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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December 3 2015
Save the Date - CIN Dialogues 2015

The CIN Dialogues discussion series enters its next round. Hear K. Beyreuther, J. Brandstädter, and T. Rentsch on "Aging & Old Age" at the Audimax on Decemberg 3rd, 2015, 19:00h. Chair: W. Backes.

July 16 2015
BAW Announcement - METIS Program

The Board for the Advancement of Women (BAW) announces a new mentoring and training scheme for female researchers: "Success in academic career: How to become a professor?"

July 16 2015
Press Release: Tiny Eye Movements Highlight the World Around Us


Tübingen neuroscientists investigate the role of very small eye movements and their importance in controlling visual input into the brain

July 15 2015
CfA: Tübingen International Summer School 2015

Call for Applications: "Matters of Taste. The Neuroscience and Philosophy of Taste"
Tübingen International Summer School 2015 at Cloister Heiligkreuztal, September 20th - 23rd.

Deadline: July 15th!