Vision and Cognition

Junior Research Group

We study high-level visual perception and its neural processing in the human brain.

Research areas:

- Bi-stable perception, grouping, scene segmentation, colour constancy:

When perception deviates from the physical visual input, it opens a unique way to study visual consciousness, decision making and perceptual grouping. We use illusions, bi-stable stimuli and colour vision to examine these processes.

- Visual motion, space and scene processing:

Despite the incessant motion of eyes, head and body we perceive the world as stable. We examine how the brain integrates visual signals with body-related signals (efference copies of muscle-movements, proprioceptive and vestibular signals) to provide perceptual stability. Second, we study how the brain encodes and updates our position in the environment, and how it reconstructs the 3D-space around us based on visual input. - Motion, space, and memory are tightly interlinked.

- Emotions and dynamic face perception:

Most social information is conveyed through visual perception of faces and human bodies. We study how dynamic changes of facial expressions are processed, and how visual and affective brain regions exchange information.


Group Leader

   Andreas Bartels

   Vision and Cognition
   Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
   Otfried-Müller-Straße 25, 72076 Tübingen, Germany

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