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Dr. rer. nat. Niki Katerina Vavatzanidis

Niki Katerina Vavatzanidis started establishing electrophysiological infant studies at the Cochlear Implant Center in 2010, the early days of Dr. Anja Hahne’s research lab at the University Hospital Dresden, now part of the ERCD. As a neuropsychologist with a strong background in EEG, she is interested in the dynamics of the plastic infant brain that goes from deaf to hearing after cochlear implantation. Her research questions currently focus on the implications the implant and a delayed hearing onset have for language acquisition.

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Selected publications

  • Vavatzanidis, N.K. (2019). From syllables to words: language perception and language acquisition of young children with cochlear implants (Vol. 196). Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. ISBN: 9783941504820
  • Vavatzanidis, N. K., Mürbe, D., Friederici, A. D., & Hahne, A. (2018). Establishing a mental lexicon with cochlear implants: An ERP study with young children. Scientific Reports, 8(1).
  • Vavatzanidis, N. K., Mürbe, D., Friederici, A. D., & Hahne, A. (2016). The Perception of Stress Pattern in Young Cochlear Implanted Children: An EEG Study. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 10, 68.
  • Vavatzanidis, N. K., Mürbe, D., Friederici, A., & Hahne, A. (2015). The Basis for Language Acquisition: Congenitally Deaf Infants Discriminate Vowel Length in the First Months after Cochlear Implantation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(12), 2427–2441.
  • Maidhof, C., Vavatzanidis, N., Prinz, W., Rieger, M., & Koelsch, S. (2010). Processing expectancy violations during music performance and perception: An ERP study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(10), 2401–2413.
  • Philiastides, M. G., Biele, G., Vavatzanidis, N., Kazzer, P., & Heekeren, H. R. (2010). Temporal dynamics of prediction error processing during reward-based decision making. NeuroImage, 53(1), 221–232.

Selected awards and scholarships

  • DAAD scholarship to give a talk at Prof. Corina’s lab at theUniversity of California Davis, July 2017 “The N400 as neural marker of language development in young cochlear implanted children”
  • Rehder poster award at the 31. Annual Meeting of the German Society of Phoniatrics and Pedaudiology, 2014, Lübeck: Vavatzanidis, N., Hahne, A. & Mürbe, D.: „Development of auditory discrimination in children in the first year after CI fitting - a longitudinal study with EEG“
  • Award for Young Scientists for the talk: “Development of language specific discriminative abilities of children after an early cochlear implantation” at the Annual Meeting of the German Society for Audiology 2013. Awarded at the
  • Annual Meeting of the German Society for Audiology 2014, Oldenburg. Annelie Frohn Foundation Award (€5,000) for scientific achievements in the field of hearing and speech development of hearing impaired children. Awarded at the 30th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Phoniatrics and Pedaudiology 2013, Bochum.