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Professor Sonja  Kotz PhD

Photograph of Sonja  Kotz

Chair in Cognitive and Affective Neurosciences

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  • Telephone: +44 (0) 161 275 7997
  • Alternative Telephone: +44 (0) 161 306 0441 (PA: Louise Twelvetrees)
  • Fax: +44 (0) 161 275 2873

School of Psychological Sciences

Room TC17, 3rd Floor

Zochonis Building

The University of Manchester

Brunswick Street

Manchester, M13 9PL



Section Head of Cognitive Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology and Research Group Leader

Dept. of Neuropsychology

Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Leipzig, Germany

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Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

• Social communication

• Time perception

• Predictive coding in auditory,visual,and multimodal perception

• Learning and neuroplasticity

• Cognitive and affective control

Methodological Knowledge

• s/fMRT (3 and 7T); Parcellation, Connectivity, Lesion-Symptom Mapping

• M/EEG and TFA


  • 2010 University of Leipzig, Germany: Honorary Full Professorship in Experimental Psychology
  • 2006 University of Leipzig, Germany: Doctor rerum naturalium habilitatus (Psychology)
  • 1996 Tufts University, USA: Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology/Neuropsychology)
  • 1992 Tufts University, USA: M.Sc. (Experimental Psychology/Neuropsychology)
  • 1986 University of Tübingen, Germany: M.A. (Psycholinguistics, Literary and Political Sciences)

Collaborators and affiliated staff


Affiliated Staff: Dr. Anna Mestres-Misse , Dr. Michael Schwartze

Collaborators: Professor Wael El-Deredy



Selected publications


  • Kanske, P., & Kotz, S. A. (2013).

    Reprint of "Effortful control, depression, and anxiety correlate with the influence of emotion on executive attentional control". Biological Psychology, 92(3), 456-463. DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2013.02.003

. Publication link: afdeb669-17c7-4704-931b-2f608ac1cbed | PubMed:23453833

  • Knolle, F., Schröger, E., & Kotz, S. A. (2013).

    Cerebellar contribution to the prediction of self-initiated sounds. Cortex, 49(9), 2449-2461. DOI:10.1016/j.cortex.2012.12.012

  • . Publication link: b40a1b61-c3ae-4690-8a03-44e9616d9a89

  • Knolle, F., Schröger, E., & Kotz, S. A. (2013).

    Prediction errors in self- and externally-generated deviants. Biological Psychology, 92(2), 410-416. DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.11.017. Publication link: ae4fda74-03ad-4faa-97dd-10edfec01075 | PubMed:23246535

  • Kotz, S. A., Kalberlah, C., Bahlmann, J., Friederici, A. D., & Haynes, J. D. (2013).

    Predicting vocal emotion expressions from the human brain. Human Brain Mapping, 34(8), 1971-1981. DOI:10.1002/hbm.22041. Publication link: 0458bc09-5472-42a2-8476-4826d5d478c6 | PubMed:22371367

  • 2012




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