Heinrich Liesefeld

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Dr. Heinrich R. Liesefeld

Cognium Building, Room 1170

Hochschulring 18

28359 Bremen

Office Hours: by arrangement

email: Heinrich.Liesefeld (at) uni-bremen.de

ORCID: 0000-0003-4551-8607


Short CV:

  • September 2023: promotion to Senior-Researcher position (tenured)
  • since November 2020: Researcher for Applied Statistics and Cognitive Modeling at the University of Bremen (tenure track)

  • November 2013-October 2020: PostDoc/Akademischer Rat a.Z. at the chair of General and Experimental Psychology at LMU Munich
  • May 2020: Habilitationwith Venia Legendi in Psychology at LMU Munich
  • October 2019-July 2020: Fellow in Residence of the ZiF Research Group Cognitive behavior of humans, animals, and machines: Situation model perspectives at the Center for Integrative Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, Hosts: Werner X. Schneider and Helge Ritter
  • November 2014: Visiting Researcher at the School of Psychological Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel, Host: Marius Usher
  • June 2008-May 2013: PhD student/PostDoc at the chair of General Psychology and Methods at Saarland University, supervisor: Hubert D. Zimmer
  • September 2010 - January 2011: Visiting Researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, Host: Xiaolan Fu
  • October 2012: Doctorate (Dr. phil.) in the International Research Training Group (IRTG) GRK 1457 Adaptive minds at Saarland University; summa cum laude; awards for IRTG’s and department’s best thesis
  • May 2008: Diplomin Psychology from Saarland University
  • 2007: Student Assistant at the chair of Differential Psychology at Saarland University
  • Winter term 2005/Summer term 2006: Studied Chinese at East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
  • Summer term 2005: Studied Cognitive Sciences and Psychology at the Université Nancy2, France
  • 2003-2005: Student Assistant at the Center for Evaluation at Saarland University 

Five representative publications (for my full publication list, please click here):

  • Constant, M., & Liesefeld, H.R. (2021). Massive effects of saliency on information processing in visual working memory. Psychological Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956797620975785 [preprint]
  • Liesefeld, H.R., & Müller, H.J. (2021). Modulations of saliency signals at two hierarchical levels of priority computation revealed by spatial statistical distractor learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 150, 710-728.http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xge0000970
  • Liesefeld, H.R. & Janczyk, M. (2019). Combining speed and accuracy to control for speed-accuracy tradeoffs (?). Behavior Research Methods, 51, 40-60. http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13428-018-1076-x
  • Liesefeld, H.R., & Müller, H.J. (2019). Distractor handling via dimension weighting. Current Opinion in Psychology, 29, 160-167. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2019.03.003
  • Liesefeld, A.M.*, Liesefeld, H.R.*, & Zimmer, H.D. (2014). Intercommunication between prefrontal and posterior brain regions for protecting visual working memory from distractor interference. Psychological Science, 25, 325-333. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956797613501170 (*equal contributions)

Current research projects:

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) LI 2868/7-1: "Validating (easy) measures to combine speed and accuracy". Individual research grant together with Markus Janczyk.
  • German Research Foundation (DFG): “Guidance and capture of spatial attention by (irrelevant) visual and auditory events”. PhD Project co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Hermann J. Müller and Prof. Dr. Benedikt Grothe (both LMU Munich) in the DFG Research Training Group (RTG) 2175 Perception in context and its neural basis

 Completed research projects:

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) LI 2868/3-1: “Understanding visual-working-memory encoding as a visual search for multiple targets”. Individual project in the DFG Research Unit FOR 2293 Active Perception
  • LMUexcellent Investment Fund “Distraction in visual working memory” with Prof. Dr. Hermann J. Müller
  • LMUexcellent Junior Research Grant “Selective processing of visual information” 

Teaching experience:

  • Methods/Statistics: lecture and tutorial on statistics, empirical research practicum, electroencephalography, data analysis (with R), (neuro-)computational modeling (with Matlab), internships 
  • General Psychology/Neurosciences: lectures on working memory, motivation, emotion, biological psychology, perception, motor skills, somatosensory system
  • Programs: MSc Psychology (LMU), MSc Neurosciences (LMU), MSc Neuro-Cognitive Psychology (LMU), BSc Psychology (LMU), Minor in Psychology (LMU), BSc Psychology (Bremen), MSc Psychology (Bremen), Graduate School for Systemic Neurosciences (LMU)

Other scientifically relevant activities:

Peer reviewing (multiple papers; *only as co-reviewer; regularly):

  • Journals: Acta Psychologica; Applied Cognitive Psychology; Architectural Science Review; Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics; Behavior Research Methods; Brain & Cognition; Brain Research; British Journal of Psychology; Cognition, Cognitive Processing; Cognitive Psychology; Cortex; Experimental Brain Research; Frontiers in Psychology; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; Frontiers in Neuroscience; Heliyon; International Journal of Psychophysiology; Journal of Cognition; Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience; Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology; Journal of Neuroscience*; Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition; Journal of European Psychology Students; Learning and Individual Differences; Memory & Cognition; NeuroImage; Neuroscience Letters; Open Psychology; PLOS ONE; Psychological Research; Psychological Science*; Psychophysiology; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Scientific Reports*; Trends in Cognitive Sciences; Visual Cognition; Vision Research
  • Funding bodies: German Research Foundation (DFG), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research*, National Science Foundation (NSF)*