Dr. Johanna Rimmele

Main research areas

  • Auditory perception/cognition
  • Temporal processing
  • Neural basis of speech perception
  • Content specific representations
  • Neuroplasticity

Other affiliations: CLaME


Academic Education

2008–2012PhD in Psychology, Research training group “Function of Attention in Cognition” at the Cognitive and Biological Psychology group, University of Leipzig
2006–2011Visiting Researcher, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience, New York
2002–2008Diploma in Psychology (minor Philosophy), University of Leipzig
2007–2012Training and volunteer work, Crisis Intervention, Leipzig


Since 2015Post-Doctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics
2012–2015Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Neuro- and Pathophysiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
2011–2012Post-Doctoral Fellow, New York University, Department of Psychology



Rimmele, J.M., Kern, P., Lubinus, C., Frieler, K., Poeppel, D., Assaneo, M.F. Musical sophistication and speech auditory-motor coupling: easy tests for quick answers.Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2021, in press

Rimmele, J. M., Poeppel, D., & Ghitza, O. (2021). Acoustically driven cortical delta oscillations underpin prosodic chunking. Eneuro, ENEURO.0562-20.2021. https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0562-20.2021

Kern, P., Assaneo, M. F., Endres, D., Poeppel, D., & Rimmele, J. M. (2021). Preferred auditory temporal processing regimes and auditory-motor synchronization. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, in press.

Lubinus, C., Orpella, J., Keitel, A., Gudi-Mindermann, H., Engel, A. K., Roeder, B., & Rimmele, J. M.  (2021). Data-driven classification of spectral profiles reveals brain region-specific plasticity in blindness. Cerebral Cortex, 31 (5), 2505-2522. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhaa370

Assaneo, M. F.*, Rimmele, J. M.*, Sanz Perl, Y., & Poeppel, D. (2021). Speaking rhythmically can shape hearing. Nature Human Behaviour, 5(1), 71-82https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-020-00962-0

Kern, P., Assaneo, M. F., Endres, D., Poeppel, D., & Rimmele, J. M. (2020). Preferred auditory temporal processing regimes and auditory-motor interactions. BioRxiv, 2020.11.14.382051. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.11.14.382051

Rimmele, J. M., Poeppel, D., & Ghitza, O. (2020). Acoustically driven cortical delta oscillations underpin perceptual chunking. BioRxiv, 2020.05.16.099432. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.16.099432

Gudi-Mindermann, H., Rimmele, J. M., Bruns, P., Kloosterman, N. A., Donner, T. H., Engel, A. K., & Röder, B. (2020). Post-training load-related changes of auditory working memory – An EEG study. Front Hum Neurosci, 14, p. 72. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2020.00072

Lubinus, C., Gudi-Mindermann, H., Keitel, A., Engel, A. K., Roeder, B., & Rimmele, J. M. (2019). Data-driven classification of spectral profiles reveals brain region-specific plasticity. BioRxiv, 782979. https://doi.org/10.1101/782979

Assaneo, M. F., Rimmele, J. M., Orpella, J., Ripollés, P., de Diego-Balaguer, R., & Poeppel, D. (2019). The Lateralization of Speech-Brain Coupling Is Differentially Modulated by Intrinsic Auditory and Top-Down Mechanisms. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience13, 28. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnint.2019.00028

Rimmele, J. M., Sun, Y., Michalareas, G., Ghitza, O., & D., Poeppel. (2019). Dynamics of functional networks for syllable and word-level processing. BioRxiv, 584375. https://doi.org/10.1101/584375

Rimmele, J. M., Gudi-Mindermann, H., Nolte, G., Röder, B., & Engel, A. K. (2019). Working memory training integrates visual cortex into beta-band networks in congenitally blind individuals.NeuroImage194, 259–271. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.03.003

Rimmele, J. M., Morillon, B., Poeppel, D., & Arnal, L. H. (2018). Proactive Sensing of Periodic and Aperiodic Auditory Patterns. Trends in Cognitive Sciences22, 870–882. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2018.08.003

Gudi-Mindermann, H., Rimmele, J.M., Nolte, G., Bruns, P., Engel, A.K., Röder, B. (2018). Working memory training in congenitally blind individuals results in an integration of occipital cortex in functional networks. Behavioural Brain Research, in press

Rimmele, J. M., Gross, J., Molholm, S., Keitel, A. (2018) Brain oscillations in human communication. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 12, 39. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00039

Rimmele, J.M., Gudi-Mindermann, H., Nolte, G., Roeder, B., & Engel, A. K. (2017). Working Memory Training Integrates Visual Cortex into Beta-Band Networks in Congenitally Blind Individuals. bioRxiv. doi.org/10.1101/200121

Rimmele, J. M., Sussman, E., & Poeppel, D. (2015). The role of temporal structure in the investigation of sensory memory, auditory scene analysis, and speech perception: a healthy-aging perspective. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 95(2), 175–183. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2014.06.010

Rimmele, J. M., Zion Golumbic, E., Schröger, E., & Poeppel, D. (2015). The effects of selective attention and speech acoustics on neural speech-tracking in a multi-talker scene. Cortex, 68, 144–154. doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2014.12.014

Rimmele, J., Schröger, E., & Bendixen, A. (2012). Age-related changes in the use of regular patterns for auditory scene analysis. Hearing Research, 289(1–2), 98–107. doi.org/10.1016/j.heares.2012.04.006

Rimmele, J., Sussman, E. S., Keitel, K., Jacobsen, T., & Schröger, E. (2012). Electrophysiological Evidence for Age Effects on Sensory Memory Processing of Tonal Patterns. Psychology and Aging, 27(2), 384–398. doi.org/10.1037/a0024866

Rimmele, J., Jolsvai, H., & Sussman, E. (2011). Auditory Target Detection Is Affected by Implicit Temporal and Spatial Expectations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(5), 1136–1147. http://doi.org/10.1162/jocn.2010.21437


Book (Dissertation) and E-books

Rimmele, J., Gross, J., Molholm, S., Keitel, A., eds. (2018). Brain Oscillations in Human Communication. Lausanne: Frontiers Media. doi: 10.3389/978-2-88945-458-7

Rimmele, J. (2013). Intact hearing, but impaired understanding – Sensory memory processing in healthy old age. (Vol. 35). Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag GmbH.

Awards & Grants

Awards & Grants


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8th dissertation competition of the German Society for Psychology, General Psychology Group


Stipendium, ERASMUS MUNDUS Student Exchange Network in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience


 Reisestipendien der Research Academy Leipzig


Mid Winter Meeting Travel Award der Association of Research in Otolaryngology


Doctoral scholarship der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)


 Stipendium der Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes



  • What in the temporal structure of speech triggers speech-specific processing

    The precise role of cortical oscillations in speech processing is under investigation. According to current research, the phase alignment of Δ/θ-band (2-8 Hz) neural oscillations in the auditory cortex is involved in the segmentation of speech. ...

  • Linguistic Decoding

    When we listen to someone speaking, we are able to quickly and effortlessly understand the content of the spoken language. This ability, however, obscures the complexity of the neural processes that underlie comprehension. One of the first steps ...

  • Are you in sync with yourself?

    In this project we test the influence of rhythmic speech production on speech perception. Auditory perception has been shown to utilize temporal predictions from the motor system to increase its performance (Arnal, & Giraud, 2012; ...

  • Speech chunking

    In a recent study, Ding et al. (2016) showed that spectral peaks of brain waves corresponded to multiple levels of linguistic structure (e.g., peaks in the delta and theta range corresponded to the phrase and syllable rate, respectively). Because ...

  • When our brain rhythms change

    The human brain exhibits rhythms that are characteristic for anatomical areas and presumably involved in diverse perceptual and cognitive processes. Visual deprivation results in behavioral adaptation and cortical reorganization, particularly ...

  • Probing auditory perceptual constraints across individuals

    Natural sounds contain rich temporal structure over various timescales. Previous research suggests neuronal oscillations to be one critical mechanism for processing the temporal structure of sound, with a particular sensitivity in the delta (0.5-3 ...