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The Neural Systems Lab
 

Nicolas Langer


Postdoctoral Fellow / CMI Endeavor scientist
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Academic Background
Ph.D. University of Zurich Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Feb 2012
M.Sc. University of Zurich Science 2006-2008
B.Sc. University of Zurich Science 2002-2006

Bio
Nicolas received his PhD in neuopsychology from the University of Zurich (Switzerland). During his PhD he was involved in several research projects in which he studied neural plasticity on the systems level using EEG, fMRI, structural MRI and DTI. His PhD thesis focused on functional brain connectivity in the context of graph-theoretical network analysis to investigate so-called small-world networks. As part of this thesis he implemented new methods on network analyses, which were applied to EEG, fMRI and structural MRI data. Nicolas has conducted several other studies in the context of working memory training, sensorimotor plasticity, music perception, anxiety and crossmodal perception. Beside his scientific work he headed several seminars and workshops and supervised several master students in cognitive neuroscience. In 2012 Nicolas joined as a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Nadine Gaab at Childrens Hospital Boston (Harvard Medical School). He studied the characteristics of functional and structural brain measures, which differ between children with only ADHD, those with only DD, and those with comorbid DD-ADHD and implented methods to define measurements that can diagnose or characterize clinical conditions and predict clinical outcomes. Furthermore he investigated the developmental trajectories of structural connectivity related to reading and language.

Publications
Langer, N., Bastian, von, C. C., Wirz, H., Oberauer, K., & Jäncke, L. (2013). The effects of working memory training on functional brain network efficiency. Cortex. 1-­‐15. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2013.01.008.
Langer, N., Pedroni, A., Jäncke, L. (2013). The Problem of Thresholding in Small-­‐World Network Analyses. PloS ONE. 8(1): e53199. Doi: 10.137/journal. .pone.0053199
Langer, N., Hänggi, J., Müller, A., Simmen, H.P., Jäncke, L. (2012). The effects of limb immobilization on brain plasticity. Neurology. 78 (3): 182-­‐188.
Langer, N., Pedroni, A., Gianotti, L.R.R., Knoch, D., Hänggi, J., Jäncke, L. (2011). Functional Brain Network Efficiency Predicts Intelligence. Human Brain Mapping. doi: 10.1002/hbm.21297.
Langer, N., Beeli, G., Jäncke, L. (2010). When the Sun Prickles your Nose: An EEG Study. PLoS ONE. 5(2): e9208.
Baur, V., Hänggi, J., Langer, N., Jäncke, L. (2013). Resting state functional and structural connectivity within an insula-­‐ amygdala route specifically index state and trait anxiety. Biological Psychiatry. 73(1):85-­‐92.
Pedroni, A., Langer, N., König, T., Allemand, M., Jäncke, L. (2011). Electroencephalographic Topography-­‐Measures of Experienced Utility. Journal of Neuroscience. 31 (29): 10474-­‐ 10480.
von Bastian, C.C., Langer, N., Jäncke, L., Oberauer, K. (2012). Effects of working memory training in young and old adults. Mem Cognit. 2012 Dec 22.
Jäncke, L., Langer, N., Hänggi, J. (2012). Small-­‐world topology in musicians with absolute pitch. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Jun;24(6):1447-­‐61. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_00227.
Havranek, M., Langer, N., Cheetham, M., Jäncke, L. (2012). Perspective and agency during video gaming influences spatial presence experience and brain activation patters. Behav Brain Funct. 2012 Jul 19;8:34. doi: 10.1186/1744-­‐9081-­‐8-­‐34.
Jäncke, L., Langer, N. (2011) A strong parietal hub in the small-­‐ wolrd network of coloured-­‐hearing synaesthetes during resting state EEG. Journal of Neuropsychology. 5 (2): 178-­‐202.
Ott, C., Langer, N., Jäncke, L., Meyer, M. (2011). Processing of voiced and unvoiced acoustic stimuli in musicians. Frontiers Psychology. 2: 195.
Hilty, L., Langer, N., Pascual-­‐Marqui, R., Boutellier, U., Lutz, K. (2011). Fatigue-­‐induced increase in intracortical communication between mid/anterior insular and motor cortex during cycling exercise. European Journal of Neuroscience. 34 (12): 2035-­‐2042.
Langer, N., Bejamin, C., Minhas, J., Gaab, N. (2013). The effects of different speed rates in reading fluency on dyslexic children. submitted.
Langer, N., Peysakhovich, B., Zuk, J., Drottar, M., Becker, B., Smith, S., Gaab N. (2013). Structural Connectivity in developmental dyslexia. In preparation.
Langer, N., Raschle, N., Gaab, N. (2013). Structural and Functional Charateristics in children with developmental dyslexia, ADHD and comorbid children. In preparation.
Langer, N., Jäncke, L. (2013). Duration and Transition of resting state EEG microstates in synesthesia. In preparation.