Contact information:

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


07.11.2019: Bilge's lecture @ SINTA

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).

09-11/09/2019: 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".

29/08/2019: Koen received Tom Troscianko Memorial Award!

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: We're going to 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. See Publications for more details. Congratulations Koen, good work!

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. See Publications for more details.

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:
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”

01/05/2018: 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.