Dr. phil. Aleksandra Eberhard-Moscicka

Senior Researcher

Departments of Neurology and BioMedical Research I Perception and Eye Movement Laboratory

+41 31 632 67 28
Postal Address
University Hospital, Inselspital
Freiburgstrasse 46, E411
3010 Bern

In a multimodal approach, I study mechanisms underlying normal and pathological development and cognitive functioning across life span. I am particularly interested in combining the state-of-the-art techniques and developing new methods to analyse the multimodal data in a study of behavioural and neural markers of healthy development and healthy aging.


  • Electroencephalography: event related potential, connectivity, and spectral analysis of sleep and wake
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Transcranial Electrical Stimulation
  • Eye-tracking
  • Cognitive and psychological assessment

Department of Psychology, Division of Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Research Methods, University of Bern, CH
since March 2023 Research Associate

Center for Sleep and Consciousness, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
June-August 2022 Research Stay

Department of Psychology, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milan, IT
September 2021 Research Visit

Center for Sleep and Consciousness, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
October 2019 Research Visit

Department of Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Laboratory, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, CN
January-May 2018 Research Stay

Department of Psychology, Division of Developmental Psychology: Infancy and Childhood, University of Zurich, CH
2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellow

Departments of Neurology and BioMedical Research, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital and University of Bern, CH,
since 2019 Senior Researcher, Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2018

Department of Psychology, Division of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Zurich, CH
Postdoctoral Fellow 2015

PhD in Neuroscience (2015)
University of Zurich; ZNZ International PhD Program in Neuroscience, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH, CH

Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Boston, USA
March 2014 Functional MRI Visiting Fellowship

Master of Arts in Psychology (2010)
University of Wroclaw, PL and University of South Wales, UK

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2009)
University of South Wales, UK

Scientific Exchanges Grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (PI, SNF-210268, 16’500 CHF). “The role of sleep in consolidation of the beneficial effect of contralesional continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) in visual hemineglect”. (2022)

Spark Grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (PI, SNF-190521, 115’000 CHF). “Better to focus or to spread? Signal propagation and its relationship to cognitive performance in the aging human brain”. (2019)

DBMR Poster Prize for the best clinical project (2’000 CHF). “The influence of inhibitory theta burst stimulation over the intact hemisphere on visual neglect & sleep parameters“. (2018)

Biäsch Foundation for Applied Psychology (PI, 2015-27, 50’000 CHF). “Neurocognitive mechanisms of learning to read and write in the native and foreign language: development and prediction”. (2015)

Travel grants of the Neuroscience Center Zurich / Graduate Campus Zurich (total 7’000 CHF, 2012-18)

Camenzind M., Eberhard-Moscicka A.K., Cazzoli D., & Müri R.M. (2022). Hyperzographia in Neglact Exposing a Spatial Dissociation between Painting and Writing - A Case Study. Reports, 5, 32. https://doi.org/10.3390/reports5030032

Diana L., Scotti G., Aiello E.N., Pilastro P., Eberhard-Moscicka A.K., Müri, R.M., & Bolognini N. (2022). Conventional and HD-tDCS May (or May Not) Modulate Overt Attentional Orienting: An Integrated Spatio-Temporal Approach and Methodological Reflections. Brain Sciences, 12, 71. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci12010071

Eberhard-Moscicka A.K., Jost L.B., Daum M.M., & Maurer U. (2021). Predicting reading from behavioral and neural measures – a longitudinal ERP study. Frontiers in Psychology, 12:733494. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.733494

Jaramillo V., Jendoubi J., Maric A., Mensen A., Heyse N.C., Eberhard-Moscicka A.K., Wiest R., Bassetti C.L., & Huber R. (2021). Reduced synaptic renormalization during sleep after thalamic stroke. Annals of Neurology, 90(5), 821-833. https://doi.org/10.1002/ana.26217

Chiffi K., Diana L., Hartmann M., Cazzoli D., Bassetti C.L, Müri R.M., & Eberhard-Moscicka A.K. (2021). Spatial asymmetries (“Pseudoneglect”) in free visual exploration – modulation of age and relationship to line bisection. Experimental Brain Research, 239(9), 2693-2700. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-021-06165-x

Maurer U., Jost L.B., Pfenninger S.E., & Eberhard-Moscicka A.K. (2021). Effects of reading skills and bilingualism on early foreign language learning in primary school children. Reading and Writing, 34, 2673–2689. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11145-021-10166-1

Diana, L., Pilastro, P., Aiello, E.N., Eberhard-Moscicka, A.K., Müri, R.M., & Bolognini, N. (2021). Saccades, attentional orienting and disengagement: the effects of anodal tDCS over right posterior parietal cortex (PPC) and frontal eye field (FEF). bioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.01.25.428095

Diana L., Frei M., Chesham A., de Jong D., Chiffi K., Nyffeler T., Bassetti C.L., Göbel N., Eberhard-Moscicka A.K., & Müri R.M. (2020). A divergent approach to pareidolias – Exploring creativity in a novel way. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 5(2), 313–323.  https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000293

Hartmann, M., Sommer, N.R., Diana, L., Müri, R.M., & Eberhard-Moscicka, A.K. (2019). Further to the right: Viewing distance modulates attentional asymmetries (‘pseudoneglect’) during visual exploration. Brain and Cognition, 129, 40-48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2018.11.008

Mensen, A., Pigorini, A., Facchin, L., Schöne, C., D’Ambrosio, S., Jendoubi, J., Jaramillo, V., Chiffi, K., Eberhard-Moscicka, A.K., Sarasso, S., Adamantidis, A., Müri, R.M., Huber R., Massimini M., & Bassetti C. (2019). Sleep as a model to understand neuroplasticity and recovery after stroke: observational, perturbational and interventional approaches. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 313, 37-43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneumeth.2018.12.011

Heyse, N. C., Jaramillo, V., Mensen, A., Eberhard-Moscicka, A.K., Bassetti, C., & Huber, R. (2017). Evolution of macrosleep in the acute and subacute phase after stroke. Sleep Medicine, 40(1), e130-e130. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2017.11.380

Eberhard-Moscicka A.K., Jost L.B., Fehlbaum L.V., Pfenninger S.E., & Maurer U. (2016). Temporal dynamics of early visual word processing - early versus late N1 sensitivity in children and adults. Neuropsychologia, 91, 509-518. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.09.014

Eberhard-Moscicka A.K., Jost L.B., Raith M., & Maurer U. (2015). Neurocognitive mechanisms of learning to read: print tuning in beginning readers related to word-reading fluency and semantics but not phonology. Developmental Science, 18(1), 106-118.  https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12189

Jost, L.B., Eberhard-Moscicka, A.K., Pleisch, G., Heusser, V., Brandeis, D., Zevin, J.D., & Maurer, U. (2015). Native and non-native speech sound processing and the neural mismatch responses: A longitudinal study on classroom-based foreign language learning. Neuropsychologia, 72, 94-104. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.04.029

Jost L.B., Eberhard-Moscicka A.K., Frisch C., Dellwo V., & Maurer U. (2013). Integration of Spoken and Written Words in Beginning Readers: A Topographic ERP Study. Brain Topography, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10548-013-0336-4