Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Thomas Schenk

Department of Neurology, Section of Cognitive Neurology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

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


Thomas Schenk studied Psychology at the University of Konstanz, Tübingen and St. Andrews. During his PhD at the Max-Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich he worked as a clinical psychologist in the Neurological Clinic, Munich. After completing his PhD, he worked as a postdoc in the sensorimotor lab of Norbert Mai at the LMU in Munich, In 2001 he moved to Durham, UK where he first worked as a lecturer, later senior lecture and director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit of the Wolfson Research Institute. In 2010 he was appointed Professor of Cognitive Neurology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Current Main Research Interests

Thomas Schenk's research interests are split between basic and clinical research. He studies the interplay between the neural processes involved in perception and action and examines the neural mechanisms underlying the spatial control of attention and motion perception. His clinical research includes rehabilitation studies on patients with hemianopia, neglect, MS, PD, ataxia, focal dystonia and patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. In his research he is using transcranial magnetic stimulation and kinematic techniques to measure hand and eye-movements. He recently edited together with Hans-Otto Karnath a special issue of the journal Neuropsychologia on 'Spatial control and attention'.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the ZiF Research Group

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