Teresa Wenhart, MSc

Scientific collaborator

Master of Science

 

PhD Student/ cand. rer-nat. (Zentrum für Systemische Neurowissenschaften, ZSN)


 

 

Research interests

  • neuropsychology of perception
  • absolute pitch, synaesthesia
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • brain network based diagnostics (classification)
  • graph theory, statistical learning methods
  • complex systems, systems neuroscience

Current projects

I am currently working on a project to further investigate the (neuro-)cognitive and neurophysiological underpinnings of absolute pitch ability, i.e. the rare ability to name a musical tone without a reference (in contrast to relative pitch ability). Beside debates regarding the influence of genetic vs. environmental factors on the acquisition of absolute pitch (AP), the higher incidence of AP and other unusual sensory-cognitive experience in special populations, e.g. autism spectrum disorders, congenital blindness and Williams Syndrome draws attention to the possible interrelation between perceptual ability, neuroplasticity (esp. brain connectivity and networks) and cognitive style. Within a framework, combining research on professional musicians with absolute pitch as well as people with autism spectrum disorders, we hope to gain insight into this phenomenon to better detect, define and explain “genuin” (“real”) absolute pitch ability. In the long term this could possibly help to develop and improve diagnostical and therapeutical tools for autism-like disorders in musicians and non-musicians.

Biography

currently PhD student (cand. rer-nat.) at the Center for Systems Neuroscience (ZSN)

07/2016 Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Neurosciences, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany

2016 external master thesis at the University of Zurich, Institute for Neuropsychology, Prof. Dr. rer-nat. L. Jäncke (Switzerland); Auditory Research Group Zurich (ARGZ)

2014-2016 student assistant at the Neuro Reha Team (day hospital for neurorehabilitation), Munich, Germany

2013-2015 participating in the courses of lectures in the life sciences of the German National Academic Foundation; working group: neurodegenerative diseases under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. W. Oertel, Prof. Dodel, Prof. Kirchner

2011-2016 study of psychology and musicology (from 2014)

2011 pre-study and German university entrance qualification (main subjects mathematics and music)


Awards

 

2017 - today PhD-scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation

2011-2016 Member of the Elite Network of Bavaria holding the scholarship Max-Weber-Programm (Part of the German National Academic Foundation) of the state of Bavaria

musical experience

  • lessons on recorder (from the age of 6), piano (8), violin (14) and accordion (21, autodidactic)

  • active in chamber music, choir and as a répétiteur in semi-professional context from early childhood on

 

Contact

Teresa Wenhart, MSc

Office: Schiffgraben 48
Postal address: Emmichplatz 1
30175 Hanover

Phone +49(0)511 - 3100-579
Fax +49(0)511 - 3100-557

teresa.wenhart@hmtm-hannover.de

Last modified: 2017-06-01

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