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Dr. Vivian Paulun

Postdoctoral Fellow

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen 
Fachbereich 06, Psychologie und Sportwissenschaft
Abteilung Allgemeine Psychologie
Otto-Behaghel-Strasse 10F
D-35394 Gießen

Campus: Building F2, Room 341b
Phone: +49(0)641 / 99-26232
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Research Interests
  • Visual perception of physical properties of objects
  • Perception and action
  • Motor control of hand and eye movements

  • Education
    2012 - 2016 Dr. rer nat. in Experimental Psychology, University of Gießen
    Within the International Research Training Group (IRTG) 1901: The Brain in Action - BrainAct
    Thesis: "Material Perception for Action", supervisors: Roland W. Fleming, Karl R. Gegenfurtner and Melvyn A. Goodale

    2010 - 2012 Master of Science in Psychology, University of Gießen
    Additionally completed the predocotral program (PreProPsych) in visual neuroscience, supervisor: Karl R. Gegenfurtner
    Thesis: "On the visual perception of fluid viscosity", supervisor: Roland W. Fleming

    2007 - 2010 Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Gießen
    Thesis: "Discriminability of visually perceived vs. imagined small and large objects", supervisor: Markus Knauff

    Additional Training
    Workshops
    2015 Kinematic Motion Analysis, Gießen, DE
    2015 Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Toronto, ON, CA
    2015 EEG and ERP in Cognitive Neuroscience, Marburg, DE
    2015 New perspectives in sensorimotor integration: predictive sensory suppression and tactile perception during movement, Gießen, DE
    2014 Statistical Generative Models in Perception, Gießen, DE
    Summer Schools
    2014 European Summer School: Visual Neuroscience - from Spikes to Awareness, Gießen, DE
    2014 Spring School: Multisensory Perception for Action, Wildbad Kreuth, DE
    2013 Summer School in Computational Sensory-Motor Neuroscience (CoSMo), Kingston, ON, Canada
    Lab Visits
    2015 1-month @ the Brain and Mind Institute, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, CA, Supervisor: Melvyn A. Goodale
    2014 3-month @ the Brain and Mind Institute, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, CA, Supervisor: Melvyn A. Goodale
    2011 2-month @ the Department of Human Movement Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, NL, Supervisors: Eli Brenner and Jeroen B.J. Smeets

    Fellowships and Awards
    2017 Second place in the dissertation competition from the German psychological society (DGPs, general psychology section)
    2016 Elsevier/Vision Research Travel Award (VSS Student Travel Award) for the 2016 Annual VSS Meeting
    2013 - 2016 Ph.D. fellowship from the DFG International Research Training Group (IRTG) 1901: The Brain in Action - BrainAct
    2013 Postgraduate fellowship granted by the Justus-Liebig University
    2011 - 2012 "Deutschlandstipendium", fellowship granted by the Justus-Liebig University and the German federal ministry of education and research

    Teaching
    2012 - 2013 Teaching assignment (seminar: 'Visual Neuroscience') at the department of general psychology, Justus-Liebig University, Gießen, DE
    2009 - 2012 Teaching assistance (lecture: 'Sensation and Perception') at the department of general psychology, Justus-Liebig University, Gießen, DE

    Professional Service
    Reviewing
    Manuscripts Experimental Brain Research; Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics
    Conferences 56th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TEAP)
    Committees
    2014 - 2016 Member of the IRTG steering comittee (doctoral students' representative)
    2009 - 2012 Member of the allocation commission for decentralized QSL funds (student representative, department of psychology)
    2009 - 2012 Students' equal opportunities officer (department of psychology)

    Peer-reviewed Publications
    [7] Schmidt, F., Paulun, V.C., van Assen, J.J.R., & Fleming, R.W. (2017). Inferring the stiffness of unfamiliar objects from optical, shape and motion cues. Journal of Vision, 17(3):18, 1-17, doi:10.1167/17.3.18

    [6] Paulun, V.C., Schmidt, F., van Assen, J.J.R., & Fleming, R.W. (2017). Shape, motion and optical cues to stiffness of elastic objects. Journal of Vision, 17(1):20, 1-22, doi:10.1167/17.1.20

    [5] Paulun, V.C., Gegenfurtner, K.R., Goodale, M.A., & Fleming, R.W. (2016). Effects of material properties and object orientation on precision grip kinematics. Experimental Brain Research, 234, 2253-2265, doi:10.1007/s00221-016-4631-7

    [4] Bayer, F.S., Paulun, V.C., Weiss, D., & Gegenfurtner, K.R. (2015). A tetrachromatic display for the spatiotemporal control of rod and cone stimulation. Journal of Vision, 15(11):15, 1-16, doi:10.1167/15.11.15

    [3] Paulun, V.C., Schütz, A.C., Michel, M.M., Geisler, W.S., & Gegenfurtner, K.R. (2015). Visual search under scotopic lighting conditions. Vision Research, 113, 155-168, doi:10.1016/j.visres.2015.05.004

    [2] Paulun, V.C., Kawabe, T., Nishida, S., & Fleming, R.W. (2015). Seeing liquids from static snapshots. Vision Research, 115, 163-174, doi:10.1016/j.visres.2015.01.023

    [1] Paulun, V.C., Kleinholdermann, U., Gegenfurtner, K.R., Smeets, J.B.J., & Brenner, E. (2014). Center or side: Biases in selecting grasp points on small bars. Experimental Brain Research, 232(7), 2061-2072, doi:10.1007/s00221-014-3895-z

    Conference Talks
    [13]Paulun, V.C., Schmidt, F., & Fleming, R.W. (2017). Perceiving the softness and plasticity of deformable materials. 40th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Berlin, DE

    [12]Fleming, R.W., Paulun, V.C., Van Assen, J.J.R., & Schmidt, F. (2017). Jelly and goop: Visual perception of non-rigid materials. 40th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Berlin, DE

    [11]Klein, L.K., Maiello, G., Paulun, V.C., & Fleming, R.W. (2017). Who's up for some heavy lifting? How three-dimensional shape and material properties determine precision grip grasp locations.. 40th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Berlin, DE

    [10]Paulun, V.C., & Fleming, R.W. (2017). Visual perception of elastic behavior of bouncing objects. 17th Annual meeting of the Vision Science Society (VSS), St. Petersburg, FL, USA

    [9]Paulun, V.C., & Fleming, R.W. (2017). Heuristics from statistics—Modeling the behavior and perception of non-rigid materials. Computational and Mathematical Models in Vision (MODVIS), St. Petersburg, FL, USA

    [8]Maiello, G., Klein, L.K., Paulun, V.C., & Fleming, R.W. (2017). Modelling Grip Point Selection in Human Precision Grip. Computational and Mathematical Models in Vision (MODVIS), St. Petersburg, FL, USA

    [7] Schmidt, F., Paulun, V.C., van Assen, J.J.R., & Fleming, R.W. (2016). Softness perception: the interaction of optical, shape and motion cues. 49th Herbsttreffen Experimentelle Kognitionspsychologie (HexKop), Tübingen, DE

    [6] Paulun, V.C., Schmidt, F., van Assen, J.J.R., & Fleming, R.W. (2016). Wibble-wobble: motion and shape indicate softness of deformable materials. 39th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Barcelona, ES

    [5] Paulun, V.C., Schmidt, F., Assen, J.J.R., & Fleming, R.W. (2016). Motion and shape cues indicate stiffness of elastic objects. 3rd IRTG Retreat, Glashütten, DE

    [4] Paulun, V.C., Buckingham, G., Gegenfurtner, K.R., Fleming, R.W., & Goodale, M.A. (2015). Inversion of the Material-Weight Illusion in objects made of two materials. 38th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Liverpool, UK

    [3] Paulun, V.C., Buckingham, G., Gegenfurtner, K.R., Fleming, R.W., & Goodale, M.A. (2015). Inverted Material-Weight Illusion in objects made of two materials. 2nd IRTG Retreat, Toronto, ON, CA

    [2] Paulun, V.C., Gegenfurtner, K.R., Goodale, M.A., & Fleming, R.W. (2014). Getting a grip on different materials. 14th Annual meeting of the Vision Science Society (VSS), St. Petersburg, FL, USA

    [1] Fleming, R.W., Paulun, V.C. (2012). Goop! On the visual perception of fluid viscosity. 12th Annual meeting of the Vision Science Society (VSS), Naples, FL, USA

    Conference Posters
    [16] Maiello, G., Klein, L.K., Paulun, V.C., & Fleming, R.W. (2017). A model that predicts where we grasp 3D objects. 40th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Berlin, DE

    [15] ] Zöller, A., Lezkan, A., Paulun, V.C., Fleming, R.W. & Drewing, K. (2017). Influence of different types of predictive signals on haptic exploration of soft material. 40th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Berlin, DE

    [14] Klein, L.K., Paulun, V.C., & Fleming, R.W. (2017). You break it, you buy it—effect of object shape on grasp locations. 17th Annual meeting of the Vision Science Society (VSS), St. Petersburg, FL, USA

    [13] Paulun, V.C., Assen, J.J.R., & Fleming, R.W. (2016). Visual cues to stiffness of elastic objects. 16th Annual meeting of the Vision Science Society (VSS), St. Petersburg, FL, USA

    [12] Schmidt, F., Paulun, V.C., van Assen, J.J.R., & Fleming, R.W. (2016). Optical and shape cues to the visual perception of softness. Annual Meeting of the Collaborative Research Center Cardinal Mechanisms of Perception (SFB/TRR 135), Rauischholzhausen, DE

    [11] Paulun, V.C., Buckingham, G., Gegenfurtner, K.R., Fleming, R.W., & Goodale, M.A. (2015). Modulation of the Material-Weight Illusion in objects made of more than one material. 15th Annual meeting of the Vision Science Society (VSS), St. Petersburg, FL, USA

    [10] Paulun, V.C., Gegenfurtner, K.R., Goodale, M.A., & Fleming, R.W. (2014). How do material and orientation of an object influence precision grip? 37th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Belgrade, RS

    [9] Paulun, V.C., Gegenfurtner, K.R., Goodale, M.A., & Fleming, R.W. (2014). How do material and orientation of an object influence precision grip? European Summer School: Visual Perception - from Spikes to Awareness, Rauischholzhausen, DE

    [8] van Assen, J.J.R., Paulun, V.C., & Fleming, R.W. (2014). Visual perception of fluid viscosity over time. 14th Annual meeting of the Vision Science Society (VSS), St. Petersburg, FL, USA

    [7] Paulun, V.C., Gegenfurtner, K.R., Goodale, M.A., & Fleming, R.W. (2014). Getting a grip on different materials. 4th Joint Spring School: Multisensory Perception for Action, Wildbad Kreuth, DE

    [6] van Assen, J.J.R., Paulun, V.C., & Fleming, R.W. (2014). Constancy of visually perceived fluid viscosity. 56th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TEAP), Gießen, DE

    [5] Paulun, V.C., Gegenfurtner, K.R., & Fleming, R.W. (2014). Influence of material properties and object orientation on precision grip. 56th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TEAP), Gießen, DE

    [4] van Assen, J.J.R., Paulun, V.C., & Fleming, R.W. (2013). Visual perception of fluid viscosity over time. 2nd Meeting of the PRISM network: The Science of light & shade, Bordeaux, FR

    [3] Paulun, V.C., Kleinholdermann, U., Gegenfurtner, K.R., Smeets, J.B.J., & Brenner, E. (2013). Influence of object weight and movement distance on grasp point selection. 36th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Bremen, DE

    [2] Paulun, V.C., Kleinholdermann, U., Gegenfurtner, K.R., Smeets, J.B.J., & Brenner, E. (2013). How to choose where to place the fingers when grasping a small bar: Effects of object weight and movement distance on grasp point selection. 13th Annual meeting of the Vision Science Society (VSS), Naples, FL, USA

    [1] Paulun, V.C., Schütz, A.C., & Gegenfurtner, K.R. (2012). Searching in the dark - Saccades during scotopic and photopic visual search. 35th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Alghero, IT