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Natalia Zaretskaya

Organization: Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience


Otfried-Müller-Str. 25
72076 Tübingen

Phone number: +49-7071-29 89032

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

Scientific topic: Neural basis of subjective visual experience

Field of Research

My research focuses on the neural bases of higher-level visual functions like attention, visual awareness and Gestalt perception. To better understand how visual perception works I use bistable stimuli. Such stimuli contain ambiguous visual information, causing perception of the observer to switch spontaneously from one of the possible interpretations to the other without any physical stimulus change. They provide an excellent experimental tool for studying higher-level perceptual functions such as selection, grouping, disambiguation and filling in the missing information. While people view these stimuli, I study their brain activity with main neuroscience tools available for healthy humans: fMRI, EEG, TMS, tDCS.

Recently I also got interested in the methodology of high-resolution structural and functional MRI of the human brain (at the magnetic fields >3 Tesla), hoping that better spatial resolution will help us better understand the mechanism behind higher-level visual functions.


1.     Zaretskaya N and Bartels A (2015) Gestalt perception is associated with reduced parietal beta oscillations. Neuroimage 112 61–69

2.     Zaretskaya N and Narinyan M (2014) Introspection, attention or awareness? The role of the frontal lobe in binocular rivalry. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8(527) 1-2. (Commentary on Frässle et al., 2014)

3.     Zaretskaya N and Bartels A (2013) Perceptual effects of stimulating V5/hMT+ during binocular rivalry are state specific. Current Biology 23:R919–R920.

4.     Zaretskaya N, Anstis S and Bartels A (January 2013) Parietal cortex mediates conscious perception of illusory Gestalt. Journal of Neuroscience  33(2) 523-531.

5.     Zaretskaya* N, Thielscher* A, Logothetis NK and Bartels A (November 2010) Disrupting Parietal Function Prolongs Dominance Durations in Binocular Rivalry. Current Biology  20(23) 2106-2111.

(*joint first author)