Jasmin Kizilirmak

Aktuelle Lehrveranstaltungen (current lectures/seminars)

  • WiSe 2021/22:  Grundlagenvertiefung 2: Biologische Psychologie und Neuropsychologie (Seminar)
  • SoSe 2022:         Biopsychologie II: Wahrnehmung & Motorik (Vorlesung)

Themen für Qualifizierungsarbeiten & Forschungspraktika

  • Online-Studien zum Lernen durch Problemlösen mit Einsicht
  • Auswertungen großer Datensätzen mit Biomarkern (inkl. fMRT) zum gesunden und pathologischen Altern mit Schwerpunkt Langzeitgedächtnis
  • Studien im EEG- & Verhaltens-Labor des DZNE Göttingen (Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen e. V.; abhängig von der pandemischen Lage)

Research interests

My main interest is in long-term memory, that is, learning and retrieval processes, with a specific focus on associative declarative long-term memory. I research:

  • Neurocognitive mechanisms of long-term memory formation
  • Problem-solving via insight (Aha! experiences) and neurocognitive mechanisms of learning by insight
  • Effects of healthy aging and pathological aging (neurodegenerative diseases) on neurocognitive processes of long-term memory formation
  • Cognitive control of selective long-term memory retrieval

Current research projects

  • Learning via insight as a potential resource for learning in old age and increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease
  • The role of Default Mode Network structures in age-dependent long-term memory formation
  • Prediction of Alzheimer’s disease and risk states from functional neuroimaging, personality scores, genetic and CSF biomarkers
  • Neural correlates of visual features predicting true and false memorability and their modulation by Alzheimer’s disease risk states

Short CV



Habilitation (“Privatdozent”, PD) in Psychology, title: "Cognitive and neural processes of encoding and retrieval of representations in semantic memory networks" at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. Received venia legendi for Psychology.

since 08/2019


Research associate at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Göttingen, in the research group Cognitive Geriatric Psychiatry of PD Dr. Dr. Björn H. Schott; focus on learning via insight in old age and Alzheimer’s dementia



Research associate and lecturer at the University of Hildesheim, Institute of Psychology, in the Neurodidactics research group of Prof. Dr. Kristian Folta-Schoofs

07/2012– 09/2015


Research associate at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Clinic for Neurology and Stereotactic Surgery, in the Consciousness and Memory research group of Prof. Dr. Alan Richardson-Klavehn



Ph. D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in Psychology, thesis "Cognitive control during selective long-term-memory retrieval" at Philipps-University Marburg, Germany, supervision by Prof. Dr. Patrick Khader and Prof. Dr. Frank Rösler. Defended with summa cum laude.

05/2009– 06/2012


Research assistant (PhD student) at the Philipps-University Marburg, Institute of Psychology, research group Cognition and Brain of Prof. Dr. Frank Rösler



M. Sc. (Diplom) in Psychology, thesis: "Event-related potentials during visual search with shape-from-shading stimuli" at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, supervised by Prof. Dr. Bruno Kopp. Grade very good.



A-levels (Abitur) at the grammar school Schiller-Schule in Bochum, grade 1.8.

Editorial involvement in scientific journals

Review editor

  • Frontiers in Neuroscience

Associate editor

  • Frontiers in Human Neuroscience: Research Topic “The role of Default Mode Network Structures in Long-Term Memory” [Link]
  • Journal of Cognitive Psychology: Special Issue “Studying the Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Insight Problem Solving” [Link]

Publications (conference contributions excluded)

In preparation

Richter, A., Soch, J., Kizilirmak, J. M., Fischer, L., Schütze, H., Assmann, A., Behnisch, G., Feldhoff, H., Knopf, L., Raschick, M., Schult, A., Seidenbecher, C. I., Yakupov, R., Düzel, E., & Schott, B. H. (n.d.). Summary statistics of memory-related fMRI activity reflect dissociable neuropsychological and anatomical signatures of neurocognitive aging.

Scherger, A.-L., Kizilirmak, J. M., & Folta-Schoofs, K. (n.d.). Ditransitive structures in child language acquisition: An investigation of production, comprehension and processing speed in children aged five to seven.


Kizilirmak, J. M., Fischer, L., Krause, J., Soch, J., Richter, A., & Schott, B. H. (2021). Learning by Insight-Like Sudden Comprehension as a Potential Strategy to Improve Memory Encoding in Older Adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 13(June), 1–31. doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2021.661346

Kizilirmak, J. M., Gallisch, N., Schott, B. H., & Folta-Schoofs, K. (2021). Insight is not always the same: differences between true, false, and induced insights in the matchstick arithmetic task. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 0(0), 1–18. doi.org/10.1080/20445911.2021.1912049

Kizilirmak, J. M., Glim, S., Darna, M., & Khader, P. H. (2021). Selective attention to stimulus representations in perception and memory: commonalities and differences. Psychological Research. doi.org/10.1007/s00426-020-01469-z

Danek, A. H., & Kizilirmak, J. M. (2021). The whole is more than the sum of its parts – addressing insight problem solving concurrently from a cognitive and an affective perspective. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 33(6–7), 609–615. doi.org/10.1080/20445911.2021.1967962

Wernicke, M., Ritter, M. L., Torner, A., Kizilirmak, J. M., Schmidt-Thieme, B., & Folta-Schoofs, K. (2021). STARK - Ein soziales und inklusiv vermitteltes Trainingsprogramm zur Förderung der Raumwahrnehmung und Raumkognition. In C. Bätge, P. Cloos, F. Gerstenberg, & K. Riechers (Eds.), Inklusive Bildungsforschung der frühen Kindheit (1st ed., pp. 28–31). Beltz Juventa.

Scherger, A., Urbanczik, G., Ludwigs, T., & Kizilirmak, J. M. (2021). The Bilingual Native Speaker Competence: Evidence From Explicit and Implicit Language Knowledge Using Elicited Production, Sentence-Picture Matching, and Pupillometry. Frontiers in Psychology, 12(September). doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.717379

Soch, J., Richter, A., Schütze, H., Kizilirmak, J. M., Assmann, A., Knopf, L., Raschick, M., Schult, A., Maass, A., Ziegler, G., Richardson-Klavehn, A., Düzel, E., & Schott, B. H. (2020). Bayesian model selection favors parametric over categorical models of the fMRI subsequent memory effect in young and elderly adults. NeuroImage, 2020.07.27.220871. doi.org/10.1101/2020.07.27.220871

Kizilirmak, J. M., Schott, B. H., Thürich, H., Richter, A., Sweeney-Reed, C. M., & Richardson-Klavehn, A. (2019). Learning of novel semantic relationships via sudden comprehension is associated with a hippocampus-independent network orchestrated by the mPFC. Consciousness and Cognition, 69(January), 113–132. doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2019.01.005

Schott, B. H., Wüstenberg, T., Lücke, E., Pohl, I.-M., Richter, A., Seidenbecher, C. I., Pollmann, S., Kizilirmak, J. M., & Richardson-Klavehn, A. (2019). Gradual acquisition of visuospatial associative memory representations via the dorsal precuneus. Human Brain Mapping, 40(5), 1554–1570. doi.org/10.1002/hbm.24467

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(August), 1–11. doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01404

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

Kizilirmak, J. M., Wiegmann, B., & Richardson-Klavehn, A. (2016). Problem Solving as an Encoding Task: A Special Case of the Generation Effect. The Journal of Problem Solving, 9(1), 59–76. doi.org/10.7771/1932-6246.1182

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(NOV), 1–16. doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01693

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.2015.04.0123

Behrmann, L., Kizilirmak, J. M., & Utesch, F. (2014). Langfristige Auswirkungen ausbleibenden Strategieunterrichts 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).

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

Kizilirmak, J. M. (2012). Cognitive control during selective long-term-memory retrieval [Philipps-University Marburg]. doi.org/10.17192/z2013.0045

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

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

Ad-hoc reviewer for the following journals

AIMS Neuroscience; Biological Psychology; British Journal of Psychology; Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience; Consciousness and Cognition; Creativity Research Journal; Current Psychology; Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; Frontiers in Psychology; Journal of Cognitive Psychology; Journal of Neuroscience; Journal of Problem Solving; Nature Scientific Reports; NeuroImage; PLOS one; Psychological Research; Thinking and Reasoning


German Society for Psychology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie, DGPs), panels for Experimental and Biological Psychology; European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP); Psychonomic Society; Cognitive Science Society (CogSci); Insight without Borders; Organization for Human Brain Mapping