This year, we again offer two workshops prior to the conference. They will take place on Tuesday, May 29th 2018 (starting from approx. 9:00 am) and Wednesday, May 30th 2018 (until approx. 1:00 pm). Young scientists can register for the workshop „Functional magnetic resonance imaging“ or the workshop  “Introduction to Psychophysiological Modelling (PsPM)” until April 22nd 2018 by sending an e-mail with the subject “Preconference Workshops PuG2018” to Anne Gärtner ( The workshop fee for either workshop is 30 € (10 € for members of DGPs or DGPA). The fee includes participation, coffee breaks and a dinner on May 29th 2018. We would like to thank the DGPA and the section Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology of the DGPs for their financial support. Early registration is recommended, as the number of participants is limited to 20 per workshop (places will be assigned in order of registration).

Functional magnetic resonance imaging

Speaker: Dr. Carlo Blecker & Dr. Bertram Walter (Bender Institute of Neuroimaging, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen)

In neuroscience, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is of growing importance as a research method. This workshop provides the opportunity to get to know the theoretical basics of measuring and analyzing fMRI data. Prior knowledge is not necessary for participating in this workshop. Following topics will be presented:

Basics of functional imaging

  • Physical basics of magnetic resonance imaging
  • Functional imaging and further sequences
  • Security aspects in handling the MRI
  • Stimulation and peripheral psychology

Analysis of fMRI data

  • Preprocessing
  • Statistical analysis of fMRI data
  • Testing for significance in functional imaging
  • Experimental designs and design efficiency


Introduction to Psychophysiological Modelling (PsPM)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Dominik Bach

PsPM is a method to estimate psychological states from peripheral physiological signals, implemented in a freely accessible Matlab toolbox.  The workshop is aimed at newcomers to the method and will focus on fostering an intuitive understanding and working with practical examples. We will provide ample opportunity for training with the software. For interested participants with previous exposure to fMRI or other model-based analysis tools, we will prepare optional sessions about the experimental and computational background.

When registering, please indicate your level of PsPM, Matlab, and fMRI knowledge, and whether you can bring a Laptop with Matlab.

Workshop presentations will be in English.

Dominik Bach studied psychology 1995-2002 and earned his PhD in 2008. Between 2007-2010 he was a postdoc at University College London and started developing PsPM. Since 2013 he is assistant professor at University of Zurich. Research focus: computational emotion neuroscience. Webpage: