Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Department of Psychology

Dr. Mareike Bayer

Dr. Mareike Bayer
research assistant
mareike.bayer (at)

Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Psychologie → Klinische Psychologie Sozialer Interaktion
Visiting address
Rudower Chaussee 18 , Room 0'223
Phone number
(030) 2093-4737
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

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since 02/2016

Postdoctoral Researcher, Social Cognition Group, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2016 - 2018

Associated Research Fellow, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, University of Reading, UK


Visiting Researcher, Cognitive and Affective Psychophysiology Laboratory, Gent University, Belgium

2012 – 2013

Interim Professor Experimental Psycholinguistics (W1, substitution) WS 2012/13, Courant Research Centre Text Structures, University Göttingen

2012 – 2015

Postdoc Position, Courant Research Centre Text Structures, University Göttingen


PhD in Psychology (Dr. rer. nat.), Biological Psychology/ Psychophysiology and Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Diploma in Psychology, University Würzburg


















Research Interests

I am interested in the impact of emotional and personally relevant information on human cognition and behavior. My research focuses on emotion effects in facial expressions, written and spoken language, and pictorial stimuli using event-related potentials, simultaneous EEG-fMRI, psychophysiology and pupillometry. Furthermore, I’m interested in the susceptibility of the visual cortex to emotion, attention and reward. At present, I am investigating emotional face perception in neurotypical functioning and in autism spectrum disorders using simultaneous EEG/fMRI techniques.



Kulke, L., Bayer, M., Grimm, A. M., & Schacht, A. (2019). Differential effects of learned associations with words and pseudowords on event-related brain potentials. Neuropsychologia, 124, 182-191.

Bayer, M., Berhe, O., Dziobek, I., & Johnstone, T. (2020). Rapid neural representations of personally relevant faces. BioRxiv, 585133.

Matyjek, M., Bayer, M., & Dziobek, I. (2020). Autistic Traits Affect Reward Anticipation but not Reception. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 8396.

Naumann, S., Bayer, M. & Dziobek, I. (2020). Preschoolers’ sensitivity to emotional facial expressions and their repetition: An ERP study., Repository:

Bayer, M., Rubens, M. T., & Johnstone, T. (2018). Simultaneous EEG-fMRI reveals attention- dependent coupling of early face processing with a distributed cortical network. Biological psychology, 132, 133-142.

Bayer, M., Grass, A., & Schacht, A. (2018). Associated valence impacts early visual processing of letter strings: Evidence from ERPs in a cross-modal learning paradigm. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 1-11.

Kulke, L., Bayer, M., Grimm, A. M., & Schacht, A. (2018). Differential effects of learned associations with words and pseudowords on event-related brain potentials. Neuropsychologia.

Bayer, M., Ruthmann, K., & Schacht, A. (2017). The impact of personal relevance on emotion processing: Evidence from event-related potentials and pupillary responses. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Bayer M., Rossi V., Vanlessen N., Grass A., Schacht A. & Pourtois G. (2017). Independent effects of motivation and spatial attention in the human visual cortex. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Rossi, V., Vanlessen, N., Bayer, M., Grass, A., Pourtois, G., & Schacht, A. (2017). Motivational salience modulates early visual cortex responses across task sets. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 29(6), 968-979

Grass, A.*, Bayer, M.*, Schacht, A. (2016). Electrophysiological correlates of emotional content and volume level in spoken word processing. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10. DOI:10.3389/fnhum.2016.00326, *equal contribution

Nowparast Rostami, H., Ouyang, G., Bayer, M., Schacht, A., Zhou, C., Sommer, W. (2015). Dissociating the Influence of Affective Word Content and Cognitive Processing Demands on the Late Positive Potential. Brain Topography, doi: 10.1007/s10548-015-0438-2.

Riese, K.*, Bayer, M*., Lauer, G. & Schacht, A. (2014). In the Eye of the Recipient: Pupillary Responses to Suspense in Literary Classics. Scientific Study of Literature, 4:2, 211-232. *equal contribution

Bayer, M. & Schacht, A. (2014). Event-related brain responses to emotional words, pictures, and faces – a cross-domain comparison. Frontiers in Psychology. 5:1106. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01106.

Schacht, A., Pollmann, K., & Bayer, M. (2014). Lese-Erleben im Labor? Zu Potential und Limitationen psycho(physio)logischer Methoden in der empirischen Literaturwissenschaft. In P. Ajouri, K. Mellmann, & C. Rauen (Hg.), Empirie in der Literaturwissenschaft (Poetogenesis 8). Münster: Mentis.

Bayer, M., Sommer, W., & Schacht, A. (2012a). Font Size Matters—Emotion and Attention in Cortical Responses to Written Words. PLoS ONE, 7(5), e36042.

Bayer, M., Sommer, W., & Schacht, A. (2012b). P1 and beyond: Functional separation of multiple emotion effects in word recognition. Psychophysiology, 49(7), 959-969; doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2012.01381.x.

Bayer, M. (2011). Emotion Effects in Visual Language Processing. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. [PhD Thesis]

Bayer, M., Sommer, W., & Schacht, A. (2011). Emotional Words Impact the Mind but not the Body: Evidence from Pupillary Responses. Psychophysiology, 48, 1553-1561; doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2011.01219.x.

Bayer, M., Sommer, W., & Schacht, A. (2010). Reading emotional words within sentences: The impact of arousal and valence on event-related potentials. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 78, 299–307.