I am interested in the interaction of vision with action. I study how our visual system controls spatial navigation and exploration, how eye movements and attention contribute to visual perception, and how we perceive actions of others. To approach these issues my lab combines behavioral and physiological experiments with computational modeling. I believe that a true understanding of a cognitive function is equivalent to being able to formulate a quantitative model.
Zimmermann, E., Lappe, M. (2010) Motor signals in visual localization. Journal of Vision 10(6):2, 1–11
Hamker, F. H., Zirnsak, M., Calow, D. & Lappe, M. (2008). The peri-saccadic perception of objects and space. PLoS Comp. Biol. 4(2):e31
Lappe, M., Jenkin, M., Harris, L. R. (2007). Travel distance estimation from visual motion by leaky path integration. Experimental Brain Research 180:35-48
Lange, J. & Lappe, M. (2006). A model of biological motion perception from configural form cues. Journal of Neuroscience, 26(11):2894-2906.
Beintema, J. A & Lappe, M. (2002). Perception of biological motion without local image motion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 99: 5661-5663.
|1989||Diploma in Physics, Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen|
|1990-1992||Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, USA / PhD stipend from the Max-Planck Society|
|1992||Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) in Physics, University of Tübingen|
|1993-2002||Researcher at the Department of Zoology & Neurobiology, Ruhr- University Bochum|
|1998||Habilitation in Neurobiology, Faculty of Biology, Ruhr-University Bochum|
|Since 2002||Professor of Psychology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster|
Honours and Special Recognitions
|1999||BioFuture Prize of the German Minister for Science and Technology|