Contact information:

Prof. Dr. Bilge Sayim
Institute of Psychology, University of Bern
Fabrikstrasse 8, 3012 Bern (Switzerland)
Phone: +41 31 631 57 99


17-22/05/2019: We're going to VSS2019 in Florida!!

Don't miss our presentations!

26-28/11/2018: Bilge's talk @ 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

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).

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 by Journal of Vision. Congratulations Natalia, good work!!

24-30/08/2018: We're going to ECVP/VSAC in Trieste!!

Don't miss our presentations:
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”
Bilge's poster on Saturday at VSAC: “Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown: ‘Impossible’ Objects in a Contemporary Art Installation”

01/05/2018: Welcome Lea!

Lea Volken has joined our team as a research assistant. She is pursuing a MSc in Psychology at the University of Bern and will be involved in several projects in our lab.

01/03/2018: Book chapter

Bilge and Ivana published a book chapter in "Retreat into Darkness: Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown" entitled "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.

9/11/2017: Wolf Harmening Visit and Colloquium

Wolf Harmening from the Adaptive Optics Laboratory at the Eye Hospital in Bonn, Germany is visiting the lab and presenting a talk in the Psychology Institute Colloqium (17.15 in Room B306 of Fabrikstrasse 8).

1/11/2017: Welcome Koen!!

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!

1/9/2017: New paper in JOV

Our latest manuscript, entitled "Appearance changes and error distributions in crowding revealed by drawings" was recently published in Journal of Vision.

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 organisation: 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.

See Schering Foundation website or the program PDF for more details.

16/04/2017: New publication in PNAS

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"

09/03/2017: Visit and talk by Prof. Dr. Thomas Lachmann

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."

11/01/2017: 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.

02/01/2017: Welcome to the team, Laura!

Laura Niederhauser has joined the team as a research assistant. She will be involved in a number of projects on crowding, reading, and dyslexia.

01/11/2016: Ivana received a grant by the Ernst Schering Foundation, congratulations!

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.

6/10/2016: Professor Robert Pepperell visit

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 Room B306).

3/10/2016: 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 People page.

28/09/2016: i-Perception paper accepted!

Our paper presenting the drawing method with the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure has just been accepted for publication in the journal i-Perception.

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.

9/8/2016: Visit and presentation in Bonn

We visited the Adaptive Optics Laboratory of Dr. Wolf Harmening at the Eye Hospital in Bonn, Germany, and Bilge presented in the weekly colloqium.