Kerstin Unger

Title: Assistant Professor
Area: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
PhD: Saarland University, Saarbr├╝cken, Germany
Office: SB-A319
Office Phone: 718-997-3247
Lab: Razran Hall 246
Lab Phone: 718-997-3225

Professional Activities

    Society Memberships 
  • Cognitive Neurosience Society
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Society for Psychophysiological Research

Research Interests

Research in my laboratory focuses on three areas (1) neural mechanisms underlying developmental change in working memory function, (2) neural mechanisms underlying episodic memory development in naturalistic settings, and (3) life-span changes in rule-guided behavior in the moral vs. non-moral domain. We use behavioral, EEG, fMRI, and computational modeling methods to unravel the developmental dynamics of brain-behavior relationships in these areas.

Selected publications

  1. Baykara, E., Koenen, T., Unger, K., & Karbach, J. (2020). MRI Predictors of Cognitive Training Outcomes. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 5, 245-48.
  2. Unger, K., Ackerman, L., Chatham, C. H., Amso, D., & Badre, D. (2016). Working Memory Gating Mechanisms Explain Developmental Change in Rule-Guided Behavior. Cognition, 155, 8-22.
  3. Karbach, J. & Unger, K. (2014). Executive control training from middle childhood to adolescence. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:390.
  4. Unger, K., Kray, J., & Mecklinger, A. (2012). Worse than feared? Failure induction modulates the electrophysiological signature of error monitoring during subsequent learning. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 12, 34-51.
  5. Bridger, E., Bader, R., Kriukova, O., Unger, K., & Mecklinger A. (2012). The FN400 is functionally distinct from the N400, NeuroImage, 63, 1334-42.