ZeNIS was founded by me, Bettina Mohr-Pulvermüller, with the aim to offer effective, scientifically based treatment for people with brain damage. I am a psychologist specialized in clinical neuropsychology. I have extensive clinical experience in the treatment of adults with chronic neurological conditions and neuropsychological symptoms: for example language and communication problems, memory disorders, or difficulties in planning and reasoning.
The main focus of my clinical work is the treatment of people with aquired language disorders, so-called aphasias, as well as the treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease. I have clinical experience with individual and group settings. It is very important to me to work together with people affected by brain disease and their carers and family to achieve an optimal treatment outcome.
In my work as a neuroscientist and in cooperation with colleagues, I developed new treatment methods for aphasia and Parkinson’s disease which have been shown to be effective. The combination of my clinical and scientific work allows me to offer treatment methods which are based on the latest research and which are continously being further developed.
During my work as Professor of Neuropsychology and Psychology at different universities and research institutions in Germany and Great Britain, I have trained psychologists and physicians and supervised many BSc, MSc, and PhD/MD students. Talks and work shops at national and international conferences are part of my work as well as training of speech and language therapists.
- Gesellschaft für Aphasieforschung und -behandlung (GAB)
- Deutscher Hochschulverband
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Klinische Neurophysiologie und funktionelle Bildgebung
- Society for the Neurobiology of Language
- World Federation of Neurology – Research Group on Aphasia and Cognitive Disorders
In cooperation with other scientists in Germany, Spain, Denmark, Finland, and the UK, we work on language processing and language therapy in aphasia.
Information on my scientific publications can be found here:
A more specific selection of my publications are here:
On aphasia and language therapy
Grechuta, K., Ballester, B.R., Munne, R.E., Bernal, T.U., Hervás, B.M., Mohr, B., Pulvermüller, F., San Segundo, R., and Verschure, P. 2019. Augmented dyadic therapy boosts recovery of language function in patients with non-fluent aphasia: a randomised controlled trial. Stroke, 50, 1270-74.
Stahl, B., Mohr, B., Dreyer, F.R., Lucchese, G., & Pulvermüller, F. 2018 Efficacy of intensive aphasia therapy increases with total length of the training period, not with additional daily practice. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, JNNP, 89, 586-592.
Mohr, B., Stahl, B., Berthier, M.L., & Pulvermüller, F. 2017. Intensive language therapy improves depressive symptoms in chronic aphasia patients. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 31 (12), 1053-1062
Mohr, B. 2017. Neuroplasticity and functional recovery after intensive language therapy in chronic post stroke aphasia: Which factors are relevant? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2017.00332.
Stahl, B., Mohr, B., Dreyer, F.R., Lucchese, G., & Pulvermüller, F. 2017. Communicative-pragmatic assessment is sensitive and time-effective in measuring the outcome of aphasia therapy. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2017.00223
Lucchese, G., Stahl, B., Dreyer, F., Pulvermüller, F. & Mohr, B. 2016. Therapy-Induced Neuroplasticity of Language in Chronic Post Stroke Aphasia: A Mismatch Negativity Study of (A) Grammatical and Meaningful/less Mini-Constructions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2016.00669
Stahl, B., Mohr, B., Dreyer, F., Lucchese, G., Pulvermüller, F. 2016. Language therapy in social interaction: Communication mechanisms promote recovery from chronic aphasia. Cortex, 85, 90-99.
Mohr, B., MacGregor, L.J., Difrancesco, S., Pulvermüller, F., Shtyrov, Y. 2016. Therapy induced left-hemispheric changes in word-specific brain activation in aphasia: Evidence from magnetoencephalography. Neuropsychologia, 93, 413-424.
MacGregor, L., Difrancesco, S., Pulvermüller, F., Shtyrov, Y., Mohr, B. 2015. Ultra-rapid access to words in chronic aphasia: The effects of intensive language action therapy (ILAT) Brain Topography, 28, 279-291.
Pulvermüller, F., Mohr, B., Taub, E. 2015. Constraint Induced Aphasia Therapy (CIAT): A neuroscience centered translational method. In: G. Hickock and S. Small (Ed.) Neurobiology of Language. Chapter 82, 1025-1032. Elsevier, Academic Press. 2015
Mohr, B., Difrancesco, S., Harrington, K., Evans, S., Pulvermüller, F. 2014. Increase of right-hemispheric activation after intensive language action therapy (ILAT) in chronic aphasia: fMRI evidence from auditory semantic processing. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00919.
Difrancesco, S., Pulvermüller, F., Mohr, B. 2012. Intensive Language Action Therapy (ILAT): The methods. Aphasiology, 26 (11), 1317-1351.
Pulvermüller, F., Hauk, O., Zohsel, K., Neininger, B. & Mohr, B. 2005: Therapy-related reorganization of language in both hemispheres of patients with chronic aphasia. Neuroimage, 28, 481-489.
Neininger, B., Pulvermüller, F., Elbert, T., Rockstroh, B. & Mohr, B. 2004: Intensivierung, Fokussierung und Verhaltensrelevanz als Prinzipien der Neuropsychologischen Rehabilitation und ihre Implementation in der Therapie chronischer Aphasie – eine Übersichtsarbeit. Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie, 15, 219-232.
Pulvermüller, F., Genkinger, B., Elbert, T., Mohr, B., Rockstroh, B., Koebbel, P., Taub, E., 2001. Constraint-induced therapy of chronic aphasia following stroke. Stroke, 32, 1621-1626.
Pulvermüller, F., Mohr, B., Sedat, N., Hadler, B., Rayman, J., 1996. Word class specific deficits in Wernicke’s aphasia. Neurocase 2, 203-212
On Parkinson’s disease and behavioural therapy:
Müller, V., Lutzenberger, W., Pulvermüller, F., Mohr, B., Birbaumer, N., 2001. Investigation of brain dynamics in Parkinson’s disease by methods derived from nonlinear dynamics. Experimental Brain Research, 137, 103-110.
Mohr, B., Müller, V., Mattes, R., Rosin, R., Federmann, B., Strehl, U., Pulvermüller, F., Müller, F., Lutzenberger, W., Birbaumer, N., 1996. Behavioral treatment of Parkinson’s disease leads to improvement of motor skills and to tremor reduction. Behavior Therapy ,27, 235-255.
Müller, V., Mohr, B., Rosin, R., Pulvermüller, F., Müller, F., Birbaumer, N., 1997. Short-term effects of behavioral treatment on movement initiation and postural control in Parkinson’s disease: A controlled clinical study. Movement Disorders,12, 306-314.
Mohr, B., Müller, V., Rosin, R., Strehl, U., Birbaumer, N. 1997. Verhaltenstherapeutisches Gruppentraining bei Morbus Parkinson: Eine Effizienzstudie. In: D. Emmans & G. Fuchs (Hrsg.): Morbus Parkinson und Psychologie. Ein Handbuch. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen.
Pulvermüller, F., Lutzenberger, W., Müller, V., Mohr, B., Dichgans, J., Birbaumer, N., 1996. P3 and contingent negative variation in Parkinson’s disease. Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology ,98, 456-467.
Mohr, B. 1996. Neuropsychologie des Morbus Parkinson. In: Strehl, U. & Birbaumer, N.: Verhaltensmedizinische Intervention bei Morbus Parkinson. Psychologie Verlags Union, Weinheim, 8-12.
Prof. Dr. rer. soc.
Diplom-Psychologin ‧ Psychotherapeutin (HPG)