ZiF Research Group

Cognitive Behavior of Humans, Animals, and Machines:

Situation Model Perspectives

October 2019 – July 2020

Convenors: Werner Schneider (Bielefeld, GER), Helge Ritter (Bielefeld, GER)

Christian Poth


Foto Neuro-cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, &
Center for Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC),
Bielefeld University, Germany
E-Mail: c.poth@uni-bielefeld.de


Christian studied Psychology at Bielefeld University, followed by doctoral studies at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC). He obtained his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in 2017 for a thesis on episodic visual cognition, object recognition, and short-term memory. For his thesis, he received the Dissertation Prize of the Westphalian-Lippian University Society. Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at CITEC and in the Neuro-cognitive Psychology Group at Bielefeld University.

Current Main Research Interests

Christian studies visual attention, the cognitive mechanisms enabling humans to selectively process important objects in the visual scene for perception and the control of behavior. More specifically, he is interested in how attention operates across distinct episodes of cognitive processing and how this depends on the observers' momentary state of alertness. To study these processes, he uses psychophysical experiments in combination with eye tracking and pupillometry, and develops new methods for visual stimulus presentation on gaming monitors.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Poth, C. H. (accepted). Phasic alertness reverses the beneficial effects of accessory stimuli on choice reaction. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics.
  • Poth, C. H., Foerster, R. M., Behler, C., Schwanecke, U., Schneider, W. X., & Botsch, M. (2018). Ultra-high temporal resolution of visual presentation using gaming monitors and G-Sync. Behavior Research Methods, 50, 26-38. doi:10.3758/s13428-017-1003-6
  • Poth, C. H., & Schneider, W. X. (2018). Attentional competition across saccadic eye movements. Acta Psychologica, 190, 27-37. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2018.06.011.
  • Poth, C. H., & Schneider, W. X. (2016). Episodic short-term recognition requires encoding into visual working memory: Evidence from probe recognition after letter report. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1440. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01440
  • Poth, C. H., Herwig, A., & Schneider, W. X. (2015). Breaking object correspondence across saccadic eye movements deteriorates object recognition. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 9, 176. doi:10.3389/fnsys.2015.00176.