Lab Members

Prof. Dr. Michael Hanke

Principal Investigator

Full-time informagician, real-life psychologist, Debian developer, Pythonero, open science and free software proponent.

Alex Waite

Technology Czar

Part sysadmin, part developer, Alex makes sure stuff gets done — and that plenty of 70s funk is played on the lab stereo system.

Adina Wagner (M.Sc. Psychology)

PhD Student

Formerly the caffeine-dependent and R-obsessed purveyor of B.Sc. statistics, now a python-hooked PhD student. Apart from coffee, she runs on cuss words, scotch, and xkcd comics.

Dr. Emanuele Porcu


A color blind experimental psychologist/drummer interested in multisensory interactions and attention. Favorite song: True Colors.

Dipl.-Inf. Benjamin Poldrack

DataLad Developer

Sneaky like shadow, he's there one moment and gone with the next. One wonders what he actually does all day, until you see his impressive git commit log.

Christian Olaf Häusler (M.Sc. Psychology)

PhD Student

If a topic intersects with neuroscience, experimental psychology, filmmaking, and number crunching with open-source software, you've just described his dream project. That and Neurofunk Drum and Bass.


Dr. Reshanne Reeder

Works as a Postdoc in the Pollmann lab at Otto-von-Guericke University.

Małgorzata Wierzba

Visiting researcher from the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology.

Dr. Falko R. Kaule

Received his PhD in 2017, gave up his mercenary programmer ways, and now works in the "real world".

Pierre Ibe

Graduated with his M.Sc in Psychology and now works at Justus Liebig University Giessen.

Ayan Sengupta

After finishing his PhD at OvGU, he became a postdoc at the University of Nottingham.

Dr. Vittorio Iacovella

Visiting researcher from Trento University

Moritz Boos

Visiting researcher from the University of Oldenburg

Michael Notter

Visiting researcher from the University of Lausanne

Richard Dinga

Visiting researcher from University of Ljubljana. Proceeded to work towards a PhD at the VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam

Daniel Kottke

Joined the Active Learning Lab at Kassel University

Dr. Sven Buchholz

Became a professor at TH Brandenburg


Let's just say we take our lab Grill-fests seriously...

Rambo der Vierte (2019–)

The Florabest Grill: mobile, dishwasher safe, and features a built-in ventilator and a blue base light — to help set the mood. It boasts style, arriving in a slim fit, tailor-cut carrying case. You'll feel proud to have this grill on your arm when walking through the fashion district of Jülich.

Ulf der Dritte (2015–2019)

The Trolley Grill "Toronto". So big they named it after a city; big enough to feed three labs twice over. And it comes with a built-in 15¢ bottle opener—for convenience. Though the wheels do have a tendency to fall off...

Helga der Zweite (2013–2015)

The Landmann Pedestal Barbecue: bigger, better, taller. Its claim to fame is the fantastic door through which air can flow up the center column. When carrying, the balance is perfect for slinging over your shoulder, emulating a lumberjack as 'e carries a grill deep into the wilderness...

Horst der Erste (2012–2013)

The Landmann Patio Barbecue Fire Bowl — the grill that began it all. Small, yet hardy. Plus, there's the added bonus that the poor airflow actively promotes team bonding through the shared effort of frantically waving a Frisbee to get the coals going.