Forschungsschwerpunkt Translationale Neurowissenschaften Mainz

Psychology (AEP)

Research group „General Experimental Psychology (AEP)“

We focus our research on 4 main topics: picture perception and virtual reality, time-to-contact estimation, cognitive correlates of mental illness, and human factors psychology.

For instance, we explore the effect of ambient lighting and color on the olfactory taste of wine.  We measure the so-called cone of gaze, the area of anothers gaze directions that are being considered to qualify as mutual gaze. We use the measure as an indicator and diagnostic tool for social phobia. We also work on establishing our measure with computer-generated avatars as a tool for therapy. The cone of gaze also exists for portrait paintings, even if the observers change their vantage point relative to the painting. This so-called Monalisa effect is used within an fMRI paradigm.

The simulator sickness project seeks to determine the visual ingredients and the general mechanisms of simulator sickness.

Finally, within the area of time-to-contact estimation, we explore how humans are able to make time-critical decisions on the basis of optic-flow information. Such information is essential when planning to overtake a car in road traffic or when executing precise motor actions, such as involved when catching a fast ball.


Head of group:

Prof. Dr. Heiko Hecht



Dr. habil. Daniel Oberfeld-Twistel

PD Dr. Klaus Landwehr

Dr. Nuno Teixeira

Dipl.-Psych. Behrang Keshavarz

Dipl.-Biol. Esther Brendel

Dipl.-Psych. Evgeniya Boyarskaya

Dipl.-Psych. Andreas Baranowski

M. Sc. & M. Phil. Clin. Psy. Benyne Palayoor Jos

Dipl.-Psych. Oliver Daum



14. September 2017
NIC meeting
Christian Paret (Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim) will give a talk on “Real-time fMRI neurofeedback from the amygdala: Feasibility, clinical application and brain mechanisms” in the NIC meeting on Thursday, September 14th....more
24. August 2017
NIC meeting
Dr. Til Ole Bergmann (University of Tübingen) will be guest speaker in the NIC meeting on Thursday, August 24th. His talk: “On the function of neuronal oscillations – insights from transcranial brain stimulation and multimodal imaging” will be at noon in the seminar room in building 701....more
13. July 2017
NIC meeting
Philipp Horstmann (Psychiatry, Mainz) will present the current status of the MRI study investigating the influence of prg-1 (plasticity related gene) genotype on brain morphology and function in the NIC meeting on July 13th. The NIC meetings starts at 12:00 in the seminar room in building 701!...more