Research Staff

Laura Pasqualette (PhD candidate)

Laura Pasqualette graduated in Biomedical Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). After her experience researching the gut microbiota-brain interaction, she decided to pursue a master in Neuroscience at Goethe University. Supervised by Dr. Edward Vessel from the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, she wrote her master thesis was about the role of self-relevance during aesthetic experiences. Because her passion about cognitive psychology continued to grow, she joined our group as a PhD student to work on the DFG-funded project “Overt and covert attention to emotional faces in realistic social situations”.

Sahura Ertuğrul (visiting researcher)

I graduated in Foreign Language Education from the Middle East technical University (METU). After spending two years in foreign language teaching, I entered the Master Programme of Cognitive Science Department at METU to be able to discover language process mechanisms. I wrote my thesis about the effect of emotional valence and frequency of words on pupillary responses under the supervision of Dr. Didem Gökçay. During my Master’s degree, I got interested in Affective Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. Thus, Professor Kulke’s research projects about emotional and social mechanisms with combined EEG and eye-tracker got me very excited to be part of her research team. Currently, I am a visiting researcher in her lab to conduct the DAAD-funded project “Disengaging overt attention from emotional pictures: an EEG/Eye-tracking the co-registration study”.

Brain wearing a PhD hat