Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Gernot Horstmann

Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany & Department of Psychology, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

Fellow of the ZiF research group "Competition and Priority Control in Mind and Brain: New Perspectives from Task-Driven Vision"


Gernot Horstmann graduated in Psychology at Bielefeld University, where he also completed his doctoral thesis in 2001 on action interruption and attentional shifts instigated by unexpected (surprising) visual events. From 2007 until 2011, he held temporary professorships at the Psychology Departments of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and Bielefeld. He is currently at Bielefeld University's Center for Interdisciplinary Research, assisting in the organization of the research group "Competition and priority control in mind & brain: new perspectives from task-driven vision".

Current Main Research Interests

Gernot Horstmann's main research interest is attention. One thread of research is concerned with the distinction between goal-dependent and goal-independent attentional processing, in particular with respect to expected and unexpected, novel events. A second thread deals with the determinants of visual search performance, in particular the inefficient search among natural objects, with the search for emotional faces as a model task.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the ZiF Research Group

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