)

Kizilirmak, J. M., Thuerich, H., Folta-Schoofs, K., Schott, B. H., & Richardson-Klavehn, A. (2016). Neural Correlates of Learning from Induced Insight: A Case for Reward-Based Episodic Encoding. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(November), 1–16. doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01693 [Link]

Kizilirmak, J. M., Wiegmann, B., & Richardson-Klavehn, A. (2016). Problem Solving as an Encoding Task: A Special Case of the Generation Effect. Journal of Problem Solving, 9(1). doi.org/10.7771/1932-6246.1182 [Link]

Kizilirmak, J. M., Galvao Gomes da Silva, J., Imamoglu, F., & Richardson-Klavehn, A. (2016). Generation and the subjective feeling of “aha!” are independently related to learning from insight. Psychological Research, 80(6), 1059–1074. doi.org/10.1007/s00426-015-0697-2 [Link]

Kizilirmak, J. M., Rösler, F., Bien, S., & Khader, P. H. (2015). Inferior parietal and right frontal contributions to trial-by-trial adaptations of attention to memory. Brain Research, 1614(2015), 14–27. doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2015.04.012 [Link]

Behrmann, L., Kizilirmak, J. M., & Utesch, F. (2014). Langfristige Auswirkungen ausbleibenden Strategieunter- richts auf das Lernverhalten von Studierenden und deren Einstellungen zur Schule. In M. Krämer, U. Weger, & M. Zupanic (Eds.), Psychologiedidaktik und Evaluation X (pp. 179–186). [PDF]

Kizilirmak, J. M., Rösler, F., & Khader, P. H. (2014). Trial-to-trial dynamics of selective long-term-memory retrieval with continuously changing retrieval targets. Brain and Cognition, 90, 8–18. doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2014.04.013 [Link]

Kizilirmak, J. M., Rösler, F., & Khader, P. H. (2012). Control processes during selective long-term memory retrieval. NeuroImage, 59(2), 1830–1841. doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.08.041 [Link]

Kopp, B., Kizilirmak, J. M., Liebscher, C., Runge, J., & Wessel, K. (2010). Event-related brain potentials and the efficiency of visual search for vertically and horizontally oriented stimuli. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 10(4), 523–540. doi.org/10.3758/CABN.10.4.523 [Link]

CV (short)

since October 2015: Postdoc in the Neurodidactics lab of Prof. Dr. Kristian Folta-Schoofs and lecturer for Psychology at the University of Hildesheim, Germany

July 2012 - September 2015: Postdoc in the Memory & Consciousness lab of Prof. Dr. Alan Richardson-Klavehn at the Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg, Germany, main focus on the SFB779-A10 project (-> Neural correlates of learning from insight)

December 2012: Gaining the doctoral degree "Dr. rer. nat." at the Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany, with distinction "summa cum laude" (1st referee: Prof. Dr. Frank Rösler, 2nd referee: Prof. Dr. Patrick Khader)

May 2009 - June 2012: Research assisstant in the "Cognition and Brain" lab of Prof. Dr. Frank Rösler at the Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany, PhD student as part of the DFG project KH 235 1-1 (advisor PD Dr. Patrick Khader)

March 2009: Degree in Psychology ("Diploma" ~ Master of Science); diploma thesis "Event-related potentials in visual search with shape-from-shading stimuli", advisor Prof. Dr. Bruno Kopp

2004-2009: Studies of Psychology at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany


Member of the Psychonomic Society

Member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (German Psychological Society)

Reviewer for the following journals

  • Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Consciousness and Cognition
  • Journal of Biology
  • Journal of Neuroscience
  • Journal of Problem Solving
  • Neuroscience of Decision Making
  • PLOSone
  • Psychological Research
  • Thinking and Reasoning

Reviewing Editor

  • Frontiers in Neuroscience

About me

I love doing research and talking about it. When I'm not doing one of the two, I play with my two children (2.5 years and 9 months old), sing, read manga, go running, or watch series like Game of Thrones, Gotham, Black Mirror, or House of Cards. One day, I will hopefully have time to pick up learning the piano again, which I had to abandon when I decided to become a parent (children are so demanding! ;) Fortunately, my eldest loves music instruments. When he and his little brother stop using his toy guitar and other instruments as a drum, I may bring my e-piano back home.