Daniel Senkowski
I am a Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité Berlin, where I supervise neuropsychological assessments, lecture courses, and lead the Research Group Multisensory Integration

Academic Background:

2016 - :      
Supervision of Neuropsychological Assessments, Charité Berlin
2016 - :   Academic training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Berliner Fortbildungsakademie
2015 - :   Head of the Neuroimage Division (shared with Prof. Sterzer), Charité Berlin
2012 - :   Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, Charité Berlin
2011 - :   Head of the Research Group Multisensory Integration, Charité Berlin
2010:   Habilitation and venia legendi in Psychology, University of Hamburg
2006-2011:   Head of the Research Group Elektroencephalography, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
2005-2006:   Adjunct Professorship, Department of Psychology, City College of New York, USA

Postdoctoral fellow, Nathan S. Kline Institute für Psychiatric Research, Orangeburg, NY, USA

2004:   Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
2002-2003:    Visiting researcher, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University, North Carolina
2000:   Diploma in Psychology, Free University Berlin


Third-party Funding:

Principle Investigator:


2016 - :    "Role of aberrant neural oscillations for multisensory processing deficits in schizophrenia", German Research Foundation
2014-2017:   "Neural signatures of intersensory selective attention: investigating the role of neural synchrony and functional network properties", Co-Applicant: Julian Keil, German Research Foundation
2014-2016:    "Analysis and Visualization of Neural Oscillations in Electrocorticographic Singals", Co-PI: Thomas Thesen (NYU), National Institute of Health and Federal Ministry of Education and Research
2011-2016:     "The multisensory mind: from neural mechanisms to cognition", Starting Grant, European Research Council. This grant has been recently featured in the EU Research & Innovation Magazine article "Do we all have synaesthesia?"
2008-2013:   "Multisensory processing of pain: An investigation of neural binding mechanisms in electrophysiological and hemodynamic brain responses", Co-Applicants: Michael Hauck, Andreas K. Engel, German Research Foundation
2010:   "Examining speech processing in bilateral cochlear implant users", Young Investigator Research Fund of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf




2014-2016:     "Predicting the multisensory future: Role of neuronal connectivity for integrative information processing across modalities", PI: Julian Keil, German Research Foundation
2011-2012:   "Multisensory form processing in extrastriate visual cortex", PI: John J. Foxe, RO1, National Science Foundation
2004-2008:   "The neurophysiology of multisensory integration", PI: John J. Foxe, RO1 National Institute of Mental Health
2004-2007:   "Electrophysiological correlates of cognitive processes: ERP and fMRI studies of the early pre-attentive mechanisms by which the auditory system organizes auditory information", Co-Applicant: John J. Foxe, RO1, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke



2017:   Replication Study Award of the Berlin Institute of Health, Multiensory Research article "Individual alpha frequency relates to the sound-induced flash illusion" by Keil and Senkowski
2010:              Best Paper of the Year, Spanish Society for Experimental Psychology, TICS article: "The multifaceted interplay between attention and multisensory integration" by Talsma, Senkowski, Soto-Faraco, Woldorff 
2006:   Young Investigator Award, Project: The Cocktail Party Phenomenon in Schizophrenia. The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) 


2012 - :    Department of Psychology, Free University of Berlin   
  • Seminar: Neurocognitive Psychology; Experimental Psychology: Attention and Perception
Practical Course: Empirical Practicum
2011 - :   Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité -- University Medicine Berlin  
  • Lectures: Neural Plasticity; Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Seminar: Learning and Memory
  • Practical Course: Physical Exercise; Neuropsychological Assessments
2008-2011:   Department of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology, University Hamburg   Lectures: Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience; Methods of Cognitive Neuroscience
2006-2011:   Department of Neurophysiology and Pathophysiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf  
  • Seminar: Neurophysiology; Vegetative Physiology; Learning; Hearing Impairments and Deafness
  • Practical Course: Electroencephalography; Vertigo and Deafness; Sensory Function of Skin and Pain;Nerves and Muscles; EMG and Reflexes
  • Review Course: Visual System
2005-2006:   Department of Psychology, City College of New York, USA   Seminar: Advanced Experimental Design; The Synaptic Self


Full Publication List:

- Accumulated Impact Factor of all (N = 48) articles = 254.2
- 17 first author and 18 senior author articles
- Number of citations > 2500, h-index = 24


Representative Articles:

Resarch on Multisensory Integration:
Keil J, Pomper U, Feuerbach N, Senkowski D (2017). Temporal orienting precedes intersensory attention and has oposing effects on early evoked brain activity. Neuroimage 148: 230-239. (Abstract)
  • Balz J, Keil J, Roa Romero Y, Mekle R, Schubert F, Aydin S, Ittermann B, Gallinat J, Senkowski D (2016). GABA concentration in superior temporal sulcus predicts gamma power and perception in the sound-induced flash illusion. Neuroimage 125: 724-730. (PDF)
Talsma D, Senkowski D, Soto-Faraco S, Woldorff MG (2010). The multifaceted interplay between attention and multisensory integration. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 14: 400-410. (PDF)
Senkowski D, Molholm S, Gomez-Ramirez M, and Foxe JJ (2006). Oscillatory beta activity predicts response speed during a multisensory audiovisual reaction time task: A high-density electrical mapping study. Cerebral Cortex 16:1556-1565. (PDF
Senkowski D, Schneider TR, Foxe JJ, Engel AK (2008). Crossmodal binding by neural coherence: Implications for multisensory processing. Trends in Neurosciences 31: 401-409. (PDF)
Pain Research:
Senkowski D and Heinz A (2016). Chronic pain and distorted body image: implications for multisensory feedback interventions. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 69: 252-259. (PDF)
Senkowski D, Höfle M, Engel AK (2014). Crossmodal shaping of pain: a multisensory approach to nociception. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 18: 319-327. (PDF)
Höfle M, Hauck M, Engel AK, Senkowski D (2012). Viewing a needle pricking a hand that you perceive as yours enhances unpleasantness of pain. Pain 153: 1074-1081. (PDF)(Press release)(Scientific American podcast)
Senkowski D, Kautz J, Hauck M, Zimmermann R, Engel AK (2011). Emotional facial expression modulate early pain-induced beta and gamma oscillations in sensorimotor cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 31: 14542-14550. (PDF)


Clinical Research:
Roa Romero Y, Keil J, Balz J, Gallinat J, Senkowski D (2016). Reduced frontal theta oscillations indicate altered crossmodal prediction error processing in schizophrenia. Journal of Neurophysiology 116: 1396-1407 (PDF)
Roa Romero Y, Keil J, Balz J, Niedeggen M, Gallinat J, Senkowski D (2016). Alpha-band oscillations reflect altered multisensory processing of the McGurk illusion in schizophrenia. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10: 41 (PDF)
Senkowski D and Gallinat J (2015). Dysfunctional prefrontal gamma-band oscillations reflect working memory and other cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry 77: 1010-1019. (PDF)
Keil J, Roa Romero Y, Balz J, Henjes M, Senkowski D (2016). Positive and negative symptoms in schizophrenia relate to distinct oscillatory signatures of sensory gating. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10: 104 (PDF)
Senkowski D, Linden M, Zubrägel D, Bär T and Gallinat J (2003). Evidence for disturbed cortical signal processing and altered serotonergic neurotransmission in Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Biological Psychiatry 53: 304-314. (PDF)


Books and Book Chapter:

Engel AK, Senkowski D, Schneider TR (2012). Multisensory integration through neural coherence. Frontiers in the Neural Bases of Multisensory Processing. Editors: Murray MM and Wallace MT. CRC Press, p. 115-130.
Keil J and Senkowski D (2017) Neural network dynamics and audiovisual integration. To appear in: Springer Handbook of Auditory Research on Multisensory Processes. Editor: Wallace M.
Senkowski D and Engel AK (2012). Oscillatory activity and multisensory processing. The New Handbook of Multisensory Processes. Editor: Stein BE. MIT Press. p. 193-205.
Senkowski D (2004). Neuronal correlates of selective attention: An investigation of electrophysiologial brain responses in the EEG and MEG. MPI Series for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences; 42, Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.
Talsma D, Senkowski D, Soto-Faraco S, Woldorff MG (2012). Influences of top-down attention on multisensory processing. MIT Press. To appear in: The New Handbook of Multisensory Processes. Editor: Stein BE, p. 371-381.


Editorial Work:

2013- :       Review Editor, Frontiers in Neuropsychiatric Imaging and Stimulation
2010- :   Scientific Review Associate, European Journal of Neuroscience
2009:       Guest Editor, Experimental Brain Research, Special issue on Crossmodal Processing Volume 198, Numbers 2-3 / September 2009
2008- :   Review Editor, Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience


Ad Hoc Reviewer:

Biological Psychiatry; Biological Psychology; BMC Neuroscience; Brain; Brain and Cognition; Brain Research; Brain Topography; Cerebral Cortex; Clinical Neurophysiology; Cortex; Current Biology; European Journal of Neuroscience; European Journal of Pain; Experimental Brain Research; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience; Frontiers in Neuroscience; Human Brain Mapping; Human Psychopharmacology; International Journal of Psychophysiology; Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience; Journal of Neurophysiology; Journal of Neuroscience; Multisensory Research; Neuroimage; Neuropsychologia; Neuroreport; Neuroscience; Neuroscience Letters; Plos One; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Psychiatric Research; Psychophysiology; Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Additonal reviews have been provided for various national and international funding organizations


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