Dr. Darinka Trübutschek

Main Research Areas

How does the “lump of meat” between our ears allow us to experience the world and remember those experiences later on? My research aims to understand basic mechanisms of how we perceive and store information about our environment and use that information to pursue our plans and goals. I use behavioral manipulations in conjunction with time-resolved brain electrophysiology (i.e., EEG, MEG, & ECoG) and machine learning to study the following topics:

  • Visual and/or memory distortions
  • Interaction of perception & memory
  • Conscious & non-conscious perception
  • Conscious & non-conscious (working) memory



Nov 2014 – Oct 2018 PhD in cognitive neuroscience with Prof. Stanislas Dehaene, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France (summa cum laude)                                   
Sept 2012 – June 2013 

Master of Science in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience with Dr. Josselin Houenou, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France (magna cum laude)

Sept 2007 – May 2010

Bachelor of Science with honors in psychology, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, USA (valedictorian, summa cum laude)


Since Jan 2021 Post-doctoral research associate with Dr. Lucia Melloni at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Jan 2019 – Dec 2020

Post-doctoral research fellow with Prof. Mark Stokes at the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Nov 2018 – Dec 2018Post-doctoral researcher with Prof. Stanislas Dehaene at Neurospin, France
June 2010 – Aug 2012 

Post-baccalaureate fellow in functional neuroimaging with Prof. Tobias Egner at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA



Trübutschek, D., & Melloni, L. (2023). Stable perceptual phenotype of the magnitude of history biases even in the face of global task complexity. Journal of Vision,23(8): 4. doi:10.1167/jov.23.8.4.Trübutschek, D., Marti, S., Ueberschär, H., & Dehaene, S. (2019). Probing the limits ofactivity-silent, non-conscious working memory. PNAS, 116(28), 14358-14367. Doi: 10.1073/pnas.1820730116

Trübutschek, D., Marti, S., & Dehaene, S. (2019). Temporal-order information can be maintained in non-conscious working memory. Scientific Reports, 9(6484). Doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-42942-z

Trübutschek, D., Marti, S., Ojeda, A., King, J.-R., Mi, Y., Tsodyks, M., & Dehaene, S. (2017). A theory if working memory without consciousness or sustained activity. eLife. Doi: 10.7554/eLife.23871

Naccache, L., Marti, S., Sitt, J. D., Trübutschek, D., & Berkovitch, L. (2016). Why the P3b is still a plausible correlate of conscious access? A commentary on Silverstein et al., 2015. Cortex. Doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2016.04.003

Coyle, E. F., Fulcher, M., & Trübutschek, D. (2016). Sissies, mama’s boys, and tomboys: Is children’s gender nonconformity more acceptable when nonconforming traits are positive? Archives of Sexual Behavior. Doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0695-5

Trübutschek, D., & Egner, T. (2012). Negative emotion does not modulate rapid feature integration effects.   Frontiers in Psychology, 3(100). Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00100

Auszeichnungen & Stipendien

Awards & Grants


Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

2021Christiane-Nüsslein-Volhard Fellowship  
2019Prix de la chancellerie des universités de Paris  
2018Post-doctoral fellowship from the Fondation Fyssen  

Fellowship to attend the Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience Doctoral grant from the Schneider Electric Foundation (co-PI with Prof. Stanislas Dehaene)

2012Doctoral fellowship from the Ecole des Neurosciences de Paris  

Fellowship in functional neuroimaging from Duke University’s Brain Imaging and Analysis Center


Valedictorian of the 2010 graduating class of Washington & Lee University, Robinson Award in English Literature, History, and Social Sciences awarded by Washington & Lee University

2007–2010Washington & Lee University honor roll 

Psychology Departmental Scholarship awarded by Washington & Lee University, James D. Davidson Memorial Fund Scholarship awarded by Washington & Lee University


Congress/Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship to fund a 1-year high school exchange in Springfield, VA, USA



  • The structure of subjective experience

    Consciousness is one of the most fascinating yet least understood aspects of human nature, or perhaps nature at large. Our lives dwell in our conscious experiences: this is where we experience love, we feel the ‘chills’ with a good piece of ...

  • Cortical hierarchy of memories

    "Perception is never purely in the present–it has to draw on experience of the past.” O. Sacks illustrates a grounding principle in cognitive neuroscience: Eyes are not vision. Instead, seeing is an inferential process, with the brain ...

  • Brain inspired consciousness

    Recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) have revived the possibility that we could endow machines with all the higher-order cognitive functions that characterize the mind of non-human and human primates. Much of this optimism derives ...

  • The interplay between perception and memory

    From the thousands of experiences we have each day, only a few will be remembered. How and why is this so? We are interested in the question of how the continuous living present is broken up into pieces that will be remembered, and the distortion ...