Martin Rolfs, Principal investigator (CV)
Martin graduated from Potsdam University (Germany) and worked as a postdoc in Paris, New York, and Marseille before he assumed his new role of a principal investigator in Berlin in October 2012. He is now Heisenberg-Professor of Experimental Psychology: Active Perception and Cognition at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He maintains a personal website.
Sven Ohl, Postdoctoral researcher
After studying and working at Potsdam University, University of California Berkeley, the Charité Berlin and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Sven joined the lab with an eager interest in the interplay of perception, memory and eye movements of all sizes. He’s currently holding a temporary position for Principle Investigators by the DFG. He maintains a personal website.
Anna Heuer, Postdoctoral researcher
After studying and working in Marburg and Toronto, Anna joined the lab in September 2018. For her PhD, she examined how attention and goal-directed actions modulate visual working memory. Now she is exploring another aspect of visual memory: the representation of temporal structure.
Richard Schweitzer, Postdoctoral researcher
During his PhD, Richard investigated intra-saccadic perception and its potential functional role in trans-saccadic vision, using psychophysics, motion and eye tracking, as well as EEG. As a postdoc, he now implements and evaluates models of perceptual stability at the cluster Science of Intelligence, sometimes with the help of his own custom-built visual presentation systems and robots.
Łukasz Grzeczkowski, Postdoctoral researcher
Łukasz studied in Paris (ENS, EHESS & Paris Descartes) and then graduated from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He worked as a postdoc in Munich at Ludwig-Maximilian University. He joined the lab in January 2021. Currently, he investigates trans- and intra-saccadic perception, motion perception, visual stability and the sensory consequences of saccadic eye movements.
Lisa Kröll, PhD student
Lisa studied Psychology and Neuroscience in Munich and completed her Master’s thesis on transsaccadic memory and integration in Cambridge. During her PhD, she will work on the contribution of attention to the establishment of visual stability in dynamic scenes.
Clara Kuper, PhD student
Clara studied Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience in Berlin. She has worked as a student assistant in our lab on visual attention before saccades. After writing her Master’s thesis on second acquisition in Warsaw, she re-joined the group in 2019 for her PhD. She is interested in perceptual decisions under uncertainty and fast motor responses.
Jan-Nikolas Klanke, PhD student
Interested in human visual perception and how it can be measured, Jan joined the lab in June 2017 as a student assistant. He completed his Master’s at the Berlin School of Mind and brain in 2019. In his master’s thesis, he investigated the role of volition and awareness in sense of agency and will continue this line of research with his PhD project in the lab.
Olga Shurygina, PhD student
Olga is interested in the role of visual grouping in the allocation of attention. She wrote her master’s thesis in our lab and also worked as a student research assistant. She continues her research as a PhD, as part of the group at the research cluster Science of Intelligence. Her project is concerned with Object-based attention in dynamic visual scenes.
Wiebke Nörenberg, PhD Student
Wiebke joined the lab in 2021 to explore the role of retinal consequences of saccades in detection of causality. She is interested in sensorimotor integration and how the laws guiding sensory processing shape perception and awareness. She studied Biology and Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience in Leipzig, Turku and Tübingen and investigated motion detection in the visual system of zebrafish for her master’s thesis.
Melis İnce, PhD Student
Melis studied Psychology in Cyprus and Cognitive Neuroscience in Trento. After completing her Master’s thesis on decoding attentional planning on obstacle avoidance using MEG, she worked at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genova on time to contact estimation on auditory perception. She joined the lab as a PhD, to work on object continuity in experimental and natural scenes as part of the ERC project.
Tobias Richter, Student assistant
After joining the lab as an intern in August 2018, Tobi became a student assistant in March 2019. He is studying psychology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and became particularly interested in perception and cognitive science. Currently, he is searching for inspiration for his thesis project.
Aaron Vetter, Student assistant
Aaron joined the lab as a student research assistant in October 2019. He is a psychology student at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and is generally quite interested in perception and passionate about jazz.
Lea Krätzig, Student assistant
Lea is part of the lab since October 2019, after having worked on dementia at Charité Berlin. She studies Psychology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and in 2020 she spent a semester at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She is currently working on her bachelor’s thesis about visual sensitivity prior to eye-movements.
Laura Lyra, Student assistant
Laura is doing her master’s in Computational Neuroscience at the Bernstein Center of Computational Neuroscience. She joined the lab as a student research assistant in 2021, and is particularly interested in perception and visual working memory.
Amelie von Werder, Student assistant
Generally fascinated by human visual perception, Amelie attended Martin’s lecture at Humboldt Universität of Berlin and then joined the lab as a student assistant in 2021. She studies Psychology with an interest in cognitive science and is currently preparing for her bachelor’s thesis next year.
Mara Doering, Bachelor Student
Mara is studying Psychology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and is currently preparing her bachelor’s thesis. She joined the lab in March 2021 and is quite interested in intra-saccadic perception and its potential functional role in visual stability.
Nick Fritz, Student assistant
Nick is studying Psychology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He joined the lab as a student assistant in 2021 after Martin awakened his fascination for perception and cognition. In his first career he was, and to some extent still is, working as an educator/kindergarten teacher in schools, kindergartens and even on a cruise-ship.
Annick Langlois, Student assistant
Annick studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Psychology at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. After finding her passion for neuroscience at the University of Auckland she applied for the Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Master’s program at the Freie-Universität, which she is currently completing. Additionally, she loves animals, poetry, nature and teaching barre.
Carlos Cassanello, Postdoctoral researcher
Carlos has been around the globe before he joined our lab. He’s a physicist, physiologist, and currently most passionate about psychophysics. He joined the lab in March 2013 to work on saccadic plasticity, and perception across large-scale gaze shifts. He now works at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development on environmental neuroscience.
Alexander L. White, Postdoctoral researcher
Alex had just completed his PhD in Cognition & Perception at New York University when he joined the lab in January 2014. He stayed for 1 year and studied the links between perception, attention and eye movements with psychophysics and EEG. We dearly miss him, but fortunately we keep collaborating.
Zampeta Kalogeropoulou, PhD student
Betty received her Master in Brain and Mind Sciences from the University of Crete (Greece) and a Bachelor in Physics from the same university. She joined us in March 2013 and worked on the mechanisms of feature-based attention. Nowadays, she works in the Mobile Computing Activity Lab at the FORTH-ICS in Greece.
Frederik Geweke, PhD student (lab rotation)
Being interested in presaccadic attention shifts and visual attention in general, Frederik joined the lab in April 2018. Before coming to Berlin, he studied and worked in San Diego, Dresden and Göttingen. He started out setting up our EEG system, received a fellowship from the Einstein Center for Neurosciences, but then decided to move on and leave academia.
Julius Krumbiegel, Student assistant
Julius got his Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, where he wrote his thesis about microsaccades and visual working memory at the German Primate Center. His research interest lies at the intersection of visual perception and technology, which he explored during two research internships in Silicon Valley. He is currently enrolled in the Berlin School of Mind & Brain’s Master’s program.
Hannah Wnendt, Student assistant
Passionate about human visual perception and social cognition, Hannah joined the lab in May 2018. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she started a Master’s program in Developmental Psychology at Maastricht University. In her current project, she studies the impact of gaze and autistic traits on automatic imitation.
Susan Kang, Master’s student
Susan is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience at Freie Universität Berlin after receiving her B.Sc. in Cognitive Science from Universität Osnabrück. Her Master’s thesis project in the lab involves Bayesian modelling and the visual perception of causality.
Bea Keweloh, Bachelor’s student
Bea studied Biology at FU Berlin and is interested in human memory and learning mechanisms. She joined the lab in December 2017 to write her Bachelor thesis on the mechanisms of visual short term memory. She is now pursuing a M.Sc. in the field of cognitive neuroscience.
Polina Arbuzova, Student assistant
Polina takes care of participant recruitment and data collection. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews, and now she does Master’s in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience at the Free University Berlin. Polina was a DAAD RISE intern in summer 2014 and joined the lab as a student research assistant in August 2016.
Kerstin Wolf, Master’s student and student assistant
Kerstin, a master’s student of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, wrote her master’s thesis about the perception of animacy in the lab during 2015/16 and also supported the lab as a research assistant. Before that, she studied psychology at the LMU Munich and spent a year at the Lund University.
Luke Pendergrass, Student assistant
Luke studied philosophy at Seattle Pacific University. He is currently working on a Master’s degree at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, and is interested in the way active perception contributes to the construction our world.
Alma Hertwig, Student assistant
Alma is a student research assistant in the lab and helping immensely with data collection, and other day-to-day work. She is in the process of obtaining a Master’s degree in Human Factors from the Technical University of Berlin.
Ülkü Tonbuloğlu, Intern
Ülkü is studying a Master’s in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience at Freie Universität zu Berlin. She joined the lab in November 2020 as an intern and is interested in visual perception and attention. Currently, she is working as a student research assistant at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognition and Brain Sciences.
Reema El-Kaiali, Intern
Reema is a Bachelor’s student studying Psychology at New York University Abu Dhabi and is interested in visual perception and attention. She joined the lab as an intern during summer 2018 to research microsaccade coupling with physiological body responses.
Ge Tang, Intern
Ge began to be interested in visual perception and consciousness during her clinical practice. Ge has a background in Chinese Medicine and is currently a Master’s student at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.
Akshay Jagadeesh, Intern
Akshay worked as a summer intern in the lab, through the DAAD RISE program, during the summer of 2015. He assisted us with an experiment studying the role of feature-based attention in shifting memory priorities in short-term visual memory. Since then, he has graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and is now beginning his graduate studies in computational neuroscience at Stanford University.
Stefan Uhrig, Student assistant
Stefan completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of Gießen, where he worked with Alexander Schütz on the impact of saliency and reward on saccades. He joined our lab for a 6-week internship in March/April 2015.