Douglas Garrett


Senior Research Scientist

Center for Lifespan Psychology


Phone: +49 30 82406-216

Lifespan Neural Dynamics Group website

Short CV:


  • MA / Ph.D., 2011, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • BA (Honors, Co-op, with Distinction), 2003, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada. 


Recent positions held

  • Reviewing Editor, Psychological Science (2020 to present)
  • IMPRS LIFE faculty member (2019 to present)
  • IMPRS COMP2PSYCH faculty member (2016 to present)
  • Emmy Noether Group leader (2017 to present)
  • Senior scientist, Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research; Center for Lifespan Psychology, MPI for Human Development (2014 to present)




Research Interests:

As leader of the  Lifespan Neural Dynamics Group (LNDG)  within the Max Planck UCL Center for Computational Psychiatry and Aging Research , I seek to understand how and why the human brain fluctuates so markedly from moment to moment. In particular, we examine brain signal variability and dynamics in relation to six core research foci: lifespan development, cognition, neuromodulation, structural/functional connectivity, transcranial stimulation, and methods/modelling. Accordingly, we have an inherent multivariate focus that allows the examination of brain signal variability phenomena across multiple levels of analysis. 


Selected Literature:

  • Shine, J.M., Lewis, L.D., Garrett, D.D., & Hwang, K. (2023). The impact of the human thalamus on brain-wide information processing. Nature Reviews Neuroscience.
  • Krohn, S., von Schwanenflug, N., Waschke, L., Romanello, A., Gell, M., Garrett, D.D., & Finke, C. (2023). A spatiotemporal complexity architecture of human brain activity. Science Advances, 9, eabq385.
  • Månsson, K.N.T., Waschke, L., Manzourid, A., Furmark, T., Fischer, H., & Garrett, D.D. (2022). Moment-to-moment brain signal variability reliably predicts psychiatric treatment outcome. Biological Psychiatry, 91, 658-666.
  • Garrett, D.D., Skowron, A., Wiegert, S., Adolf, J., Dahle, C.L., Lindenberger, U., & Raz, N. (2021). Lost dynamics and the dynamics of loss: Longitudinal compression of brain signal variability is coupled with declines in functional integration and cognitive performance. Cerebral Cortex, 31, 5239–5252.
  • Kosciessa, J.Q., Lindenberger, U., & Garrett, D.D. (2021). Thalamocortical excitability adjustments guide human perception under uncertainty. Nature Communications, 12:2430.
  • Waschke, L., Kloosterman, N., *Obleser, J., & *Garrett, D.D. (2021). Behaviour needs neural variability. Neuron, 109, 1-16.
  • Kloosterman, N.A., Kosciessa, J.Q., Lindenberger, U., Fahrenfort, J.J., & Garrett, D.D. (2020). Boosts in brain signal variability track liberal shifts in decision bias. eLife, 9:e54201.
  • Kosciessa, J.Q., Kloosterman, N.A., & Garrett, D.D. (2020). Standard multiscale entropy reflects neural dynamics at mismatched temporal scales: What’s signal irregularity got to do with it? PLOS Computational Biology: 16(5): e1007885. 
  • Garrett, D.D., Epp, S.M., Kleemeyer, M., Lindenberger, U., and Polk, T.A. (2020). Higher performing older adults upregulate brain signal variability in response to feature-rich sensory input. NeuroImage, 217, 116836.
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