Ph.D., University of Zurich
Associate Professor
Rm 325, Sino Building
3943 1035
2603 5019

Brief Introduction

  • Neural mechanisms underlying reading and dyslexia
  • Neural mechanisms underlying language processing and second language learning
  • Predictive coding models of neural mechanisms in cognition
  • Reading training in normal and dyslexic readers and associated changes at the neural level
  • Prediction of reading skills and training effects based on neural measures (using traditional regression and machine learning approaches)
  • Topographic EEG analysis methods and their combination with other techniques (such as eye tracking or fMRI)

Teaching Areas

  • PSYC2350- Memory and Cognition 
  • PSYC5140- Cognitive Psychology 

Research Interests

Reading acquisition, dyslexia, foreign language learning, cross-linguistic research, cognitive neuroscience, EEG methodology, combining EEG-fMRI data, combining EEG-eye tracking data



Wang, J., Wu, K. C., Mo, J., Wong, W. L., Siu, T. S. C., McBride, C., Chung, K. K. H., Wong, P. C. M., Maurer, U. (in press). Remediation of a Phonological Representation Deficit in Chinese Dyslexic Children: A Comparison between Metalinguistic Training and Working Memory Training. Developmental Science.

Brem, S., Maurer, U., Kronbichler, M., Schurz, M., Richlan, F., Blau, V., Reithler, J., Van der Mark, S., Schulz, E., Bucher, K., Moll, K., Landerl, K., Martin, E., Goebel, R., Schulte-Körne, G., Blomert, L., Wimmer, H., & Brandeis, D. (2020). Visual word form processing deficits driven by severity of reading impairments in children with developmental dyslexia. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1-14.

Wang, F., Maurer, U. (2020). Interaction of top-down category-level expectation and bottom-up sensory input in early stages of visual-orthographic processing. Neuropsychologia, 137, 107299.

Zhao, J., Maurer, U., He, S., Weng, X. (2019). Development of neural specialization for print: Evidence for predictive coding in visual word recognition. PLOS Biology, 17.

Maurer, U., Bucher, K., Brem, S., Benz R., Kranz, F., Schulz, E., van der Mark, S., Steinhausen, H.-C., Brandeis, D. (2009). Neurophysiology in preschool improves behavioral prediction of reading ability throughout primary school. Biological Psychiatry, 66, 341-348.

Maurer, U., Brem, S., Bucher, K., Kranz, F., Benz, R., Halder, P., Steinhausen, H.-C., & Brandeis, D. (2007). Impaired tuning of a fast occipito-temporal response to print in dyslexic children learning to read. Brain, 130, 3200-3210.

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