Gizem Altan, MSc

Doctoral candidate in Neuroscience @ IMPRS for Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience
Academic Education

Biology degree at Cukurova University, Adana


Summer Internship at Linköping University with Erasmus LLP


Studied two semesters at Biology department of University of Girona, supported by Erasmus LLP.


Doctoral candidate in Neuroscience @ IMPRS for Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience, GTC Tübingen


Doctoral Research

Currently I am a IMPRS Doctoral student at the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience in the Vision and Cognition lab of Prof. Dr. Andreas Bartels

My research uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural underpinnings of visual processing and the role of predictive coding. I am specifically interested in understanding how top-down information (i.e. expectation) is fed back from higher brain areas for the integration with bottom-up sensory processing in earlier visual areas. During the experiments, participants view high-level visual stimuli that trigger top-down processing (i.e. prediction) while I record their brain activity. I use multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA) to classify patterns of blood-oxygen-level dependent (BOLD) activity in the visual cortex. My research aims to uncover the neural mechanisms in the human brain that make it possible to see the world around us and to construct the continuous and unified perception of our environment.

PhD student at the Department of Physiology of Cognitive Processes, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Here I run my fMRI experiments.I completed my 3T Safety training and got the Advanced User status at the MPI for Biological Cybernetics. 

Since January 2017 I am an Exchange scholar at Innovative Neuroimaging Research Group, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Tübingen working with Prof. Dr. Birgit Derntl. 

Besides my main PhD research topic I am working on a project focuses on sex hormone related functional connectivity  with Dr Lydia Kogler and Prof Birgit Derntl. 




Gizem Altan, Andreas Bartels (October-2017): Neural Basis of Real and Implied Motion, 18th Conference of Junior Neuroscientists of Tübingen (NeNa 2017): Brain scaling in evolution & Evolution of systems, Schramberg, Germany.

Gizem Altan, Marieke Rohde, Marc O Ernst ​(November-2015):Sensorimotor Adaptation to Temporal Feedback Delay of Visual Scene and its Generalization, 16th Conference of Junior Neuroscientists of Tübingen (NeNa 2015): Communicating the challenges of science, Schramberg, Germany.

Marieke Rohde, Gizem Altan,  Marc O Ernst (June-2014), Sensorimotor adaptation to delayed visual feedback of the whole field of view15th International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF 2014), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

CHIEF DESIGNER & HEAD COORDINATOR of the Issue 1, 2, 3 & 4.


since January 2016

The Neuromag is a science-focused magazine created by graduate students in Tübingen, Germany. Our intention is to create a magazine that is interesting for scientists and non-scientists alike.  

Organizers committee member since 2016

NeNa is an annual event organized by Tübingen University doctoral students. The conference is largely for neuroscientists from various disciplines. Interested students are encouraged to join and help make NeNa a fun and interactive conference.

Winter School on “Sex Hormones and the Brain” that will take place at the University of Tübingen, Germany, from 31 January to 2 February 2018. It is organized by the Universities of Tübingen, Germany, and Uppsala, Sweden, within the Matariki Network of Universities.




WS 17/18 Doctoral course at the GTC

A short course that I offered at our Graduate Training Centre. My first teaching experience as a PhD student.  

(Adobe) InDesign for Beginners

A workshop that we (Florian Sandhäger and myself) offered at NeNa 2017.