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Job offer for an advanced master student, PhD or postDoc. Find out all about it here.


What a great report on TV!

Esma Sakalli and Katharina Trant present their bracelet on Sat1. Make sure to watch it here


Great opportunity! The University of Stirling is looking for a lecturer, a postdoc and a research associate.

The University of Stirling is establishing a new group to further develop the advances in AI and machine learning that have been inspired by the context-sensitive cooperative computational style of cerebral neocortex. You can find a brief description of their recent work here.


A new paper by Viviane Clay has been accepted...

...and will be in an upcoming issue of the Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. As soon as we have a link, it will be updated here. The title of the paper is "Development of Few-Shot Learning Capabilities in Artificial Neural Networks when Learning through Self-Supervised Interaction"


Congratulations Jasmin L. Walter!!!

Jasmin L. Walter has won the first prize of the OLB science award for her outstanding master thesis. Read more about it and see a video here


We have a new published article in Brain Sciences. The title is Improved Spatial Knowledge Acquisition through Sensory Augmentation and it can be found here:


Congratulations Sarria Mosquera!!!

Sarria Mosquera has been awarded the Rosen-Förderpreis for her outstanding academic work. The award ceremony will take place on March 16th, 2023.



There is a new publication in the European Journal of Neuroscience.

The title will be: Action Affordance Affects Proximal and Distal Goal-oriented Planning. You can read it here:


Call for Papers!

There is a call for papers from PhD students who are investigating temporal perception in philosophy, psychology, neuroscience and cognitive science. If you are interested, you can find more information here:



We have a new preprint on Predicting group bene fits in joint multiple object tracking. It can be found here: and it will soon be published in Attention, Perception & Psychophysics

Wahn B, König P, Kingstone A (2023)


A new article has been published in MTI. The title is: "Developing Dynamic Audio Navigation UIs to Pinpoint Elements in Tactile Graphics"

Gaspar R, Schmidt V, König P (2022)


A new paper has been accepted by PLoS CB.Mutual influence between language and perception in multi-agent communication games

Ohmer X, Xenia Ohmer, Marino M, Franke M, König P (2022)


Great Podcast with Peter König online. The interview with him is in the second half.


Now published in the European Journal of Neuroscience! Wild lab: A naturalistic free viewing experiment reveals previously unknown EEG signatures of face processing

Gert AL, Ehinger BV, Timm S, Kietzmann TC, König P (2022)


New Paper on Evidence for the Embodiment of the Automatic Approach Bias

Solzbacher J, Czeszumski A, Walter S, König P (2022)


New Paper on Finding landmarks - An investigation of viewing behavior during spatial navigation in VR using a graph-theoretical analysis approach

Walter JL, Essmann L, König SU, König P (2022)


New paper on Sensorimotor Foundations of Social Cognition

Engel AK, Verschure PFMJ, Kragic D, Polani D, Effenberg AO and König P (2022)



New publication on Talking Cars, Doubtful Users—A Population Study in Virtual Reality

Derakhshan S, Nezami FN, Wächter MA, Czeszumski A, Keshava A, Lukanov H, De Palol MV, Pipa G and König P (2022)

Autonomous vehicles represent a significant development in our society, and their acceptance will largely depend on trust. This study investigates strategies to increase trust and acceptance by making the cars’ decisions.



11. October 2021 : Online-Symposium on Computational Neuroscience on 13th and 14th October

Fantastic line-up of speakers, great presentations and panel discussion.
No registration required, no participation restrictions, no fees.
For details please visit the symposium’s site:

27. September 2021 : New publication on potential differences in the interaction between humans and humans vs. humans and robots

Czeszumski A, Gert AL, Keshava A, Ghadirzadeh A, Kalthoff T, Ehinger BV, Tiessen M, Björkman M, Kragic D and König P (2021).
Coordinating with a robot partner affects neural processing related to action monitoring. Front Neurorobot 15:686010

This paper was also published as a preprint on bioRxiv in March 2021:

17. September 2021 : Save the date for an interesting online talk (in German): 23.09.21 – 7pm

For details please visit the UOS site:

„Wie Vertrauen entsteht, in welchen Fällen wir KI-Agenten unser Vertrauen (unbewusst) schenken und wie diese Erkenntnisse das autonome Fahren unterstützen, behandelt Maximilian Wächter vom Institut für Kognitionswissenschaft in seinem Vortrag am Donnerstag, 23. September, ab 19 Uhr. Der Online-Vortrag wird im Rahmen der Veranstaltungsreihe "Wissenschaft trifft Wirtschaft - MeetUp" organisiert. Vorherige...

13. September 2021 : New publication on mechanisms of tACS aftereffects:

Schwab BC, König P and Engel AK (2021).
Spike-timing-dependent plasticity can account for connectivity aftereffects of dual-site transcranial alternating current stimulation.
Neuroimage 237:118179

This paper was also published as a preprint on bioRxiv in 2020:

09. August 2021 : A novel approach for training artificial neural networks

Clay V, König P, Kühnberger KU and Pipa G (2021).
Fast concept mapping: The emergence of human abilities in artificial neural networks when learning embodied and self-supervised. arXiv:2102.02153

Science has proved that humans perceive the world and gradually understand and learn about its underlying concepts by self-supervised interaction and embodiment. By contrast, most artificial neural networks used for object detection and recognition are trained in a...

30. July 2021 : Investigating potential differences in the interaction between humans and humans vs. humans and robots

Czeszumski A, Gert AL, Keshava A, Ghadirzadeh A, Kalthoff T, Ehinger BV, Tiessen M, Björkman M, Kragic D and König P (2021)
Coordinating with a robot partner affects action monitoring related neural processing.

Robots play an increasing role in multiple areas of our social life, and coordinated interaction between humans and robots will become more and more important.
In our study we aimed at understanding obvious behavioural differences in...

21. July 2021 : New publication on ergonomic risk assessment in VR:

Vox JP, Weber A, Wolf KI, Izdebski K, Schüler T, König P, Wallhoff F and Friemert D (2021). An evaluation of motion trackers with virtual reality sensor technology in comparison to a marker-based motion capture system based on joint angles for ergonomic risk assessment. Sensors 21:3145

Measurement of body postures and kinematics in VR is a promising tool for ergonomic assessments. Here we compare an HTC Vive tracker combined with an inverse kinematic model...

11. June 2021 : CogSci Startup LobVR könnte die Psychotherapie revolutionieren; die Aloys & Brigitte Coppenrath Stiftung und ein EXIST Stipendium ermöglichen weiteres Wachstum im Bereich FuE

Ende 2019 hatten wir bereits über das damals noch junge Startup LobVR berichtet. Damals hatten die Gründer Sumin Kim, Imke Mayer, Alexander Palatnik, Marc Viladrich und Timon Jäger einen Platz im Seedhouse accelerator program gewonnen.

Seitdem ist viel passiert, und LobVR ist auf dem besten Wege, sich als Firma zu etablieren. Das Potential für die weitere Forschung und Entwicklung ist enorm. Und mit großzügiger finanzieller Unterstützung durch die Aloys & Brigitte Coppenrath Stiftung und ein EX...

31. May 2021 : New publication on mood primed perception of our world:

Czeszumski A, Albers F, Walter S and König P (2021). Let me make you happy, and I'll tell you how you look around: Using an approach-avoidance task as an embodied emotion prime in a free-viewing task. Front Psychol 12:604393

Although emotional priming has been an important topic in research on top-down influences in overt attention, in particular regarding external and internal affective influences, there is little research using embodied primes.


28. May 2021 : Investigating gaze guidance behavior under VR conditions

Keshava A, Nezami FN, Neumann H, Izdebski K, Schüler T and König P (2021).
Just-in-time: Gaze guidance behavior while action planning and execution in VR.
DOI: bioRxiv

Eye movements in the natural environment have primarily been studied for common and repetitive tasks that require little attention once learnt. It is, however, unclear whether the same strategy is also applied, when the task is novel and involving a sequence of actions.
Here, we present...

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