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M.Sc. Markus Becker

Research Interest

I am a doctoral student in the Emmy Noether Group. I want to understand how and why visual learning and plasticity change over the life span. I have experience in psychophysics and advanced imaging techniques in human participants (including functional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging). I am especially interested in the contribution of inhibitory brain networks to changes in visual learning and plasticity from childhood to young adulthood, and then to older adulthood. 

Professional Experience 

  • Since 06/2022: Graduate student (Ph.D.) in the Emmy Noether group. University of Regensburg, Germany. 
  • 06/2018 – 05/2022: Research Associate. University of Regensburg, Germany. 
  • 09/2014 – 07/2015: Student Research Assistant. Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. 

Academic Education 

  • 03/04/2018: M.Sc. Psychology. University of Regensburg, Germany. 
  • 10/2015 – 04/2018: Studies of Psychology (M.Sc.). University of Regensburg, Germany. 
  • 09/09/2014: B.Sc. Psychology. Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. 
  • 10/2011 – 09/2014: Studies of Psychology (B.Sc.). Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. 
  • 10/2009 – 09/2011: Studies of Physics (B.Sc.). Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany.


  • 2018 – 2022: Experimentalpsychologisches Projektseminar. University of Regensburg, Germany.


  • Becker M, Frank SM (2024). Filter mechanisms in early visual cortex modulate the occurrence of task-irrelevant visual perceptual learning. TeaP, Regensburg, Germany.
  • Becker M, Lubich J, Frank SM (2023). Plasticity in early visual cortex is modulated by feature salience in task-irrelevant visual perceptual learning. Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.


  • Frank SM, Becker M, Malloni WM, Sasaki Y, Greenlee MW, Watanabe T (2023). Protocol to conduct functional magnetic resonance spectroscopy in different age groups of human participants. STAR Protocols, 4:102493. doi: 10.1016/j.xpro.2023.102493
  • Beer AL, Becker M, Frank SM, Greenlee MW (2023). Vestibular and visual brain areas in the medial cortex of the human brain. Journal of Neurophysiology, 129:948-962.
  • Frank SM, Becker M, Qi A, Geiger P, Frank UI, Rosedahl LA, Malloni WM, Sasaki Y, Greenlee MW, Watanabe T (2022). Efficient learning in children with rapid GABA boosting during and after training. Current Biology, 32:5022-5030.e7.

Markus Becker, M.Sc.

Universitätsstraße 31
93053 Regensburg

PT 4.0.39