Magda L Dumitru


Guest Researcher



Magda L. Dumitru has developed the ‘distance index’ as a biomarker of the male and female brain prototype in psychopathology. She investigates the relationship between consciousness and brain structure as well as potential of the index to reveal the (epi)genetic basis of creativity in both health and mental illness.

"Every day, our senses record an impressive amount of information, which generates biases for more effective processing. For example, we decode language better with the right ear. This is known as ‘right ear advantage’ (REA) and our team has found ways to increase REA and improve perception of fast visual stimuli. We’ve also shown that by changing the word ‘AND’ with ‘OR’, people manage to encode several memory episodes instead of one. More frequent chunking and re-combining information is a hallmark of creativity. Our team is exploring brain structure differences in creative individuals. We’ve found that the left and the right hemispheres are more coherent in women than in men, in both health and mental illness. A novel research direction is the emergence of creativity in patients with Parkinson’s, who suddenly get the ‘spark’ to produce fine art."

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IGSIN 913 Integrated Neuroscience, module "The Neuroscience of Memory"

MAPSYK 319B Cognitive Neuroscience, emneansvarlig

MAPSYK 360 Master's Thesis in Psychology, supervisor

MAPSYK 319A/PROPSY 303 Biological Psychology, module "Emotions" I and II

PROPSY 304 Cognitive Neuroscience, modules "Perception", "Memory", "Attention and Cognitive Control"

PSYK 122 Practical Research Methods

  1. Dumitru, M. L. (2023). Brain Asymmetry is Globally Different in Males and Females: Exploring Cortical Volume, Area, Thickness, and Mean Curvature. Cerebral Cortex 33.
  2. Dumitru, M. L., Korbmacher, M., & Bartsch, H. Male and Female Brain Coherence Models of Cognitive Performance and Psychopathology. (2022). bioRxiv 
  3. Kazimierczak, K., Craven, A. R., Ersland, L., Specht, K., Dumitru, M. L., Sandoy, L. B., & Hugdahl, K. (2022). Combined fMRI Region- and Network-Analysis Reveal New Insights of Top-Down Modulation of Bottom-Up Processes in Auditory Laterality. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
  4. Dumitru, M. L., & Joergensen, G. H. Thought extramission: The eyes project conceptual maps at close distance. (2021). bioRxiv 
  5. Dumitru, M. L., & Pasqualotto, A. (2018). Helmets improve estimations of depth and visual angle to safe targets. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 80(8), 1879-1884. DOI: 10.3758/s13414-018-1605-9
  6. Dumitru, M. L., & Joergensen, G. H. (2018). Logical connectives modulate attention to simulations evoked by the constituents they link together. Frontiers in Psychology, 08/2018; 6. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01358
  7. Dumitru, M. L.(2016). Gestalt-like representations hijack chunk-and-pass processing. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X15000758
  8. Dumitru, M. L., & Joergensen, G.H. (2016). Gestalt reasoning with conjunctions and disjunctions. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0151774. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151774
  9. Pasqualotto, A., Dumitru, M. L., & Myachykov, A. (2016). Editorial: Multisensory Integration: Brain, Body, and World. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:2046. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.02046
  10. Dumitru, M. L.(2015). Coherence across consciousness levels: Symmetric visual displays spare working memory resources. Consciousness and Cognition, 38, 139-149. DOI: 10.1016//j.concog.2015.10.007
  11. Dumitru, M. L., & Joergensen, G. H. (2015). Similarity judgments of same-category object representations: Effects of physical size, manipulability, and word frequency. Visual Cognition, 23 (7), 855-859. DOI: 10.1080/13506285.2015.1093242 
  12. Dumitru, M. L., & Joergensen, G. H. (2015). Effects of word-evoked object size on covert numerosity estimations. Frontiers in Psychology, 08/2015; 6. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00876
  13. Dumitru, M. L.(2014). Moving stimuli guide retrieval and (in) validation of coordination simulations. Cognitive Processing. 15 (3), 397-403. DOI: 10.1007/s10339-014- 0604-6
  14. Dumitru, M. L., & Taylor, A. J. (2014). Or cues knowledge of alternatives: Evidence from priming. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. 55 (2), 97-101. DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12100
  15. Dumitru, M. L., Joergensen, G. H., Cruickshank, A. G., & Altmann, G. T. M. (2013). Language-guided visual processing affects reasoning: The role of referential and spatial anchoring. Consciousness and Cognition, 22 (2), 562-571. DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2013.03.008
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60825 Hvordan hjernenettverk interagerer - betydning for forstaelse av horselshallusinasjoner 

60748 Hjernelateralisering av oppmerksomhetskontroll etter kort meditasjonstrening

60932 Hjernemekanismer for oppmerksomhetskontroll til auditive og visuelle stimuli

NSD 395393 Impact of Prediction Error on Social Appraisal