Prof. Karl R. Gegenfurtner

Karl Gegenfurtner

Giessen University
Department of Psychology
Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10
35394 Giessen (Germany)

Phone:
+49 641 99 26 100
Fax:
+49 641 99 26 119
gegenfurtner@uni-giessen.de
Office:
Room 320, Building F1

The emphasis of my current research is on information processing in the visual system. Specifically, I am concerned with the relationship between low level sensory processes, higher level visual cognition, and sensorimotor integration.

My goal is to answer the question how complex scenes and objects are perceived in a natural environment, how they are represented in the brain, and how the visual information is used to drive the motor system.


Selected Publications

Title:
Selection of visual information for lightness judgements by eye movements

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Philosophical Transactions 2013

Title:
Optimal sampling of visual information for lightness judgments

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PNAS  2013

Title:
Dynamic integration of information about salience and value for saccadic eye movements

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Title:
Visual Processing, Learning and Feedback in the Primate Eye Movement System

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Title:
Improved visual sensitivity during smooth pursuit eye movements

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Title:
Saccadic facilitation in natural backgrounds

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Title:
Memory modulates color appearance

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Title:
Neuronal processing delays are compensated in the sensorimotor branch of the visual system

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Title:
Cortical mechanisms of colour vision

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Title:
Sensory and cognitive contributions of color to the perception of natural scenes

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Title:
Grasping Visual Illusions: No Evidence for a Dissociation Between Perception and Action

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Psychological Science 2000

Title:
Seeing movement in the dark

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Title:
Interactions between color and motion in the visual pathways

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Title:
Contrast dependence of colour and luminance motion mechanisms in human vision

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Curriculum Vitae

1981 – 1986:
Psychology Student at the University of Regensburg, Diploma in Psychology, 1986

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1986 – 1990:
Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, New York University, New York

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1986 – 1990:
Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, New York University, New York

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1990 – 1993:
Postdoc at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and at the Center for Neural Science of the New York University

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1993 – 2000:
Research assistant at the MPI for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen 1998: Habilitation for Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology

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2000 – 2001:
Professor for Biological Psychology at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

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Since 2001:
Professor for General Psychology at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen

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Services

Journal Physiology (2002-2009)

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Vision Research

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Visual Neuroscience

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Journal of Vision

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Psychological Research

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Since 2010: Board of Directors Vision Science Society, President 2012/2013

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Funding

2014 – 2017:
DFG-SFB/TRR 135 – Cardinal mechanisms of perception: Prediction, Valuation, Categorization

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2013 – 2014
International Research Training Group (DFG-IRTG 1901): The Brain in Action – BrainAct

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2012 – 2016:
Perceptual representation of illumination, shape and material (EU) Partner Marie-Curie Initial Training Network

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2010 – 2013:
Mesopic Vision (DFG)

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2009 – 2014:
Perception of material properties (DFG Reinhart Koselleck-Projekt)

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2008 – 2012:
Co-ordination for optimal decisions in dynamic environments (EU) Partner Marie-Curie Initial Training Network

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2008 – 2011:
Augenbewegungen beim Lesen in unterschiedlichen Medien (LOEWE Teilprojekt im Schwerpunkt Kulturtechniken und ihre Medialisierung)

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2006 – 2009:
Gaze-based communication (EU Partner STREP, FET-Open)

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2004 – 2011:
Research Group „Perception and Action“ (DFG) Speaker

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2004 – 2008:
Summer school „Visual Neuroscience“, head organizer (Volkswagen Foundation)

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2003 – 2010:
Research training network NeuroAct „Gehirn und Verhalten“ (DFG), Co-Speaker

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2003 – 2007:
Perception for recognition and action (EU) Partner Marie-Curie Initial Training Network

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2002 – 2006:
Perception of natural scenes (DFG)

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2002 – 2005:
Verbundprojekt Neue Verfahren der Informations- verarbeitung auf der Basis neurokognitiver Modellierung – ModKog

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2001 – 2005:
Cortical mechanisms of color vision

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