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Katharina Anton-Erxleben
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Email: katharina.antonerxleben@nyu.edu

Phone: 212-998-8233

Hails From: Germany

Academic Appointments:

Since 2011
Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Prof. Marisa Carrasco

Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science, NYU

National Research Service Award of the National Institutes of Health (National Eye Institute)


2009- 2011
Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Profs. Marisa Carrasco and Laurence Maloney

Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science, NYU

Feodor-Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation


Education:

2008
PhD, "summa cum laude", Graduate Program of the International Max Planck Research School for Neuroscience, Göttingen, Germany

Thesis: Psychophysics and physiology of attentional influences on visual motion processing, German Primate Center

Advisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue

2004
M. Sc. Neurosciences, Graduate Program of the International Max Planck Research School for Neuroscience, Göttingen, Germany

Thesis: Psychophysics and functional brain imaging of attentional modulation, German Primate Center

Advisors: Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue and Prof. Dr. Jens Frahm

2001
Vordiplom / Bachelor in Psychology, Universität Konstanz, Germany

Research interests:
Visual perception is not a veridical representation of our physical environment. Instead, processing of the visual scene is affected by the selective allocation of attention: Vision at an attended location is faster, more accurate, and of higher spatial resolution. Previously, I have used electrophysiological recording of single-unit activity in awake behaving monkets to study the effects of visual attention at a single-neuron level. Inspired by these results, I became interested in perceptual consequences of such changes in neuronal responses. Using psychophysical methods with human observers, my current research investigates influences of attention on visual perception. Specifically, I am interested in the interaction of adaptation and attention and their effects on the subjective appearance of visual stimuli.

 
Publications:

Anton-Erxleben, K., & Carrasco, M. (2013). Attentional enhancement of spatial resolution: Linking behavioral and neurophysiological evidence. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 14, 188-200.
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Anton-Erxleben, K., Herrmann, K., Carrasco, M. (2013). Independent effects of adaptation and attention on perceived speed. Psychological Science, 24(2), 150-159.
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Anton-Erxleben, K., Abrams, J., Carrasco, M. (2011). Equality judgments cannot distinguish between attention effects on appearance and criterion: A reply to Schneider. Journal of Vision, 11(13): 8.
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Anton-Erxleben, K., Abrams, J., Carrasco, M. (2010). Evaluating comparative and equality judgments in contrast perception: Attention alters appearance. Journal of Vision 10(11): 6.
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Anton-Erxleben, K., Stephan, V. M., Treue, S. (2009). Attention reshapes center-surround receptive-field structure in macaque cortical area MT. Cerebral Cortex 19: 2466-2478.
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Womelsdorf, T., Anton-Erxleben, K., Treue, S. (2008). Receptive field shift and shrinkage in macaque area MT through attentional gain modulation. Journal of Neuroscience 28(36): 8934-8944.
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Anton-Erxleben, K., Henrich, C., Treue, S. (2007). Attention changes perceived size of moving visual patterns. Journal of Vision 7(11):5 1-9.
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Womelsdorf, T., Anton-Erxleben, K., Pieper, F., Treue, S. (2006). Dynamic shifts of visual receptive fields in cortical area MT by spatial attention. Nature Neuroscience 9(9): 1156-1160.
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Conference contributions:

Anton-Erxleben, K., Westendorff, S., Treue, S., Gail, A. (2012). Attention distorts reach space. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, Naples, Florida, USA.

Anton-Erxleben, K., Herrmann, K., Carrasco, M. (2011). Independent effects of adaptation and attention on speed perception. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, Naples, Florida, USA.

Fix, J., Schroll, H., Anton-Erxleben, K., Womelsdorf, T., Treue, S., Hamker, F. (2010). Influence of spatial attention on the receptive field shape of neurons in monkey area MT. Computational Neuroscience, Lyon, France.

Anton-Erxleben, K., Abrams, J., Carrasco, M. (2010). Attention does alter apparent contrast: Evaluating comparative and equality judgments. Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, FL., USA.

Anton-Erxleben, K., Stephan, V. M., Treue, S. (2008). Attention reshapes center-surround receptive-field structure in macaque cortical area MT. 4th Bernstein Symposium of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Munich, Germany.

Anton-Erxleben, K., Stephan, V. M., Treue, S. (2007). Attention modulates receptive field structure in macaque area MT. Society for Neuroscience (SFN) Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA.

Anton-Erxleben, K. (2007). Attention modulates receptive field structure in macaque area MT. 3rd Bernstein Symposium of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Göttingen, Germany.

Anton-Erxleben, K., Henrich, C., Tzvetanov, T., Treue, S. (2007). Attention changes perceived size of moving visual patterns. Göttinger Neurobiologentagung, Göttingen, Germany.

Anton-Erxleben, K., Henrich, C., Treue, S. (2006). Attention changes perceived size of moving visual patterns. Society for Neuroscience (SFN) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, USA.