Professor Bertram Opitz

Professor in Neuroimaging and Cognitive Neuroscience
Chair of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences Ethics Committee

Qualifications: Dipl Biophys (Moscow), PhD (Leipzig)

Phone: Work: 01483 68 9449
Room no: 28 AC 04

Office hours

During academic semesters, I am available to see students in my office (28AC04) on a drop-in basis on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 2pm until 3pm. Outside these times, scheduled individual appointments can be arranged by emailing me.

Further information


Bertram Opitz studied Biophysics at the Russian State University in Moscow, Russia. He was a PhD student at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig and received his doctoral degree in 2000. Until autumn 2001 he continued working as a post-doc researcher and then moved to Saarland University as an Assistant Professor for Cognitive Neuroscience. Bertram joined the Brain & Behaviour Group in August 2012 as a Professor for Neuroimaging.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the neural underpinnings of learning and memory. I'm primarily interested in the neural mechanisms of language acquisition and what factors influence the learning process. Current projects aiming on the role of learning instructions and feedback on (mainly second) language acquisition.

I'm also interested in the functional architecture of different memory systems and the processes by which information is transferred between these memory systems. In current research projects I investigate the processes of creating new enduring memory traces and modulating existing ones. Other projects focus on how we can exert control over our memories, and how these control processes could be trained. The main focus of these projects lies on training induced changes in the neural network in healthy participants and patient samples.

To achieve a comprehensive understanding of learning and memory systems I primarily examine the neural organization of these systems using well established neuroimaging techniques, like event-related potentials and functional magnetic resonance tomography in combination with neural stimulation techniques like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to investigate the neural correlates of learning and memory.


Artificial Language Learning

Hauser, M.F.A., Hofmann, J. & Opitz, B. (2012) Rules and Similarity in Artificial Grammar Learning: Their Interplay and Individual Differences in the Brain. Neuroimage 60, 2019–2026. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.02.016

Opitz, B. & Friederici, A.D. (2007) The neural basis of processing sequential and hierarchical syntactic structures. Human Brain Mapping 28, 585-592. doi: 10.1002/hbm.20287

Opitz, B. & Friederici, A.D. (2003) Interactions of the hippocampal system and the prefrontal cortex in learning language like-rules. NeuroImage 19, 1730-1737. doi: 10.1016/S1053-8119(03)00170-8

Learning & Memory

Opitz, B. (2010) Neural binding mechanisms in learning and memory. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 34, 1036-1046 doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2009.11.001

Spitzer, B.J., Hanslmayr, S., Opitz, B., Mecklinger, A. & Bäuml, K.-H. (2009) Oscillatory Correlates of Retrieval-Induced Forgetting in Recognition Memory. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 21, 976–990. doi:10.1162/jocn.2009.21072

Doeller, C. F., Opitz, B., Krick,C. M., Mecklinger, A. & Reith, W. (2005) Prefrontal-hippocampal dynamics involved in learning regularities across episodes. Cerebral Cortex 15, 1123-1133. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhh211

Cognitive Training & Feedback Processing

Schneiders J.A., Opitz B., Tang H, Deng Y.A., Xie C., Li H. and Mecklinger A. (2012) The impact of auditory working memory training on the fronto-parietal working memory network. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 6:173. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00173

Opitz, B., Ferdinand, N.K. & Mecklinger, A. (2011) Timing matters: The impact of immediate and delayed feedback on artificial language learning. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 5:8, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2011.00008



A complete list is available here: 

Bertram Opitz List of Publication (436.99KB - Requires Adobe Reader)

Departmental Duties

Chair of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences Ethics Committee

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