Brain Products Young Scientist Award 2022 presented to Dr. Marit Petzka

by Stefanie Rudrich
Head of Marketing (Brain Products)

The Brain Products Young Scientist Award is presented each year to recognize a young researcher’s outstanding publication in the field of EEG-based psychophysiological research. The winner is chosen by an independent jury, which is appointed by the managing board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie und ihre Anwendung (DGPA).  At Brain Products, we want to have a positive impact on the fields of psychology and neuroscience and thereby award and celebrate excellent EEG research in these domains. By recognizing young scientists, we aim to support the next generation of researchers and their scientific discoveries.

After 2 years of virtual events, the PuG Conference was finally back in person this year, so that the award could be handed over on June 17, 2022 in Freiburg (Germany).

This year’s winner, Dr. Marit Petzka, is a postdoctoral researcher at the “Max Planck Research Group NeuroCode – Neural and Computational Basis of Learning, Memory and Decision Making” in Berlin, Germany.

In her awarded publication, “Sleep spindles track cortical learning patterns for memory consolidation”, she and her co-authors used high-density scalp electroencephalography (EEG) and polysomnography (PSG) to test the hypothesis that sleep spindles are most pronounced over learning-related cortical areas and that the extent of this learning-spindle overlap predicts behavioral measures of memory consolidation.

For more details, see the original abstract (below) and don’t miss out on reading the full publication.

Brain Products Young Scientist Award 2022 presented to Dr. Marit Petzka

Brain Products Young Scientist Award Winner 2022: Dr. Marit Petzka

On behalf of the whole Brain Products team, congratulations, Marit, on winning our Young Scientist Award 2022. We will for sure continue to follow your research and wish you all the best for your future!


Petzka M, Chatburn A, Charest I, Balanos GM, Staresina BP
Sleep spindles track cortical learning patterns for memory consolidation.
Curr Biol. 2022 Jun 6;32(11):2349-2356.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2022.04.045. Epub 2022 May 12. PMID: 35561681.