Dr. Katja Mayer

Institute for Psychology
Fliednerstr. 21
Building A9
D - 48149 Münster

Phone: +49 (0)251 / 83 34174
Fax: +49 (0)251 / 83-34180
Email: katja.mayer@uni-muenster.de

Research Areas

My research interest is in visual perception. Currently, I investigate whether there are interactions between the processing of optic flow and the processing of biological motion; two highly relevant visual processes in everyday-life. I use psychophysical methods to test possible interactions between the two processes.
My previous research projects addressed recognition and feature integration of dynamic objects in the brain, biological motion detection in natural scenes, neural correlates of foreign language learning in adulthood, cortical representations of different word types, duration perception in crossmodally-defined intervals, haptic search and visuo-haptic cue-weighting in the brain.

Selected Publications

    Mayer, K. M., Macedonia, M., & von Kriegstein, K. (2017). Recently learned foreign abstract and conrete nouns are represented in distinct cortical areas similar to the native language. Human Brain Mapping 38:4398-4412 (2017)

    Mayer, K. M., Thornton, I. M., & Vuong, V. C. (2017). Humans are detected more efficiently than machines in the context of natural scenes. Japanese Psychological Research, 59(2). doi: 10.1111/jpr.12145

    Mayer, K. M., Vuong, V. C., & Thornton, I. M. (2015). Do people “pop out”? PLOS ONE, 10(10). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139618

    Mayer, K. M., Yildiz, I.B., Macedonia, M., & von Kriegstein, K. (2015). Visual and motor cortices differentially support the translation of foreign language vocabulary. Current Biology, 25(4). doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.11.068

    Mayer, K. M., Di Luca, M., & Ernst, M. O. (2014). Duration perception in crossmodally-defined intervals. Acta Psychologica, 147(2-9). doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2013.07.009 

Academic CV

since 2017 Post-doc (Insitut für Psychologie,  AE Lappe, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster)
2017  3 months maternity leave substitution at the psychotherapy ward (Universitätsklinikum Münster)
2014 - 2017 post-graduate studying course psychological psychotherapy (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster)
2011 -2014 Post-doc (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, MPRG Neural Correlates of Human Communication, Leipzig)
2007 - 2010 PhD (Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, Great Britain)
2005 -2006  6 months research visit (Department for Neuroscience, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
2002 - 2007 diploma studying course psychology (Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen)

Honors and Awards

Invited speaker at the Rank Prize Meeting, Grasmere, Great Britain, February 2012