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    Research

    On a general level we are interested in the flexibility of cognitive processes in basic and applied research areas. A major emphasis is placed on the study of action control, multitasking and crossmodal processing. Further foci are visual and social cognition. Within this field, we are interested in all kinds of mental processes that occur between the uptake of visual information and control of eye movements. An important method to study visual cognition is the recording of eye movements (i.e., eye tracking) with high spatial and temporal resolution.

    A central conviction is that mental processes in humans are not implemented in a rigid way, but are rather flexibly adjusted based on situational contexts and task demands. This should hold for many diverse areas such as multitasking, reading, visual search, scientific graph comprehension, traffic psychology etc. In the following, you will find brief descriptions of individual research areas including a few references for further reading.

    Fields of Research

    • Multitasking: Basic mechanisms and applied aspects (with an emphasis on oculomotor control)
    • Language and reading: Information processing and eye movement control (including development aspects and dyslexia)
    • Visual Orienting: Basic mechanisms of attention shifts and eye movements
    • Visual Search: in simple and complex environments (incl. scientific graphs)
    • Psychopharmacology and oculomotor control: Long-term effects of early THC consumption
    • Traffic Psychology: Coordination of perception and action
    • Social Cognition: Processing, impact in social situations and impairments in psychological disorders

    Laboratories

    •  Eye movement lab 1 (stationary eye tracker)
    •  Eye movement lab 2 (mobile eye tracker)
    •  Behavioural lab

    Please, take a look at our laboratories here.