Main Focus

  • Non-invasive assessments of neuromodulatory systems (esp. dopaminergic and noradrenergic)
  • The effects of age- and disease-related degeneration of neuromodulatory systems on cognition
  • Neuromodulatory effects on cortical synchronization and information processing


Lifespan Neuromodulation of Cognition (LINE)

Curriculum Vitae

Group leader Lifespan Neuromodulation of Cognition (LINE) group Max Planck Institute for Human Development (2022–ongoing)

Postdoctoral fellow University of Southern California & Max Planck Institute for Human Development (2020–2022)

Short term research scholar, University of Southern California, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology (2020)

PhD. Psych. (Dr. rer. nat.; 2020), Freie Universität Berlin

Scholar of the Sonnenfeld Foundation (2018)

Fellow of the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE) (2015–2019)

M.Sc. Psych. (2014), University of Konstanz

B.Sc. Psych. (2011), Justus Liebig University Gießen

Selected Publications

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Dahl, M. J.
, Bachman, S. L., Dutt, S., Düzel, S., Bodammer, N. C., Lindenberger, U., … Mather, M. (2023). The integrity of dopaminergic and noradrenergic brain regions is associated with different aspects of late-life memory performance. Nature Aging 2023, 1–16.

Dahl, M. J., Kulesza, A., Werkle-Bergner, M., & Mather, M. (2023). Declining locus coeruleus-dopaminergic and noradrenergic modulation of long-term memory in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 105358.

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, 3(11), 1203–1214.

Dahl, M. J., Mather, M., Sander, M. C., & Werkle-Bergner, M. (2020). Noradrenergic responsiveness supports selective attention across the adult lifespan. Journal of Neuroscience, 40(22), 4372–4390.

Dahl, M. J., Mather, M., & Werkle-Bergner, M. (2022). Noradrenergic modulation of rhythmic neural activity shapes selective attention. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 26(1), 38–52.

Dahl, M. J., Mather, M., Werkle-Bergner, M., Kennedy, B. L., Guzman, S., Hurth, K., … Ringman, J. M. (2022). Locus coeruleus integrity is related to tau burden and memory loss in autosomal-dominant Alzheimer’s disease. Neurobiology of Aging, 112, 39–54.


Margret and Paul Baltes Award awarded by the Developmental Psychology Section of the German Psychological Society (DGPs)

Otto Hahn Medal awarded by the Max Planck Society in recognition of outstanding scientific achievement

Young Investigator Award for the "Advancement of Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology" awarded by the Society for Neuropsychology (GNP e.V.)

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