Dr. Linda Becker

CV

  • Since 03/2019: Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Psychology, Chair of Health Psychology, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Since 11/2020: Lecturer at the Department of Sport and Health Sciences (Chair of Sport Psychology and Professorship of Psychology & Digital Mental Health Care) at the Technical University of Munich
  • 2018-2019: Postdoctoral researcher, Faculty of Psychology, Education, and Sports Science, Chair of Sports Science, Regensburg University
  • 2017 – 2018: Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Psychology, Chair of Health Psychology, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
  •  2016 – 2017: Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Human Movement Science and Health, Sports Psychology, Chemnitz University of Technology
  • 2016: Ph.D. in psychology at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Thesis: „Können Gedächtnisinhalte frühe visuelle Wahrnehmungsprozesse beeinflussen? – Untersuchung des Familiarity-Effekts mit ereigniskorrelierten Potentialen“ [Can memory representations influence the early visual processing? – Investigating the Familiarity Effect by means of event-related brain potentials])
  • 2012 – 2016: Research scientist (Ph.D. student), Institute of Psychology, Professorship of Psychology (Experimental Psychology and Ergonomics; since 2015/08: Chair of Health Psychology), Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2012: Diploma (eq. M.Sc.) in psychology, University of Bremen
  • 2008 – 2011: Research scientist, Department of Chemistry, Institute for MR imaging and in-vivo spectroscopy, University of Bremen
  • 2007: Diploma (eq. M.Sc.) in physics, University of Bremen

Research Interests

  • Electrophysiological correlates of cognitive processes (EEG)
  • Associations between chronic stress and cognition
  • Changes in biomarkers (cortisol, α-amylase, HRV) with respect to chronic stress
  • Health benefits of physical activity
  • Associations between acute stress and visual perception
  • Interactive visualization of bio-medical data (3D PDF)

Grants

  • Research grant from the Emerging Talents Initiative (ETI), 2021-2022.
  • Starting grant from the Bayerisches Hochschulzentrum für Lateinamerika (BAYLAT) for the project „Electrophysiological brain activity during a cognitive rehabilitation training for children with learning disorders“ in cooperation with the Universidad del Cauca (Prof. D. López), 2020.
  • Travel Grant, Dr.-Alfred-Vinzl-Stiftung, 50th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE), Milan, Italy.
  • Travel Grant, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, 77th Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society (aps) in Vancouver, Canada, 2019.
  • Travel Grant, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, 51th Meeting of the German Psychological Research Foundation (Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, DGPs), Frankfurt, Germany, 2018.
  • Postdoctoral scholarship, Bavarian Equal Opportunities Sponsorship – Förderung von Frauen in Forschung und Lehre (FFL) – Promoting equal opportunities for women in research and teaching (07/2017 – 06/2018)

Teaching

  • Introduction to psychology (lecture)
  • Biological foundations of cognition (seminar)
  • Introduction into EEG (seminar)
  • Mindfulness in the educational system (seminar)
  • Felicity – Health – Living (seminar)
  • Health psychology (lecture and seminar)
  • Basic principles in sports psychology (lecture and seminar)
  • Deepening aspects of sports psychology (lecture and seminar)
  • Psychological assessment (seminar)
  • General psychology (seminar)
  • Experimental psychology internship (attention, perception, memory)
  • Field research internship (attention, perception, memory)

Further Qualifications

  • Teaching certificate „Hochschullehre Bayern – Aufbaustufe“
  • Advanced skills in analyzing neuro-scientific data (EEG, MRI, fNIRS)
  • Statistical data analysis with R

Publications

Articles (peer-reviewed)

  • Grimm, E., Agrigoroaei, S., Rohleder, N., & Becker L. (in press). Executive functioning as a predictor of physiological and subjective acute stress responses in non-clinical adult populations: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.
  • Spiegl, K., Luttenberger, K., Graessel, E., Becker, L., Scheel, J., & Pendergrass, A. (in press). Predictors of institutionalization in users of day care facilities with mild cognitive impairment to moderate dementia.
  • Kaltenegger, H. C., Becker, L., Rohleder, N., Nowak, D., & Weigl, M. (2021). Associations of working conditions and chronic low-grade inflammation among employees: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health, doi:10.5271/sjweh.3982.
  • Britting, S., Kob, R., Sieber, C. C., Rohleder, N., Freiberger, E., & Becker, L. (2021). Physiological stress in safer cycling in older age (SiFAr-stress): effect of a multicomponent exercise intervention—a study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 22, 552. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-021-05481-5.
  • Zika, M. A. & Becker, L. (2021). Physical Activity as a Treatment for Social Anxiety in Clinical and Non-clinical Populations: A Systematic Review and Three Meta-Analyses for Different Study Designs. Front. Hum. Neurosci, 15, 653108. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2021.653108.
  • Becker, L., Dupke, A., & Rohleder, N. (2021). Associations between C-reactive protein levels, exercise addiction, and athlete burnout in endurance athletes, Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 1-6, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.615715.
  • Pretscher, A., Kauzner, S., Rohleder, N., & Becker, L. (2021). Associations between social burden, perceived stress, and diurnal cortisol profiles in older adults: implications for cognitive aging, European Journal of Aging, 1-16.
  • Rico-Olarte, C., López, D. M., Becker, L., & Eskofier, B. (2020). Towards Classifying Cognitive Performance by Sensing Electrodermal Activity in Children with Specific Learning Disorders,  IEEE Access, DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3033769 .
  • Kaltenegger, H., Becker, L., Rohleder, N., Nowak, D., & Weigl, M. (2020). Association of working conditions including digital technology use and systemic inflammation among employees: study protocol for a systematic review, Systematic Reviews, 9, 1-11, DOI: 10.1186/s13643-020-01463-x.
  • Becker, L. & Rohleder, N. (2020). Associations between Attention and Implicit Associative Learning in Healthy Adults: The Role of Cortisol and Salivary Alpha-Amylase Responses to an Acute Stressor. Brain Sciences, 10(8), 1-20, DOI: 10.3390/brainsci10080544.
  • Becker, L., Semmlinger, L., & Rohleder, N. (2020). Resistance training as an acute stressor in healthy young men: associations with heart rate variability, alpha-amylase, and cortisol levels. Stress, 1-13, DOI: 10.1080/10253890.2020.1799193.
  • Becker, L., Ganslandt, T., Prokosch. H.-U., & Newe, A. (2020). Applied Practice and Possible Leverage Points for Information Technology Support for Patient Screening in Clinical Trials: Qualitative Study. JMIR Medical Informatics; 8(6):e15749.
  • Becker, L., Schade, U., & Rohleder, N. (2020). Activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis in response to a verbal fluency task and associations with task performance. PLoS ONE 15(4): e0227721.
  • Becker, L. & Rohleder, N. (2019). Time course of the physiological stress response to an acute stressor and its associations with the primacy and recency effect of the serial position curve. PLoS ONE, 14, 1-15.
  • Becker L., Schade U., Rohleder N. (2019). Evaluation of the socially evaluated cold-pressor group test (SECPT-G) in the general population. PeerJ 7:e7521.
  • Newe, A. & Becker, L. (2018). Three-Dimensional Portable Document Format (3D PDF) in Clinical Communication and Biomedical Sciences: Systematic Review of Applications, Tools, and Protocols. JMIR Medical Informatics. 6(3):e10295, 1-22.
  • Becker, L. (2018). Familiarity affects the same event-related brain potential components in note readers and non-note readers. Music & Science, 1, 1-11.
  • Brandner, J., Newe, A., Aichinger, W., & Becker, L. (2018). An Open Source Tool for Creating Model Files for Virtual Volume Rendering in PDF Documents. Informatik aktuell, 133-138.
  • Becker, L., Smith, D. T., & Schenk, T. (2017). ­ Investigating the familiarity effect in texture segmentation by means of event-related brain potentials. Vision Research, 140, 120-132.
  • Becker, L., Kutz, D. F., & Voelcker-Rehage, C. (2016). Exercise-induced changes in basal ganglia volume and their relation to cognitive performance. Journal of Neurology & Neuromedicine, 1(5), 19-24.
  • Newe, A. & Becker, L. (2016). Using Interactive 3D PDF for Exploring Complex Biomedical Data: Experiences and Solutions. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. 228, 740-744.
  • Newe, A., Wimmer, S., Neubert, A., Becker, L., Prokosch, H.-U., Beckmann, M. W., Fietkau, R., Forster, Ch., Neurath, M. F., Schett, G., & Ganslandt, T. (2015). Towards a Computable Data Corpus of Temporal Correlations between Drug Administration and Lab Value Changes. PLoS ONE, 10(8): e0136131. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0136131.
  • Newe, A., Becker, L., & Schenk, A. (2014). Application and evaluation of interactive 3D PDF for presenting and sharing planning results for liver surgery in clinical routine. PLoS ONE, 9(12): e115697. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115697.
  • Paskova, T., Becker, L., Böttcher, T. B., Hommel, D., Paskov, P. P., & Monemar, B. (2007). Bending in HVPE grown GaN films: Origin and reduction possibilities. Physica Status Solidi, 4, 2256-2259.
  • Paskova, T., Becker, L., Böttcher, T. B., Hommel, D., Paskov, P. P., & Monemar, B. (2007). Effect of sapphire-substrate thickness on the curvature of thick GaN films grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy. Journal of Applied Physics, 102, 123507-1-123507-4.

Conference Talks

  • Becker, L., Kaltenegger, H.C., Nowak, D., Weigl, M., & Rohleder, N. (2021). Physiological stress in response to dual- and multitasking demands – A systematic review and meta-analysis. 15. Kongress der Fachgruppe Gesundheitspsychologie der DGPs, online congress.
  • Kaltenegger, H.C., Becker, L., Rohleder, N., Nowak, D., & Weigl, M. (2021). Association of working conditions including digital technology use and systemic inflammation among employees: A systematic review and meta-analysis. 15. Kongress der Fachgruppe Gesundheitspsychologie der DGPs, online congress.
  • Kaltenegger, H. C., Becker, L., Rohleder, N., Nowak, D., & Weigl, M. (2021). Association of working conditions including digital technology use and systemic inflammation among employees: A systematic review and meta-analysis. 61st annual conference of DGAUM 2021, online congress.
  • Becker, L. & Rohleder, N. (2020). Zusammenhang zwischen frontaler Alpha- und Beta-Asymmetrie und Konzentration des C-reaktiven Proteins im Kapillarblut. Symposium presentation to be given at the Deutscher Kongress für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie. March 18-20, Berlin, Germany. Conference canceled.
  • Rohleder, N., Sturmbauer, S., & Becker, L. (2020). Stress, Non-Invasive Measures of Inflammation, and Health – From the Laboratory to the Field. Symposium presentation to be given at the 78th Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, March 11-14, Long Beach, CA. Conference canceled.
  • Becker, L., Sinner, K., & Rohleder, N. (2018). The primacy and recency effect of the serial position curve are differentially related to SNS and HPA axis activity. DGPs 2018, Frankfurt.
  • Becker, L., Kauzner, S., Heller, T. & Rohleder, N. (2018). SNS and HPA axis activity are differentially related to processing speed and accuracy of executive control functions. DGPs 2018, Frankfurt.
  • Becker, L., Sinner, K. & Rohleder, N. (2018). HPA axis and SNS activity are differentially related to the primacy and recency effect of the serial position curve. TeaP, Marburg.
  • Becker, L. (2017). Musicians and Non-Musicians both show a Familiarity Effect for Eighth Notes in the N1, N2p and P3 component. Teap 2017, Dresden.
  • Newe, A. & Becker, L. (2016). Using Interactive 3D PDF for Exploring Complex Biomedical Data: Experiences and Solutions. Health Exploring Conference, Munich.

Conference Posters

  • Becker, L., Kaltenegger, H. C., Nowak, D., Weigl, M., & Rohleder, N. (2021). Physiological stress in response to dual- and multitasking demands – A systematic review and meta-analysis, Psychologie und Gehirn 2021, virtual meeting.
  • Becker, L., Müller-Voggel, N., & Rohleder, N. (2021). Higher peripheral inflammation is associated with lower orbitofrontal high-frequency gamma power in chronic tinnitus, PNIRS virtual annual meeting 2021.
  • Becker, L., Ramiro Pires Manns, L. C., Ludwig, M., Tschorn, R., Rohleder, N. (2020). Psychological protection and risk factors for chronic stress development during the COVID-19 pandemic. APS virtual meeting 2020.
  • Becker, L., Kauzner, S., Pretscher, A., & Rohleder, N. (2020). Life satisfaction buffers the effects of inflammation on cognitive aging. Poster presentation to be given at the 78th Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, March 11-14, Long Beach, CA. Conference canceled.
  • Becker, L., Semmlinger, L., & Rohleder, N. (2020). Strength training for stress reduction: the role of body mindfulness. Poster presentation to be given at the 78th Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, March 11-14, Long Beach, CA. Conference canceled.
  • Becker, L. & Rohleder, N. (2019). Frontal resting-state brain activity is associated with C-reactive protein levels. 50th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE), Milan, Italy.
  • Becker, L. & Rohleder, N. (2019). C-reactive protein levels in dried blood spots are associated with frontal resting-state beta-asymmetry. 26th Annual PNIRS Scientific Meeting, Berlin, GermanyBecker, L., Dupke, A., & Rohleder, N. (2019). Athlete burnout is related with C-reactive protein levels in dried blood spots in young and old men. 26th Annual PNIRS Scientific Meeting, Berlin, Germany.
  • Becker, L. & Rohleder, N. (2019). C-reactive protein levels in dried blood spots are associated with frontal resting-state beta-asymmetry. Annual Meeting of the German-Endocrine-Brain-Immune-Network Society (GEBIN), Berlin, Germany.
  • Becker, L., Dupke, A., & Rohleder, N. (2019). Athlete burnout is related with C-reactive protein levels in dried blood spots in young and old men. Annual Meeting of the German-Endocrine-Brain-Immune-Network Society (GEBIN), Berlin, Germany.
  • Becker, L. & Newe, A. (2019). Rekrutierung für klinische Studien – Immer noch eine Herausforderung für die Informationstechnik [Recruitment for clinical trials – still a challenge for electronic support]. 11th workshop congress for clinical psychology and psychotherapy, Erlangen, Germany.
  • Becker, L. & Rohleder, N. (2019). Long-term memory and working memory performance after an acute stressor and its associations with SNS and HPA axis activation. 77th Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society (aps), Vancouver, Kanada.
  • Becker, L. & Rohleder, N. (2019). Associations between diurnal cortisol profiles and P3 amplitude during a working-memory updating task. 77th Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society (aps), Vancouver, Kanada.
  • Schade, U., Becker, L., & Rohleder, N. (2019). Associations between subjective stress perception and verbal fluency in an acute stress situation. 77th Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society (aps), Vancouver, Kanada.
  • Becker, L., Schade, U., & Rohleder, N. (2018). Evaluation of the socially-evaluated cold-pressor group test (SECPT) in the general population. DGPs, Frankfurt.
  • Schade, U., Becker, L., & Rohleder, N. (2018). Association between subjective stress perception and verbal fluency in an acute stress situation in cortisol non-responders. DGPs, Frankfurt.
  • Dümig, M., Daichendt, Y., & Becker, L. (2018). Do SNS and HPA axis activity differ between elite athletes and non-athletes? – A pilot study. TeaP, Marburg.
  • Brandner, J., Newe, A., Aichinger, W., & Becker, L. (2018). An Open Source Tool for Creating Model Files for Virtual Volume Rendering in PDF Documents. Bildverarbeitung für die Medizin 2018, Erlangen.
  • Becker, L., Agrigoroaei, S., Chen, X., Gianferante, D., Hanlin, L., Thoma, M. V., & Rohleder, N. (2017). Exekutive Funktionen moderieren den Zusammenhang zwischen körperlicher Aktivität und chronischem Stress [Executive Functions moderate the Relationship between Physical Activity and Chronic Stress]. Deutscher Kongress für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie, Berlin.
  • Becker, L., Agrigoroaei, S., Thoma, M. V., Hanlin, L., Gianferante, D., Chen, X., & Rohleder, N. (2017). Executive Control moderates the Relationship between Physical Activity and Chronic Stress. APS Annual Meeting 2017, Sevilla.
  • Becker, L. & Schenk, T. (2016). Investigating the Reversed Letter Effect for stimuli with and without basic features by means of event-related brain potentials. Neuroscience 2016, San Diego.
  • Becker, L., Niemann, C., Lehmann, N., Taubert, M., & Voelcker-Rehage, C. (2016). Cardiovascular and motor fitness are differently related to cognitive performance and white matter integrity in older women. 11th Joint Conference on Motor Control & Learning, Biomechanics & Training in Sport, Darmstadt.
  • Becker, L. (2016). Kann der Reversed Letter-Effekt für Buchstaben mit und ohne Primärmerkmal bereits im Zeitbereich der N1 gefunden werden? [Can the Reversed Letter Effect already be found for the N1 component for letters with and without basic features?] 50. Kongress der DGPs, Leipzig.
  • Becker, L., Dreher, W., & Leibfritz, D. (2010). SAR-reduced spectroscopic FAST imaging with variable flip angles. 18th Joint Annual Meeting of the ISMRM and ESMRMB, Stockholm.

Further Publications

  • Becker, L., Heimerl, A., Wildgrube, F., André, E., & Rohleder, N. (2021). Schau mir in die Augen und ich sage dir, wie gestresst du bist! [Look me in the eye, and I’ll tell you how stressed you are!]. Online available under: https://scilogs.spektrum.de/gesund-digital-leben/?p=685.
  • Becker, L. & Rohleder, N. (2020). Ein Computer ist kein Löwe, oder etwa doch?. [A computer isn’t a lion, is it?] 30.03.2020. Online available under: https://scilogs.spektrum.de/gesund-digital-leben/ein-computer-ist-kein-lowe,-oder-etwa-doch?
  • Online resources for Goldstein, E.B. & van Hooff, J. (eds.). Cognitive Psychology, 2nd edition, Cengage Learning, 2020.
  • Becker, L. (2018). Online resources for the chapter „Problem Solving“. In: Goldstein, B. & van Hooff, J. (eds.). Cognitive Psychology, 1st EMEA edition.
  • Becker, L. (2018). Online resources for the chapter „Visual Imagery“. In: Goldstein, B. & van Hooff, J. (eds.). Cognitive Psychology, 1st EMEA edition.