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Dr. Sebastian Gluth Print E-mail

Phone: +49 (0) 40 - 741054764  
eMail: sgluth(at)  
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christian Büchel  

Current Address

Department of Psychology (University of Basel)

Missionsstrasse 62a

4054 Basel / Switzerland

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Short Biography

2004-2009: Psychology at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

2006-2009: Student research assitant at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

2008: Research internship at the Department of Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, USA

03/2009: Diploma thesis: "Cortical Thickness and Executive Functioning in Healthy Younger and Older Adults"

2009-2013: PhD candidate at the Institute for Systems Neuroscience, University Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf

since 07/2013: Post-doctoral research assistant at the Center for Economic Psychology (head: Prof. Dr. Jörg Rieskamp), Department of Psychology, University of Basel, Switzerland

Research Interests

Neural correlates of reward-based decision making and reinforcement learning
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
Motivational and attentional modulation of multimodal sensory processing
Neuropsychological mechanisms of aging


Adaptive strategy selection in multiple-cue problems: When facing decision problems with multiple (putatively informative) ressources, people can rely on a repertoire of cognitive strategies to improve their behavior. This project investigates how feedback-based learning improves the selection of cognitive strategies and how learning, selection and application of different strategies is represented in the human brain. A multi-modal approach is used to examine strategy-dependent attentional effects on early sensory processing. 



Related to CINACS:

Gluth, S., Rieskamp, J., & Büchel, C. (2014). Neural evidence for adaptive strategy selection in value-based decision-making. Cerebral Cortex, 24, 2009-2021.

Gluth, S., Rieskamp, J., & Büchel, C. (2013). Deciding not to decide: computational and neural evidence for hidden behavior in sequential choice. PLoS Computational Biology, 9, e1003309.

Gluth, S., Rieskamp, J., & Büchel, C. (2013). Classic EEG motor potentials track the emergence of value-based decisions. NeuroImage, 79, 394-403.

Gluth, S., Rieskamp, J., & Büchel, C. (2012). Deciding when to decide: time-variant sequential sampling models explain the emergence of value-based decisions in the human brain. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 10686-10698.



Boll, S., Gamer, M., Gluth, S., Finsterbusch, J., & Büchel, C. (2013). Separate amygdala subregions signal surprise and predictiveness during associative fear learning in humans. European Journal of Neuroscience, 37, 758-767.

Brassen, S., Gamer, M., Peters, J., Gluth, S., & Büchel, C. (2012). Don't look back in anger! Responsiveness to missed chances in successful and non-successful aging. Science, 336, 612-614.

Burzynska, A.Z., Nagel, I.E., Preuschhof, C., Gluth, S., Bäckman, L., Li, S.C., Lindenberger, U., & Heekeren, H.R. (2012). Cortical thickness is linked to executive functioning in adulthood and aging. Human Brain Mapping, 33, 1607-1620.

Ebner, N.C., Gluth, S., Johnson, M.R., Raye, C.L., Mitchell, K.J., & Johnson, M.K. (2011). Medial prefrontal cortex activity when thinking about others depends on their age. Neurocase, 17, 260-269.

Gluth, S., Ebner, N.C., & Schmiedek, F. (2010). Attitudes toward younger and older adults: The german aging semantic differential. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 34, 147-158.

Presentation of the dissertation project and the research results to date


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