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

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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. He, Y., Steines, M., Sammer, G., Nagels, A., Kircher, T., & Straube, B. (2020). Modality-specific dysfunctional neural processing of social and non-social information in schizophrenia. bioRxiv.

Peer-reviewed journals:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


© 2020 By Yifei He.