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)

Werner Schneider


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


Werner Schneider studied psychology at Bielefeld University, Germany and at the University of Minnesota/Minneapolis, USA (1982-87), followed by a Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in psychology from Bielefeld University (1991). In 1990, he moved to Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU, Department of Psychology, Munich, Germany), working as a researcher and lecturer. From 2001 until 2005, he held temporary professorships at the Psychology Departments of LMU, Eichstätt & Giessen, Germany, and 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, Psychology Department, LMU). Since 2008, Werner Schneider holds a position of a Full Professor of Neuro-cognitive Psychology (W3, Department of Psychology, Bielefeld University). From 2012 to 2013, he organized (together Wolfgang Einhäuser-Treyer) the ZiF research group "Competition and priority control in mind and brain: A new look from task-driven vision"

Current Main Research Interests

Werner Schneider's current research interest refers to the issue of how visual perception and memory interact in a task-driven manner for controlling behavior (action). The empirical and theoretical focus is on studying attention and working memory as key mechanisms of the perception-memory interface (a situation model). In terms of methods, an experimental approach relying on visual-cognitive psychophysics and sensorimotor behavior, advanced eye tracking and virtual reality focuses on healthy adults and neurological patient groups.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Foerster, R. M., & Schneider, W. X. (2018). Involuntary top-down control by search-irrelevant features: Visual working memory biases attention in an object-based manner. Cognition, 172, 37-45.
  • Herwig, A., & Schneider, W. X. (2014). Predicting object features across saccades: Evidence from object recognition and visual search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 1903-1922.
  • Schneider, W.X. (2013). Selective visual processing across competition episodes: a theory of task-driven visual attention and working memory. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, 368, 1-13.
  • Schneider, W. X., & Deubel, H. (2002). Selection-for-perception and selection-for-spatial-motor-action are coupled by visual attention: A review of recent findings and new evidence from stimulus-driven saccade control (p. 609-627). In W. Prinz & B. Hommel (Eds), Attention and Performance XIX: Common Mechanisms in Perception and Action. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Schneider, W. X. (1995). VAM: A neuro-cognitive model for visual attention control of segmentation, object recognition, and space-based motor action, Visual Cognition, 2, 331-375.