Yifei He (何奕菲)

Post-doc Researcher

Translational Neuroimaging Lab, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Philipps University Marburg


yifei.he at staff.uni-marburg.de


Rudolf-Bultmann Straße 8,

35039, Marburg, Germany

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I currently work as a postdoc at the TNM lab, Philipps Univerity Marburg, headed by Prof. Dr. Benjamin Straube. Using primarily EEG, fMRI, and simultaneous EEG-fMRI methods, my research topics include but are not limited to:

  • Sentence-level language processing

  • Speech perception

  • Interaction between language (visual & auditory) and gesture 

  • Action perception & predictive coding

  • Social interaction 

  • Clinical aspects (psychiatric, e.g., schizophrenia) of topics above

10.2016 - present

Postdoctoral researcher 

Translational neuroimaging lab (TNM lab), Philipps University Marburg

01.2010 - 10.2016

PhD Linguistics

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany (with Prof. Dr. Matthias Schlesewsky)

09.2007 - 03.2009

MA & MSc Clinical Linguistics

Erasmus Mundus Masters in Clinical Linguistics (with Dr. Laurie Stowe)

The University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Potsdam University, Germany

09.2002 - 06.2006

BA English Literature & Linguistics

Renmin University of China, China

04.2020 - 04.2022

DFG funded individual research grant (HE8029/2-1):

Multistage-integration during co-speech gesture integration: a systematic investigation combining EEG and fMRI (ca. €240,000), PI: Yifei He, Co-PI: Benjamin Straube.

04.2020 - 04.2022

Cooperation research project funded by University Hospital Giessen-Marburg (UKGM):

Developing and investigating the neurobiological basis for social-cognitive intervention programme for patients with schizophrenia (ca. €104,000), PI: Florian Bitsch, Co-PI: Yifei He, Benjamin Straube.

  1. Meyer, L., Lakatos, P., & He, Y. (2020). Language Dysfunction in Schizophrenia: Assessing Neural Tracking to Characterize the Underlying Disorder (s)?. (pdf)

Peer-reviewed journals (pdf for private use only):

  1. He, Y., Steines, M., Sammer, G., Nagels, A., Kircher, T., & Straube, B. (2021). Modality-specific dysfunctional neural processing of social-abstract and non-social-concrete information in schizophrenia. Neuroimage Clinical. (pdf)

  2. Cuevas, P., He, Y., Billino, J., Kozasa, E., & Straube, B. (2021). Age-related effects on the neural processing of semantic complexity in a continuous narrative: Modulation by gestures already present in young to mid-aged adults. Neuropsychologia, 151, 107725. (pdf)

  3. He, Y., Luell, S., Muralikrishnan, R., Straube, B., & Nagels, A. (2020). Gesture's body orientation modulates the N400 for visual sentences primed by gestures. Human Brain Mapping. (pdf)

  4. Hou, J., He, Y., Zhao, X., Thai, J., Fan, M., Feng, Y., & Huang, L. (2020). The effects of job satisfaction and psychological resilience on job performance among residents of the standardized residency training: a nationwide study in China. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 1-13. (url)

  5. Wroblewski, A., He, Y., & Straube, B. (2019). Dynamic Causal Modelling suggests impaired effective connectivity in patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders during gesture-speech integration. Schizophrenia Research. (pdf)

  6. Cuevas, P., Steines, M., He, Y., Nagels, A., Culham, J., & Straube, B. (2019). The facilitative effect of gestures on the neural processing of semantic complexity in a continuous narrative. NeuroImage, 195, 38-47. (pdf)

  7. Straube, B., Wroblewski, A., Jansen, A., & He, Y. (2018). The connectivity signature of co-speech gesture integration: The superior temporal sulcus modulates connectivity between areas related to visual gesture and auditory speech processing. NeuroImage, 181, 539-549. (pdf)

  8. He, Y., Steines, M., Sommer, J., Gebhardt, H., Nagels, A., Sammer, G., ... & Straube, B. (2018). Spatial–temporal dynamics of gesture–speech integration: a simultaneous EEG-fMRI study. Brain Structure and Function, 223(7), 3073-3089. (pdf)

  9. He, Y., Nagels, A., Schlesewsky, M., & Straube, B. (2018). The role of gamma oscillations during integration of metaphoric gestures and abstract speech. Frontiers in psychology, 9, 1348. (pdf)

  10. He, Y., Steines, M., Sammer, G., Nagels, A., Kircher, T., & Straube, B. (2018). Action-related speech modulates beta oscillations during observation of tool-use gestures. Brain Topography, 31(5), 838-847. (pdf)

  11. He, Y., Gebhardt, H., Steines, M., Sammer, G., Kircher, T., Nagels, A., & Straube, B. (2015). The EEG and fMRI signatures of neural integration: An investigation of meaningful gestures and corresponding speech. Neuropsychologia, 72, 27-42. (pdf)

  12. Straube, B., He, Y., Steines, M., Gebhardt, H., Kircher, T., Sammer, G., & Nagels, A. (2013). Supramodal neural processing of abstract information conveyed by speech and gesture. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 7, 120.(pdf)

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