Plamina Dimanova

LIFE Zurich

LIFE Fellow since 2020, University of Zurich

I am a doctoral student in Nora M. Raschle’s team at the Developmental Neuroscience Lab at the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development at UZH. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Goethe University in Frankfurt. In 2019, I graduated as Master of Science in Translational Neuroscience, a joint program of Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf and Research Center Jülich. During my Master’s studies, I was involved in different projects employing neuroimaging methods to investigate embodied cognition, working memory, decision making, emotion recognition, incentive processing, and reinforcement learning. For my graduate studies, I seek to embrace the challenges in conducting research particularly with children and in this way to foster valuable scientific progress in the research area of developmental neuroimaging. My projects will throw the spotlight on the intergenerational transfer effects of socioemotional and cognitive brain development. In particular, I will tackle questions on brain similarity, in terms of structure and function, between children and their parents and how this changes over the course of their developmental trajectories. I am also involved in a meta-analysis study examining the effect of neural synchrony between children and their caregivers as a predictor of learning and cognitive outcomes.


Dimanova, P., Borbás, R., Schnider, C. B., Fehlbaum, L. V., & Raschle, N. M. (2022). Prefrontal cortical thickness, emotion regulation strategy use and Covid-19 mental health. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 17(10), 877–889.

Fehlbaum, L. V., Peters, L., Dimanova, P., Röell, M., Borbás, R., Ansari, D., & Raschle, N. M. (2022). Mother-child similarity in brain morphology: A comparison of structural characteristics of the brain’s reading network. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 53, Article 101058.

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