Multisensory Integration

Why does lip reading help us understand speech? Why does food lose its taste when your nose is stuffed up? These are questions of interest in the emerging field of multisensory integration.

Our research focuses on the neuronal and neurochemical markers underlying multisensory integration. Furthermore, we are interested in studying the neuronal mechanisms underlying disturbed multisensory processing as, for example, found in patients with schizophrenia.

We use state-of-the-art methods including high-density electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). A particular focus of our research is the examination of oscillatory EEG activity, especially in the gamma-band (frequencies > 30 Hz). Gamma-band activity has been linked to perception and attention. Moreover, disturbed gamma-band activity may be related to specific symptoms observed in psychiatric disorders, such as cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. Our research has the potential to advance our understanding of the neuronal mechanisms underlying multisensory processing in healthy and psychiatric populations.

Support by a Young Investigator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) is kindly acknowledged.


Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik
der Charité im St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus
Große Hamburger Straße 5-11, 10115 Berlin
Telefon: +49-30-2311-2738
Fax:        +49-30-2311-2209

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Group leader

Prof. Dr. Daniel Senkowski 



Dipl.-Psych. Marion Höfle

Mag. rer. nat. Ulrich Pomper

Dr. Julian Keil

Dipl.-Psych. Martin Krebber

Dipl.-Psych. Yadira Roa Romero

Dipl.-Psych. Johanna Balz

Paulina Schulz

Ivan Prikhodko

Jana Brincker