Lab members

Principal Investigator

Zhuanghua Shi is the head of the Multisensory Perception Lab (MSense), faculty member of General and Experimental Psychology, and associated faculty member of Graduate School of Systemic Neuroscience. He is interested in how multisensory information and prior knowledge are integrated into perception and decision-making. His research focuses on Bayesian inference and multisensory temporal integration, contextual learning and biases, and human-machine interfaces concerning multimodal feedback delays.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Fredrik Allenmark. With a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, Fredrik explored the spatial resolutions of stereo and motion perception and their neural basis during his PhD in Newcastle University. Before joining the lab, Fredrik worked as a postdoc at the University Paris Descartes. Now he applies Bayesian modeling to investigate sequential effects in visual search.

Artyom Zinchenko graduated from Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Leipzig) in 2016. His PhD work explored the role of emotions in cognitive and affective control, using EEG and dynamic, multisensory environment. Artyom is now a postdoc working together with Prof. Thomas Geyer, PD Dr. Markus Conci and PD Dr. Zhuanghua Shi. He is interested in the role of affective information and environmental regularities in contextual cueing and its neural basis. To explore these questions, Artyom uses EEG, TMS, eye tracking, skin-conductance, heart rate, as well as patient case-study research methods.  

Siyi Chen graduated from LMU Munich in 2018. Her PhD thesis is on object completion effects in attention and memory. She joined the lab in late 2018, working on the crossmodal contextual learning project. 

Leonardo Assumpcao

Leonardo Assumpção received his BSc in psychology from the University of London, and his MSc in cognitive neuroscience from the University College London (UCL). In 2017 Leonardo received his Ph.D. from LMU Munich, under the supervision of Prof Hermann Müller, Prof. Thomas Geyer, and Prof Zhuanghua Shi. His research has mainly focused on tactile, visual, and crossmodal behavioral studies investigating spatial learning, memory, and attention. 

In the Msense Lab Leonardo is a Postdoc fellow funded by a Sino-German bilateral research collaborative project with research partners from Peking University (Prof. Xiaolin Zhou and Prof. Lihan Chen). The project aims to uncover behavioral characteristics and the underlying neural signatures and brain networks of value-driven crossmodal attention, using EEG and fMRI.

PhD Students

Jan Nasemann (MSc.) investigates how our attention is distributed across sensory modalities using crossmodal search paradigm and EEG techniques.

Bing Li (MSc.) joined the lab in 2016 as a Ph.D student. She graduated from School of Mathematics at Nankai University, and School of Information Science and Engineering at Lanzhou University. During her master study, she investigated attention in depressed people using the method that combined EEG and eye-tracking. She got inspired by psychological research and now her research topic is ‘Brain Mechanisms of Attention Allocation in Multisensory Integration’

Lingyue Chen

Lingyue Chen (MSc.) 
Time is illusive and can be distorted easily by various context. Lingyue is interested in mechanisms underlying time compression and time expansion, and whether both can be interpreted in a single unified framework.

Xiuna Zhu (MSc.)
With a master in computer science, Xiuna is interested in Bayesian inference in perception, particular on how to use Bayesian inference to explain various contextual modulation. She is working on the dynamic priors and contextual calibration project.

Cemre Baykan

Cemre Baykan (MSc.)
studied Psychology at Bogazici University in Turkey and University of Warwick in the UK . Then, she started her PhD in our lab in 2019, October. She is interested in understanding how contextual factors play a role on people’s time judgments. 

Yannan Su

Yannan Su (MSc.) 
was fascinated by computational and cognitive neurosciences during her master’s study in the International Max Planck Research School for Neurosciences (Göttingen). As a doctoral candidate, she tries to tackle the contextual influence on color vision and time perception, especially focusing on underlying models and neural basis. In this tandem project, she is cosupervised by Strongway and Thomas Wachtler. 

Miloš Stanković

Miloš Stanković
investigates neural processes underlying selective attention modulated by emotional-associative learning. His research is also focused on cerebral hemispheric asymmetry in the perception of emotional faces and selective attention.

Nan Qiu

Nan Qiu (MSc.)
studied psychology and cognitive science
at School of Life Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China before coming to LMU. During her master study, she studied how visual selective attention (VSA) modulates the allocation of cognitive resources and simultaneously prevents distraction by irrelevant information through using behavioral and EEG measures. She wants to get further study towards the visual and attentional processes using a range of experimental and technical methods (e.g., fMRI, EEG, eye-tracking). Now her research topic is ‘In search of EEG markers of probability cueing: learning to minimize attentional capture in visual task environments’.

Shao-Yang Tsai

Shao-Yang Tsai (MSc.)
received his MSc in the Institute of Cognitive neuroscience at National Central University in Taiwan. He devoted himself to the research of meditation and attention control while he was an MSc student. Now, he is working on the project “The construction of attentional templates in cross-modal pop-out search” to understand the mechanism of cross-modal perception better.

Hao Yu

Hao Yu studied psychology at South China Normal University.  Being interested in Stimulus-Response Compatibility (SRC), her research is concerned with the question of whether the irrelevant response dimension could produce the interference effect and if so, what the differences are between the interference effects caused by the irrelevant stimulus and response dimensions. In order to better understand those questions, she plans to adopt multiple research approaches to investigate the underlying neural mechanisms of two interference effects.

 Si Cheng

Si Cheng
is interested in how our time perception is influenced by various contexts and is going to explore the cognitive and brain mechanisms underlying time perception.






Jimmy Esmaily

Jimmy Esmaily

studied artificial intelligence and was a researcher at IPM in Iran. He started his PhD in Munich in 2021 with Dr. Bahador Bahrami and Dr. Zhuanghua Shi. He is interested in social decision making and learning with a focuse on computational approaches.

Jiao Wu

Jiao Wu (MSc.)

studied psychology at Peking University and joined the msenselab in 2021. She is interested in the organization of context-based prior formation in time preception.

Academic assistants

Gizem Vural

Gizem Vural
studied psychology at Başkent University in Turkey. Currently, doing her master at Ludwig Maximilian University. She is a member of our lab since September 2019. She would like to understand perception and attention processes in the brain by using EEG, eye-tracking and will hopefully use MRI for her thesis.

Selin Yılmaz

Selin Yılmaz
graduated from Psychology department in Bilkent University, Turkey in 2019. She is currently in Master program of Neuro-Cognitive Psychology at Ludwig Maximilian University. She is a member of MSense Lab since June 2020. In her master thesis she would like to investigate attentional mechanisms by exploration of EEG data while using multivariate analysis methods.


Former doctoral students and postdocs

Former master students and research assistants

  • Salma Elnagar
  • Xiuhui Zhang
  • Xinyue Wang
  • Mengsi Deng
  • Nawapohn Tongrod (Alynn)
  • Schröder, Lena
  • Urchs, Sebastian (M.Sc.)
  • Wegner, Katharina
  • Brooks, Kirsty
  • Wenzel, Kerstin
  • Wildberger, Jared