Dr Franziska Knolle

University position

Research Associate


Department of Psychiatry

Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Systems and Computational Neuroscience


I am interested in investigating the underlying mechanisms of predictive processing. Especially, I wish to explore how dysfunctional predictive processing might lead to various symptoms of psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as delusions or hallucinations. Brain structures I am particularly interested in in that respect are the basal ganglia and the cerebellum. I am using EEG and fMRI as well as behavioural paradigms to explore these topics.

Research Focus


Predictive processing


Prediction error

Clinical conditions

Huntington's disease




Computational modelling

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)



Paul Fletcher

Jenny Morton

Graham Murray

United Kingdom

Sebastian McBride


Sonja Kotz

Erich Schroeger

Associated News Items


    in press

    Knolle F, McBride SD, Stewart JE, Goncalves R Morton, AJ (in press), “A stop-signal task for sheep: Introduction and validation of a direct measure for the stop-signal reaction time” Animal Cognition

    in submission

    Knolle F, Schwartze M, Schröger E, Kotz SA (in submission), “Auditory predictions and prediction errors in response to self-initiated vowels” Psychophysiology

    Knolle F, Vallotton C, Ayoub C (in submission), “Deficit or difference? Effects of early maltreatment on children’s language skills and use of grammatical negations.” Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics


    Knolle F, Schröger E, Kotz SA (2013), “Cerebellar contribution to the prediction of self-initiated sounds.” Cortex 49(9), 2449-2461

    Knolle F, Schröger E, Kotz SA (2013), “Prediction errors in self- and externally-generated deviants.” Biological Psychology 92(2), 410-416


    Knolle F, Schröger E, Baess P, Kotz SA (2012), “The cerebellum generates motor-to-auditory predictions: ERP lesion evidence” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 24(3), 698-706