M.Sc. Sophie-Marie Rostalski

Research Interests

My research interests are the neural mechanisms underlying the processes of visual perception in general, mostly investigated using faces or objects. Therefore I am interested in neuroimaging techniques as the are the foundation to collect the data neccessary. Furthermore I am intrigued by the predictive coding theory and which range of phenomena in visual perception can be explained within this framework and which cannot, as well as how they can be modulated by additional factors.


Rostalski, S., Amado, C., Kovács, G., Feuerriegel, D. (2020) Measures of repetition suppression in the Fusiform Face Area are inflated by co-occurring effects of statistically learned visual associations. Cortex

Eick, C. M., Kovács, G., Rostalski, S. M., Röhrig, L., Ambrus, G. G. (in press) The occipital face area is causally involved in identity-related visual-semantic associations. Brain Structure and Function

Amado, C., Rostalski, S. M., Grotheer, M., Wanke, N., & Kovács, G. (2019). Similar expectation effects for immediate and delayed stimulus repetitions. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 13.

Rostalski, Sophie-Marie, Catarina Amado, and Gyula Kovács. 2019. “Repetition Suppression for Noisy and Intact Faces in the Occipito-Temporal Cortex.” Frontiers in Psychology 10 (June): 1348. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01348.

Current Studies 

  • MRT: „Differentiating Faces using Multivariate Pattern Analysis (MVPA).“ / „ Der Effekt des Stimulationkontextes auf die Wiederholungssuppression im okzipito-temporalen Kortex.“ / („ Visual mismatch fMRI signals to vanishing parts of objects.“)
  • EEG: “Differentiating Gradually Changing Morphed Faces Using Multivariate Pattern Analysis (MVPA)” / „Differentiating Faces using Multivariate Pattern Analysis (MVPA).“


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