Keitel, Anne


  • 240 Citations
  • 9 h-Index

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I am interested in intrinsic rhythmic activity in the human brain and how this might help us, for example, to understand natural spoken language.

Rhythmic activity is ubiquitous in the brain and ranges from slow rhythms to very fast rhythms. We have recently shown that each brain area has its own characteristic mix of intrinsic rhythms (Keitel & Gross, 2016, PLoS Biology). Building on this, my lab is dedicated to learn more about how these intrinsic brain rhythms influence our ability to comprehend speech in challenging environments (noisy or fast speech) or to lip-read.

To address these research questions, we use electrophysiological data (electroencephalography; EEG), neuromagnetic data (magnetoencephalography; MEG) and behavioural paradigms.

If you are interested in an internship or Research Assistant position to learn more about Cognitive Neuroscience, please contact me.

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Research interests

  • Auditory cognition and speech processing
  • Spontaneous and stimulus-dependent neural oscillations
  • Functional brain organisation




I studied Psychology at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany, before moving to Leipzig to pursue a PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences. Coming from a background of infant research in my early academic years, I decided to change gears slightly and took up postdoctoral positions at the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at Glasgow University to learn about the functional organisation of the brain, in particular rhythmic brain activity, in adults.

In January 2019, I took up a Lectureship in Psychology at Dundee University, where my lab focusses on brain dynamics in auditory and speech perception.





I currently teach Individual Differences in the Level 3 IDAP Module, for which I am also the module coordinator. I also teach in Introductory Psychology:1 (Level 1) and Understanding the Mind (Level 2).

If you are interested in doing a behavioural or EEG study with me for your dissertation, come talk to me! I would like to support research in cognitive neuroscience on

  • speech and language processing (first and second language, bilingualism, differences between languages)
  • auditory processing in general
  • lip reading ability
  • music and rhythm perception



  • BF Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech perception
  • Auditory processing

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Research Output

  • 240 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 12 Article
  • 1 Editorial
  • 1 Review article

Prominence of delta oscillatory rhythms in the motor cortex and their relevance for auditory and speech perception

Morillon, B., Arnal, L. H., Schroeder, C. E. & Keitel, A., Dec 2019, In : Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 107, p. 136-142 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Stimulus-driven brain rhythms within the alpha band: The attentional-modulation conundrum

    Keitel, C., Keitel, A., Benwell, C., Daube, C., Thut, G. & Gross, J., 17 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Neuroscience. 39, 16, p. 3119-3129 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 18 Citations (Scopus)
    6 Downloads (Pure)

    Brain Oscillations in Human Communication

    Rimmele, J. M., Gross, J., Molholm, S. & Keitel, A., 7 Feb 2018, In : Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 12, p. 39

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)
    276 Downloads (Pure)

    Differential emotional processing in concrete and abstract words

    Yao, B., Keitel, A., Bruce, G., Scott, G. G., O'Donnell, P. J. & Sereno, S. C., Jul 2018, In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. 44, 7, p. 1064-1074 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    166 Downloads (Pure)

    Perceptually relevant speech tracking in auditory and motor cortex reflects distinct linguistic features

    Keitel, A., Gross, J. & Kayser, C., 12 Mar 2018, In : PLoS Biology. 16, 3, p. e2004473

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 35 Citations (Scopus)
    142 Downloads (Pure)


    Young Investigator Award

    Keitel, Anne (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Family Fun with Women in STEM - Dundee Women's Festival 2020

    Amy Cameron (Organiser), , Amy Rogers (Organiser), , Rolf Black (Organiser), , Elizabeth Mills (Presenter), , Melissa D'Ascenzio (Presenter), , Aurora Sicilia Aguilar (Presenter), , Suzanne Duce (Presenter), , Carmen Escudero-Martinez (Presenter), , Simone Altmann (Presenter), , Daniella Cavellini (Presenter), , Evelien Rooke (Presenter), , Giorgia De Paoli (Presenter), , Seaneen McDougall (Presenter), , Katie Larner (Presenter), , Julieta Gomez Garcia-Donas (Presenter), & Anne Keitel (Presenter)

    1 Mar 2020

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