Multisensory visuo-tactile context learning enhances the guidance of unisensory visual search

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Chen, S., Shi, Z., Müller, H. J., & Geyer, T. (2021). Multisensory visuo-tactile context learning enhances the guidance of unisensory visual search. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 9439. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-88946-6 Abstract Does multisensory distractor-target context learning enhance visual search over and above unisensory learning? To address this, we had participants perform a visual search task under both uni- and multisensory conditions. Search arrays consisted of one Gabor target that differed from three homogeneous distractors in orientation; participants had to discriminate the target’s orientation. In the multisensory session, additional tactile (vibration-pattern) stimulation was delivered to two fingers of each hand, with the odd-one-out tactile target and the distractors co-located with the corresponding visual items in half the trials; the other half presented the visual array only. In both sessions, the visual target was embedded within identical…
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PD. Dr. Zhanghua Shi and his doctoral candidate Bei Zhang were invited by LMU International Office as representatives of the LMU-CSC joint program.

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PD. Dr. Zhanghua Shi and his doctoral candidate Bei Zhang were invited by Newsletter editor of LMU International Office as representative of the LMU-CSC joint program and interviewed about this program. The LMU is the first university in Germany that signed an agreement with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) in 2005. With the financial support of the CSC, more highly qualified Chinese students have the opportunity to do their PhD at the LMU or to continue their research. PD. Dr. Zhanghua Shi as a supervisor of this program and his doctoral candidate Bei Zhang as a holder of this scholarship were invited to have an interview with Newsletter editor Bernd Hilker from LMU International Office. This interview was published in the newsletter of LMU International Office.
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Escape room!

Escape room!

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Yes, after one hour, both teams from MSense lab successfully escaped the rooms! Had a lot of fun! November 2018    Escape room     Our team members worked together and successfully figured out the puzzles based on a series of consecutive clues that eventually lead us out of the room with a code.from left to right: Cemre, Bei, Rasmus, Monica, Strongway, Fredrik, Bing, Jan, Fiona, Lingyue Before the game, we were all very curious, a little scared, but also excited. A hand-drawn group photo by Cemre 
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Visual Search and Selective Attention (VSSA IV)

Visual Search and Selective Attention (VSSA IV)

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A wonderful experience in Visual Search and Selective Attention (VSSA IV), AMMERSEE, MUNICH, GERMANY (13.07 – 16.07.2018) VSSA  is one of the most important International Symposium in the cognitive neuro-sciences. Over the past decades, VSSA has become a core topic in the cognitive neuro-sciences, sparking an abundance of methodological and theoretical advances. In fact, the recent years have seen an exponential increase in published articles with keywords ‘visual search’, ‘visual attention’, and ‘visual working memory’! Thus, while there is a rapidly expanding research output, this engenders a growing need to keep the field together. To contribute to the latter is the main purpose of our symposium series, that is, (i) to bring together a group of world-leading scientists engaged in the field of VSSA, (ii)  who represent different theoretical stances and methodological approaches, (iii) the aim…
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Farewell party

Farewell party

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"Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes." - Billy Joel It is sad for us that Linda (Xuelian) and Leo are leaving, but it is also a new chapter for Linda and Leo. Good luck with your new job and new career!
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touching

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In her latest book "Of This World", Stella Pierides, writer and poet, includes a Haibun titled Touching, which was written in response to one of our recent research studies: Watching a real moving object expands tactile duration: the role of task-irrelevant action context for subjective time (Jia, Shi, Zang, & Müller, 2015). This is a new perspective on our scientific research. We reprint her haibun with her kind permission. Enjoy! Touching Imagine your left hand is being made to feel a brief vibration and you're being asked to estimate how long this vibration lasts. In one version of this scenario, you are holding a small ball in both hands; in another, your right hand is free. And in both versions, you see a safely suspended, potentially catchable ball moving towards you. Would…
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