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EEG & Behavior Lab

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Our laboratory focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying (visual and cross-modal) attention and working memory in healthy young adults, healthy elderly adults, and adults with psychiatric and neurological disorders. By combining mental chronometry with electroencephalographic brain responses, we aim at dissociating the temporal dynamics of perceptual and response-related processes as a function of top-down expectancy, bottom-up saliency, and intertrial history biases.



Research Topics

Our current research concentrates on four areas: 



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Lab Members


PD Dr. Thomas Töllner

Lab Coordinator, PI


Natan Napiorkowski

Doctoral Student


Jan Nasemann

Doctoral Student


Duncan Huizinga

Student Assistant dh

Vinzenz Wolf

Student Assistant vw

Julia Folz

Master Student jf

Gordon Dodwell

Master Student

Olivia Maksimowicz


Bachelor Student

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Selected Publications

  • Töllner, T., Wang, Y., Makeig, S., Müller, H. J., Jung, T.-P., & Gramann, K. (2017). Two independent frontal midline theta oscillations during conflict detection and adaptation in a Simon-type manual reaching task. The Journal of Neuroscience, 37(9), 2504-2515.

  • Töllner, T. & Rangelov, D. (in press). Item-based selection is in good shape in visual compound search: A view from electrophysiology. Behavioral Brain Sciences.

  • Töllner, T., Conci, M., Müller, H. J., & Mazza, V. (2016). Attending to multiple objects relies on both feature- and dimension-based control mechanisms: Evidence from human electrophysiology. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78 (7), 2079-2089.

  • Bocca, F., Töllner, T., Müller, H. J., & Taylor, P. (2016). The right angular gyrus combines perceptual and response-related expectancies in visual search: TMS-EEG evidence. Brain Stimulation, 8, 816-822 

  • Cross-Villasana, F., Finke, K., Hennig-Fast, K., Kilian, B., Wiegand, I., Müller, H.J., Möller, H-J., Töllner, T. (2015). The speed of visual attention and motor-response decisions in adult ADHD. Biological Psychiatry,78, 107-115.

  • Töllner, T., Mink, M., & Müller, H. J. (2015). Searching for targets in visual working memory: Investigating a "dimensional feature bundle" (DFB) model. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1339, 32-44.

  • Töllner, T., Conci., M., & Müller, H. J. (2015). Predictive distractor context facilitates attentional selection of high, but not intermediate and low, salience targets. Human Brain Mapping, 36, 935-944.

  • Wiegand, I., Töllner, T., Habekost, T., Dyrholm, M., Müller, H.J., & Finke, K. (2014). Distinct neural markers of TVA-based visual processing speed and short-term storage capacity parameters. Cerebral Cortex, 24 (8), 1967-1978.

  • Wiegand, I., Töllner, T., Dyrholm, M., Müller, H.J., Bundesen, C., & Finke, K. (2014). Neural correlates of age-related decline and compensation in visual attention capacity. Neurobiology of Aging, 35 (9), 2161-2173.

  • Töllner, T., Eschmann, K., Rusch, T., & Müller, H.J. (2014). Contralateral delay activity reveals dimension-based attentional orienting to locations in visual working memory. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 76 (3), 655-662.

  • Töllner, T., Conci, M., Rusch, T., & Müller, H.J. (2013). Selective manipulation of target identification demands in visual search: The role of stimulus contrast in CDA activations. Journal of Vision. 13(3):23, 1-13.

  • Wiegand, I., Finke, K., Müller, H.J., & Töllner, T. (2013). Event-related potentials dissociate perceptual from response-related age effects in visual search. Neurobiology of Aging, 34, 973-985.

  • Töllner, T., Rangelov, D., & Müller, H.J. (2012). How the speed of motor-response decisions, but not focal-attentional selection, differs as a function of task set and target prevalence. PNAS, 109 (28), E1990-E1999.

  • Töllner, T., Müller, H.J., & Zehetleitner, M. (2012). Top-down dimensional weight set determines the capture of visual attention: Evidence from the PCN component. Cerebral Cortex, 22 (7), 1554-1563.

  • Töllner, T., Zehetleitner, M., Gramann, K., & Müller, H.J. (2011). Stimulus saliency modulates pre-attentive processing speed in human visual cortex. PLoS ONE, 6 (1): e16276.

  • Töllner, T., Zehetleitner, M., Krummenacher, J., & Müller, H.J. (2011). Perceptual basis of redundancy gains in visual pop-out search. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23 (1), 137-150.

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Our lab has ongoing projects in collaboration with the following researchers:

  • Veronica Mazza (Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Italy)
  • Klaus Gramann (Dept. Psychology and Ergonomics, TU Berlin)
  • Scott Makeig (Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, UCSD, USA)
  • Anders Peterson (Center for Visual Cognition, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Jasna Martinovic (University of Aberdeen, UK)
  • Stephen Monsell (University of Exeter, UK)

Former Lab Members

  • Dragan Rangelov (University of Queensland)
  • Iris Wiegand (University of Copenhagen)
  • Kathrin Eschmann (University of Saarbrücken)
  • Tessa Rusch (University of Hamburg)
  • Nick Myers (University of Oxford)