PD Dr. Daniela Sammler


  • Neurokognition von Musik und Sprache
  • Wahrnehmung und Produktion
  • Interaktion zwischen Personen
  • Melodie und Prosodie
  • Syntax

Forschungsgruppe Neurokognition von Musik und Sprache



2018Habilitation und Venia Legendi, Universität Leipzig (Arbeit zu Intonation in Sprache und Musik)
2008Promotion in Psychologie, Universität Leipzig und MPI für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften Leipzig (Arbeit zu Syntax in Sprache und Musik)
1997–2004Studium der Psychologie, Universität Leipzig und Université Louis Pasteur, Straßburg (Diplom in Leipzig)


Seit 2020Leiterin der Forschungsgruppe Neurokognition von Musik und Sprache, MPI für Empirische Ästhetik, Frankfurt/Main
2013–2020Leiterin der Otto-Hahn-Gruppe Neuronale Grundlagen von Intonation in Sprache und Musik, MPI für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften, Leipzig
2014Gastwissenschaftlerin, Western Sydney University, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Sydney
2011–2013Postdoc, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
2009–2011Postdoc, MPI für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften, Leipzig
2008–2009Postdoc, Université Nord-de-France, Lille und Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris
2004–2008Doktorandin, MPI für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften, Leipzig



Sammler, D. (2018). The melodic mind: Neural bases of intonation in speech and music. (MPI Series in Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Vol. 195). Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.

Sammler, D. (2009). The neuroanatomical overlap of syntax processing in music and language: Evidence from lesion and intracranial ERP studies. (MPI Series in Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Vol. 108). Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.


Deutsche Artikel

Sammler, D. (2017). Neurophysiologische Aspekte des Singens. In: M. Fuchs (Ed.). Die Stimme im pädagogischen Alltag. (pp. 187- 196). Berlin: Logos-Verlag.

Sammler, D. (2016). Musik- und Sprachwahrnehmung bei Epilepsiepatienten. Zeitschrift für Epileptologie, 29, 16-20.

Sammler, D. (2014). Prosodie – Die Musik der Sprache. LogoTHEMA, 11, 9-13.

Sammler, D. (2011). Amusie und Sprachstörungen. Sprachheilarbeit, 56, 194-197.



Bianco, R., Novembre, G., Ringer, H., Kohler, N., Keller, P. E., Villringer, A., Sammler, D. (preprint). Lateral prefrontal cortex as a hub for music production with gradation from structural rules to movement sequences. bioRxiv.

Herrojo Ruiz, M., Maudrich, T., Kalloch, B., Sammler, D., Kenvill, R., Villringer, A., Sehm, B., Nikulin, V. (preprint). Transcranial direct current stimulation over frontopolar cortex drives reward-based motor learning. bioRxiv.

Chien, P.-J., Friederici, A. D., Hartwigsen, G.*, Sammler, D.* (in press). Intonation processing increases task-specific fronto-temporal connectivity in tonal language speakers. Human Brain Mapping. *equal contr.

Sammler, D. (2020). Splitting speech and music. Science, 367(6481), 974-976.

Sammler, D., Elmer, S. (2020). Advances in the neurocognition of music and language. Brain Sciences, 10, 509. (Editorial)

Chien, P.-J., Friederici, A. F., Hartwigsen, G.*, Sammler, D.* (2020). Neural correlates of intonation and lexical tone in tonal and non-tonal language speakers. Human Brain Mapping, 41, 1842-1858. *equal contr.

Torppa, R., Faulkner, A., Laasonen, M., Lipsanen, J., Sammler, D. (2020). Links of prosodic stress perception and musical activities to language skills of children with CIs and normal hearing. Ear and Hearing, 41, 395-410.

Harding, E. E., Sammler, D., Kotz, S. A. (2019). Attachment preference in auditory German sentences: Individual differences and pragmatic strategy. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1357.

Martins, M. J. D.*, Bianco, R.*, Sammler, D., Villringer, A. (2019). Recursion in action: An fMRI study on the generation of new hierarchical levels in motor sequences. Human Brain Mapping, 40, 2623-2638. *equal contr.

Vanzella, P., Balardin, J. B., Furucho, R. A., Zimeo Morais, G. A., Braun Janzen, T., Sammler, D., Sato, J. R. (2019). fNIRS responses in professional violinists while playing duets: Evidence for distinct leader and follower roles at brain level. Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, 10, 164.

Harding, E. E., Sammler, D.*, Henry, M. J.*, Large, E., Kotz, S. A. (2019). Cortical tracking of rhythm in music and speech. NeuroImage, 185, 96-101. *equal contr.

Bianco, R., Novembre, G., Keller, P. E., Villringer, A., Sammler, D. (2018). Musical genre-dependent behavioural and EEG signatures of action planning. A comparison between classical and jazz pianists. NeuroImage, 169, 383-394.

Hellbernd, N., Sammler, D. (2018). Neural bases of social communicative intentions in speech. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 13, 604-615.

Hartwigsen, G., Scharinger, M., Sammler, D. (2018). Modulating cortical dynamics in language, speech, and music. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 12, 58. (Editorial)

Sun, Y., Lu, X., Ho, H. T., Johnson, B. W., Sammler, D., Thompson, W. F. (2018). Syntactic processing in music and language: parallel abnormalities observed in congenital amusia. NeuroImage Clinical, 19, 640-651.

Sammler, D., Cunitz, K., Gierhan, S. M. E., Anwander, A., Adermann, J., Meixensberger, J., Friederici, A. D. (2018). White matter pathways for prosodic structure building: A case study. Brain and Language, 183, 1-10.

Speck, I. K., Echternach, M., Sammler, D., Schulze-Bonhage, A. (2018). Frontal lobe epileptic seizures are accompanied by elevated pitch during verbal communication. Epilepsia, 59, e23-e27.

Hellbernd, N., Sammler, D. (2016). Prosody conveys speaker’s intentions: Acoustic cues for speech act perception. Journal of Memory and Language, 88, 70-86.

Bianco, R., Novembre, G., Keller, P.E., Kim, S.-G., ..., Sammler, D. (2016). Neural networks for harmonic structure in music perception and action. NeuroImage, 142, 454-464.

Merrill, J., Bangert, M., Sammler, D., Friederici, A. D. (2016). Classifying song and speech: Effects of focal temporal lesions and musical disorder. Neurocase, 22, 496-504.

Novembre, G., Sammler, D., Keller, P. E. (2016). Self-other entrainment and co-representation are linked via alpha oscillations in musical joint action. Neuropsychologia, 89, 414-25.

Bianco, R., Novembre, G., Keller, P. E., Scharf, F., Friederici, A. D., Villringer, A., Sammler, D. (2016). Syntax in action has priority over movement selection in piano playing: An ERP study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28, 41-56.

Sammler, D., Grosbras, M.-H., Anwander, A., Bestelmeyer, P. E. G., Belin, P. (2015). Dorsal and ventral pathways for prosody. Current Biology, 25, 3079-3085.

Maffongelli, L., Bartoli, E., Sammler, D., Koelsch, S., Campus, C., Olivier, E., Fadiga, L., D’Ausilio, A. (2015). Distinct brain signatures of content and structure violation during action sequence observation. Neuropsychologia, 75, 30-39.

Alonso, I., Sammler, D., Valabrègue, R., Dinkelacker, V., Dupont, S., Belin, P., Samson, S. (2014). Hippocampal sclerosis affects fMR-adaptation of lyrics and melodies in songs. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 111.

Besson, P., Dinkelacker, V., Valabrègue, R., Thivard, L., Leclerc, X., Baulac, M., Sammler, D., Colliot, O., Lehéricy, S., Samson, S., Dupont, S. (2014). Structural connectivity differences in left and right temporal lobe epilepsy. NeuroImage, 100, 135-144.

Sammler, D., Koelsch, S., Ball, T., Brandt, A., Grigutsch, M., ..., Schulze-Bonhage, A. (2013). Co-localizing linguistic and musical syntax with intracranial EEG. NeuroImage, 64, 134-146.

Sammler, D.*, Novembre, G.*, Koelsch, S., Keller, P. E. (2013). Syntax in a pianist’s hand: ERP signatures of “embodied” syntax processing in music. Cortex, 49, 1325-1339. *equal contr.

Merrill, J., Sammler, D., Bangert, M., Goldhahn, D., Lohmann, G., Turner, R., Friederici, A. D. (2012). Perception of words and pitch patterns in song and speech. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 76.

Sammler, D., Koelsch, S., Friederici, A. D. (2011). Are left fronto-temporal “language areas” a prerequisite for normal music-syntactic processing? Cortex, 47, 659-673.

Sammler, D., Kotz, S. A., Eckstein, K., Ott, D. V. M., Friederici, A. D. (2010). Prosody meets syntax: the role of the corpus callosum. Brain, 133, 2643-2655.

Sammler, D., Baird, A., Valabrègue, R., Clément, S., Dupont, S., Belin, P., Samson, S. (2010). The relationship of lyrics and tunes in the processing of unfamiliar songs: An fMR adaptation study. The Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 3572-3578.

Sammler, D., Koelsch, S., Ball, T., Brandt, A., ..., Schulze-Bonhage, A. (2009). Overlap of musical and linguistic syntax processing: Intracranial ERP evidence. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1169, 494-498.

Fritz, T., Jentschke, S., Gosselin, N., Sammler, D., ..., Koelsch, S. (2009). Universal recognition of three basic emotions in music. Current Biology, 19, 573-576.

Koelsch, S., Schulze, K., Sammler, D., Fritz, T., Mueller, K., Gruber, O. (2009). Functional architecture of verbal and tonal memory: An fMRI study. Human Brain Mapping, 30, 859-873.

Koelsch, S., Sammler, D., Jentschke, S., Siebel, W. A. (2008). EEG correlates of moderate intermittent explosive disorder. Clinical Neurophysiology, 119, 151-162.

Koelsch, S., Sammler, D. (2008). Cognitive components of regularity processing in the auditory domain. PLoS one, 3, e2650.

Sammler, D., Grigutsch, M., Fritz, T., Koelsch, S. (2007). Music and Emotion: Electrophysiological correlates of the processing of pleasant and unpleasant music. Psychophysiology, 44, 293-304.

Koelsch, S., Remppis, A., Sammler, D., Jentschke, S., et al. (2007). A Cardiac signature of emotionality. European Journal of Neuroscience, 26, 3328-3338.

Koelsch, S., Jentschke, S., Sammler, D., Mietchen, D. (2007). Untangling syntactic and sensory processing: An ERP study of music perception. Psychophysiology, 44, 476-490.

Koelsch, S., Heinke, W., Sammler, D., Olthoff, D. (2006). Auditory processing during deep propofol sedation and recovery from unconsciousness. Clinical Neurophysiology, 117, 1746-1759.

Koelsch, S., Gunter, T. C., Wittfoth, M., Sammler, D. (2005). Interaction between syntax processing in language and in music: An ERP study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17, 1565-1577.

Heinke, W., Kenntner, R., Gunter, T. C., Sammler, D., Olthoff, D., Koelsch, S. (2004). Sequential effects of increasing propofol sedation on frontal and temporal cortices as indexed by auditory event-related potentials. Anesthesiology, 100, 617-625.

Koelsch, S., Kasper, E., Sammler, D., Schulze, K., Gunter, T., Friederici, A. D. (2004). Music, language and meaning: Brain signatures of semantic processing. Nature Neuroscience, 7, 302-307.

Scheid, R., Voltz, R., Guthke, T., Sammler, D., von Cramon, D. Y. (2003). Neuropsychiatric findings in anti-MA2-positive limbic encephalitis. Neurology, 61, 1159-1160.

Koelsch, S., Gunter, T. C., Schröger, E., Tervaniemi, M., Sammler, D., Friederici, A. D. (2001). Differentiating ERAN and MMN: An ERP study. Neuroreport, 12, 1385-1389.


Auszeichnungen & Stipendien

Stipendien und Preise

2012Goldmedaille für herausragende Leistungen in der Denkmalpflege in Europa, 10. denkmal Leipzig (Europäische Leitmesse für Denkmalpflege, Restaurierung und Altbausanierung)
2010Otto-Hahn-Medaille der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
2010Otto-Hahn-Preis der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (entspricht der Finanzierung einer Otto-Hahn-Forschungsgruppe)
2010Posterpreis, 16. Jahrestreffen der Organization of Human Brain Mapping