Dr. Mareike Grotheer

Mareike Grotheer


Philipps-University Marburg FB 04 Psychology, AE Educational Neuroscience
Frankfurter Straße 35
35037 Marburg, Germany


My research leverages childhood education, particularly the acquisition of math and reading skills, to address fundamental questions about the human brain. Math and reading are uniquely human abilities that are acquired through extensive learning, typically during our childhood education. As such, understanding what are the neural substrates of math and reading and how these substrates emerge as we acquire these essential skills provides important insight on how learning and cultural inventions shape cognition and the human brain. For example, the neural substrates of math and reading can help us understand why the brain is organized the way it is, which components of the brain are static and which change due to learning, and how brain function and structure concert human cognition. Moreover, a better understanding of the neural substrates of math and reading will also play a critical role in battling math and reading learning disabilities, which can have dramatic implications for the socioeconomic outlook of the afflicted children.

project-related publications
Grotheer, M., Rosenke, M., Wu, H. et al. (2022). White matter myelination during early infancy is linked to spatial gradients and myelin content at birth. Nat Commun 13, 997. find paper
former project-related publications
Grotheer, M.*, Ambrus, G. G.*, & Kovács, G. (2016). Causal evidence of the involvement of the number form area in the visual detection of numbers and letters. Neuroimage, 132, 314-319. *authors contributed equally. find paper
Grotheer, M., & Kovács, G. (2014). Repetition probability effects depend on prior experiences. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(19), 6640-6646. find paper
Grotheer, M., Herrmann, K. H., & Kovács, G. (2016). Neuroimaging evidences of a bilateral representation for visually presented numbers. Journal of Neuroscience, 36(1), 88-97. find paper
Grotheer, M., Jeska, B., & Grill-Spector, K. (2018). A preference for mathematical processing outweighs the selectivity for Arabic numbers in the inferior temporal cortex. Neuroimage, 175, 188-200. find paper
Grotheer, M., Rosenke, M., Wu, H., Kular, H., Querdasi, F.R., Natu, V., Yeatman, J.D., Grill-Spector, K. (2021a). Catch me if you can: Least myelinated white matter develops fastest during early infancy 2 3. bioRxiv, 2021.03.29.437583. find preprint
Grotheer, M., Yeatman, J.*, & Grill-Spector, K.* (2021). White matter fascicles and cortical microstructure predict reading-related responses in ventral temporal cortex. Neuroimage, 227, 117669. *senior authors contributed equally. find paper
Grotheer, M., Zhen, Z., Lerma-Usabiaga, G., & Grill-Spector, K. (2019). Separate lanes for adding and reading in the white matter highways of the human brain. Nature Communications, 10(1), 3675. find paper