Prof. Dr. Martin Meyer




Universität Zürich
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Martin Meyer
Psychologisches Institut
Binzmühlestrasse 14
CH-8050 Zurich
+41 44 634 57 82


  • Funktionelle Neuroanatomie von Sprache und Kommunikation
  • Auditorische Neurokognition
  • Neuroplastizität und Neuromodulation von Tinnitus
  • Sprachfunktionen über die Lebensspanne
  • Evolution von Sprache und Kommunikation

Akademischer Werdegang

1996   Diplom in Psychologie, Freie Universität Berlin
2000   PhD (Dr. rer. nat), Max-Planck-Institut für kognitive Neurowissenschaften, Leipzig; Fakultät für Biowissenschaften, Pharmazie und Psychologie, Universität Leipzig (DE)
2009   Habilitation (venia legendi), Philosophische Fakultät, Universität Zürich (CH)


UBS Habilitation Award 2009, University of Zurich

CS Best Teaching Award 2012, University of Zurich

"Peer-reviewed" Publikationen



Sum of citations (Google scholar as of 20/März/2019):

7017 (total), 3229 (since 2014)

h-index: 47 (total), 34 (since 2014)

i10-index: 86 (total), 75 (since 2014)

Check out a comprehensive list and full stats of my citations at Google scholar.



  • Rufener, K., Krauel, K, Meyer, M., Heinze, H.J., Zaehle, T. (epub ahead of print).
    Transcranial electrical stimulation improves phoneme processing in developmental dyslexia
    Brain Stimulation.
  • Güntensperger, D., Thüring, C., Kleinjung, T., Neff, P., Meyer, M. (2019).
    Investigating the Efficacy of an Individualized Alpha/Delta Neurofeedback Protocol in the Treatment of Chronic Tinnitus.
    Neural Plasticity 2019:3540898.
  • Neff, P., Zielonka, L., Meyer, M., Langguth, B., Schecklmann, M. & Schlee, W. (2019).
    Comparison of amplitude modulated sounds and pure tones at the Tinnitus Frequency: Residual Tinnitus Suppression and its stimulus evaluation.
    Trends in Hearing 23:1-16.
  • Keller, M., Neuschwander, P. & Meyer, M. (2019).
    When right becomes less right: Neural dedifferentiation during suprasegmental speech processing in the aging brain
    NeuroImage 189: 886-895.
  • Neff, P., Hemsley, C., Kraxner, F., Weidt, S., Kleinjung, T. & Meyer, M. (2019).
    Active listening to tinnitus and its relation to resting state EEG activity
    Neuroscience Letters 694: 176-183.
  • Jagoda, L., Giroud, N., Neff, P., Kegel, A., Kleinjung, T. & Meyer, M. (2018).
    Speech Perception in Tinnitus is Related to Individual Distress Level - a Neurophysiological Study.
    Hearing Research 367: 48-58.
  • Giroud, N., Lemke, N., Reich, P., Bauer, J., Widmer, S. & Meyer, M. (2018).
    Are you surprised to hear this? Longitudinal spectral speech exposure in older compared to middle-aged normal hearing adults.
    European Journal of Neuroscience 47: 58-68.
  • Kleinjung, T., Thüring, C., Güntensperger, D., Neff, P. & Meyer, M. (2018).
    Neurofeedback in der Behandlung des chronischen Tinnitus.
    HNO 66:198-204.
  • Giroud, N., Hirsiger, S., Muri, R., Kegel, A., Dillier, N. & Meyer, M. (2018).
    Neuroanatomical and resting state EEG power correlates of central hearing loss in older adults.
    Brain Structure and Function 223:145-163.
  • Wiepolski, J., Kleinjung, T., Koch, M., Peter, N., Meyer, M., Rufer, M. & Weidt, S. (2017).
    Alexithymia is associated with tinnitus severity.
    Frontiers in Psychiatry 8:223.
  • Güntensperger, D., Thüring, C., Meyer, M., Neff, P. & Kleinjung, T. (2017).
    Neurofeedback for tinnitus treatment – review and current concepts.
    Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 9:386.
  • Giroud, N., Lemke, U., Reich, P., Matthes, K. L. & Meyer, M. (2017).
    The impact of hearing aids and age-related hearing loss on auditory plasticity across three months - an electrical neuroimaging study.
    Hearing Research 353:162-175.
  • Neff, P., Michels, J., Meyer, M., Schecklmann, M., Langguth, B. & Schlee, W. (2017).
    10 Hz amplitude modulated sounds induce short-term tinnitus suppression.
    Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 9:130.
  • Meyer, M., Neff. P., Grest, A., Hemsley, C., Weidt, S. & Kleinjung, T. (2017).
    EEG oscillatory power dissociates between distress- and depression related psychopathology in subjective tinnitus.
    Brain Research 1663:194-204.
  • Giroud, N., Lemke, U., Reich, P., Matthes, K. L. & Meyer, M. (2017).
    Longitudinal auditory learning facilitates auditory cognition as revealed by microstate analysis.
    Biological Psychology, 123:25-36.
  • Meyer, M., Neff, P., Liem, F., Kleinjung, T., Weidt, S., Langguth, B. & Schecklmann, M. (2016).
    Differential tinnitus-related neuroplastic alterations of cortical thickness and surface area.
    Hearing Research, 342:1-12.
  • Finke, M., Büchner, A., Ruigendijk, E., Meyer, M. & Sandmann, P. (2016).
    On the relationship between auditory cognition and speech intelligibility in cochlear implant users: An ERP study.
    Neuropsychologia, 87:169-181.
  • Rufener, K., Zaehle, T., Oechslin, M. & Meyer, M. (2016).
    Transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) differentially modulates speech perception in young and older adults.
    Brain Stimulation, 9:560-565.
  • Peter, N., Kleinjung, T., Horat, L., Schmidt-Weitmann, S., Meyer, M., Büchi, S. & Weidt, S. (2016).
    Validation of PRISM (Pictorial Representation of Illness and Self Measure) as a novel visual assessment tool for the burden of suffering in tinnitus patients.
    BMC Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 14:47.
  • Weidt, S., Delsignore, A., Meyer, M., Rufer, M., Peter, N., Drabe, N. & Kleinjung, T. (2016).
    Which tinnitus-related characteristics affect current health-related quality of life and depression? A cross-sectional cohort study.
    Psychiatry Research, 237:114-137.
  • Rufener, K., Oechslin, M., Woestmann, M., Dellwo, V. & Meyer, M. (2016).
    Age-related neural oscillation patterns during processing of temporally manipulated speech.
    Brain Topography, 29:440-458.
  • Hurschler, M., Liem, F., Oechslin, M. S., Stämpfli, P. & Meyer, M. (2015).
    fMRI reveals lateralized pattern of brain activity modulated by the metrics of stimuli during auditory rhyme processing.
    Brain and Language, 147:41-50.
  • Meyer, M., Liem, F., Hirsiger, S., Jäncke, L. & Hänggi, J. (2014).
    Cortical surface area and cortical thickness demonstrate differential structural asymmetry in auditory-related areas of the human cortex.
    Cerebral Cortex, 24:2541-2552.
  • Liem, F., Hurschler, M., Jäncke, L. & Meyer, M. (2014).
    On the planum temporale lateralization in speech perception. Evidence from a study investigating behavior, structure, and function.
    Human Brain Mapping, 35:1779-1789.
  • Hänggi, J., Föveny, L., Liem, F., Meyer, M. & Jäncke, L. (2014).
    The hypothesis of neuronal interconnectivity as a function of brain size – A general organization principle of the human connectome.
    Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8:915.
  • Meyer, M., Luethi, M. S., Neff, P., Langer, N. & Büchi, S. (2014).
    Disentangling tinnitus distress and tinnitus presence by means of EEG power analysis.
    Neural Plasticity vol. 2014:468546.
  • Elmer, S., Klein, C., Kühnis, J., Liem, F., Meyer, M. & Jäncke, L. (2014).
    Music and language expertise influence the categorization of speech and musical sounds: behavioural and electrophysiological measurements.
    Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 26:2356-2369.
  • Rufener, K., Liem, F. & Meyer, M. (2014).
    Age-related differences in auditory evoked potentials as a function of task modulation during speech and non-speech processing.
    Brain and Behavior 4:21-28.
  • Clos, M., Langner, R., Meyer, M., Oechslin, M., Zilles, K. & Eickhoff, S. (2014).
    Effects of prior information on decoding degraded speech: an fMRI study.
    Human Brain Mapping 35, 61-74.
  • Hurschler, M., Liem, F., Jäncke, L. & Meyer, M. (2013).
    Right and left perisylvian cortex and left inferior frontal cortex mediate sentence-level rhyme detection in spoken language as revealed by sparse fMRI.
    Human Brain Mapping 34, 3182-3192.
  • Kühnis, J., Elmer, S., Meyer, M. & Jäncke, L. (2013).
    The encoding of vowels and temporal speech cues in the auditory cortex of professional musicians: an EEG study.
    Neuropsychologia 51, 1608-1618.
  • Elmer, S., Hänggi, J., Meyer, M. & Jäncke, L. (2013).
    Increased cortical surface area of the left planum temporale in musicians facilitates the categorization of phonetic and temporal speech sounds.
    Cortex 49, 2812-2821.
  • Kühnis, J., Elmer, S., Meyer, M. & Jäncke, L. (2013).
    Musicianship boosts perceptual learning of pseudoword-chimeras: an electrophysiological approach.
    Brain Topography 26(1), 110-125.
  • Elmer, S., Meyer, M., & Jäncke, L. (2012).
    Neurofunctional and behavioural correlates of phonetic and temporal categorization in musically trained and untrained subjects.
    Cerebral Cortex 22, 650-658.
  • Jäncke, L., Rogenmoser, L., Meyer, M. & Elmer, S. (2012).
    Pre-Attentive modulation of brain responses to tones in coloured-hearing synesthetes.
    BMC Neuroscience 13:151.
  • Liem, F., Zaehle, T., Burkhard, A., Jäncke, L. & Meyer, M. (2012).
    Cortical thickness of supratemporal plane predicts auditory N1 amplitude.
    NeuroReport, 23(17), 1026-1030.
  • Sandmann, P., Dillier, N., Eichele, T., Meyer, M., Kegel, A., Pascual-Marqui, R. D., Marcar, V. L., Jäncke, L. & Debener, S. (2012).
    Visual activation of auditory cortex reflects maladaptive plasticity in cochlear-implant users.
    Brain 135, 555-568.
  • Liem, F., Lutz, K., Lüchinger, R., Jäncke, L. & Meyer, M. (2012).
    Reducing the interval between volume acquisitions improves "sparse" scanning protocols in event-related auditory fMRI.
    Brain Topography 25, 182-193.
  • Elmer, S., Hänggi, J., Meyer, M. & Jäncke, L. (2011).
    Differential language expertise related to white matter architecture in regions subserving sensory-motor coupling, articulation and interhemispheric transfer.
    Human Brain Mapping 32, 2064-2074.
  • Kast, M., Bezzola, L., Jäncke, L. & Meyer, M. (2011).
    Multi- and unisensory decoding of words and nonwords result in differential brain responses in dyslexic and non-dyslexic adults.
    Brain and Language 119, 136-148.
  • Elmer, S., Meyer, M., Marrama, L. & Jäncke, L. (2011).
    Intensive language training and attention modulate the involvement of fronto-parietal regions during a non-verbal auditory discrimination task.
    European Journal of Neuroscience 34, 165-175.
  • Kast, M., Baschera, G.-M., Gross, M., Jäncke, L. & Meyer, M. (2011).
    Computer-based learning of spelling skills in children with and without dyslexia.
    Annals of Dyslexia 61(2), 177-200.
  • Sandmann, P., Kegel, A., Eichele, T., Dillier, N., Lai, W., Bendixen, A., Debener, S., Jäncke, L. & Meyer, M. (2010).
    Neurophysiological evidence of impaired musical sound perception in cochlear-implant users.
    Clinical Neurophysiology 121, 2070-2082.
  • Oechslin, M., Imfeld, A., Loenneker, T., Meyer, M. & Jäncke, L. (2010).
    The plasticity of the superior longitudinal fasciculus as a function of musical expertise: a diffusion tensor imaging study.
    Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 3: 76.
  • Elmer, S., Meyer, M. & Jäncke, L. (2010).
    Simultaneous interpreters as a model for neuronal adaptation in the domain of language processing.
    Brain Research 1317, 147-156.
  • Oechslin, M., Meyer, M. & Jäncke, L. (2010).
    Absolute pitch - functional evidence of speech-relevant auditory acuity.
    Cerebral Cortex 20, 447-455.
  • Elmer, S., Burkhard, M., Renz, B., Meyer, M. & Jäncke, L. (2009).
    Direct current-induced short-term modulation of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex while learning auditory presented nouns.
    Behavioral and Brain Functions 5:29.
  • Zaehle, T., Jäncke, L., Herrmann, C. & Meyer, M. (2009).
    Pre-attentive spectro-temporal feature processing in the human auditory system.
    Brain Topography 22, 97-108.
  • Imfeld, A., Oechslin, M., Meyer, M., Loeneker, T. & Jäncke, L. (2009).
    White matter plasticity in the corticospinal tract of musicians: a diffusion tensor imaging study.
    NeuroImage 46, 600-607.
  • Sandmann, P., Eichele, T., Buechler, M., Debener, S., Jäncke, L., Dillier, N., Hugdahl, K. & Meyer, M. (2009).
    Evaluation of evoked potentials to dyadic tones after cochlear implantation.
    Brain 132, 1967-1979.
  • Geiser, E., Ziegler, E., Jancke, L. & Meyer, M. (2009).
    Early electrophysiological correlates of meter and rhythm processing in music perception.
    Cortex 45, 93-102.
  • Keisker, B., Hepp-Reymond, M.-C., Blickenstorfer, A., Meyer, M. & Kollias, S. (2009).
    Differential force scaling of fine-graded power grip force in the sensorimotor network.
    Human Brain Mapping 30, 2453-2465.
  • Blickenstorfer, A., Kleiser, R., Keller, T., Keisker, B., Meyer, M., Riener, R. & Kollias, S. (2009).
    Cortical and subcortical correlates of funtional electrical stimulation (FES) of wrist extensor and flexor muscles revealed by fMRI.
    Human Brain Mapping 30, 963-975.
  • Schmidt, C. F., Zaehle, T., Meyer, M., Geiser, E., Boesiger, P. & Jäncke, L. (2008)
    Silent and continuous fMRI scanning differentially modulate activation in an auditory language comprehension task.
    Human Brain Mapping 29, 46-56.
  • Zaehle, T., Geiser, E., Alter, K., Jancke, L. & Meyer, M. (2008)
    Segmental processing in the human auditory dorsal stream.
    Brain Research 1220, 179-190.
  • Zaehle, T., Jancke, L. & Meyer, M. (2007).
    Electrical brain imaging evidences left auditory cortex involvement in speech and non-speech discrimination based on temporal features.
    Behavioral and Brain Functions 3:63.
  • Stone, J., Zeman, A., Simonotto, E., Meyer, M., Azuma, R., Flett, S. & Sharpe, M. (2007).
    fMRI in motor conversion disorder and simulated weakness.
    Psychosomatic Medicine 69, 691-696.
  • Zaehle, T., Schmidt, C., Meyer, M., Baumann, S., Baltes, C., Boesiger, P. & Jancke, L. (2007).
    Comparison of "silent" clustered and sparse temporal fMRI acquisitions in tonal and speech perception tasks.
    NeuroImage 37, 1195-1204.
  • Baumann, S., Koeneke, S., Schmidt, C., Meyer, M., Lutz, K. & Jäncke, L. (2007).
    A network for audio-motor coordination in skilled pianists and non-musicians.
    Brain Research 1161, 65-78.
  • Meyer, M., Baumann, S., Wildgruber, D. & Alter, K. (2007).
    How the brain laughs. Comparative evidence from behavioral, electrophysiological and neuroimaging studies in human and monkey.
    Behavioural Brain Research 182, 245-260.
  • Meyer, M., Baumann, S., Marchina, S. & Jäncke, L. (2007).
    Hemodynamic responses in human multisensory and auditory association cortex to purely visual stimulation.
    BMC Neuroscience, 8:14.
  • Meyer, M., Baumann, S. & Jäncke, L. (2006).
    Electrical brain imaging reveals spatio-temporal dynamics of timbre perception in humans.
    NeuroImage 32(4), 1510-1523.
  • Jäncke, L., Baumann, S., Koeneke, S., Meyer, M., Laeng, B., Peters, M. & Lutz, K. (2006).
    Neural control of playing a reversed piano: Empirical evidence for an unusual cortical organisation of musical functions.
    NeuroReport 17, 447-451.
  • Meyer, M., Zaehle, T., Gountouna, V.-E., Barron, A., Jancke, L. & Turk, A. (2005)
    Spectral-temporal processing during speech perception involves left posterior auditory cortex.
    NeuroReport 16, 1985-1989.
  • Meyer, M., Zysset, S., von Cramon, D. Y. & Alter, K. (2005).
    Distinct fMRI responses to laughter, speech, and sounds along the human peri-sylvian cortex
    Cognitive Brain Research 24, 291-306.
  • Schwindack, C., Simonotto, E., Meyer, M., McNamara, A., Marshall, I., Wardlaw, J. & Whittle, I.R. (2005).
    Real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rt-fMRI) in patients with brain tumours: preliminary findings using motor and language paradigms.
    British Journal of Neurosurgery 19, 25-32.
  • Meyer, M., Steinhauer, K., Alter, K., Friederici, A.D. & von Cramon, D. Y. (2004).
    Brain activity varies with modulation of dynamic pitch variance in sentence melody.
    Brain and Language 89, 277-289.
  • Heinke, W., Fiebach, C.J., Schwarzbauer, C., Meyer, M., Olthoff, D. & Alter, K. (2004).
    Sequential effects of Propofol on functional brain activation induced by auditory language processing: an event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging study.
    British Journal of Anaesthia 92, 641-650.
  • Deary, I.J., Simonotto, E., Meyer, M., Marshall, A., Marshall, I., Goddard, N. & Wardlaw, J. M. (2004).
    The functional anatomy of inspection time: an event-related fMRI study.
    NeuroImage 22, 1466-1479.
  • Steele, J. D, Meyer, M. & Ebmeier, K.P. (2004).
    Neural predictive error signal correlates with depressive illness severity in a game paradigm.
    NeuroImage 23, 269-280.
  • Kotz, S. A., Meyer, M., Alter, K., Besson, M., von Cramon, D.Y. & Friederici, A.D. (2003).
    On the lateralization of emotional prosody: An event-related functional MR investigation.
    Brain and Language 86, 366-376.
  • Meyer, M., Alter, K. & Friederici, A.D. (2003).
    Functional MR imaging exposes differential brain responses to syntax and prosody during auditory sentence comprehension.
    Journal of Neurolinguistics 16, 277-300.
  • Meyer, M., Alter, K., Friederici, A.D., Lohmann, G. & von Cramon, D.Y. (2002).
    Functional MRI reveals brain regions mediating slow prosodic modulations of spoken sentences.
    Human Brain Mapping 17(2), 73-88.
  • Friederici, A.D., Meyer, M. & von Cramon, D.Y. (2000).
    Auditory language comprehension: an event-related fMRI study on the processing of syntactic and lexical information.
    Brain and Language 75, 465-477.
  • Meyer, M., Friederici, A.D. & von Cramon, D.Y. (2000).
    Neurocognition of auditory sentence comprehension: event related fMRI reveals sensitivity to syntactic violations and task demands.
    Cognitive Brain Research 9, 19-33.
  • Friederici, A.D., Steinhauer K., Mecklinger, A. & Meyer, M. (1998).
    Working memory constraints on syntactic ambiguity resolution as revealed by electrical brain responses.
    Biological Psychology 47(3), 193-221.
  • Steinhauer K., Friederici, A.D., Mecklinger, A. & Meyer, M. (1997).
    Probability and strategy: an event-related potential study of processing syntactic anomalies.
    Zeitschrift für Experimentelle Psychologie 44(2), 305-331.


Buchkapitel und Bücher


  • Meyer, M., Keller, M. & Giroud, N. (2018).
    Suprasegmental speech prosody and the human brain.
    In: P. Belin & S. Frühholz (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Voice Perception. Oxford: University Press. 143-166.
  • Kliesch, M., Giroud, N., Pfenninger, S. E. & Meyer, M. (2018).
    Research on second language acquisition in old adulthood: What we have and what we need.
    In: D. Gabrys-Barker (ed.). Third age learners of foreign languages. Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 48-75.
  • Meyer, M. (2013)
    In: L. Jäncke, Kognitive Neurowissenschaften.
    Bern: Huber, 623-660.
  • Meyer, M. (2013)
    Auditorisches System
    In: F. Schneider & G.R. Fink (Eds.), Funktionelle MRT in Psychiatrie und Neurologie.
    Heidelberg: Springer, 345-358.
  • Meyer, M. (2009)
    Neuroimaging of speech and language
    In: D. Eddington (Ed.), Quantitative and Experimental Linguistics.
    Munich: Lincom Press, 283-350.
  • Meyer, M. & Jäncke, L. (2006)
    Involvement of left and right frontal operculum in speech and nonspeech perception and production
    In: Y. Grodzinsky & K. Amunts (Eds.), Broca's region.
    New York: Oxford University Press, 218-241.
  • Meyer, M. (2003)
    Bildgebende Verfahren
    In: G. Rickheit, T. Herrmann & W. Deutsch (Eds.), Psycholinguistik - Ein internationales Handbuch. Reihe Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft.
    Berlin: Verlag Walter de Gruyter, 181-189.