Central German Mental Health Center

Karl R. Gegenfurtner

Karl R. Gegenfurtner

Prof., Ph.D., Dipl.-Psych., Department of General Psychology, JLU, and CMBB

Current position
Professor of Experimental Psychology
Role within partner site
Representative Faculty

Relevant work experience
2020-2025
ERC Advanced Grant “Color3.0”
2020
Visiting scientist, University of Sydney, Australia
2018
Visiting scientist, University of Cambridge, UK
since 2017
Deputy Senator, National Academy of Science (Leopoldina)
since 2017
DFG CRC 135, coordinator
since 2015
Member, National Academy of Science (Leopoldina)
2014
Rank-Prize-Funds Lecture, Europ. Conf. on Visual Perception
2009-2014
DFG Reinhart Koselleck project
1998
Heisenberg-Fellowship, DFG
1995
Habilitation-Fellowship, DFG

Professional background
since 2001
Professor of Psychology, JLU
2000-2001
Professor of Biological Psychology, University Magdeburg
1993-2000
Research scientist, MPI for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen
1990-1993
Postdoctoral fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Center for Neural Science, New York University
1990
Dissertation, Ph.D., New York University

Main research foci
  • Relationship between low level sensory processes, higher level visual cognition, and sensorimotor integration
  • Perception of complex scenes and objects in a natural environment
  • Cortical representation of visual stimuli
  • Visually guided action

Publications
  • de Haas B, Iakovidis AL, Schwarzkopf S, Gegenfurtner KR (2019) Individual differences in visual salience vary along semantic dimensions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 116(24): 11687-11692.
  • Witzel C, Gegenfurtner KR (2018) Color perception: objects, constancy, and categories. Annual Review of Vision Science 4: 475-499.
  • Valsecchi M, Gegenfurtner KR (2016) Dynamic Re-calibration of Perceive Size in Fovea and Periphery through Predictable Size Changes. Current Biology 26: 59–63.
  • Schuetz A C, Braun, DI, Kerzel D, Gegenfurtner KR (2008) Improved visual sensitivity during smooth pursuit eye movements: Nature Neuroscience 11: 1211–1216.
  • Hansen T, Olkkonen M, Walter S, Gegenfurtner KR (2006) Memory modulates color appearance. Nature Neuroscience 9: 1367–1368.

Additional information
since 2016
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, selection committee
2016
Wilhelm-Wundt Medal of the German Psychological Association
2012-2013
President, Vision Sciences Society
2010-2014
Board of Directors, Vision Sciences Society
since 2004
Organizer, Summer school “Visual neuroscience”
2004, 2014
Organizer, Conference of Experimental Psychologists , JLU
1998-2003
Founder and Organizer, Tübinger Perception Conference
1995
Attempto Prize for excellence in neurobiology, University Tübingen