Dr. Billino

Value-based modulation of perception and action across the adult life spanB5

Planned research

Aging offers a unique window to neuronal changes and how these challenge the complexity of functional mechanisms. This project is concerned with value-based modulation of perception and action across the adult life span. Valuation has been identified as potential compensatory mechanism during aging, but it is closely linked to cognitive control that is known to decline with age. We will focus on the interface of valuation and cognitive control. We aim to disentangle motivational and cognitive contributions to functional age differences and identify potentially beneficial or detrimental interactions.

Current research

This project is concerned with age effects on value-based modulation of visuo-motor control. We will explore how aging affects the mechanisms by which value information guides movements as well as the integration of different value signals for motor adaptation and fine tuning of motor actions. Specific age effects will elucidate how valuation shapes visuo-motor control and furthermore characterize plasticity processes.

new project-related publications

  • Billino, J., & Drewing, K. (2018). Billino, J., & Drewing, K. (2018). Age effects on visuo-haptic length discrimination: evidence for optimal integration of senses in senior adults. Multisensory Research, 31(3-4), 273-300.
  • Hesse, C., Billino, J., & Schenk, T. (2018). On the role of V1 in avoiding obstacles. Cortex, 98, 276-282. find paper
  • Huang, J., Hegele, M., & Jutta, B. (2018). Huang, J., Hegele, M., & Jutta, B. (2018). Motivational modulation of age-related effects on reaching adaptation. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2285.
  • Billino, J., & Drewing, K. (2017). Age effects on visuo-haptic length discrimination: Evidence for optimal integration of senses in senior adults. Multisensory Research, in press. DOI find paper
  • Billino, J., Hennig, J., & Gegenfurtner, K. (2016a). Association between COMT genotype and the control of memory guided saccades: Individual differences in healthy adults reveal a detrimental role of dopamine. Vision Research. DOI find paper
  • Billino, J., Hennig, J., & Gegenfurtner, K. (2016b). The role of dopamine in anticipatory pursuit eye movements: Insights from genetic polymorphisms in healthy adults. eNeuro, 3(6). DOI find paper
  • Billino, J., van Belle, G., Rossion, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2018). Billino, J., van Belle, G., Rossion, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2018). The nature of individual face recognition in preschool children: Insights from a gaze-contingent paradigm. Cognitive Development<7em>, 47, 168-180.
  • Hesse, C., Koroknai, L., & Billino, J. (2018). Individual differences in processing resources modulate bimanual interference in pointing. Psychological research, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-018-1050-3 find paper
  • Huang , J., Gegenfurtner , K. R., Schütz , A. C., & Billino , J. (2017). Saccadic adaptation reveals differential ageing processes. Journal of Vision , 17(6):9, 1-18. DOI find paper
  • Kangur, K., Billino, J., & Hesse, C. (2017). Keeping safe: Intra-individual consistency in obstacle avoidance behaviour across grasping and locomotion tasks. i-Perception, 8(1). DOI find paper
  • Ross, A. I., Schenk, T., Billino, J., Macleod, M. J., & Hesse, C. (2016). Avoiding unseen obstacles: Subcortical vision is not sufficient to maintain normal obstacle avoidance behaviour during reaching. Cortex. find paper
  • Schmalenbach, S.B., Billino, J., Kircher, T., van Kemenade, B.M., & Straube, B. (2017). Links between gestures and multisensory processing: individual differences suggest a compensation mechanism. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1828 find paper
  • Valsecchi, M., Billino, J., & Gegenfurtner, K. R. (2018). Valsecchi, M., Billino, J., & Gegenfurtner, K. R. (2018). Healthy aging is associated with decreased risk-taking in motor decision-making. Journal of experimental psychology: human perception and performance, 44(1), 154.
  • Valsecchi, M., Billino, J., & Gegenfurtner, K.R. (2017). Healthy aging is associated with decreased risk-taking in a motor decision-making. JEP HPP. DOI find paper

former project-related publications

  • Billino, J., Braun, D., Bremmer, F., & Gegenfurtner, K. (2011). Challenges to normal neural functioning provide insights into separability of motion processing mechanisms. Neuropsychologia, 49, 3151-3163.
  • Billino, J., Braun, D.I., Böhm, K.-D., Bremmer, F., & Gegenfurtner, K.R. (2009). Cortical networks for motion processing: Effects of focal brain lesions on perception of different motion types. Neuropsychologia, 47, 2133-2144.
  • Billino, J., Bremmer, F., & Gegenfurtner K.R. (2008). Differential aging of motion processing mechanisms: Evidence against general perceptual decline. Vision Research, 48, 1254-1261.
  • Billino, J., Hamburger, K., & Gegenfurtner, K.R. (2009b). Age effects on the perception of motion illusions. Perception, 38(4), 508-521.
  • Gegenfurtner, K.R. & Franz, V.H. (2007). A comparison of localization judgments and pointing precision. Journal of Vision, 7(5):11, 1-12.
  • Rösler, A., Billino, J., Müller, N., Weidauer, S., Steinmetz, H., & Kleinschmidt, A. (2005a). Visual search in patients with subcortical vascular dementia: short fixations but long reaction-times. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 20, 375-380.
  • Rösler, A., Ulrich, C., Billino, J., Sterzer, P., Weidauer, S., Bernhardt, T., Steinmetz, H., Frölich, L., & Kleinschmidt, A. (2005). Effects of arousing emotional scenes on the distribution of visuospatial attention: changes with aging and early subcortical vascular dementia. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 229-230, 109-116.
  • Schütz, A. C., Trommershäuser, J., & Gegenfurtner, K. R. (2012). Dynamic integration of information about salience and value for saccadic eye movements. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 109(19), 7547-7552.
  • Schütz, A.C., Braun, D.I., & Gegenfurtner, K.R. (2011). Eye movements and perception: A selective review. Journal of Vision, 11(5), 1-30.
  • Stritzke, M., Trommershäuser, J. & Gegenfurtner, K.R. (2009). Effects of salience and reward information during saccadic decisions under risk. Journal of the Optical Society of America, A, 26, B1-13.
  • Trommershäuser, J., Glimcher, P.W. & Gegenfurtner , K.R. (2009). Visual Processing, Learning and Feedback in the Primate Eye Movement System. Trends in Neurosciences, 32, 583-590.
  • White, B.J., Stritzke, M. & Gegenfurtner, K.R. (2008). Saccadic facilitation in natural backgrounds. Current Biology, 18, 124-128.