Kristina Wiebels

Kristina Wiebels

PhD student

The University of Auckland


I am generally interested in how the brain as a complex dynamical system works. My PhD research focuses on how the brain uses information from episodic memory to generate complex simulations of the future. I am investigating how different types of episodic information contribute to the construction of future simulations, and how exactly the hippocampus is involved in this. I also have a strong methodological interest, including decoding methods for neuroimaging and Bayesian statistics, and open science research practices.


  • Neuroimaging
  • Episodic simulation
  • Statistical modelling
  • Metascience
  • Open science


  • PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2020

    The University of Auckland

  • MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2016

    The University of Auckland

  • BSc (Hons) in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2014

    The University of Auckland

  • BSc in Cognitive Science, 2011

    University of Osnabrück




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Assessing Change in Intervention Research: The Benefits of Composite Outcomes

Intervention research is often time- and resource-intensive, with numerous participants involved over extended periods of time. In …

Relational Processing Demands and the Role of Spatial Context in the Construction of Episodic Simulations

Reports on differences between remembering the past and imagining the future have led to the hypothesis that constructing future events …

Volumetric and Surface Characteristics of Gray Matter in Adult Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

Dyslexia, dyscalculia and their comorbid manifestation are prevalent disorders associated with well-documented behavioral …

Functional Neuroimaging Studies of Autobiographical Memory Retrieval: Past, Present, and Future

Remembering events from our past – a form of memory known as episodic autobiographical memory (AM) – not only allows us to …

An fMRI Investigation of the Relationship between Future Imagination and Cognitive Flexibility

While future imagination is largely considered to be a cognitive process grounded in default mode network activity, studies have shown …

Identifying grey matter changes in schizotypy using partial least squares correlation

Neuroimaging research into the brain structure of schizophrenia patients has shown consistent reductions in grey matter volume relative …


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