Martin RolfsPrincipal investigator (CV)
Martin graduated from Potsdam University (Germany) and worked as a postdoc in Paris, New York, and Marseille before he started his lab in Berlin in October 2012, first as an Emmy Noether Fellow, then as a Heisenberg-Professor. He is now full professor of Experimental Psychology: Active Perception and Cognition at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Personal website:
Twitter: @martinrolfs
Tel: +49-30-2093-6775
Fax: +49-30-2093-6771

Katherine Fernández, Administrative Management
Kathi is a multifaceted collaborator. She is a professional dancer, contemporary dance choreographer, Tai Chi teacher, baker and saleswoman (wholesale and foreign trade). She is responsible for the administrative work of the group, coordination of human resource issues, transactions and public and third-party budget work, and office/secretarial management. Kathi plays an important role in communication between the Humboldt University, the different partners and team members in English, Spanish and German.

Tel: +49030 2093-4921

Sven OhlPostdoctoral 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.

Personal website:
Tel: +49-30-2093-6789
Fax: +49-30-2093-6771

Anna HeuerPostdoctoral 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.

Tel: +49-30-2093-9463

Richard SchweitzerPostdoctoral 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 GrzeczkowskiPostdoctoral 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.


Carolin HübnerPostdoctoral researcher
Carolin studied “Sensors and Cognitive Psychology” at TU Chemnitz and worked on sensory decision making during her Master’s. She did her PhD in the lab of Alexander Schütz at Marburg University and investigated how visual information from before and after a saccade are perceptually integrated or segregated. She joined in Rolfs lab in May 2021 and works on the influence of intrasaccadic information on transsaccadic perception.


Angelica GodinezPostdoctoral researcher
Angie is a vision scientist by training– with a PhD in Vision Science from UC Berkeley. As a postdoc in the lab and as part of the Cluster Science of Intelligence, her research is aimed at understanding visual perceptual processing and action in humans in an attempt to improve current models of perceptual processing and contribute insights to AI and robotics. To learn more about Angie, you can visit her LinkedIn profile.


Lisa KröllPhD 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.

Tel: +49-30-2093-9463

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is clarak.jpg

Clara KuperPhD 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.

Tel: +49-30-2093-4846

Jan-Nikolas KlankePhD 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 ShuryginaPhD 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 NörenbergPhD 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 İncePhD 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 RichterStudent 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.


Eli VetterStudent assistant
Eli joined the lab as a student research assistant in October 2019. She is a psychology student at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and is generally quite interested in perception and passionate about jazz.


Annick LangloisStudent assistant & Master’s student
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.


Mara DoeringStudent assistant
Mara is studying Psychology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and recently finished her bachelor’s thesis on the role of post-saccadic masking in in visual perception. She joined the lab in March 2021 and is quite interested in intra-saccadic perception and its potential functional role in visual stability.

Antonia KellerStudent assistant
Antonia is currently studying Psychology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. After attending Martins lecture on active perception she gained an interest in cognitive science and joined the lab as a student research assistant in 2021. She is in the middle of her Bachelor’s degree and is excited to learn more about the world of research and vision science.


Arne Stein, Student assistant & intern
Arne joined the lab as a research intern in January 2022 after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Groningen. During his internship he worked with Łukasz on a project that investigated transsaccadic perception. After his internship, he decided to stay in the lab to continue working on a related project. Additionally, he works as a student assistant both at the lab and at the cluster Science of Intelligence.

Jen DiMascio-Donohue, Student assistant & intern
Jen is a Cognitive Neuroscience Master’s student at Freie Universität who joined the lab in July 2022. She has a Bachelor’s in Cognitive Psychology and German Language and found the lab after great interest in Martin’s Perception class at NYU. She’s curious about perceptual influences on working memory. Outside the lab, Jen is a competitive runner with Berlin Track Club and a massive ABBA fan!


Oliver Steiner, Master’s student
Oliver joined the lab 2022 to write his master’s thesis on the effect of reward on vigor and pre-04saccadic attention at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. In his PhD, he wants to continue to build on this project by investigating if there is a link in patients with Parkinson’s disease in cooperation with the Charité. Oliver likes philosophy, sleep science and couscous.


Emmi, Dog
Emmi joined the lab in June 2021. She is intrigued by biological motion, especially that of pigeons, and is pursuing this interest in highly naturalistic settings. Most of the time though, she is not quite sure what her job is. So she focuses on chasing her tail, snoozing, and getting belly rubs from a bunch of people who, for some reason, always seem happy to see her. She is ready to join the lab for as long as there are knees to sniff and a blanket to curl up on.


Carlos CassanelloPostdoctoral 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. WhitePostdoctoral 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 KalogeropoulouPhD 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 GewekePhD 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 KrumbiegelMaster’s student & 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 WnendtStudent 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.

Lea KrätzigStudent assistant
Lea joined the lab in October 2019 while studying Psychology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She first worked as a student assistant and then wrote her bachelor’s thesis at the lab about visual sensitivity prior to eye-movements. Now, she is pursuing a M.Sc. at Maastricht University in the Netherlands where she had spent a semester in 2020.

Laura LyraStudent 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.

Laura WirthMaster’s Student & Student assistant
Laura is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Psychology at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin after finishing her Bachelor’s degree at the Georg-August Universität Göttingen. She joined the lab in May 2021 to write her Master thesis on the influence of object affiliation on action-related visual working memory.

Nick FritzStudent 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.

Carmen Haake, student assistant
Carmen studied Psychology at the University of Würzburg and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Psychology at the HU. Fascinated by the field of cognitive science, she joined the lab as a student research assistant in June 2022. She is particularly excited to learn more about the interplay of perception and action, and how to combine methods such as EEG and eye tracking.

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 ArbuzovaStudent 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 WolfMaster’s student & 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 PendergrassStudent 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 HertwigStudent 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 TonbuloğluIntern
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.

Amelie von WerderStudent 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.

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 UhrigStudent 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.