Dhana Wolf
Building 6070 | Room 402
Theaterplatz 14
52062 Aachen

Phone: +49 241 8025483
Fax: +49 241 8022493

Dhana Wolf, M.Sc.

Dhana Wolf studied biology at the RWTH Aachen University and majored in neurobiology. During her M.Sc. studies she worked on a neuroimaging project at the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at the University Clinic Aachen. Currently, she works as a PhD student for the NeuroPeirce project. She utilizes video and motion capture recordings as stimulus material for fMRI studies. By combinding semiotics, gesture research, psychology and neurobiology she investigates how the interpretation of coverbal gestures is represented in the human brain.

Research interests

• Neural correlates of gesture interpretation
• exploration of neural underpinning of complex social behavior with fMRI
• content-based analysis strategies


2012 M.Sc. Biologie, RWTH Aachen. Abschlussarbeit: “Pharmacological imaging of the serotonergic system during violent video game playing." Betreuer: Prof. Klaus Mathiak, Klinik für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik, Universitätsklinikum Aachen.

2009 B.Sc. Biologie, RWTH Aachen. Abschlussarbeit: "The effect of retinoic acid on expression of the pattern recognition receptors TLR2, TLR4 and CD14 in murine cortical astrocytes.", Betreuer: Prof. Jörg Mey, Institut für Zoologie und Tierphysiologie, RWTH Aachen.


•some French and Japanese



•Posterpreis des Jahreskongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Biologische Psychiatrie (Aachen, September 2014)
•Posterpreis (Koautorin) des Tag der Klinischen Forschung (Aachen, November 2013)
•Young Investigator Award for Best Poster (Koautorin) des World Congress of Biological Psychiatry (Kyoto, Juni 2013)



Rekittke, L.-M., Wolf, D., Mathiak, K., Mittelberg, I. Gestures as test ground for the social neuroscience of Peirce's Universal Categories. Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, San Diego, USA, July 8-11, 2014.

Rekittke, L.-M., Wolf, D. Moulated gesture perception in naive participants: Insights from a behavioral study operationalizing Peirce's Universal Categories. Mapping Multimodal Dialogue Workshop, KU Leuven, Belgien, November 21-22, 2014.

Rekittke, L.-M. & Wolf, D. Applying Peirce's Universal Categories to co-speech gesture and a first road map to social neuroscience. Mapping Multimodal Dialogue Workshop, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, 22-23 November 2013.




Rekittke, L.-M., Mittelberg, I., Wolf, D. (2015). How sound moves the body: Felt qualities of experience in gestural enactments of film sound. In: Proceedings of the 3rd Gesture and Speech in Interaction (GESPIN) Conference, Sept. 2015, Nantes.

Wolf, D., Schock, L., Bhavsar,S., Demenescu, L.R., Sturm, W., Mathiak, K. (2014). Emotional valence and spatial congruency differentially modulate crossmodal processing: an fMRI study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8:659.

Schelenz, P.D., Klasen, M., Reese, B., Regenbogen, C., Wolf, D., Kato, Y., Mathiak, K. (2013). Multisensory integration of dynamic emotional faces and voices: method for simultaneous EEG-fMRI measurements. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (available online).

Van Neerven, S., Regen, T., Wolf, D., Nemes, A., Johann, S., Beyer, C., Hanisch, U.K., Mey, J. (2010). Inflammatory chemokine release of astrocytes in vitro is reduced by all-trans retinoic acid. Journal of Neurochemistry 114(5):1511


Poster presentations

Wolf, D., Rekittke, L.-M., Mittelberg, I., Mathiak, K. Cognitive and neural processing of co-speech gesture reflects the semiotic concept of Peirce's Universal Categories. Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, USA, March 28-31, 2015.

Wolf, D., Klasen, M., Haeck, A., Bhavsar, S., Rekittke, L.-M., Mittelberg, I., Mathiak, K. Content coding disentangles individual components of complex social stimuli for fMRI data analysis. Human Brain Mapping (HBM) Conference, Hamburg, Germany, June 8-12 2014.

Wolf,D., Klasen, M., Haeck, A., Bhavsar, S., Rekittke, L.-M., Mittelberg, I., Mathiak, K. Analysis of film stimuli for fMRI benefits from coding of individual content components. Jahreskongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Biologische Psychiatrie, Aachen, Germany, September 26-27, 2014.

Wolf, D.*, Rekittke, L.-M.*, Habel, U., Jäger, L., Jarke, M., Koch, I., Prin, W., Schneider, F., Willmes-von-Hinckeldey, K., Mathiak, K., Mittelberg, I. NeuroPeirce: Gesture as test ground for the social neuroscience of Peirce's universal categories. Poster at the LingUnite conference, Aachen, Germany, October 11, 2013.

Wolf, D., Klasen, M., Zepf, F.D., Weber, R., Schelenz, P., Zvyagintsev, M., Mathiak, K.A., Mathiak, K. Pharmacological imaging of the serotonergic system during violent video game playing - a single subject study." Poster at the NeuroVisionen 8 conference, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, October 26, 2012.