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Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bülthoff

Organization: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics


Spemannstr. 38
72076 Tübingen

Phone number: +49 (0)7071 601 601

Department: Dept. of Human Perception, Cognition and Action

Position: Vice-Chairman (CIN), Director (MPI)

Area: CIN Staff, Steering Committee

Scientific topic: Human Psychophysics and Cognition

Field of Research

The Human Perception, Cognition and Action Department uses state-of-the-art computer graphics and simulation technology to advance our understanding of fundamental cognitive processes in the human brain. This approach enables the investigation and modeling of processes such as sensorimotor integration, face and object recognition, and spatial cognition in highly realistic and interactive, yet fully controllable environments.


Computer graphics, Virtual Reality, Computer Vision and Robotics, fMRI, EEG, TMS, eye tracking, motion capture and tracking, rapid prototyping of haptic objects, 3D face scanning, 3D video capture and animation, motion simulator technology


behavioural neuroscience; cognitive neuroscience; object recognition; psychophysics; robotics; spatial cognition / orientation; virtual reality; visual perception

  1. Dahl CD, Wallraven C, Bülthoff HH, Logothetis NK (2009). Humans and Macaques Employ Similar Face-Processing Strategies. Curr Biol. 19(6):509-13.
  2. Bülthoff HH, Edelman S, Tar M (1995). How are three-dimensional objects represented in the brain? Cerebral Cortex. 5:247-60.
  3. Blake A, Bülthoff HH (1990). Does the brain know the physics of specular reflection? Nature. 343(6254):165-8.