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)

Nina Hanning


FotoGeneral and Experimental Psychology,
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
E-Mail: n.hanning@psy.lmu.de


Nina studied Psychology at Paris-Lodron University Salzburg (Austria) and at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, followed by doctoral studies at the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN). She received her Ph.D. in 2018 for a thesis on visual attention and working memory in the context of goal-directed eye and hand movements. Currently she is a postdoctoral research associate at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Current Main Research Interests

Nina is interested in the cognitive mechanisms underlying visual spatial attention and working memory, and in particular how the programming of different goal-directed actions, such as eye and hand movements, affects our perception and mental representations. To study these topics, she uses human psychophysics in combination with eye tracking and motion tracking and develops new stimuli to assess the spatio-temporal dynamics of visual attention.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Hanning, N. M., Szinte, M., & Deubel, H. (2019). Visual attention is not limited to the oculomotor range. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116, 9665-9670.
  • Kurcyus, K., Annac, E., Hanning, N. M., Harris, A. D., Oeltzschner, G., Edden, R., & Riedl, V. (2018). Opposite dynamics of GABA and glutamate levels in the occipital cortex during visual processing. Journal of Neuroscience, 38, 1214-1218.
  • Hanning, N. M. & Deubel, H. (2018). Independent effects of eye and hand movements on visual working memory. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 12.
  • Hanning, N. M., Aagten-Murphy, D., & Deubel, H. (2018). Independent selection of eye and hand targets suggests effector-specific attentional mechanisms. Scientific Reports, 8, 9434.
  • Hanning, N. M., Jonikaitis, D., Deubel, H., & Szinte, M. (2016). Oculomotor selection underlies feature retention in visual working memory. Journal of Neurophysiology, 115, 1071-1076.