Dr. Stefanie Theusner (name at birth: Rau)

Institute of Psychology
Fliednerstrasse 21
D-48149 Münster

Phone: +49 (0) 251/83 34174
Fax.: +49 (0) 251/83 34173
E-mail: stefanie.theusner@uni-muenster.de

PhD in 2015

Research Project

Perception of biological motion

A recent model of the perception of biological motion propose a two-stage process. In a first stage the form of a moving human is getting analysed by template matching. Therefore every single frame of the moving human is compared with stored templates of different postures. In a second stage the temporal order of the postures determines the body motion, i.e. forward or backward walking. A computational model realises these two analysis steps and reproduce human performance. My research focuses on the extension and the improvement of this model. The body motion analysis is getting implemented in a biological plausible way by the use of non-biological motion-energy mechanisms. Additional my research focuses on predictions due to this model, e.g. the existence of two separate analysis steps. 

PhD Committee

Prof. Dr. M. Lappe
Prof. Dr. C. Pantev
Prof. Dr. N. Sachser


Theusner S, de Lussanet M, Lappe M (2014) Action recognition by motion detection in posture space. J Neurosci 34:909–921. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2900-13.2014.

Theusner S, de Lussanet MHE, Lappe M (2011) Adaptation to biological motion leads to a motion and a form aftereffect. Atten Percept Psychophys 73:1843–1855. doi:10.3758/s13414-011-0133-7.

Conference Contributions

Theusner, S., de Lussanet, M. & Lappe, M.
A model of three-dimensional biological motion perception from two-dimensional views. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society Conference (VSS), Naples, USA, 2012.

Theusner, S., de Lussanet, M. H. E. & Lappe, M.
Biological motion in the first, second and third order motion scheme. Poster presented at the Neuroscience Conference, Washington D. C., USA, 2011.

Theusner, S., de Lussanet, M. H. E. & Lappe, M.
Occlusion enhances the perception of point-light biological motion. Poster presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Toulouse, France 2011.

Rau, S., de Lussanet, M.H.E. & Lappe, M.
Adaptation to biological motion leads to motion and form aftereffects. Poster presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Regensburg, Germany, 2009.

Rau, S.
A computational model for detection of biological motion. Poster presented at the OCC Symposium, Münster, Germany, 2008.


*1981 Herdecke, Germany
2001-2002 Studies in Physics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2002-2006 Studies in Physics, University of Münster
2006 Diploma thesis (Bachelor/Master), Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Münster, Title: Vergleich verschiedener Approximationen in der chiralen Störungstheorie für Twisted-Mass Gitter-QCD (Supervisor: Prof.Dr. Münster)
2007 Teaching Physics and Mathematics at the Gymnasium Hammonense in Hamm
2007 Beginning of PhD research project, Institute of Psychology, University of Münster