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PD Dr. Christian Kell

Department of Neurology
Cognitive Neuroscience Group
Schleusenweg 2-16
60528 Frankfurt

Tel +49 (0) 69 6301 6395



Scientific Focus

Our Cognitive Neuroscience group is interested in the mechanisms that drive human behavior. We focus on the question how complex brain networks are set up and try to understand how temporal properties of brain function orchestrate neural computation in these networks.
Our research focuses on the speech production network and involves basic research but also studies on clinical conditions. Speech constitutes a highly social behavior that allows studying functional loops which integrate feedforward and feedback information. We are particularly interested whether the temporal properties of sensorimotor processes contribute to lateralization of speech production. We currently test our predictions derived from functional imaging experiments of healthy volunteers in patients suffering from brain tumor or Parkinson’s disease. Our basic research questions contribute to the understanding of pathophysiology and recovery mechanisms in the studied pathological conditions and may hopefully translate into better therapeutic approaches.


Electrocorticography and direct cortical stimulation during awake brain surgery and invasive epilepsy monitoring

Selected Publications

Floegel M, Kell CA (2017) Functional hemispheric asymmetries during the planning and manual control of virtual avatar movements. PloS One, in press.

Kell CA, Darquea M, Behrens M, Cordani L, Keller C, Fuchs S (2017) Phonetic detail and lateralization of reading-related inner speech and of auditory and somatosensory feedback processing during overt reading. Human Brain Mapping 38(1):493-508.

Keller C, Kell CA (2016) Asymmetric intra- and interhemispheric interactions during covert and overt sentence reading. Neuropsychologia 93(B):448-65.

Arnold C, Gispert S, Bonig H, von Wegner F, Somasundaram R, Kell CA (2016) Dopaminergic modulation of cognitive preparation for overt reading: Evidence from the study of genetic polymorphisms. Cerebral Cortex 26(4):1539-57.

Arnold C, Gehrig J, Gispert S, Seifried C and Kell CA (2014) Pathomechanisms and compensatory efforts related to Parkinsonian speech. NeuroImage Clinical 4:82-97.

Pichon S and Kell CA (2013) Affective and sensorimotor components of emotional prosody generation. Journal of Neuroscience 33(4):1640-50.

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