Senior Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
Postdoctoral trainee at the Centre for Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
Interactive dynamics of neural and cognitive development across childhoodCurriculum Vitae
Markus Werkle-Bergner is a Senior Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, where he is heading the project area “Cognitive an Neural Dynamics of Memory across the Lifespan (CONMEM)”. In addition, he holds a temporary professorship for Biological Psychology at the University of the Armed Forces in Munich.
The major objective of his research is to understand how the dynamic interplay of maturation, personal experiences, and senescence drives and affects plastic changes in cognitive functioning on neural and behavioral levels. He is particularly interested in how lifespan changes in neuroanatomy and neurochemistry during maturation and senescence affect mechanisms of rhythmic neural activity that support attention, learning, and (working) memory. Furthermore, in the context of an Early Career Fellowship, awarded by the Jacobs Foundation, he studies the co-development of sleep physiology and improved cognition during childhood, as well as its decline during aging. The ultimate goal of his research is the extraction of personalized descriptions of developmental timing and intellectual potential within a given individual. Markus Werkle-Bergner studied psychology, philosophy, and economics at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, where he graduated with a Diploma in psychology in 2004. After moving to Berlin, he received his doctoral degree in psychology from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2009. In 2017, he was awarded a Jacobs Foundation Early Career Research Fellowship.
Attila Keresztes has recently completed his postdoctoral training at the Centre for Lifespan Psychology (led by Prof. Ulman Lindenberger) of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. There he worked in the “Cognitive and Neural Dynamics of Memory Across the Lifespan” group led by Dr. Markus Werkle-Bergner, Dr. Yee Lee Shing, and Dr. Myriam Sander. Attila started his own lab at the Research Centre for Natural Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in Budapest, Hungary in December 2018.
He is primarily interested in how humans remember. In his work, he has been using high-resolution structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques to understand the code for memory in brain; the neural processes that support our everyday ability to remember; and how changes in the code and processes produce changes in memory across the lifespan.