René Michel
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René Michel
Institute of Psychology
Fliednerstraße 21
48149 Münster
T: +49 (0) 251/83 34129

Joined OCC in 2019

Research Project

In everyday life, we experience our visual perception as a continuous stream.

Nevertheless, accumulating evidence from both psychophysical and neuronal data indicates that this perceived continuous stream relies on a series of discrete snapshots (comparable to a video camera taking pictures at a certain frame rate). This sensory rhythm is mostly found within the alpha band (8-12 Hz). Among this sensory rhythm, recent research also found covert attention (the selective enhancement of information processing in certain regions of our visual field in absence of eye movements) to operate rhythmically, but in a slower fashion, located within the theta range (4-7 Hz).

In my PhD project, we focus on the slower attentional rhythm and aim to shed light on its characteristics and try to find neural correlates by means of EEG, psychophysics and machine learning.

PhD Committee

Prof. Dr. Niko A. Busch

Prof. Dr. Markus Lappe

Prof. Dr. Laura Dugué


Michel, R.; Bölte, J., & Liepelt, R. (2018). When a Social Experimenter Overwrites Effects of Salient Objects in an Individual Go/No-Go Simon Task – An ERP Study. Frontiers in Psychology, 3(674). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00674.

Conference Contributions

Biella, M., & Michel, R. (2018). Grenzen menschlicher Leistungsfähigkeit im Cockpit: wie können rechtzeitig Performanzeinbrüche erkannt werden? Vortrag beim Deutschen Luft- und Raumfahrtkongress, Friedrichshafen, Germany.


*1991 Remscheid, Germany

2011–2014   B.Sc. Psychology at the University of Muenster, Germany

2014–2017   M.Sc. Psychology at the University of Muenster, Germany

2017-2018    Research Associate, Neurobiopsychology (Prof. Dr. König), University of Osnabrueck, Germany

2018 - now    PhD student, Experimental Psychology (Prof. Dr. Busch), University of Muenster, Germany

2019 - now    PhD student, Otto-Creutzfeldt-Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Muenster,                               Germany