Oliver Contier

Oliver Contier

Doctoral Candidate
Research interests: • human cognitive neuroscience • functional connectivity and representational geometry • functional neuroimaging • reproducibility, transparency, and scientific best practice


Academic education

since 2019    Doctoral candidate, Max Planck School of Cognition, Leipzig, Germany
                        Doctoral research performed at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
                        Supervisors: Martin Hebart & Christian Doeller
                        Lab rotations in the orientation phase: Simon B. Eickhoff

2014–2018   Master of Science in Psychology, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (focus track: Cognitive Neuroscience)

2010–2014   Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Universität Trier


Academic award

Contier, O. (2022). 2022 Open Science Prize by the Interest Group for Open and Reproducible Research (IGOR), Division of Biological and Neuropsychology, German Psychological Society (DGPs).



Hebart, M. N., Contier, O., Teichmann, L., Rockter, A. H., Zheng, C. Y., Kidder, A., Corriveau, A., Vaziri-Pashkam, M., & Baker, C. I. (2022). THINGS-data: A multimodal collection of large-scale data-sets for investigating object representations in brain and behavior. Published preprint on bioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.07.22.501123

Contier, O., Hebart, M. N., Dickter, A. H., Teichmann, L., Kidder, A., Corriveau, A., Zheng, C., Vaziri-Pashkam, M., & Baker, C. I. (2021). THINGS-fMRI/MEG: A large-scale multimodal neuroimaging dataset of responses to natural object images. Journal of Vision, 21(9), 2633. https://doi.org/10.1167/jov.21.9.2633

Fritz, T. H., Schütte, F., Steixner, A., Contier, O., Obrig, H., & Villringer, A. (2019). Musical meaning modulates word acquisition. Brain and Language, 190(3), 10–15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2018.12.001

Fritz, T. H., Bowling, D. L., Contier, O., Grant, J., Schneider, L., Lederer, A., Hoer, F., Busch, E., & Villringer, A. (2018). Musical agency during exercise decreases pain. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:2312. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02312

Sharifian, F., Contier, O., Preuschhof, C., & Pollmann, S. (2017). Reward modulation of contextual cueing: Repeated context overshadows repeated target location. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79(7), 1871–1877. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-017-1397-3


Poster presentations and talks

Contier, O., & Hebart, M. N. (2022, May). Distributed representation of behaviorally-relevant object dimensions in the human brain. Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2022), St. Pete Beach, USA.

Contier, O., Teichmann, L., Baker, C. I., & Hebart, M. N. (2022, June). The THINGS initiative: A global large-scale effort for the repre-
sentative study of objects in brains, behavior, and computational models
. 47th Annual Meeting “Psychologie und Gehirn”, Freiburg, Germany.

Contier, O., Hebart, M. N., Dickter, A. H., Teichmann, L., Kidder, A., Corriveau, A., Zheng, C., Vaziri-Pashkam, M., & Baker, C. I. (2021, November). THINGS-fMRI/MEG: A densely sampled multimodal neuroimaging dataset of brain responses to a broad range of natural object images. 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Chicago, USA.

Kalyani, A., Contier, O., Reichert, C., Azañon, E., & Kuehn, E. (2021, June). Shared response modelling of S1 digit representations in younger and older adults using 7T fMRI [Talk]. 27th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Seoul, South Korea.

Contier, O., Kuehn, E., & Hanke, M. (2020, June). Shared response modelling of somatosensory digit representations using 7-t fMRI. 2020 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Montreal, Canada. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3894834

Contier, O., Visconti di Oleggio Castello, M., Gobbini, M. I., & Halchenko, Y. O. (2018, June). Temporal dynamics and effective connectivity in the distributed system of familiar face processing. 2018 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Singapore. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.17076.96640



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