Anke Ninija Karabanov



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Senior Researcher

Research Interests

I work at the intersection between basic motor control and higher cognitive processes. Particularly, I am interested in how the brain controls fine motor skills and in brain reorganization as a result of motor or non-invasive brain stimulation.
I mainly work with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Research Groups

Coordinator of the research area "Transcranial Brain Stimulation"
Brain Stimulation (Group Leader)
Multiple Sclerosis
Interventional Neurophysiology

Curriculum Vitae



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medical Sciences, Join Doctorate Program National Institutes of Health, USA and Karolinska Institute, Sweden


Bachelor of Cognitive Sciences (BcS), University of Osnabrück, Germany


2015 - Present

Senior Researcher, DRCMR

2011 - 2014

Postdoctoral Fellow, DRCMR

2010 - 2011

Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Mental Health


Hartwigsen G, Bergmann TO, Herz DM, Angstmann S, Karabanov AN, Raffin E, Thielscher A, Siebner H. (accepted) Modeling the effects of non-invasive transcranial brain stimulation at the biophysical, network and cognitive level. Progressive Brain Research.

Karabanov AN, Raffin E, Siebner HR (2015) The Resting Motor Threshold - Restless or Resting?  Brain Stimulation, Epub. Ahead of print

Karabanov AN, Ziemann U, Hamada M, George MS, Quartarone A, Classen J, Massimini M, Rothwell J, Siebner HR (2015) Probing Homeostatic Plasticity of Human Cortex With Non-invasive Transcranial Brain Stimulation. Vol. 8(3) p. 442-54

Karabanov AN, Paine R, Chao CC, Schulze K, Scott B, Hallett M, Mishkin M (2015) Participation of the classical speech areas in auditory long-term memory. PLoS One. Vol. 27;10(3) e:0119472

Chao CC, Karabanov AN, Paine R, Carolina de Campos A, Kukke SN, Wu T, Wang H, Hallett M. (2015) Induction of Motor Associative Plasticity in the Posterior Parietal Cortex-Primary Motor Network. Cerebal Cortex, Vol. 25(2) p.365-73

Karabanov AN, Siebner, HR (2014) Expanding the electrotherapeutic toolkit, Acta Neuropsychiatrica Vol.26(5) p.261-3

Karabanov AN, Ritterband-Rosenbaum A, Christensen MS, Nielsen (2014) 10 Hz rTMS over right parietal cortex alters sense of agency during self-generated movements. Frontiers Human Neuroscience, Vol. 25(8) e:417

Karabanov AN, Siebner HR (2014) Unravelling homeostatic interactions in inhibitory and excitatory networks in human motor cortex. Journal of Physiology, Vol. 15(590) p.5557-8

Karabanov AN, Chao CC, Paine R, Hallett M. (2013). Mapping different intra-hemispheric parietal-motor networks using twin Coil TMS.  Brain Stimulation Vol.6(3) p.384-9

Houdayer E, Beck S, Karabanov AN, Poston B, Hallett M. 2012. The differential modulation of the ventral premotor-motor interaction during movement initiation is deficient in patients with focal hand dystonia. European Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 5(3) p.478-85

Karabanov AN, Jin SH, Joutsen A, Poston B, Aizen J, Ellenstein A, Hallett M. (2012) Timing-dependent modulation of the posterior parietal cortex-primary motor cortex pathway by sensorimotor training. Journal of Neurophysiology, Vol. 07(11) p. 3190-9

Forsman LJ, de Manzano O, Karabanov AN, Madison G, Ullén F, Differences in regional brain volume related to the extraversion-introversion dimension – a voxel based morphometry study. Neuroscience Research 72(1):59-67

Karabanov AN, Cervenka S, DeManzano O, Forssberg H, Farde L, Ullen F. 2010. Dopamine D2 receptor density in the limbic striatum is related to implicit but not explicit movement sequence learning. Proc Nat Ac Sci USA. Vol 20;107(16) p. 7574-9.

de Manzano O, Cervenka S, Karabanov AN, Farde L, Ullén F (2010) Thinking utside a less intact box: thalamic dopamine D2 receptor densities are negatively related to psychometric creativity in healthy individuals. PLoS One. Vol. 17;5(5) e:10670

Karabanov AN, Blom O, Forsman L, Ullén F. (2009). The dorsal auditory pathway is involved in performance of both visual and auditory rhythms. Neuroimage. Vol. 15;44(2) p.480-8

Karabanov AN, Ullén F, Implicit and explicit learning of temporal sequences studied with the process dissociation procedure. Journal of Neurophysiology, Vol. 100(2) p.733-9

Madison G, Forsman L, Blom O, Karabanov AN, Ullen F. (2009) Correlations between intelligence and components of serial timing. Intelligence. Vol. 37 p.68-75.

Ullén F, Forsman L, Blom O, Karabanov AN, Madison G. Intelligence and variability in a simple tapping task share neural substrates in the prefrontal white matter. Journal of Neuroscience. Vol. 28(16) p.4238-43