Markus Werkle-Bergner


Senior Research Scientist
Center for Lifespan Psychology


Phone: +49 30 82406-447

Short CV:

Habilitation, 2019, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Dr. rer. nat., 2009, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Dipl.-Psych., 2004, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken

Jacobs Foundation Research Fellow 2017-2019

Identifying the best learning strategy for each individual child

Markus Werkle-Bergner, senior research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, explains that memory works very differently in children than in adults. Understanding the varieties of memory functioning will be helpful in developing individualized learning strategies.

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Research Interests:

  • Lifespan development of memory and cognitive control functions
  • Neuronal correlates of lifespan plasticity and change
  • EEG methods in lifespan research
  • Multivariate statistical models of variability and change

Selected Literature:

Google Scholar Profile

  • Dahl, M. J., Mather, M., Düzel, S., Bodammer, N. C., Lindenberger, U., Kühn, S., & Werkle-Bergner, M. (2019). Rostral locus coeruleus integrity is associated with better memory performance in older adults. Nature Human Behaviour, in press.

  • Muehlroth, B. E., Sander, M. C., Fandakova, Y., Grandy, T. H., Rasch, B., Shing, Y. L., & Werkle-Bergner, M. (2019). Precise slow oscillation-spindle coupling promotes memory consolidation in younger and older adults. Scientific Reports, 9:1940. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-36557-z.

  • Keresztes, A., Ngo, C. T., Lindenberger, U., Werkle-Bergner, M. & Newcombe, N. S. (2018). Hippocampal maturation drives memory from generalization to specificity. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 22, 676-686.

  • Keresztes, A., Bender, A. R., Bodammer, N. C., Lindenberger, U., Shing, Y. L., & Werkle-Bergner, M. (2017). Hippocampal maturity promotes memory distinctiveness in childhood and adolescence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114, 9212-9217.

  • Grandy, T., Lindenberger, U., & Werkle-Bergner, M. (2017). When group means fail: Can one size fit all? BioRxiv. doi:10.1101/126490

  • Karch, J. D., Sander, M. C., von Oertzen, T., Brandmaier, A. M., & Werkle-Bergner, M. (2015). Using within-subject pattern classification to understand lifespan age differences in oscillatory mechanisms of working memory selection and maintenance. NeuroImage. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.04.038

  • Werkle-Bergner, M., Grandy, T. H., Chicherio C., Schmiedek, F., Lövdén, M., & Lindenberger, U. (2014). Coordinated within-trial dynamics of low-frequency neural rhythms controls evidence accumulation. Journal of Neuroscience, 35, 8519-8528.

  • Sander, M. C., Lindenberger, U., & Werkle-Bergner, M., (2012). Lifespan age differences in working memory: A two-component framework. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 36, 2007-2033.

  • Werkle-Bergner, M., Shing, Y. L., Müller, V., Li, S.-C., & Lindenberger, U. (2009). EEG gamma band synchronization in visual coding from childhood to old age: Evidence from evoked power and inter-trial phase locking. Clinical Neurophysiology, 120, 1291–1302.

  • Shing, Y. L., Werkle-Bergner, M., Li, S.-C., & Lindenberger, U. (2008). Associative and strategic components of episodic memory: A lifespan dissociation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 137, 496-513.

  • Werkle-Bergner, M., Müller, V., Li, S.-C., & Lindenberger, U. (2006). Cortical EEG correlates of successful memory encoding: Implications for life-span comparisons. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 30, 839-854.

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