Martin Rolfs, Principal investigator (CV)
Martin graduated from Potsdam University (Germany) and worked as a postdoc in Paris, New York, and Marseille before he assumed his new role of a principal investigator in Berlin in October 2012. He maintains a personal website.
Carlos Cassanello, Postdoctoral researcher
Carlos has been around the globe before he joined our lab. He’s a physicist, physiologist, and currently most passionate about psychophysics. He joined the lab in March 2013 to work on saccadic plasticity, and perception across large-scale gaze shifts.
Sven Ohl, Postdoctoral researcher
After working at Potsdam University, the Charité Berlin and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Sven joined the lab with an eager interest in perception and eye movements of all sizes. He’s currently looking into the role of eye movements in memory formation. He maintains a personal website.
Richard Schweitzer, PhD student
Richard studied Psychology and Neuroscience in Potsdam, Milan, Berlin and Tel Aviv. He joined the lab in June 2016 and set up the Optotrak motion tracking system. His PhD research project deals with intra-saccadic perception and its potential functional role in active vision.
Frederik Geweke, PhD student
Being interested in presaccadic attention shifts and visual attention in general, Frederik joined the lab in April 2018. Before coming to Berlin, he studied and worked in San Diego, Dresden and Göttingen. He is currently setting up our new EEG system to use it later for his PhD projects. If you want to meet him in lab, you can find him staring at flickering stimuli in one of our testing rooms.
Jan-Nikolas Klanke, Student assistant
Interested in human visual perception and how it can be measured, Jan joined the lab in June 2017. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Cognition and is currently enrolled in the Master’s program at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.
Olga Shurygina, Student assistant
She studies the role of visual cueing in allocation of attention and eye movements. She has a degree in psychology and currently is a student of Berlin School of Mind and Brain. Olga became a student assistant in October 2017.
Julius Krumbiegel, Student assistant
Julius got his Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, where he wrote his thesis about microsaccades and visual working memory at the German Primate Center. His research interest lies at the intersection of visual perception and technology, which he explored during two research internships in Silicon Valley. He is currently enrolled in the Berlin School of Mind & Brain’s Master’s program.
Hannah Wnendt, Student assistant
Passionate about human visual perception and social cognition, Hannah joined the lab in May 2018. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she started a Master’s program in Developmental Psychology at Maastricht University. In her current project, she studies the impact of gaze and autistic traits on automatic imitation.
Bea Keweloh, Bachelor’s student
Bea is studying Biology at FU Berlin and is interested in human memory and learning mechanisms. She joined the lab in December 2017 to write her Bachelor thesis on the mechanisms of visual short term memory.
Reema El-Kaiali, Intern
Reema is a Bachelor’s student studying Psychology at New York University Abu Dhabi and is interested in visual perception and attention. She joined the lab as an intern during summer 2018 to research microsaccade coupling with physiological body responses.
Ge Tang, Intern
Ge began to be interested in visual perception and consciousness during her clinical practice. Ge has a background in Chinese Medicine and is currently a Master’s student at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.
Alexander L. White, Postdoctoral researcher
Alex had just completed his PhD in Cognition & Perception at New York University when he joined the lab in January 2014. He stayed for 1 year and studied the links between perception, attention and eye movements with psychophysics and EEG. We dearly miss him.
Zampeta Kalogeropoulou, PhD student
Betty received her Master in Brain and Mind Sciences from the University of Crete (Greece) and a Bachelor in Physics from the same university. She joined us in March 2013 and currently figures out feature-based attention.
Clara Kuper, Student assistant
Clara came to the lab as a Bachelor student and wrote her thesis on perceptual tuning before saccades. She has a degree in Biology and continues her studies in the Social, Cognitive and Affective Neurosciences program at Freie Universität Berlin. She became a student assistant in June 2016.
Polina Arbuzova, Student assistant
Polina takes care of participant recruitment and data collection. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews, and now she does Master’s in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience at the Free University Berlin. Polina was a DAAD RISE intern in summer 2014 and joined the lab as a student research assistant in August 2016.
Kerstin Wolf, Master’s student and student assistant
Kerstin, a master’s student of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, wrote her master’s thesis about the perception of animacy in the lab during 2015/16 and also supported the lab as a research assistant. Before that, she studied psychology at the LMU Munich and spent a year at the Lund University.
Luke Pendergrass, Student assistant
Luke studied philosophy at Seattle Pacific University. He is currently working on a Master’s degree at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, and is interested in the way active perception contributes to the construction our world.
Alma Hertwig, Student assistant
Alma is a student research assistant in the lab and helping immensely with data collection, and other day-to-day work. She is in the process of obtaining a Master’s degree in Human Factors from the Technical University of Berlin.
Akshay Jagadeesh, Intern
Akshay worked as a summer intern in the lab, through the DAAD RISE program, during the summer of 2015. He assisted us with an experiment studying the role of feature-based attention in shifting memory priorities in short-term visual memory. Since then, he has graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and is now beginning his graduate studies in computational neuroscience at Stanford University.
Stefan Uhrig, Student assistant
Stefan completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of Gießen, where he worked with Alexander Schütz on the impact of saliency and reward on saccades. He joined our lab for a 6-week internship in March/April 2015.