Perception-Action Integration

Principle investigators: Edmund Wascher, Kristina Küper
Staff: Katharina Hoppe
Funds: n.a.  
Cooperation/Partners: Christian Beste (Dresden)

The transfer of visual information into an adequate action is essential for goal-directed behavior. Knowledge about the mechanisms of visuo-motor transfer is therefore essential for any action (and, in particular, for human-machine interactions).
The work in this project starts from selection of relevant information. Which features of a signal get amplified and which extenuated? How is information transfered into the process of action selection?
The integration of these questions into a physiolgically plausible model is the final aim of this research.


  • Validation of mechanisms of competitive information processing and extending this approach to other experimental settings
  • Integration of mechanisms of information uptake with storage and response selection accounts (in co-operation with the junior group “working memory”
  • Evaluating a neurophysiolgical model of perception action integration also by means of neurogenetics

Recent publications

  • Pinnow M, Laskowski V, Wascher E, Schulz S: Shifting attention: ERP correlates of action orientation in processing behaviorally irrelevant information. Motivat Sci 1: 73-86 (2015)
  • Schankin A, Hagemann D, Wascher E: Simon effects in change detection and change blindness. Psychol Res 79: 1022-1033 (2015)
  • Schneider D, Hoffmann S, Wascher E: Sustained posterior contralateral activity indicates re-entrant target processing in visual change detection: an EEG study. Front Hum Neurosci 8: 247 (2014)
  • Schneider D, Wascher E: Mechanisms of target localization in visual change detection: An interplay of gating and filtering. Behav Brain Res 256: 311-319 (2013)
  • Stock A-K, Wascher E, Beste C: Differential effects of motor efference copies and proprioceptive information on response evaluation processes. PLoS One 8(4): e62335 (2013)
  • Wascher E, Heppner H, Möckel T, Kobald SV, Getzmann S: Eye-blinks in choice response tasks uncover hidden aspects of information processing. EXCLI J 14:1207-1218 (2015)
  • Wascher E, Schneider D, Hoffmann S: Does response selection contribute to inhibition of return? Psychophysiology 52: 942-950 (2015)