Associate Professor Eileen Lueders

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Associate Professor


I received my Ph.D. in neuroscience / neuropsychology from the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and underwent additional trainings at Harvard Medical School and UCLA's School of Medicine (USA). I was appointed at UCLA as junior and senior faculty at the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry (2005 – 2017) before joining the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland in 2018.

Research | Current

My research is focused on understanding the human brain using neuroimaging and state-of-the-art mapping techniques. Central themes of my studies are brain development and brain aging as well as brain asymmetry and brain plasticity. Special topics include (I) meditation / mindfulness, (II) intelligence / cognitive function, (III) aspects of sex and gender (e.g., biological sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and intersex conditions), and (IV) the impact of sex hormones (e.g., during puberty, pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause). In addition, I am involved in numerous clinical collaborations analyzing brain features as associated with various disorders and diseases.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Kurth, F., Gaser, C., & Luders, E. (2020). Development of sex differences in the human brain. COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE10.1080/17588928.2020.1800617
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Florian Kurth
  • Kurth, F., Cherbuin, N., & Luders, E. (2020). Speaking of aging: Changes in gray matter asymmetry in Broca's area in later adulthood. Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior, 129, 133-140. 10.1016/j.cortex.2020.03.028
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Florian Kurth
  • Sundström-Poromaa I, Comasco, E., Sumner, R., & Luders, E. (2020). Progesterone - Friend or foe?. Frontiers in neuroendocrinology, 5910.1016/j.yfrne.2020.100856
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rachael Sumner
  • Luders, E., Kurth, F., Gingnell, M., Engman, J., Yong, E.-L., Poromaa, I. S., & Gaser, C. (2020). From baby brain to mommy brain: Widespread gray matter gain after giving birth. Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior, 126, 334-342. 10.1016/j.cortex.2019.12.029
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Florian Kurth
  • Thompson, P. M., Jahanshad, N., Ching, C. R. K., Salminen, L. E., Thomopoulos, S. I., Bright, J., ... Bruin, W. B. (2020). ENIGMA and global neuroscience: A decade of large-scale studies of the brain in health and disease across more than 40 countries. Translational psychiatry, 10 (1)10.1038/s41398-020-0705-1
  • Shah, M., Kurth, F., & Luders, E. (2020). The impact of aging on the subregions of the fusiform gyrus in healthy older adults. Journal of neuroscience research10.1002/jnr.24586
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Florian Kurth
  • Schneider, M. A., Spritzer, P. M., Suh, J. S., Minuzzi, L., Frey, B. N., Schwarz, K., ... Fontanari, A. M. V. (2020). The Link between Estradiol and Neuroplasticity in Transgender Women after Gender-Affirming Surgery: A Bimodal Hypothesis. Neuroendocrinology, 110 (6), 489-500. 10.1159/000502977
  • Luders, E., & Kurth, F. (2019). The neuroanatomy of long-term meditators. Current opinion in psychology, 28, 172-178. 10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.12.013
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Florian Kurth

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 2, Room 245
New Zealand