Dr Peter Klaver

Senior lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience and Developmental Neuroimaging
+44 (0)1483 686934
30 AC 04



Peter Klaver studied Psychology at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and did his PhD in psychology and neuroscience at the University of Magdeburg (Germany). He had postdoctoral positions at the Clinic of Epileptology of the University Hospital Bonn, at the Department of Psychology of the University of Zurich, at the University Hospital Zurich and at the Center for MR Research at the University Children's Hospital Zurich. He obtained a lectureship and was a research group leader at the Department of Psychology and received his habilitation from the faculty of arts at the same institute. Since 2015 he is a senior lecturer at the University of Surrey.

Research interests

My research focuses on the neural mechanisms of learning, memory and higher visual cognition. One part deals with the role of top-down and bottom-up mechanisms therein, such as working memory and emotion. Another part emphasizes the study of plasticity during development and in humans with developmental or learning disorders. For this purpose I use behavioural, neuropsychological, neuroimaging and neurophysiological technologies that allows for the on-line tracking of human behaviour and brain activity in adults, children and humans with learning difficulties.

Research collaborations

University of Surrey, Dept. of Nutritional Medicine (Prof. Margaret Rayman, Dr. Sarah Bath)

University Hospital Zurich, Child Research Center (Dr. Ruth Tuura-O'Gorman, Dr. Bea Latal, Dr. Michael von Rhein, Dr. Walter Knirsch, Dr. Lars Michels)

University Hospital Zurich and Swiss Epilepsy Center (Dr. Johannes Sarntheim and Prof. Thomas Grunwald)


Year 1: Biological psychology tutorials (PSY1016/PSY1024)

Year 2: Biological psychology tutorials (PSY2013/PSY2024)

Year 3: Neurodevelopmental disorders (PSY3103)

MSc: Psychological Neuroscience: Electrophysiology (PSYM058)

Departmental duties

MSc Research Methods Course Director


University Children's Hospital Zurich, Center for MR Research and Child Research Center

University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Center for Neuroscience

University of Zurich, Institute of Psychology


Learning, memory and higher visual cognition

Geiger M, O'Gorman R, Klaver P (2016). Inter-hemispheric connectivity of the fusiform gyrus supports memory consolidation for faces. European Journal of Neuroscience, 43(9): 1137-45. doi: 10.1111/ejn.13151

Xiu D, Geiger M, Klaver P (2015). Emotional face expression modulates occipital-frontal effective connectivity during memory formation in a bottom-up fashion. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 9:90. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00090.

Klaver P, Talsma D (2013). Behind the scenes: How visual memory load biases selective attention during processing of visual streams. Psychophysiology, 50(11), 1133-46. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12126.

Von Allmen DY, Wurmitzer K, Martin E, Klaver P (2013). Neural activity in the hippocampus predicts individual visual short-term memory capacity. Hippocampus, 23(7), 606-15. doi: 10.1002/hipo.22121.

Michels L, Martin E, Klaver P, Edden R, Zelaya F, Lythgoe DJ, Lüchinger R, Brandeis D, O'Gorman R (2012). Frontal GABA level change during working memory. PLoS ONE, 7(4):e31933. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031933.

Diamantopoulou S, Poom L, Klaver P, Talsma D (2011). Visual working memory capacity and stimulus categories: a behavioral and electrophysiological investigation. Experimental Brain Research, 209(4), 501-513. doi: 10.1007/s00221-011-2536-z.

Michels L, Bucher K, Lüchinger R, Klaver P, Martin E, Jeanmonod D, Brandeis D (2010). Simultaneous EEG-fMRI during a working memory task: modulations in low and high frequency bands. PLoS ONE, 5(4), e10298. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010298.

Rimmele U, Hediger K, Heinrichs M, Klaver P (2009). Oxytocin makes a face in memory familiar. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(1), 38-42. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4260-08.2009.

Klaver P*, Schnaidt M*, Fell J, Ruhlmann J, Elger CE, Fernández G (2007). Functional dissociations in top-down control dependent neural repetition priming. Neuroimage, 34(4), 1733-1743. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2006.11.013.

Klaver P, Fell J, Dietl T, Schür S, Schaller C, Elger CE, Fernández G (2005). Word imageability affects the hippocampus in recognition memory. Hippocampus, 15(6), 704-712. doi: 10.1002/hipo.20081.

Klaver P, Fell J, Weis S, De Greiff A, Ruhlmann J, Reul J, Elger CE, Fernández G (2004). Using visual advance information: an event-related functional MRI study. Brain Research: Cognitive Brain Research, 20(2), 242-255. doi: 10.1016/j.cogbrainres.2004.03.006.

Weis S, Klaver P, Reul J, Elger CE, Fernández G (2004). Temporal and cerebellar brain regions that support both declarative memory formation and retrieval. Cerebral Cortex, 14(3), 256-267. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhg125.

Fell J, Klaver P, Elfadil H, Schaller C, Elger CE, Fernández G (2003). Rhinal-hippocampal theta coherence during declarative memory formation: interaction with gamma synchronization? European Journal of Neuroscience, 17(5), 1082-1088. doi: 10.1046/j.1460-9568.2003.02522.x.

Fell J, Klaver P, Lehnertz K, Grunwald T, Schaller C, Elger CE, Fernández G (2001). Human memory formation is accompanied by rhinal-hippocampal coupling and decoupling. Nature Neuroscience, 4(12), 1259-1264. doi: 10.1038/nn759.

Klaver P, Talsma D, Wijers AA, Heinze HJ, Mulder G (1999). An event-related brain potential correlate of visual short-term memory. NeuroReport, 10(10), 2001-2005. doi: 10.1097/00001756-199907130-00002.

Development of learning, memory and higher visual cognition

Ghisleni C, Bollmann S, Poil SS, Brandeis D, Martin E, Michels L, O'Gorman R*, Klaver P* (2015). Subcortical glutamate mediates the reduction of short-range functional connectivity with age in a developmental cohort. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(22), 8433-8441. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4375-14.2015.

Von Allmen DY, Wurmitzer K, Klaver P (2014). Hippocampal and posterior parietal contributions to developmental increases in visual short-term memory capacity. Cortex, 59C, 95-102. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2014.07.010.

Klaver P, Marcar V, Martin (2011). Neurodevelopment of the visual system in typically developing children. Progress in Brain Research, 189, 113-136. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-53884-0.00021-X. Review.

Loenneker T*, Klaver P*, Bucher K, Lichtensteiger J, Imfeld A, Martin E (2011). Microstructural development: organizational differences of the fibre architecture between children and adults in dorsal and ventral visual streams. Human Brain Mapping, 32(6), 935-46. doi: 10.1002/hbm.21080.

Lichtensteiger J, Loenneker T, Bucher K, Martin E, Klaver P (2008). Role of dorsal and ventral stream development in biological motion perception. NeuroReport, 19(18), 1763-1767. doi: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e328318ede3.

Klaver P, Lichtensteiger J, Bucher K, Dietrich T, Loenneker T, Martin E (2008). Dorsal stream development in motion and structure-from-motion perception. Neuroimage, 39(4), 1815-1823. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.11.009.

Developmental disorders of learning, memory and higher visual cognition

Bollmann S, Ghisleni C, Poil SS, Martin E, Ball J, Eich-Höchli D, Klaver P, O'Gorman R, Michels L, Brandeis D (201). Age-dependent and independent changes in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) during spatial working memory. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 18(4), 279-290. doi: 10.3109/15622975.2015.1112034.

Klaver P, Knirsch W, Wurmitzer K, Von Allmen, DY. Children and adolescents show altered visual working memory related brain activity more than one decade after arterial switch operation for d-transposition of the great arteries. Developmental Neuropsychology, 41(4), 261-267. doi: 10.1080/87565641.2016.1243115.

Bollmann S, Ghisleni C, Poil SS, Martin E, Ball J, Eich-Höchli D, Edden RAE, Klaver P, Michels L, Brandeis D, O'Gorman R (2015). Developmental changes in gamma-Aminobutyric acid levels in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Translational Psychiatry, 5(6), e589. doi: 10.1038/tp.2015.79.

Klaver P, Latal B, Martin E (2015). Occipital cortical thickness in very low birth weight born adolescents predicts altered neural specialization of visual semantic category related neural networks. Neuropsychologia, 67, 41-54. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.10.030.

Poil SS, Bollman S, Ghisleni C, O´Gorman RL, Klaver P, Ball J, Eich-Höchli D, Martin E, Brandeis D*, Michels L* (2014). Age dependent electroencephalography changes in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Clinical Neurophysiology, 125(8), 1626-38. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2013.12.118.

Von Rhein M*, Buchmann A*, Hagmann C, Huber R, Klaver P, Knirsch W, Latal B (2014). Brain volumes predict neurodevelopment in adolescents after surgery for congenital heart disease. Brain, 137, 268-76. doi: 10.1093/brain/awt322.

Dinkelacker V, Grueter M, Klaver P, Grueter T, Specht K, Weis S, Kennerknecht I, Elger CE, Fernández G (2011). Congenital prosopagnosia: multistage anatomical and functional deficits in face processing circuitry. Journal of Neurology, 258(5), 770-82. doi: 10.1007/s00415-010-5828-5.

Van der Mark S*, Klaver P*, Bucher K, Maurer U, Schulz E, Brem S, Loenneker T, Martin E, Brandeis D (2011). The left occipitotemporal system in reading: disruption of focal fMRI connectivity to left inferior frontal and inferior parietal language areas in children with dyslexia. Neuroimage, 54(3), 2426-2436. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.10.002.

Van der Mark S*, Bucher K*, Maurer U, Schulz E, Brem S, Buckenmüller J, Kronbichler M, Loenneker T, Klaver P, Martin E, Brandeis D (2009). Children with dyslexia lack multiple specializations along the visual word-form (VWF) system. Neuroimage, 47(4), 1940-1949. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009.05.021.

Rotzer S, Loenneker T, Kucian K, Martin E, Klaver P*, Von Aster M* (2009). Dysfunctional neural network of spatial working memory contributes to developmental dyscalculia. Neuropsychologia, 47(13), 2859-2865. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.06.009.

Beblo T, Macek C, Brinkers I, Hartje W, Klaver P (2004). A new approach in clinical neuropsychology to the assessment of spatial working memory: The block suppression test. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 26(1), 105-114. doi: 10.1076/jcen.