Anna Karlsson

Postdoc (Humboldt/Einstein)


I am a cognitive neuroscientist who conducted my Ph.D. at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and am currently doing my postdoc with Roberto Cabeza at Humboldt University of Berlin. The main focus of my research is to further our understanding of the neural foundations of episodic memory and how it changes over the adult lifespan.

In my work, I mainly use EEG to interrogate how oscillatory neural activity supports information processing and subserves the formation and retrieval of episodic memories, and I use fMRI to examine the quality and content of the underlying neural representations carrying mnemonic content. My overarching goal is to investigate how the neural mechanisms that supports a functioning episodic memory system may change in older age and contributes to the memory impairments commonly observed during the course of aging.


Karlsson, A. E., Lindenberger, U., & Sander, M. C. (2022). Out of rhythm: compromised precision of theta-gamma coupling impairs associative memory in old age. Journal of Neuroscience, 42(9), 1752-1764.

Karlsson, A. E., & Sander, M. C. (2022). Altered alpha/beta desynchronization during item–context binding contributes to the associative deficit in older age. Cerebral Cortex.

Karlsson, A. E., Wehrspaun, C. C., & Sander, M. C. (2020). Item recognition and lure discrimination in younger and older adults are supported by alpha/beta desynchronization. Neuropsychologia, 148, 107658.