Rebecca Förster

Contact Details

Name: Dr. Rebecca Förster
Postal Address:

Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Psychologie und Sportwissenschaft
Abteilung für Psychologie
Postfach 10 01 31
D-33501 Bielefeld
Unit: AE01 / Neuro-Cognitive Psychology
Room: CITEC-2.410
Phone: ++49 (0)521 106 - 4503
Fax: ++49 (0)521 106 - 156934
Email: rebecca.foerster 'at'
Office-Hour: By agreement



Research Topics

  • Visual attention and action
  • Sequential sensorimotor tasks
  • Learning, and automatization
  • Memory-guided attention
  • Scanpaths and scanpath similarity methods
    see our scanpath similarity method FuncSim
  • Assessment of visual processing capabilities using Virtual Reality devices
    see our VR toolbox

Peer-Reviewing Activities

Acta Psychologica, Advances in Cognitive Psychology, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Attention Perception and Psychophysics, Behavior Research Methods, Experimental Brain Research, Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Opthalmology, Journal of Vision, Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Psychological Research, Vision Research



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Journal Articles


Research Data and Software

  • Behler, C., Poth, C. H., Foerster, R. M., Schneider, W. X., & Botsch, M. (2016). Virtual reality test of visual performance: Processing speed and working memory. Bielefeld University. doi:10.4119/unibi/2906585

Conference Abstracts


Curriculum Vitae



  • 2012: Dr. rer. nat., Department of Psychology at Bielefeld University;
    Doctoral thesis on eye movements, attention, and memory processes during sensorimotor learning and automatization.
  • 2008-2011: PhD student at the Graduate School of the 'Center of Excellence - Cognitive Interaction Technology' (CITEC), Bielefeld University, Germany. Supervisors: Dr. Elena Carbone (Neuro-Cognitive Psychology), Dr. Thomas Hermann (Ambient Intelligence), Dr. Bettina Bläsing (Biomechanics), Dr. Hendrik Kösling (Neuroinformatics) und Prof. Dr. Werner Schneider (Neuro-Cognitive Psychology).
  • 2004-2008: Diploma study program 'Psychology', Bielefeld University, Germany; Thesis on the tone-mimic congruence effect

Memberships and Committees

  • Since 2016: Member of the Scientific Board ("Vorstand") of the Excellence Cluster 'Cognitive Interaction Technology' (funded by the German Excellence Initiative), Bielefeld University
  • Since 2014: Member of the Extended Board ("Erweiterter Vorstand") of the Excellence Cluster 'Cognitive Interaction Technology' (funded by the German Excellence Initiative), Bielefeld University
  • 2010-2016: Member of the Vision Science Society (VSS)


  • third place in the thesis competition 2013 awarded by the Experimental Psychology section (Fachgruppe Allgemeine Psychologie) of The German Psychological Society (Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie DGPs)