Susan Mérillat

Susan Mérillat, Dr.

Leitung Forschungsgruppe / Head Research Group

Phone: +41 44 635 73 92

Telfax: +41 44 634 53 88

Address: Andreasstrasse 15, Box 2, CH-8050 Zürich

Room number: AND 4.68

URPP Research Area

URPP Research Group

Research Interests

  • Plasticity and aging: stability, change and compensation
  • Neural plasticity in the sensorimotor cortex
  • Correlates of long-term plasticity in highly-trained individuals (musicians, athletes)

Curriculum Vitae & Publications


2006 Dr. phil. (PhD), University of Zurich, Switzerland (Title of dissertation: Long-term plasticity within the human sensorimotor cortex)
2003 Diploma (M.A.) in Psychology, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany (Title of thesis: Bimanual coordination in a visuo-motor task: A fMRI study with highly trained pianists)
1997-2003 Undergraduate and Graduate Studies of Psychology at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany

Professional Positions

Since 01/2010 Researcher, International Normal Aging and Plasticity Imaging Center (INAPIC), University of Zurich, Switzerland
2006-2009 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Neuropsychology (Prof. Dr. Lutz Jäncke), University of Zurich, Switzerland
2003-2006 Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology, Neuropsychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland (PhD supervisor: Prof. Dr. Lutz Jäncke)
2001-2003 Student Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany

Journal Articles

Until 2010 under the maiden name „Koeneke“, since 2011 under the name „Mérillat“. 

Zöllig, J., Mérillat, S., Eschen, A., Röcke, C., Martin, M., & Jäncke, L. (2011). Plasticity and Imaging Research in Healthy Aging: Core Ideas and Profile of the International Normal Aging and Plasticity Imaging Center (INAPIC). Gerontology57, 190-192.

Brütsch, K., Schuler, T., Koenig, A., Zimmerli, L., Koeneke, S., Lünenburger, L. et al. (2010). Influence of virtual reality soccer game on walking performance in robotic assisted gait training for children. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation7, 15.

Hänggi, J., Koeneke, S., Bezzola, L., & Jäncke, L. (2010). Structural neuroplasticity in the sensorimotor network of professional female ballet dancers. Human Brain Mapping31, 1196-1206.

Studer, B., Koeneke, S., Blum, J., & Jäncke, L. (2010). The effects of practice distribution upon the regional oscillatory activity in visuomotor learning. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 6, 8.

Wieser, M., Haefeli, J., Bütler, L., Jäncke, L., Riener, R., & Koeneke, S. (2010). Temporal and spatial patterns of cortical activation during assisted lower limb movement. Experimental Brain Research, 203, 181-191.

Jäncke, L., Koeneke, S., Hoppe, A., Rominger, C., & Hänggi, J. (2009). The architecture of the golfer’s brain. PloS one4, e4785.

Koeneke, S., Battista, C., Jäncke, L., & Peters, M. (2009). Transfer effects of practice for simple alternating movements. Journal of Motor Behavior41, 347-355.

Beeli, G., Koeneke, S., Gasser, K., & Jäncke, L. (2008). Brain stimulation modulates driving behavior. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 4, 34.

Kaffenberger, T., Baumgartner, T., Koeneke, S., Jäncke, L., & Herwig, U. (2008). Chronometric features of processing unpleasant stimuli: a functional MRI-based transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Neuroreport19, 777-781.

Koeneke, S., Pedroni, A. F., Dieckmann, A., Bosch, V., & Jäncke, L. (2008). Individual preferences modulate incentive values: Evidence from functional MRI. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 4, 55.

Baumann, S., Koeneke, S., Schmidt, C. F., Meyer, M., Lutz, K., & Jäncke, L. (2007). A network for audio-motor coordination in skilled pianists and non-musicians. Brain Research1161, 65-78.

Bode, S., Koeneke, S., & Jäncke, L. (2007). Different strategies do not moderate primary motor cortex involvement in mental rotation: a TMS study. Behavioral and Brain Functions3, 38.

Jäncke, L., Baumann, S., Koeneke, S., Meyer, M., Laeng, B., Peters, M. et al. (2006). Neural control of playing a reversed piano: empirical evidence for an unusual cortical organization of musical functions. Neuroreport17, 447-451.

Jäncke, L., Lutz, K., & Koeneke, S. (2006). Converging evidence of ERD/ERS and BOLD responses in motor control research. Progress in Brain Research159, 261-271.

Koeneke, S., Lutz, K., Esslen, M., & Jäncke, L. (2006). How finger tapping practice enhances efficiency of motor control. Neuroreport17, 1565-1569.

Koeneke, S., Lutz, K., Herwig, U., Ziemann, U., & Jäncke, L. (2006). Extensive training of elementary finger tapping movements changes the pattern of motor cortex excitability. Experimental Brain Research, 174, 199-209.

Baumann, S., Koeneke, S., Meyer, M., Lutz, K., & Jäncke, L. (2005). A network for sensory-motor integration: what happens in the auditory cortex during piano playing without acoustic feedback? Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences1060, 186-188.

Lutz, K., Koeneke, S., Wüstenberg, T., & Jäncke, L. (2005). Asymmetry of cortical activation during maximum and convenient tapping speed. Neuroscience Letters373, 61-66.

Koeneke, S., Lutz, K., Wüstenberg, T., & Jäncke, L. (2004). Bimanual versus unimanual coordination: what makes the difference? NeuroImage22, 1336-1350.

Koeneke, S., Lutz, K., Wüstenberg, T., & Jäncke, L. (2004). Long-term training affects cerebellar processing in skilled keyboard players. Neuroreport15, 1279-1282.

Peters, M., Oeltze, S., Seminowicz, D., Steinmetz, H., Koeneke, S., & Jäncke, L. (2002). Division of the corpus callosum into subregions. Brain and Cognition50, 62-72.

Book Chapters and Monographies 

Koeneke, S. & Jäncke, L. (2007). Motorisches Lernen. In H.R. Siebner & U. Ziemann (Eds.). Das TMS-Buch: Handbuch der Transkraniellen Magnetstimulation (pp. 421-428). Berlin: Springer.