Allgemeine Psychologie und Neuropsychologie

Professoren, Sekretariat

Prof. Dr. Katharina Henke

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3012 Bern


Conscious and unconscious episodic memory. 

Our findings suggest that the human hippocampal formation specializes in the rapid establishment of new conceptual associations between items in memory. Associations are the building blocks of episodic memory. The hippocampal formation mediates the rapid encoding of new associations even when encoding (and later retrieval) are carried out without conscious awareness of encoding (and retrieval). Patients with hippocampal damage are impaired at encoding relational information both consciously and unconsciously. Hence, hippocampus is necessary for rapid relational encoding at all awareness levels. Given that flexible associations are the building blocks of episodic memory, we conjecture that humans possess episodic memories at all levels of consciousness.  

Role of sleep stages and sleep parameters in memory consolidation and in memory encoding during sleep. 

We study the consolidation of consciously and unconsciously wake-acquired memories in healthy individuals and brain damaged patients during daytime naps using polysomnographic recordings. A recent focus is on verbal memory encoding during sleep.

Superiority of unconscious versus conscious information processing. 

When a lot of information needs to be encoded, weighed and integrated to arrive at valid decisions, unconscious processing may outplay conscious processing because of the limited workspace of consciousness. We are testing this hypothesis in a series of experiments using masked presentations of movies.  

Number of items: 41.

Journal Article

Reber, T.P.; Do Lam, A.T.A.; Axmacher, N.; Elger, C.E.; Helmstaedter, C.; Henke, Katharina; Fell, J.; Henke, Katharina (2016). Intracranial EEG correlates of implicit relational inference within the hippocampus. Hippocampus, 26(1), pp. 54-66. Wiley 10.1002/hipo.22490

Ruch, Simon; Züst, Marc; Henke, Katharina (2016). Subliminal messages exert long-term effects on decision making. Neuroscience of Consciousness, 2016(1), pp. 1-9. Oxford University Press 10.1093/nc/niw013

Soravia, Leila; Witmer, Joëlle; Schwab, Simon; Nakataki, Masahito; Dierks, Thomas; Wiest, Roland; Henke, Katharina; Federspiel, Andrea; Jann, Kay (2015). Prestimulus default mode activity influences depth of processing and recognition in an emotional memory task. Human brain mapping, 37(3), pp. 924-932. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1002/hbm.23076

Züst, Marc Alain; Colella, Patrizio; Reber, Thomas; Vuilleumier, Patrik; Hauf, Martinus; Ruch, Simon; Henke, Katharina (2015). Hippocampus Is Place of Interaction between Unconscious and Conscious Memories. PLoS ONE, 10(3), e0122459. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0122459

Stein, Maria; Rohde, Kristina Barbara; Henke, Katharina (2015). Focus on emotion as a catalyst of memory updating during reconsolidation. Behavioral and brain sciences, 38, e27. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S0140525X14000314

Nickel, Allison E.; Henke, Katharina; Hannula, Deborah E. (2015). Relational Memory Is Evident in Eye Movement Behavior despite the Use of Subliminal Testing Methods. PLoS ONE, 10(10), pp. 1-27. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0141677

Duss, Simone; Reber, Thomas P; Hänggi, Jürgen; Schwab, Simon; Wiest, Roland; Müri, René Martin; Brugger, Peter; Gutbrod, Klemens; Henke, Katharina (2014). Unconscious relational encoding depends on hippocampus. Brain, 137(12), pp. 3355-3370. Oxford University Press 10.1093/brain/awu270

Ruch, Simon; Koenig, Thomas; Mathis, Johannes; Roth, C.; Henke, Katharina (2014). Word encoding during sleep is suggested by correlations between word-evoked up-states and post-sleep semantic priming. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, p. 1319. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01319

Lüthi Steinheimer, Mathias; Henke, Katharina; Gutbrod, Klemens; Nyffeler, Thomas; Chaves, Silvia; Müri, René Martin (2014). In your eyes only: deficits in executive functioning after frontal TMS reflect in eye movements. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 8(7), pp. 1-9. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00007

Reber, Thomas P.; Luechinger, Roger; Boesiger, Peter; Henke, Katharina (2014). Detecting Analogies Unconsciously. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 8, p. 9. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00009

Henke, Katharina; Reber, Thomas P.; Duss, Simone B. (2013). Integrating Events Across Levels of Consciousness. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 7(68), pp. 1-10. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fnbeh.2013.00068

Reber, Thomas P.; Luechinger, Roger; Boesiger, Peter; Henke, Katharina (2012). Unconscious relational inference recruits the hippocampus. Journal of neuroscience, 32(18), pp. 6138-6148. Society for Neuroscience 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5639-11.2012

Ruch, Simon; Markes, Oliver; Duss, Simone B.; Oppliger, Daniel; Reber, Thomas P.; Koenig, Thomas; Mathis, Johannes; Roth, Corinne; Henke, Katharina (2012). Sleep stage II contributes to the consolidation of declarative memories. Neuropsychologia, 50(10), pp. 2389-2396. Oxford: Elsevier 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.06.008

Reber, Thomas P.; Henke, Katharina (2012). Integrating unseen events over time. Consciousness and cognition, 21(2), pp. 953-960. Elsevier 10.1016/j.concog.2012.02.013

Meier, Beat; König, Anja; Parak, Samuel; Henke, Katharina (2011). Suppressed, but Not Forgotten. Swiss journal of psychology, 70(1), pp. 5-11. Bern: Huber 10.1024/1421-0185/a000033

Duss, Simone; Henke, Katharina (2011). Bewusstsein für Lernen unnötig. Spektrum der Wissenschaft Heidelberg: Spektrum-der-Wissenschaft-Verl.-Ges.

Hänggi, Jürgen; Mondadori, Christian R.A.; Buchmannd, Andreas; Henke, Katharina; Hock, Christoph (2011). A CYP46 T/C SNP modulates parahippocampal and hippocampal morphology in young subjects. Neurobiology of aging, 32(6), pp. 1023-1032. New York, N.Y.: Elsevier 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2009.07.001

Papassotiropoulos, A.; Henke, Katharina; Stefanova, E.; Aerni, A.; Muller, A.; Demougin, P.; Vogler, C.; Sigmund, J. C.; Gschwind, L.; Huynh, K.-D.; Coluccia, D.; Mondadori, C. R.; Hanggi, J.; Buchmann, A.; Kostic, V.; Novakovic, I.; van den Bussche, H.; Kaduszkiewicz, H.; Weyerer, S.; Bickel, H.; ... (2011). A genome-wide survey of human short-term memory. Molecular psychiatry, 16(2), pp. 184-192. Basingstoke: Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/mp.2009.133

Duss, Simone; Oggier, Seraina; Reber, Thomas; Henke, Katharina (2011). Formation of semantic associations between subliminally presented face-word pairs. Consciousness and cognition, 20(3), pp. 928-935. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.concog.2011.03.018

Reber, Thomas; Henke, Katharina (2011). Rapid formation and flexible expression of memories of subliminal word pairs. Frontiers in Psychology, 2(343), p. 343. Lausanne: Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00343

Henke, Katharina (2010). A model for memory systems based on processing modes rather than consciousness. Nature reviews - neuroscience, 11(7), pp. 523-532. London: Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/nrn2850

Hänggi, Jürgen; Buchmann, Andreas; Mondadori, Christian R.A.; Henke, Katharina; Jäncke, Lutz; Hock, Christoph (2010). Sexual dimorphism in the parietal substrate associated with visuospatial cognition independent of general intelligence. Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 22(1), pp. 139-155. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press Journals 10.1162/jocn.2008.21175

Buchmann, Andreas; Mondadori, Christian R. A.; Hänggi, Jürgen; Aerni, Amanda; Vrticka, Pascal; Luechinger, Roger; Boesiger, Peter; Hock, Christoph; Nitsch, Roger M.; de Quervain, Dominique J.-F.; Papassotiropoulos, Andreas; Henke, Katharina (2008). Prion protein M129V polymorphism affects retrieval-related brain activity. Neuropsychologia, 46(9), pp. 2389-2402. Oxford: Elsevier 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.03.002

Huentelman, Matthew; Papassotiropoulos, Andreas; Craig, David; Hoerndli, Frederic; Pearson, John; Huynh, Kim-Dung; Corneveaux, Janson; Hanggi, Jürgen; Mondadori, Christian; Buchmann, Andreas; Reiman, Eric; Henke, Katharina; de Quervain, Dominique; Stephan, Dietrich (2007). Calmodulin-binding transcription activator 1 (CAMTA1) alleles predispose human episodic memory performance. Human molecular genetics, 16(12), pp. 1469-1477. Oxford: Oxford University Press 10.1093/hmg/ddm097

Mondadori, Christian; de Quervain, Dominique; Buchmann, Andreas; Mustovic, Henrietta; Wollmer, Axel; Schmidt, Conny; Boesiger, Peter; Hock, Christoph; Nitsch, Roger; Papassotiropoulos, Andreas; Henke, Katharina (2007). Better Memory and Neural Efficiency in Young Apolipoprotein E 4 Carriers. Cerebral cortex, 17(8), pp. 1934-1947. New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press 10.1093/cercor/bhl103

Mondadori, Christian; Buchmann, Andreas; Mustovic, Henrietta; Schmidt, Conny; Boesiger, Peter; Nitsch, Roger; Hock, Christoph; Streffer, Johannes; Henke, Katharina (2006). Enhanced brain activity may precede the diagnosis of Alzheimer s disease by 30 years. Brain, 129(11), pp. 2908-2922. Oxford: Oxford University Press 10.1093/brain/awl266

Papassotiropoulos, Andreas; Stephan, Dietrich; Huentelmann, Matthew; Hoerndli, Frederic; Craig, David; Pearson, John; Huynh, Kim-Dung; Brunner, Fabienne; Corneveaux, Jason; Osborne, David; Wollmer, Axel; Aerni, Amanda; Coluccia, Daniel; Haenggi, Jürgen; Mondadori, Christian; Buchmann, Andreas; Reiman, Eric; Caselli, Richard; Henke, Katharina and de Quervain, Dominique (2006). Common KIBRA alleles are associated with human memory performance. Science, 314(5798), pp. 475-478. Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science 10.1126/science.1129837

Conference or Workshop Item

Ruch, Simon; Zäske, Romi; Züst, Marc Alain; Schweinberger, Stefan Robert; Henke, Katharina (31 March 2016). Implicit memory for the content but not the speaker of sleep-played messages (Unpublished). In: 11th Annual Meeting Clinical Neuroscience Bern (CNB). Bern, Switzerland. 31.03.2016.

Ruch, Simon; König, Thomas; Mathis, Johannes; Roth Wälti, Corinne; Henke, Katharina (November 2014). Learning words during sleep (Unpublished). In: Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Washington, D.C.. 15.11.-19.11.2014.

Henke, Katharina (May 2012). Unconscious episodic memory (Unpublished). In: University of Wisconsin, Department of Psychology. Milwaukee.

Duss, Simone B.; Reber, Thomas P.; Henke, Katharina (2012). Conscious intentions modulate the way subliminal words are processed. In: Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting. Chicago, USA. 31.03-03.04.2012.

Ruch, Simon; Markes, Oliver; Duss, Simone; Oppliger, D.; Reber, Thomas P.; Koenig, T.; Mathis, J.; Roth, C.; Henke, Katharina (2012). The contribution of sleep stage II to the consolidation of episodic memories. In: Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting. Chicago, USA. 31.03.-03.04.2012.

Reber, Thomas P.; Luechinger, Roger; Boesiger, Peter; Henke, Katharina (2012). Unconscious detection of analogous relationships between current and past events: an fMRI study. In: 16th annual meeting of the ASSC. Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. 02.-06.07.2012.

Ruch, Simon; Markes, Oliver; Duss, Simone; Opppliger, D.; Reber, Thomas; König, Thomas; Mathis, Johannes; Roth, C.; Henke, Katharina (November 2011). The contribution of sleep stage II to the consolidation of episodic memories (Unpublished). In: 7th annual meeting of the Clinical Neuroscience. Bern. 22.11.2011.

Henke, Katharina (2011). Memory and the hippocampus, lecture delivered at the Winter Workshop on Memory organized by Prof. Dr. Jan Born, 25.-26.11.2011, Lubeck, Germany.

Henke, Katharina (2011). Unconscious episodic memories? talk delivered at the Symposium "Interactions between conscious and unconscious processes in episodic memory" at the Annual Meeting of the Memory Disorders Research Society, 13.-15.9.2011, Barcelona, Spain.

Henke, Katharina (2011). Unconscious episodic memories? talk presented at the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich, Switzerland, by invitation of Prof. Dr. Peter Achermann, 21.10.2011.

Henke, Katharina (2011). A model for memory systems based on processing modes rather than consciousness (Unpublished). In: University Hospital Bern. University Hospital Bern, Department of Neurology, Switzerland. 16.08.2011.

Henke, Katharina (2011). Unconscious episodic memory, talk presented at Department of Psychology, University of Munich, Germany, by invitation of Prof. Dr. H. Müller and Prof. Dr. H. Deubel, 13.7.2011.

Henke, Katharina (2011). Unconscious episodic memory, talk presented at the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland, by invitation of Prof. Dr. M. Weller, 20.1.2011.

Henke, Katharina (2010). Memory systems based on processing modes. 6th annual meeting of the Clinical Neuroscience Bern.

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