Information about the supervision of diploma and master theses by Univ.-Prof. Claus Lamm and other members of the Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Unit (SCAN-Unit)
Bachelor-degree or completed first term (1. Abschnitt) in psychology
Fachliteraturseminar in biological psychology (or related fields like Allgemeine, Experimentelle, Klinische, Kognitive Psychologie). It is also possible to apply for a supervision without a completed Fachliteraturseminar; it can be attended simultaneously
Forschungspraktikum „Methoden der Kognitiven Neurowissenschaften“ (or a similar activity like an internship)
Allocation of diploma/master-theses
There are two possible tracks to apply for a diploma thesis supervision:
Track 1: At the beginning of each semester and on special occasions during the semester, open topics for diploma/master theses will be announced. Interested candidates can apply for these topics. For the selection of candidates, prior experiences in the field of social, cognitive and affective neuroscience as well as grades in relevant courses - such as Fachliteraturseminar, Biologische Psychologie I und II, Humanbiologie, Humangenetik, Social Neuroscience, Forschungspraktikum etc. - will be considered.
The application should include:
-A letter of motivation
-A tentative thesis-exposé that shows how you intend to work on the research topic (theory (background), hypotheses, research design, material and methods incl. sample and intended statistical analysis)
Track 2: Interested candidates can discuss individual topics in the office hours of the designated supervisor. If he/she is willing to supervise the thesis, you need to provide an application including the same documents as in track 1.
Next steps when tentative accepted as diploma student
Students, who use EEG and/or TMS for their research: Assistance in at least 10 EEG- or TMS-measurements.
Presenting your research-intention ("Planungsreferat") in the research seminar ("Forschungsseminar für Fortgeschrittene, bzw. DiplomandInnenseminar"). This should include theory (background), hypotheses, research design, material and methods incl. sample and intended statistical analysis (in english).
Writing a detailed exposé. This should include scientific aspects as well as a concrete time schedule.
After this steps and the affirmation of the exposé (by Claus Lamm, or another intern supervisor) follows
the approval of the experimental design,
the allowance to work autonomously in the labs of the SCAN-Unit,
and with it the official acceptance for supervising the diploma/master-thesis.
Diploma students are obligated to participate at the research seminar ("Forschungsseminar für Fortgeschrittene"). Every diploma student has to give two presentations on his/her diploma thesis- a presentation on the design ("Planungsreferat")and a presentation on the results ("Auswertungsreferat")
For further information about the research seminar, please see the following page: Research Seminar (Forschungsseminar)
For external supervision of diploma thesis, please see the following page:
External Supervision of Diploma Thesis