Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Werner Schneider

Department of Psychology, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany & Center of Excellence “Cognitive Interaction Technology”, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

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



Werner Schneider studied psychology at Bielefeld University, Germany and at the University of Minnesota/Minneapolis, Graduate School, Psychology, USA from 1982 until 1988. He received a Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in psychology from Bielefeld University with a doctoral thesis on experimental studies on visual attention in 1991. In 1990, he moved to the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Department Psychology, Munich, Germany working as researcher and lecturer. In 1997, he received his habilitation degree for psychology from the LMU with a thesis on task-dependent vision. From 2001 until 2005, he held temporary professorships at the Psychology Departments of the LMU, Eichstätt/Ingolstadt & Giessen, Germany, interrupted by a position as a research scientist at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Munich. In 2005, he was appointed as an associate professor of neuro-cognitive psychology (W2) at the department Psychology, LMU. Since 2008, Werner Schneider holds a position of a full Professor of neuro-cognitive psychology (W3) at the Department of Psychology, Bielefeld University.


Current Main Research Interests

Werner Schneider’s main research interest is the attentional control of visual perception, memory and of sensori-motor actions (eye and hand movements) – based on an cognitive neuroscience approach. In terms of methods, most investigations are experimental studies with normal subjects and patients in highly controlled laboratory settings, recently supplemented by studies with high-speed multi-step tasks. Moreover, computational modeling and its application to artificial intelligent systems extended this earlier theoretical work on attentional control of perception and action.


Five selected publications with particular relevance to the ZiF Research Group



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