Dirk Ostwald

Adjunct Researcher
dirk [dot] ostwald [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de

Short CV: 
  • 2014 Professor (W1), Psychology, Free University Berlin
  • 2012 BSc, Mathematics, University of Hagen
  • 2010 PhD, Psychology, University of Birmingham
  • 2006 MSc, Neural and Behavioural Sciences, University of Tübingen
  • 2003 First Part of the Medical Examination, University of Hamburg
Research Interests: 
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Mathematical Neuroimaging
  • Cognitive Neuroimaging
  • Neurocognition

Selected Literature: 
  • Ostwald D, Kirilina E, Starke L, Blankenburg F (2014) A tutorial on variational Bayes for latent linear stochastic time-series models Journal of Mathematical Psychology 60:1-19
  • Ostwald D, Spitzer B, Guggenmos B, Schmidt T, Kiebel S, Blankenburg F (2012) Evidence for Neural Encoding of Bayesian Surprise in Human Somatosensation NeuroImage 62: 177–188 
  • Ostwald D, Mayhew SD, Porcaro C, Bagshaw AP (2012) EEG-fMRI based information theoretic characterization of the human perceptual decision system PLoS ONE 7(4): e3389

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Krohn, S., & Ostwald, D. (2017). Computing integrated information. Neuroscience of Consciousness, 3(1):nix017. doi:10.1093/nc/nix017
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Starke, L., & Ostwald, D. (2017). Variational Bayesian parameter estimation techniques for the general linear model. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 11:504. doi:10.3389/fnins.2017.00504
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Mayhew, S. D., Mullinger, K. J., Ostwald, D., Porcaro, C., Bowtell, R. W., Bagshaw, A. P., & Francis, S. T. (2016). Global signal modulation of single-trial fMRI response variability: Effect on positive vs negative BOLD response relationship. NeuroImage, 133, 62-74. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.02.077
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Ostwald, D., & Starke, L. (2016). Probabilistic delay differential equation modelling of event-related potentials. NeuroImage, 136, 227-257. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.04.025
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Rollings, D. T., Assecondi, S., Ostwald, D., Porcaro, C., McCorry, D., Bagary, M., Soryal, I., & Bagshaw, A. P. (2016). Early haemodynamic changes observed in patients with epilepsy, in a visual experiment and in simulations. Clinical Neurophysiology, 127, 245-253. doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2015.07.008
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Assecondi, S., Ostwald, D., & Bagshaw, A. P. (2015). Reliability of information-based integration of EEG and fMRI data: A simulation study. Neural Computation, 27, 281-305. doi:10.1162/NECO_a_00695
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Ostwald, D., Starke, L., & Hertwig, R. (2015). A normative inference approach for optimal sample sizes in decisions from experience. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:1342. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01342
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Horn, A., Ostwald, D., Reisert, M., & Blankenburg, F. (2014). The structural-functional connectome and the default network of the human brain. NeuroImage, 102, 142-151. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.09.069
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Ostwald, D., Kirilina, E., Starke, L., & Blankenburg, F. (2014). A tutorial on variational Bayes for latent linear stochastic time-series models. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 60, 1-19. doi:10.1016/j.jmp.2014.04.003
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Schmidt, T. T., Ostwald, D., & Blankenburg, F. (2014). Imaging tactile imagery: Changes in brain connectivity support perceptual grounding of mental images in primary sensory cortices. NeuroImage, 98, 216-224. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.05.014
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Herzog, S. M., & Ostwald, D. (2013). Sometimes Bayesian statistics are better. Nature, 494(7435), 35. doi:10.1038/494035b
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Mayhew, S. D., Ostwald, D., Porcaro, C., & Bagshaw, A. P. (2013). Spontaneous EEG alpha oscillation interacts with positive and negative BOLD responses in the visual-auditory cortices and default-mode network. NeuroImage, 76, 362-372. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.02.070
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Ostwald, D., Porcaro, C., Mayhew, S. D., & Bagshaw, A. P. (2012). EEG-fMRI based information theoretic characterization of the human perceptual decision system. PLoS ONE, 7(4):e33896. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033896
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Ostwald, D., Spitzer, B., Guggenmos, M., Schmidt, T. T., Kiebel, S. J., & Blankenburg, F. (2012). Evidence for neural encoding of Bayesian surprise in human somatosensation. NeuroImage, 62, 177-188. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.04.050
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Lei X, Ostwald D, Hu J, Qiu C, Porcaro C, Bagshaw AP, Yao D (2011) Multimodal Functional Network Connectivity: An EEG-fMRI Fusion in Network Space PLoS ONE 6(9):e24642 PDF

Ostwald D, Bagshaw AP (2011) Information theoretic approaches to functional neuroimaging Magnetic Resonance Imaging  29:1417-1428 PDF

Porcaro C, Ostwald D, Hadjipapas A, Barnes GA, Bagshaw AP (2011) The Relationship between the Visual Evoked Potential and the Gamma Band investigated by Blind and Semi-Blind Methods NeuroImage 56(3):1059-71 PDF

Ostwald D, Porcaro C, Bagshaw AP (2011) Voxel-wise information theoretic EEG-fMRI feature integration NeuroImage 55(3):1270-86 PDF

Noppeney U, Ostwald D, Werner S (2010) Perceptual decisions formed by accumulation of audiovisual evidence in prefrontal cortex  Journal of Neuroscience 30(21):7434-46 PDF

Wühle A, Mertiens L, Rüter J, Ostwald D, Braun C (2010) Cortical processing of near-threshold tactile stimuli – an MEG study Psychophysiology 47:523–534 PDF

Porcaro C, Ostwald D, Bagshaw AP (2010) Functional source separation improves the quality of single trial visual evoked potentials recorded during concurrent EEG-fMRI NeuroImage  50:112–123 PDF

Ostwald D, Porcaro C, Bagshaw AP (2010) An information theoretic approach to EEG-fMRI integration of visually evoked responses NeuroImage 49:498 – 516 PDF

Ostwald D, Lam J, Li S, Kourtzi Z (2008) Neural coding of global form in the human visual cortex J Neurophysiology 99:2456-2469 PDF

Li S, Ostwald D, Giese M, Kourtzi Z (2007) Flexible coding for categorical decisions in the human brain Journal of Neuroscience 27(45):12321-30 PDF

Karpac J, Ostwald D, Bui S, Hunnewell P, Hochgeschwender U (2006) Proopiomelanocortin heterozygous and homozygous null mutant mice develop pituitary adenomas Cellular and Molecular Biology (Noisy-le-grand) 30;52(2):47-52 PDF

Ostwald D, Karpac J, Hochgeschwender U (2006) Effects on Hippocampus of Lifelong Absence of Glucocorticoids in the Pro-Opiomelanocortin Null Mutant Mouse Reveal Complex Relationship Between Glucocorticoids and Hippocampal Structure and Function Journal of Molecular Neuroscience 28(3):291-302 PDF

Karpac J, Ostwald D, Bui S, Hunnewell P, Shankar M, Hochgeschwender U (2005) Development, maintenance, and function of the adrenal gland in early postnatal proopiomelanocortin-null mutant mice Endocrinology 146(6):2555-62 PDF