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All visual information is a pattern of light from either a primary light source or through reflections from surfaces within the scene. The image intensity depends on the illumination, the reflectance properties and the shape of objects. Thus, all visual information is ambiguous and the problem of estimating distal properties from the proximal stimulus is under-constrained. The visual system is faced with the problem of reconstructing the 3D scene from the 2D retinal image however, we do see the world unambiguously. How does the visual system process information that give rise to the coherent environment that we see? From the start of my PhD I have been fascinated by this result and tried to understand how the visual system estimates all these abundant descriptions that we use to depict the world around us and what cues in the image are relevant for appearance. The questions that fascinate me as a scientist do not end that the computations that are crucial to measure appearance, but also the computations that are needed to encode that information. All this incoming visual information is inherently so rich that fully processing that information exceeds the capacities of the visual system. Ultimately, I wish to investigate how the brain carries out these computations that determine the appearance of the world around us and the encoding of visual information in order to make decisions. 

Research topics

visual perception

visual ensembles

serial dependence

visual priming

decision making

material perception

Assistant Professor
since 08/2022

Icelandic Vision Lab, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

Postdoctoral Researcher
​10/2020 - 05/2022

Postdoctoral researcher at the SCALab (Université de Lille) collaborating with Dr. Bilge Sayim and Dr. Wolf Harmening (Universität Bonn, Germany)


Postdoctoral Researcher

​10/2017 - 09/2020


Postdoctoral researcher at the Icelandic Vision Lab (University of Iceland) collaborating with Prof. Árni Kristjánsson and Dr. Andrey Chetverikov (Donders Institute of Brain, Cognition and Behavior)

Postdoctoral Researcher

12/2016 - 09/2017

Postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs, École Normale Supérieure collaborating with Dr. Pascal Mamassian.

Continuation of my PhD work: Gloss and transparency perception

Research Assistant

08/2011 - 12/2012


Research assistant at the Department for Cognitive Neuroscience, Universität Tübingen, Germany







Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

02/2013 - 11/2016


PhD in Psychology

Awarded by Université Paris Descartes, France and conducted at the École Normale Supérieure under the supervision of Dr. Pascal Mamassian

Thesis title: Contextual effects in human gloss perception 


Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany

10/2005 - 05/2011


Diplom (MSc. Equiv.) in Biology, major: animal physiology/neuroscience, minors: cell biology and psychology

Awarded by the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany


Thesis title: The importance of eye movement patterns in dynamic environments (under supervision of Prof. Hanspeter Mallot)

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