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Yvonne Brehmer

Senior lecturer

Yvonne Brehmer
Senior lecturer

Postal Address: Box 500, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Haraldsgatan 1 , 41314 Göteborg

Department of Psychology (More Information)
Box 500
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Haraldsgatan 1 , 413 14 Göteborg

About Yvonne Brehmer

I completed my PhD entitled “Episodic Memory Plasticity Across the Lifespan” in December 2006 at Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPI) in Berlin, Germany. During my post-doctoral work at the Aging Research Center (ARC), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, I focused on the trainability of memory functions across the lifespan, techniques to reveal behavioural plasticity and modifiability of cognitive processes, and the associations between lifespan differences in behaviour and changes in neural correlates. In December 2012, I established my own independent research group (Otto Hahn research group on associative memory in old age) at the MPI in Berlin, which was physically located at ARC (will end in April 2018). In March 2017, I was appointed associative professor (docent) for psychology at the Karolinska Institutet. Currently, I am employed as senior lecturer with focus towards the psychology of aging at Gothenburg University.

My teaching experience includes lectures, seminars and experimental laboratory supervision. Areas of teaching expertise: Cognitive and biological plasticity, cognitive training, memory, successful aging, lifespan psychology, aging and emotions.
In addition, I supervised several students on their bachelor and master theses and was main- and co-supervisor for several PhD students.

Research interests

  • Dynamics ad plasticity of cognitive development and aging
  • Memory training across the lifespan
  • Neural correlates of age-related cognitive changes
  • Underpinnings of inter-individual differences in associative memory in old age

Current research

My current research line focuses on inter-individual differences in associative memory in older adults. I am investigating why older adults in general seem to have specific difficulties in remembering associative information (such as combining a face and a name) in comparison to younger adults and why some older adults have relatively high performance whereas others seem to show severe deficits. In several projects, I am investigating (a) the potential benefit of a combination of process-based and strategy training on associative memory functioning in older adults, (b) age-related differences in structural brain correlates of associative memory, (c) predictors of inter-individual changes in associative memory across a 6-year time interval.

Selected publications

  • Becker, N., Kalpouzos, G., Persson, J., Laukka, E. J., & Brehmer, Y. (2017). Differential effects of encoding instructions on neural correlates of item and associative memory. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29, 545-559. 
  • Bellander, M., Eschen, A., Lövdén, M., Martin, M., Bäckman, Y., & Brehmer, Y. (2017). No Evidence for Improved Associative Memory Performance Following Process-based Associative Memory Training in Older Adults. Frontiers Aging Neuroscience, 8, 326.  
  • Papenberg, G., Becker, N., Laukka, E.J., Naveh-Benjamin, M., Bäckman, L., & Brehmer, Y. (2017). Dopamine receptor genes modulate associative memory in old age. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29, 245-253. 
  • Brehmer, Y., Shing, Y. L., Heekeren, H. R., Lindenberger, U., & Bäckman, L. (2016). Training-Induced Changes in Subsequent Memory Effects:  No Major Differences Among Children, Younger Adults, and Older Adults.  NeuroImage131, 214-225. 
  • Becker, N., Laukka, E. J., Kalpouzos, G., Naveh-Benjamin, M., Bäckman, L., & Brehmer, Y. (2015). Structural brain correlates of associative memory in older adults.  NeuroImage, 118, 146-153.
  • Brehmer, Y., Rieckmann, A., Bellander, M., Westerberg, H., Fischer, H. & Bäckman, L. (2011). Neural correlates of training-related working memory gains in old age.  NeuroImage58, 1110-1120. 
  • Brehmer, Y., Li, S.-C., Mueller, V., v.Oertzen, T., Lindenberger, U. (2007). Memory plasticity across the life span: Uncovering children’s latent potential. Developmental Psychology43, 465-478.
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