MSense is a supportive and open lab. Our goal is to foster an open environment that helps every lab member to develop their research potential.
We have two open positions for the LMU-CSC joint program. Those open positions are very specific for Chinese students, who will be supported by Chinese Government Scholarship Coucil (CSC). You should only apply if you have already contacted us (PD Dr. Zhuanghua Shi or Prof. Hermann J. Müller) and we have confirmed your research proposals. For further information, please visit the official website here.
- PhD position on distractor probability cueing
Often in everyday life, our attention is distracted, or ‘captured’, by salient stimuli that are completely irrelevant with regard to the action goals we pursue. Attentional capture is a major cause of action slips (such as when, as a result, we overlook some critical ‘target’ event), which can have grave consequences (e.g., accidents). The project is designed to study the mechanisms underlying attentional capture, in particular whether we can learn from experience where in the visual world and when distractors are likely to appear and, thus, develop effective (executive) strategies to minimize their interference. This work constitutes a new turn in attention research, complementing previous work on the probabilistic cueing of target locations. The project will build on prior work of the Chair demonstrating the operation of distractor location probability cueing in visual search. The aim is to behaviorally characterize the (development of) spatial and temporal distractor probability cueing and the memory mechanisms involved, and how distractor cueing interacts with target cueing to guide search performance; further, to understand the underlying brain mechanisms using a combination of EEG and fMRI methodologies.
- PhD position on perceptual bias and sequential context
Our perception is strongly influenced by contextual information. A well-known example of this type perceptual bias has been documented in a Confucius story “Two Children arguing about the sun”(ca. 500 BC). In Western, Helmholtz (1867) proposed that perception is a process that constructs a hypothesis about what the world is like based on our sensory input and our implicit prior assumptions. Helmholtz’s idea has now been implemented in Bayesian frameworks (Knill & Richards, 1996). Yet, the dynamic influence of history-based sequential context on perceptual bias is less well understood. The aim of this project is to uncover how natural and unnatural sequences of stimuli influence perceptual judgments, and to use Bayesian inference to predict behavioural results. In addition, we aim to identify underlying neural mechanisms using EEG and fMRI methodologies.