College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Maren Strenziok

Maren Strenziok

Maren Strenziok

Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Neuroanatomical changes associated with video game training in older adults

Neural signals of memory and attention, plasticity of brain structure through cognitive training and media experience; neurobiology of aggressive behavior

Maren Strenziok joined the Psychology Department in August 2010. She received her Master's and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. She is also a licensed psychotherapist and has several years of work experience with sexual and aggressive offenders. Dr. Strenziok's previous research focused on the neurobiology of aggression and the effects of violent stimuli on adolescents' brain function and structure. Since joining the Arch Lab, she has been studying the cognitive and neural signals of memory and attention in young adults and healthy aging, using functional and structural neuroimaging tools, and training-related brain structural changes in older adults. In 2008, Maren received the Young Investigator Award of the International Society for Research on Aggression for her work on neural activations associated with physical aggression in male adolescents.

Current Research

Differences in Brain Activation during Cued Spatial Working Memory in Young and Older adults

Neural Networks in Verbal-Auditory and Episodic Memory: Evidence from Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Cortical Thickness Measurement

Benefits of Pre-Target Cueing in a Spatial Working Memory Task on White Matter Integrity in Healthy Middle-Aged and Older Adults
Neuroanatomical Changes Associated with Video Game Training in Older Adults

Selected Publications

Pardini M, Krueger F, Hodgkinson C, Raymont V, Ferrier C, Goldman D, Strenziok M, Guida S, Grafman J (2011). Prefrontal cortex lesions and MAO-A modulate aggression in penetrating traumatic brain injury, Neurology; 76:1038-45.

Strenziok M, Pulaski SJ, Krueger F, Zamboni G, Clawson D, Grafman J (2011). Regional Brain Atrophy and Impaired Decision Making on the Balloon Analogue Risk Task in Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology; 24:59-67.

Strenziok M, Krueger F, Deshpande G, Lenroot RK, van der Meer E, Grafman J. Fronto-Parietal Regulation of Media Violence Exposure in Adolescents: A Multi-Method Study, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience; online advance access (October 7, 2010:

Strenziok M, Krueger F, Zamboni G, Pulaski SJ, Openshaw AE, van der Meer E, Grafman J. Lower Lateral Orbitofrontal Cortex Density Associated with More Frequent Exposure to Television and Movie Violence in Male Adolescents, Journal of Adolescent Health; 46: 607-9.

Strenziok M, Krueger F, Heinecke A, Lenroot RK, Knutson KM, van der Meer E, Grafman J (2009). Developmental Effects of Aggressive Behavior in Male Adolescents Assessed with Structural and Functional Brain Imaging, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience; online advance access (September 21, 2009:

Krueger F, McCabe K, Moll J, Kriegeskorte N, Zahn R, Strenziok M, Heinecke A, and Grafman J (2007). Neural correlates of trust, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; 104: 20084.

Lewis DO, Yeager CA, Blake P, Bard B, and Strenziok M (2004). Ethics questions raised by the neuropsychiatric, neuropsychological, educational, developmental, and family characteristics of 18 juveniles awaiting execution in Texas, Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law; 32: 408-29.

Recent Presentations

Developmental Effects of Internally and Externally Generated Aggression in Male Adolescents, presented at Dr. Karen Berman's Section on Integrative Neuroimaging at the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health (February 2010)