Konrad-Lorenz-Institut für Vergleichende Verhaltensforschung
Department für Interdisziplinäre Lebenswissenschaften
Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien
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The main focus of my current work is to use EEG in birds to better understand the female response to male courtship displays (ring doves, Streptopelia risoria). If courtship in birds is viewed as a form of biotic art, we can interpret the results in the context of neuroaesthetics. I am also investigating multisensory processing in birds.
My previous work focused on visual attention in humans (whether top-down control of visual processing changes in healthy old age) and non-human primates (whether cholinergic neuromodulation mediates top-down attention effects in visual cortex), and multisensory integration in humans.
|2008-2011 || |
Dr. rer. nat. (summa cum laude)
Institute of Psychology, University of Leipzig, Germany
DFG Graduiertenkolleg “Function of Attention in Cognition”
Thesis: "Keeping focused: Selective attention and its effect on visual processing in healthy old age"
This research aimed to better characterise the pattern of age-related change in selective visual attention. EEG and frequency tagging were used to investigate the effect of selective attention on sensory processing in early visual areas. Findings suggest maintained spatial but impaired feature-based selection in healthy old age. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Matthias Müller, Institute of Psychology
|2004-2007 ||Master of Science in Cognitive Science |
University of Osnabrück, Germany
Thesis: "Audiovisual integration of natural stimuli for the control of overt attention"
Eye movements of free-viewing subjects were measured during visual, auditory, or audiovisual stimulation. The location of sound sources was found to influence fixation behaviour, and the data suggested that gaze was driven by a linear integration of visual and auditory saliency. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Peter König, Neurobiopsychology, Institute of Cognitive Science
|1997-2002 || |
Bachelor of Cognitive Science (honours)
University of Western Australia, Australia
This was a 4-year degree program, during which I took two 1-year breaks to work full-time
Thesis: Musical creativity in evolved recurrent neural networks
A published experiment was replicated in which an evolutionary algorithm was used to train an artificial neural network to compose tone sequences in the style of Bela Bartók. The approach was critically discussed.
Supervisor: Dr. Cara MacNish, School of Computer Science & Software Engineering
|11/2016-present ||Post-doctoral researcher in the Research Unit Ornithology, Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna |
|2011-2016 ||Post-doctoral researcher in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory of the German Primate Center, Göttingen. Training and data acquisition with rhesus macaques; analysis of electrophysiological data; design and analysis of human visual psychophysics experiments; supervision of Bachelor, Master, PhD students; teaching at Bachelor, Master, PhD level |
|2007-2008 ||“Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter” in the Neurobiopsychology group of the Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück. Acquisition and analysis of human EEG data; representation of lab in international project meetings |
|2005-2007 ||“Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft” in the Neurobiopsychology group of the Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück. Proofreading of manuscripts; design, collection and analysis of human eye-tracking data; collaboration with other research institutes as part of international project. |