Belinda Pletzer – Curriculum Vitae

Current positions

  • Since March 2013: Postdoctoral scholar at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience & Department of Psychology , University of Salzburg, Austria.
  • Since Oct 2015: Member of the faculty of the DK W1233-G17: “Imaging the Mind”
    Sub-project: “Sex hormone influences on higher order cognitive functions”
  • Since Oct 2015: PI of stand-alone project P28261 on “Sex hormone influences on inter-hemispheric communication during global-local processing” funded by the FWF

Education & Research Experience

10/2001 – 10/2003 bachelor student in physiology and cellular biology
special subject: biopsychology and psychophysiology
10/2003 – 12/2005 master student in zoology and animal biology, graduation with distinction
priority subject: behavioral and neurobiology
10/2001 – 01/2006 diploma student in psychology
special subject: neurobiology
10/2001 – 12/2004 diploma student in philosophy, graduation with distinction
09/2002 – 11/2005 bachelor student in mathematics
11/2005 – 10/2007 master student in mathematics, graduation with distinction
03/2005 – 10/2007 PhD student of Arts (subject: philosophy), graduation with distinction
03/2006 – 08/2010 PhD student of Science (subject: zoology), graduation with distinction
dissertation: Stress, sex and mathematical problem solving. An integrative approach including behavioural, endocrinological and neuroimaging data
Sponsored by a Doc-Fforte scholarship, Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW)
09/2010 – 08/2011 Independent research project at the University of Salzburg, Austria
project title: Sex hormone influences on human brain structure.
09/2011 – 08/2012 Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Larry Cahill at the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior, University of Californa, Irvine.
project title: Gist vs. detail – a fundamental principle underlying sex differences in cognition.
Sponsored by an Erwin-Schroedinger fellowship, Austrian Science Fund (FWF)


  • Doc-Fforte scholarship of the Austrian Acadamy of Sciences (05/2007 – 04/2010)
  • Erwin-Schroedinger fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund J3165-G7 (09/2011 – 08/2012)
  • Career grant of the City of Salzburg’s Culture Fund (2013)

Editorial & Reviewer activities

Membership in academic societies

  • Since 2010: Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Salzburg
  • Since 2012: Austrian Neuroscience Association (ANA)
  • Since 2012: Society for Neuroscience (SfN)