A manuscript by Zeynep, Dan and Bilge entitled "Hidden by bias: how standard psychophysical procedures conceal crucial aspects of peripheral visual appearance" was published
in Scientific Reports. Find out the article online here.
Bilge will give a public lecture about perception and arts on Thursday (07.11.2019) at 6:15 p.m. (Lecture Hall A022, UniS, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, 3012 Bern).
15/10/2019: Welcome Dandan
Dandan Yu received her M.Sc. in Developmental and Educational Psychology from the Xiamen University and the
Institute of Psychology in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She will start her Ph.D. at the PALAB where she will
study ensemble perceptions of facial expressions. Welcome to the Lab!
09-11/09/2019: The 16th SPS SGP SSP Conference in Bern
Natalia and Zeynep attended the 16th SPS SGP SSP Conference in Bern!
Zeynep presented her work on "Spatial compression in redundancy masking" and Natalia gave a talk about how "Peripheral appearance in dyslexic readers is characterized by an excessive loss of elements".
Thanks to the award, Koen got the opportunity to travel to this year's ECVP in Leuven by bike. Along the way, he visited the
labs of Rama Chakravarthi (University of Aberdeen), Robert Shillcock (University of Edinburgh), and John Greenwood (University College London).
25-29/08/2019: ECVP2019 in Leuven, Belgium
Koen's talk on 26/Aug/2019 (9:00am-11:00am): "Attentional limits in crowding are asymmetric"
Miao's talk on 26/Aug/2019 (9:00am-11:00am): "Crowding reduces numerosity estimates for large numbers"
Zeynep's talk on 29/Aug/2019 (9:00am-11:00am): "No help for lost lines: Redundancy masking is strong under focused and diffuse attention"
Natalia's talk on 29/Aug/2019 (9:00am-11:00am): "What dyslexics see: Excessive information loss characterizes peripheral appearance in dyslexia"
13/06/2019: New publication in Vision Research
A manuscript by Koen and Bilge entitled "Disrupting uniformity: Feature contrasts that reduce crowding interfere with peripheral word recognition" was published
in Vision Research. Find out the article online here.
23/05/2019: New publication in Psychological Science
A manuscript by Bilge and Henry entitled
"Letters Lost: capturing appearance in crowded peripheral vision reveals a new kind of masking"
was published in Psychological Science. Find out the paper online here.
17-22/05/2019: VSS2019 in Florida
Don't miss our presentations!
Koen's poster: "When detrimental crowding becomes beneficial uniformity in peripheral letter recognition."
Natalia's poster: "Direct capture of peripheral appearance reveals what is lost and retained in peripheral vision."
Zeynep's talk: "Lost lines in warped space: Evidence for spatial compression in crowded displays."
26-28/11/2018: Bilge's talk at The Skin of Things
Bilge gave a talk at The skin of things:
A symposium on perceiving and painting material properties entitled "Transparency in visual art".
16/11/2018: Visit of Prof. Dr. Frank Jäkel
Dr. Frank Jäkel (Centre for Cognitive Science, TU Darmstadt) is visiting the lab
and will give a talk at the Colloquium of the Insitute of Psychology entitled
"Bayesian reverse-engineering of perception and cognition" (17.15, in Room B306, Fabrikstrasse 8).
15/10/2018: Welcome Miao
Miao Li received her M.Sc. in Cognitive Neuropsychology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2018.
She will start her Ph.D. at the PALAB. Her Ph.D. project is about investigating the role of
crowding in numerosity perception. Welcome to the Lab!
20/09/2018: New publication in Journal of Vision
Our new paper entitled "Emergent features in the crowding zone: When target-flanker grouping surmounts crowding" was just published in Journal of Vision. Find out the
paper online here.
24-30/08/2018: ECVP/VSAC in Trieste
Don't miss our presentations:
Bilge's poster on Saturday at VSAC: “Towards a phenomenology of the unknown: "Impossible" objects in a contemporary art installation”
Zeynep's poster on Tuesday (249M): “Visual references reverse diminishment in crowding”
Dan's poster on Tuesday (261M): “The critical spacing of crowding with diffuse attention”
Natalia's talk on Thursday (16:00-17:30): “Too good to be crowded: A peculiar case of weak crowding with high target-flanker similarity”
Koen's talk on Thursday (16:00-17:30): “When uncrowding of parts interferes with identifying wholes in peripheral word recognition”
01/03/2018: Book chapter
Bilge and Ivana published a book chapter in "Retreat into darkness: Towards a phenomenology of the unknown."
See Publications for more details.
15/02/2018: New publication in Mind and Language
A manuscript by Henry and Bilge entitled
"Crowding, attention and consciousness: In support of the Inference Hypothesis" was published in the journal Mind and Language . Find out the paper online
The newest member of the lab is Koen Rummens. Koen comes from the University of Leuven, where he received a Master's degree supervised by Prof. Sayim. He is joining the lab as a PhD student and will continue his work studying crowding and reading. Welcome!
01/09/2017: New paper in Journal of Vision
Our latest manuscript, entitled "Appearance changes and error distributions in crowding revealed by drawings" was recently published in Journal of Vision. Find out the paper
27/08/2017: See you at ECVP 2017 in Berlin
The lab has several presentations at ECVP 2017 in Berlin. Hope to see you there!
Zeynep: Monday 28th, 11:00–12:30 Spatial vision: Poster 95: "Crowding impairs subitizing"
Bilge: Monday 28th, 17:00–18:30 Research Methods: Poster 99: "Creating peripheral shape metamers"
Dan: Tuesday 29th, 16:00–17:00 Spatial vision (Lecture Hall A): "Deconstructing peripheral appearance"
Natalia: Thursday 31st, 11:00–12:30 Perceptual organization: Poster 87: "Emergent features in the crowding zone"
27/06/2017: Schering Foundation Symposium "Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown"
The Ernst Schering Foundation Symposium "Towards a Phenomenology of the
Unknown" is happening at the Kuppenhalle in Berlin on Tuesday, June 27th. It is
part of Ivana's project “Retreat into Darkness. Towards a Phenomenology of the
Unknown" and will feature an exhibition, talks, and a cross-disciplinary
symposium, with Ivana and Bilge.
New article published by John A. Greenwood (UC London), Martin Szinte (LMU
Munich), Bilge Sayim, and Patrick Cavanagh (Université Paris Descartes & Dartmouth
College) in PNAS: "Variations in crowding, saccadic precision, and spatial localization reveal the shared topology of spatial vision".
Find out the paper online here.
09/03/2017: Visit and talk by Prof. Dr. Thomas Lachman
Prof. Dr. Thomas Lachmann (Cognitive and Developmental Psychology, Center for
Cognitive Science, University of Kaiserslautern) will be visiting the lab and
presenting a talk at the Psychology Colloquium
entitled "Reading as functional coordination - a framework."
1/01/2017: New publication in Perspectives on Psychological Science
Vebjörn Ekroll (University of Bergen), Bilge Sayim, and Johan Wagemans (University of Leuven) published a paper on the perceptual principles underlying magic entitled
"The other side of magic: The psychology of perceiving hidden things. Find the paper online here.
01/11/2016: Ivana received a grant by the Ernst Schering Foundation
The grant will fund (inter alia) a symposium on “The phenomenology of the unknown” organized by Ivana and Bilge
at the European Conference of Visual Perception 2017 in Berlin.
06/10/2016: The visit of Professor Robert Pepperell
Professor Robert Pepperell will be visiting the lab and
presenting a talk at the Psychology Colloquium entitled "What scientists can
learn from artists about visual perception" (17:15-18:00 in Fabrikstrasse 8
03/10/2016: Welcome Zeynep
Zeynep Yildirim just arrived in Bern to begin her PhD. She recently completed
her Master's degree in Neuroscience from Bilkent University in Turkey studying
audiovisual effects on resting-state fMRI. Welcome to the Lab! Find out
more about Zeynep on the Team page.
28/09/2016: New publication in i-Perception
Our paper presenting the drawing method with the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure
has just been accepted for publication in the journal i-Perception.
03/09/2016: Welcome Natalia
Natalia Melnik received her M.Sc. in Cognitive Science from Middle East Technical University in 2015. She will start her Ph.D. at
PALAB. Welcome! Find out more about Natalia on the Team page.
01/09/2016: ECVP&VSAC 2016 in Barcelona
The lab attended the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) and the
Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC) in Barcelona. Dan gave a talk on the
"ring paradigm" linking crowding and visual search, Bilge presented a poster on
"Identity Crowding," and Bilge co-authored a VSAC poster with Tilde van Uyten and Erik Myin.