Martin spent a sabbatical at Dartmouth College, from August 29th to December 31st, 2022. As a Fellow of the Harris Program, he enjoyed numerous scientific interactions with Peter Tse, Viola Stoermer, Patrick Cavanagh, Caroline Robertson, Tor Wager, Matt van der Meer, and their groups at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.
During his time at Dartmouth, he was able to delve into analyzing and writing up data from a series of experiments (as well as some modeling work) that have been foundational to a lot of research currently going on in the lab, in particular the VIS-A-VIS project (ERC) . This manuscript shall soon come out as a preprint.
In addition to his research, Martin also developed and taught a course on “Best practices for eye tracking in perception and cognition.”, which he will also teach at HU Berlin in the future. The course gave rise to a number of collaborations, in particular with students from Viola Stoermer’s group. Stay tuned.
Despite being away from the lab in Berlin, Martin stayed connected with the rolfslab, by meeting with students and postdocs on a daily basis. Having had the opportunity to be a part of the lively academic community at Dartmouth, he came back feeling reinvigorated.
One last thing: During his stay, Martin joined forces with Ke Bo and Eleonore Duvelle to create a pingpong tournament, which was a great success. As almost everything in Dartmouth has someone’s name attached to it, he would really like to see it repeated as The Annual PBS-Martin Rolfs-Christmas-Ping-Pong tournament, short APBSMRCPPT.