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

   +49 (0)7071 29 89168
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March 25 2015
Upcoming CIN Workshops

'Games of the Brain' series: Perception and Reasoning with S. Siegel

March 21 2015
Do-It-Yourself Neuroscience

Scientists of the University of Tübingen work internationally to offer research and training opportunities in the life sciences in developing countries, using 3D printing and affordable materials.

December 30 2014
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Open letter by CIN chairman Peter Thier

December 13 2014
CIN Workshops: Games of the Brain Naturalizing Agency

Saturday, 13th December 2014 | 9.30am - 6.30pm | Hörsaal Forum Scientiarum (Doblerstr. 33, 72074 Tübingen)