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Sarria Mosquera has been awarded the Rosen-Förderpreis for her outstanding master's thesis. The award ceremony took place on March 16th, 2023.



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.



10. September 2018 : To improve generalization, data augmentation outperformes explicit regularization

New publ.:
Hernández-García A and König P (2018).
Data augmentation instead of explicit regularization. arXiv:1806.03852v2 [cs.CV] [preprint posting].

Modern artificial neural networks have achieved impressive results with models of very large capacity. However, in order to improve generalization, explicit regularization techniques such as weight decay and dropout are used, leading to a reduction of the effective capacity.

Here, Hernández-García and König systematically analyze the role of...

05. September 2018 : Five arguments to test embodied cognition in the wild

„Embodied cognition“:

An overview of 5 studies on (inter)actions in the real world - by P. König & lab

P. König, A. Melnik, C. Goeke, A. L. Gert, S. U. König and T. C. Kietzmann, "Embodied cognition," 2018 6th International Conference on Brain-Computer Interface (BCI), GangWon, 2018, pp. 1-4.
doi: 10.1109/IWW-BCI.2018.8311486

In this presentation-paper, Peter König et al. discuss embodied cognition in the human...

25. June 2018 : A closer look at group benefits in joint perceptual tasks: distributed control vs redundant control - a big difference for the group performance

New publ.:

Wahn B, Karlinsky A, Schmitz L and König P (2018). Let's move it together: A review of group benefits in joint object control. A mini review. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00918. Front Psychol 9:918

When two or more individuals coordinate their actions to jointly control an object (e.g., carrying a table), they may reach a higher performance compared to performing the same task alone — a group...

19. June 2018 : Visual exploration habits of left-to-right readers are more difficult to predict. Why?

New publ.:

Afsari Z, Keshava A, Ossandón JP and König P(2018). Interindividual differences among native right-to-left readers and native left-to-right readers during free viewing task. DOI:10.1080/13506285.2018.1473542.Vis Cogn

In a free viewing task, humans differ in the spatial selection of fixation points. Native left-to-right readers tend to have a spatial preference for the left visual field. In comparison, right-to-left readers demonstrate a stronger variation in their visual exploration...

31. May 2018 : Are two heads better than one? – A review on group benefits in joint perceptual tasks, the influencing factors, and how to measure it

New publ.:

Wahn B, Kingstone A and König P. Group benefits in joint perceptual tasks: A review. DOI:10.1111/nyas.13843. ANNALS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES. Special Issue: The Year in Cognitive Neuroscience

Humans often collaborate in perceptual tasks to achieve a higher performance than performing the same task alone (i.e., attain a group benefit). In this review, Wahn et al. identify factors that influence collaborative...

29. May 2018 : Now out @eLife: Grid cells in entorhinal cortex fire without any change in space or in gaze position

New publ.:

Wilming N, König P, König S and Buffalo EA (2018). Entorhinal cortex receptive fields are modulated by spatial attention, even without movement. eLife 2018;7:e31745

Grid cells in the entorhinal cortex have been identified to encode an animal’s position in space, but have been hypothesized to play a more fundamental role in mental operations. A prerequisite for this is that they can be activated in the absence of movement. Here, we...

18. May 2018 : Congratulations to our alumna Petra Fischer



08. May 2018 : Minimizing harm at all cost—innocents, self-sacrifice and moral intuitions. This study reinforces the necessity of social debates on implementing moral values in autonomous vehicles.

New publ.:

Bergmann LT, Schlicht L, Meixner C, König P, Pipa G, Boshammer S and Stephan A (2018). Autonomous vehicles require socio-political acceptance — An empirical and philosophical perspective on the problem of moral decision making. Front Behav Neurosci 12:31.

This study examines the issue of implementing moral decisions in autonomous driving vehicles from an empirical and philosophical perspective.

In an empirical study, we investigated what...

07. May 2018 : A wonderful paper that explains well why we need obligatory ethics setting implemented in autonomous driving vehicles.

New publ.:

Faulhaber AK, Dittmer A, Blind F, Wächter MA, Timm S, Sütfeld LR, Stephan A, Pipa G and König P (2018). Human decisions in moral dilemmas are largely described by utilitarianism: Virtual car driving study provides guidelines for autonomous driving vehicles. Sci Eng Ethics

Due to the necessity of implementing moral decisions in autonomous driving vehicles (ADVs), we conducted a set of driving experiments in virtual reality. The participants...

07. May 2018 : A new paradigm to control both fixation duration and location: The temporal dynamics of eye movements as an exploitation-exploration dilemma.

New publ.:

Ehinger BV, Kaufhold L and König P (2018). Probing the temporal dynamics of the exploration–exploitation dilemma of eye movements. J Vis 18:6,1-24

When scanning a visual scene, we are in a constant decision process regarding whether to further exploit the information content at the current fixation or to go on and explore the scene. In this study, Ehinger et al. investigated how the experimental control of fixation...

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