Dr. rer. nat. Lara Schlaffke

MSc. Biology
Haus 4 -1/20c
0234 302 6098
Lara Schlaffke

Main research

Using functional and structural imaging I´m investigating changes in the brain occurring due to learning processes. My main focus is the analysis of brain regions involved in levels of processing and those involved in crossmodal transfer and multimodal learning approaches. Within the last years my second focus is on quantitative muscle imaging in neuromuscular diseases.

Methods and Research Interests

• Crossmodal Transfer
• Multimodal Learning
• Functional magnetic resonance imaging fMRI
• Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI - cortex and muscles)
• Voxel based Morphometrie (VBM)

Curriculum vitae

since 01/2018
PostDoc in the Neuroimaging Research Group Neuroplasticity/Learning at the University Clinic Bergmannsheil.

Research School Plus Gateway Fellow at the University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands

PostDoc in the Neuroimaging Research Group Neuroplasticity/Learning at the University Clinic Bergmannsheil.

Promotion (Dr.rer.nat., summa cum laude) in Biology. Thesis "Cortical plasticity when learning Morse Code-Investigations of the transition between perceptual and
semantic learning in the human brain"

PhD-Student in the Neuroimaging Research Group Neuroplasticity/Learning at the University Clinic Bergmannsheil.

10/2011 - 10/2012
M.Sc. Biology at the Ruhr-University Bochum
Topic: Cortical correlates of “theory of mind” comparing long-distance athletes and martial artists


Ocklenburg S, Anderson C, Gerding WM, Fraenz C, Schlüter C, Friedrich P, Raane M, Mädler B, Schlaffke L, Arning L, Epplen JT, Güntürkün O, Beste C, Genç E (2018) Myelin Water Fraction Imaging Reveals Hemispheric Asymmetries in Human White Matter That Are Associated with Genetic Variation in PLP1. Mol Neurobiol.

Schlaffke, L.*, Rehmann, R.*, Froeling, M., Kley, R., Tegenthoff, M., Vorgerd, M., & Schmidt-Wilcke, T. (2017). Diffusion Tensor Imaging of the Human Calf : Variation of Inter- and Intramuscle-Specific Diffusion Parameters. J Magn Reson Imaging, 1–12. doi:10.1002/jmri.25650

Schlaffke L, Leemans A, Schweizer LM, Ocklenburg S, Schmidt-Wilcke T (2017). Learning Morse Code Alters Microstructural Properties in the Inferior Longitudinal Fasciculus: A DTI Study. Front Hum Neurosci 11: 383.

Schlaffke, L., Schweizer, L., Rüther, N. N., Luerding, R., Tegenthoff, M., Bellebaum, C., & Schmidt-Wilcke, T. (2016). Dynamic changes of resting state connectivity related to the acquisition of a lexico-semantic skill. NeuroImage. doi:10.1016/j.msea.2016.06.054
Schlaffke, L.*, Golisch, A.*, Haag, L. M.*, Lenz, M., Heba, S., Lissek, S., … Tegenthoff, M. (2015). The Brain’s Dress Code: How The Dress allows to decode the neuronal pathway of an optical illusion. Cortex, 73, 271–275.

Schlaffke L, Rüther NN, Heba S, Haag LM, Schultz T, Rosengarth K, Tegenthoff M, Bellebaum C, Schmidt-Wilcke T (2015b) From perceptual to lexico-semantic analysis-cortical plasticity enabling new levels of processing. Hum Brain Mapp

Schlaffke, L., Lissek, S., Lenz, M., Juckel, G., Schultz, T., Tegenthoff, M., Schmidt-Wilcke, T., Brüne, M. (2014): Shared and non-shared neural networks of cognitive and affective theory-of-mind: a neuroimaging study using cartoon picture stories. Human Brain Mapping, in press.

Ocklenburg S, Schlaffke L, Hugdahl K, Westerhausen R (2014) From structure to function in the lateralized brain: How structural properties of the arcuate and uncinate fasciculus are associated with dichotic listening performance. Neurosci Lett 580:32–36.

Lissek S, Vallana GS, Schlaffke L, Lenz M, Dinse HR, Tegenthoff M (2014) Opposing effects of dopamine antagonism in a motor sequence task - tiapride increases cortical excitability and impairs motor learning. Front Behav Neurosci 8

Gerber P*, Schlaffke L*, Heba S, Greenlee MW, Schultz T, Schmidt-Wilcke T (2014) Juggling revisited - A voxel-based morphometry study with expert jugglers. Neuroimage 95:320–325.

Schlaffke L, Lissek S, Lenz M, Brüne M, Juckel G, Hinrichs T, Platen P, Tegenthoff M, Schmidt-Wilcke T (2014) Sports and brain morphology - a voxel based morphometry study with endurance athletes and martial artists. Neuroscience 259:35–42.

Wiens V, Schlaffke L, Schmidt-Wilcke T, Schultz T (2014) Visualizing Uncertainty in HARDI Tractography Using Superquadric Streamtubes. EuroVis:1–6.

Schultz T, Schlaffke L, Schölkopf B, Schmidt-Wilcke T (2013) HiFiVE: A Hilbert Space Embedding of Fiber Variability Estimates for Uncertainty Modeling and Visualization. Comput Graph Forum 32:121–130.