Dr. Johanna Rimmele

Main research areas

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






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., 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. doi.org/10.1162/jocn.2010.21437

Book (Dissertation)

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

2016/2017   Sign UP! Careerbuilding for outstanding female post docs in the MPG

2013             8th dissertation competition of the German Society for Psychology, General Psychology Group 

2011-2012    Stipendium, ERASMUS MUNDUS Student Exchange Network in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience

2009-2010    Reisestipendien der Research Academy Leipzig

2009             Mid Winter Meeting Travel Award der Association of Research in Otolaryngology 

2008-2011    Doctoral scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

2005-2007    Stipendium der Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes




  • 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 that ...