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Department of Psychology Methods of Plasticity Research


Nicolas Langer, Prof. Dr.

  • Head of Discipline
+41 44 635 34 14
Binzmühlestrasse 14, Box 4 | CH-8050 Zürich
Room number
BIN 4.D.08
Our group is focusing on human brain & behavioral plasticity and the development of new research methods.

Novel method development

  • EEG analysis methods
  • AI-based eye-tracking (“DeepEye”)
  • Enriching Natural Language Processing (NLP) methods
  • Functional and anatomical network analyses
  • Integration of different neuroscientific modalities (multi-modal imaging)

Decomposing cognitive functioning across the lifespan in health and disease

  • The Neurometric Test-Battery
  • A neurometric approach to cognitive aging
  • Prediction of psychiatric disorders in a large pediatric sample

Using Artificial Intelligence to identify digital markers for health

  • AI-based scoring of a neuropsychological test: The Rey-Osterrieth Complex figure
  • Natural Language Processing as a screening test for psychosis
  • Real-life activity tracking as pre-screening tool for pre-symptomatic Alzheimer disease

To explore these scientific questions, we use a variety of psychological and neuroscientific methods:
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (sMRI & fMRI)
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI)
  • Oculomotor and pupillometry (eye-tracking)
  • Psychophysiology (ECG, EDA)
  • Acoustic voice recordings and voice analyzes
  • Tablet-based experiments
  • Laboratory / behavioral experiments

Scientific Career

since 2022 Associate Professor, University of Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland)


Assistant Professor with "tenure track", University of Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland)


Endeavor Scientist, Child Mind Institute, New York (USA)


Postdoctoral Researcher, City College of New York, New York (USA)


Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard Medical School, Childrens Hospital Boston, Boston (USA)


Doctoral Student (Neuropsychology), University of Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland)


International PhD Program, Center for Neurosciences Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland)


lic. phil. in Psychology, University of Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland)

Publications: Google Scholar