MSc. Pavlos Topalidis


Address Hellbrunner Straße 34
5020 Salzburg
+43 (0) 662 – 8044 5143
Date of birth 2th August 1993
Nationality Greek


May 2022 – October 2022 Research Visit at Yale University, CT, USA. Research Topic: Evidence of hippocampal intracranial-electroencephalography engagement in memory recall and statistical learning of visuo-motor associations. Supervisor: Prof. Nicholas Turk-Browne.
since October 2019 Student of the Doctoral College “Imaging the Mind” funded by the FWF Austrian Science Fund, University of Salzburg, Austria.
since October 2019 Ph.D. student at University of Salzburg, Austria, Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCNS), laboratory for „Sleep and Consciousness Research“. Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manuel Schabus.
October 2017 –
September 2019
M.Sc. Neuro-Cognitive Psychology, Elite Network of Bavaria Program, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich, Germany. Master thesis at Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry on „The relationship between objective sleep and activity measures and symptomatology in a sample of healthy controls and patients with mood and anxiety disorders“. Supervisors: Prof. Paul Sauseng & Dr. Victor Spoormaker.
October 2013 – June 2014 B.Sc. Psychology, Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany. Erasmus Scholarship.
September 2012 –
June 2016
B.Sc. (Hons, first class) Psychology, University of Aberdeen, UK. Bachelor thesis topic: „The Visual Influence of Ostracism“. Supervisors: Prof. Neil Macrae & Prof. Arash Sahraie.
2008-2011 3rd High School of Katerini, Greece.


August 2018 –May 2019 Research Assistant at the faculty of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in collaboration with the German institute of Brain Stimulation (GCBS). Studied cognitive functions of depression and schizophrenia patients, using fMRI and transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). Supervisors: Dr. Daniel Keeser & Prof. Frank Padberg.
November 2018-
July 2019
Research Assistant at the faculty of General & Experimental Psychology, at LMU. Studied the interplay of bottom-up and top-down processes in a visual search paradigm. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Hermann Mueller & Dr. Marian Sauter.


February 2023 Poster award at Sleep, Cognition and Consciousness Winter Symposium, Werfenweng, Austria. Poster title: Searching for predictive codes during sleep: Preliminary results of a full-night E/MEG study
November 2022 Salzburg University research stay funding (1700€) at Yale University, USA.
October 2022 Shortlisted for best poster award at the 26th European Sleep Research Society Conference, Athens, Greece. Poster Title: Decoding of auditory low-level stimulus properties and higher-order statistics in wakefulness and sleep
September 2021 European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) 3rd Sleep School “Function of Sleep”, first price project presentation award in “Predictive Coding during Sleep”, Vrejus, France. press release
October 2013 ERASMUS scholarship at Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen, Germany.


June 2015 Trainee psychologist at the Mental Health Centre, Katerini, Greece.
Supervisor: Ms Nota Voura, M.Sc.
November 2016-
August 2017
Psychologist & Mental Health counsellor at the Hellenic Military Force, Greece (Health Care division).


2023 Topalidis, P., Heib, D. P., Baron, S., Eigl, E. S., Hinterberger, A., & Schabus, M. (2023). The Virtual Sleep Lab—A Novel Method for Accurate Four-Class Sleep Staging Using Heart-Rate Variability from Low-Cost Wearables. Sensors, 23(5), 2390.
2021 Topalidis, P., Florea, C., Eigl, E-S., M., Kurapov, A., Leon, C. A. B., & Schabus, M. (2021). Evaluation of a Low-Cost Commercial Actigraph and Its Potential Use in Detecting Cultural Variations in Physical Activity and Sleep. Sensors.
2021 Florea, C., Topalidis, P., Hauser, T., Angerer, M., Kurapov, A., Leon, C. A. B., … & Schabus, M. (2021). Sleep during COVID-19 lockdown: A cross-cultural study investigating job system relevance. Biochemical Pharmacology, 114463.
2020 Topalidis, P., Zinchenko, A., Gädeke, J. C., & Föcker, J. (2020). The role of spatial selective attention in the processing of affective prosodies in congenitally blind adults: An ERP study. Brain Research, 146819.
2020 Pöhlchen, D., Leuchs, L., Binder, F. P., Blaskovich, B., Nantawisarakul, T., Topalidis, P., … & Czisch, M. (2020). No robust differences in fear conditioning between patients with fear-related disorders and healthy controls. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 103610.
2017 Golubickis, M., Sahraie, A., Hunt, R., Visokomogilski, A., Topalidis, P., & Macrae, N. (2017). The visual influence of ostracism. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48(2), 0182-0188.
2015 Macrae, N., Mitchell, P., Tait, A., McNamara, L., Golubickis, M., Topalidis, P., & Christian, M. (2015). Turning I into me: Imagining your future self. Consciousness and Cognition, 37, 207-213.


September 2022 Topalidis, P., Reisinger, L., Schubert, J., Weisz, N., & Schabus, M. (2022, 10). Decoding of auditory low-level stimulus properties and higher-order statistics in wakefullness and sleep. 26th conference of the European Sleep Research Society, Athens, Greece
July 2022 Topalidis, P., Reisinger, L, Schubert, J., Weisz, N., & Schabus, M. (2022, 03). Processing of random and predictable tone sequences in wakefulness and sleep. World Sleep Conference, Rome, Italy.
July 2022 Topalidis, P., Reisinger, L., & Schabus, M. (2021, 07). Decoding of higher-order auditory sequence statistics during sleep: pilot results. Salzburg Annual Brain Meeting (SAMBA). Online event.
September 2020 Topalidis, P., Ameen, M., Hauser, T., Heib, D., & Schabus, M. (2020, 07). Investigating top-down processing from wakefulness to sleep: behavioural results of a novel auditory paradigm in wakefulness. 25th conference of the European Sleep Research Society. Online Event.
November 2019 Topalidis, P., Ameen, M., Hauser, T., Heib, D., & Schabus M. (2019,11)
Generating predictions during sleep: Investigating top-down processing during sleep, Neuroscience Day, Salzburg, Austria.
April 2018 Topalidis, P., Schenk, T., Röder, B., & Föcker, J. (2018, 05). Is the processing of affective prosody influenced by spatial attention in congenitally blind individuals? 4th Conference of Visual Search and Selective Attetnion (VSSA), Ammersee, Germany.


Data Acquisition Encephalography (EEG); Polysomnography (PSG); Magnetoencephalography (MEG); Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI); Reaction times/Behavioural Data; Intracranial EEG; Actigraphy
Data Processing Brainstorm (Beginner); EEGlab (Beginner); Fieldtrip (Advanced).
Data Analysis Event-related Potentials (ERPs); Time-Frequency Analysis; Multilevel Pattern Analysis (MVPA)
Programming Languages Matlab (intermediate); R (Advanced), Python (Beginner)
Experimental Control Psychotoolbox-Matlab (Beginner)
Scientific Reporting RMarkdown; Reproducible science rticles package.


  • Sleep, Cognition & Consciousness.
  • Information processing during sleep; Predictive coding & Statistical learning in wakefulness and sleep. Interpretations of oscillatory brain activity and potential applications.
  • Sleep health; Sleep Monitoring; Insomnia; Cultural Variations in Sleep.
  • Psychophysiology: using physiological measures to index mental states.