Michiko Sakaki

Principal Investigator

Michiko Sakaki received her PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Tokyo in 2007. She received her postdoc training on neuroscience at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan, as well as additional postdoc training on cognitive neuroscience and aging at the University of Southern California in USA. She then worked at the University of Reading, UK between 2013 and 2020 as a senior research fellow. Since 2021, she is a tenure track professor at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Blazej Baczkowski
Blazej Baczkowski
Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Blazej Baczkowski is a cognitive (experimental) psychologist with passion for methodology and statistics. His past research was concerned with how individuals learn to protect themselves from danger. To this end, he pursued the idea that individuals estimate the risk of harm using a ‘cognitive map’ of their environment built from multiple separate learning episodes acquired in safety on the one hand, and minimal aversive experience on the other.

At the Hector Research Institute for Education Sciences and Psychology, he works as a postdoctoral researcher and continues studying fundamental aspects of memory but in a naturalistic setting with the aim to better elucidate on how we learn and remember.

Sabine Oligschläger
Sabine Oligschläger
Postdoctoral Fellow

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I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Hector Research Institute for Education Science and Psychology at the University of Tübingen working in the field of developmental neuroscience with a focus on intellectually gifted children. My interest lies in how the spatial organization of the cerebral cortex subserves learning and cognition in the human brain. To this end, I pursue questions about the developmental mechanisms by which the spatial arrangement of functions may emerge in the cerebral cortex, and its ramifications for cognitive abilities.

PhD Students

Wy Ming Lin
Wy Ming Lin
Graduate Student

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I am a PhD student at the Hector Research Institute for Education Science and Psychology at the University of Tübingen. My project will focus on how mental health issues and their implications on motivation and emotion impact our ability to achieve our goals. Some of my interests revolve around self-regulation and self-regulated learning as well as educational psychology.

Research Assistants

Lorenz Gewert

Cedric Volpp

Name Role in the lab Where are they now?
Ifeoma Egbuniwe Graduate Student Trainee CBT therapist, University of Reading, UK
Dona Kandaleft Graduate Student at "Lynor"
Jasmine Raw Graduate Student PostDoc, UCL, UK
Nilgun Turkileri Graduate Student Head of Department, Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University, Turkey
Ayano Yagi Postdoctoral Fellow Lecturer, Hiroshima Shudo University, Japan