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Heinrich R. Liesefeld

PD Dr. Heinrich René Liesefeld

Senior Researcher
Akademischer Rat auf Zeit


Allgemeine und Experimentelle Psychologie
Department Psychologie
LMU München
Leopoldstr. 13, 80802 Munich

Room: 3219
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 6302
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 5211

Office hours:
by arrangement

Further Information

Research interests

Topics: distraction, priority maps, visual working memory, visual attention, statistics, mental rotation
Methods: computational modeling, psychophysics, EEG, eye tracking, fMRI, theoretical integration


Clicking on the DOI will take you to the article on the publisher's website; clicking on the title will take you to an online read-only version of the full article (if available)

in press/online first

  • Laybourn, S., Frenzel, A.C., Constant, M., & Liesefeld, H.R. (in press). Unintended emotions in the laboratory: Emotions incidentally induced by a standard visual working memory task predict task performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
  • Liesefeld, H.R.*, Liesefeld, A.M.*, & Müller, H.J. (2021). Preparatory control against distraction is not feature-based. Cerebral Cortex. (*shared first authorship)


  • Arend, J.M., Liesefeld, H.R., & Pörschmann, C. (2021). On the contribution of binaural cues to auditory distance estimation of nearby sound sources. Acta Acustica, 5, 10.
  • Arend, J. M., Ramírez, M., Liesefeld, H. R., & Pӧrschmann, C. (2021). Do near-field cues enhance the plausibility of non-individual binaural rendering in a dynamic multimodal virtual acoustic scene? Acta Acustica, 5, 55.
  • Chen, S., Kocsis, A., Liesefeld, H.R., Müller, H.J., & Conci, M. (2021). Object-based grouping benefits without integrated feature representations in visual working memory. Attention Perception, & Psychophysics,83, 1357-1374.
  • Dodwell, G., Liesefeld, H.R., Conci, M., Müller, H.J., & Töllner, T. (2021). EEG evidence for enhanced attentional performance during moderate-intensity exercise. Psychophysiology, 58, e13923.
  • Constant, M., & Liesefeld, H.R. (2021). Massive effects of saliency on information processing in visual working memory. Psychological Science, 32, 682-691. [preprint]
  • Liesefeld, H.R., Liesefeld, A.M., & Müller, H.J. (2021). Attentional capture: an ameliorable side-effect of searching for salient targets. Visual Cognition, 29, 600-603.http:/
  • Liesefeld, H.R., & Müller, H.J. (2021). Modulations of saliency signals at two hierarchical levels of priority computation revealed by spatial statistical distractor learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 150, 710-728.
  • Pavlov, Y.G., Adamian, N., Appelhoff, S., Arvaneh, M., Benwell, C., Beste, C., … Liesefeld, H.R., … Mushtaq, F. (2021). #EEGManyLabs: Investigating the replicability of influential EEG experiments. Cortex, 144, 213-229. [preprint]
  • Sauter, M., Hanning, N.M., Liesefeld, H.R., & Müller, H.J. (2021). Statistical learning of frequent distractor locations in visual search: A role for post-selective distractor rejection processes? Cortex, 135, 108-126. [preprint]
  • Souza, A.S., Thaler, T., Liesefeld, H.R., Santos, F.H., Peixoto, D.S., & Albuquerque, P.D. (2021). No evidence that self-rated negative emotion boosts visual working memory precision. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance,47, 282-307.






2015 and before

  • Zimmer, H.D., & Liesefeld, H.R. (2011). Spatial information in (visual) working memory. In A. Vandierendonck & A. Szmalec (Eds.), Spatial working memory (pp. 46-66). Hove, England: Psychology Press.