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Research of our unit focuses on issues in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Using methods of Biological and Experimental Psychology, processes and architectures of voluntary and involuntary attention, (auditory, visual, and audio-visual) perception, (working) memory, learning, emotion, language and judgment are investigated in healthy adults and in children. Our research follows an human information processing approach and emphasizes the predictive nature of our mental system. The laboratory's equipment has been selected to meet this goal (Labs).


  • [2021-01-28] What happens if a visual cue misleads auditory expectations? We demonstrate that the thereby elicited Incongruency Response (IR) reflects a sensorial prediction error signal. Please see „Modulation of early auditory processing by visual information: Prediction or bimodal integration?“ by Maria V. Stuckenberg, Erich Schröger and Andreas Widmann (Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics) for details.
  • [2020-12-03] According to a study by Ioannidis et al. ( Ioannidis JPA, Boyack KW, Baas J (2020) Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators. PLoS Biol 18(10): e3000918) Erich Schröger belongs to the worldwide most cited scientists (top 2 promille) across all disciplines.
  • [2020-03-20] Dear students, since physical attendance of courses during the beginning of the summer semester 2020 is not an option, we will provide our course content in electronic form. For specific information on access and modalities, please click on the tab "Lehre" of the according modules. You will also be informed via your student email account. In spite of the current situation our aim is to provide high quality teaching as well as to avoid any disadvantages for our students.
  • [2020-01-17] During memorization of pictures, changes in pupil diameter can predict later successful recognition in children aged 8-9 and adults. During retrieval, novel pictures showed stronger pupil constriction than familiar pictures (Wetzel, Einhäuser, & Widmann, in press. Picture-Evoked Changes in Pupil Size Predict Learning Success in Children, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology)
  • [2020-01-16] Prof. Erich Schröger is appointed to the Commission of the Elite Network of Bavaria. From January 2020 on, he is one of 14 members of the Commission selecting and evaluating the Elite Graduate Programs, the International Doctorate Programs as well as the International Junior Research Groups.
  • [2020-01-14] The Univerity of Leipzig science podcast „Auf einen Kaffee mit ...“ has Elisabeth Krollpfeiffer speaking with Prof. Erich Schröger about his research on attention, memory and fascinating experiments.
  • [2019-12-06] The student representatives (FSR) for Psychology at Leipzig University vote Dr. Dagmar Müller in third place for her dedicated teaching in 2019 and award her the "Wilhelm-Wundt-Lehrpreis".
  • [2019-06-06] Today, Professor Robert O’Shea, already a Guest Scientist at BioCog, started a full-time contract as a BioCog researcher until August 2020. Professor Robert O’Shea said he is exceptionally grateful to Professor Erich Schröger and to Dr. Dagmar Müller for making this position possible.
  • [2018-12-15] The paper by Nicole Wetzel and Erich Schröger "On the development of auditory distraction: A review" from 2014 most cited papers PsyCh Journal.
  • [2018-09-01] Professor Robert P. O’Shea from Southern Cross University in Australia began as a Guest Scientist. Professor O’Shea is interested in how our brains produce the experiences of the things we see and in the history and philosophy of science and psychology.
  • [2018-08-29] A new study by Maria Stuckenberg, C. Nayak, B. Meyer, C. Völker, V. Hohmann und A. Bendixen with the title "Age effects on concurrent speech segregation by onset asynchrony" was accepted for publication in the journal Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. The study demonstrates that young (18-33 years) and elderly (55-74 years) listeners benefit to a similar extent from onset asynchrony as a cue for concurrent speech segregation.
  • [2018-07-02] Interview (Multimedia, Audio) with Erich Schröger by MDR Aktuell on his listing as one of the 50 most influential living psychologists in the world.
  • [2018-05-11] A new study by Nicole Wetzel, Florian Scharf, and Andreas Widmann with the title "Can't ignore – distraction by task-irrelevant sounds in early and middle childhood" was accepted for publication in the journal Child Development. The study demonstrates considerable development of attention control throughout early childhood.
  • [2018-04-03] A new study by Florian Scharf and Steffen Nestler with the title "Principles behind variance misallocation in temporal exploratory factor analysis for ERP data: Insights from an inter-factor covariance decomposition" was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Psychophysiology. The study demonstrates that the topographic overlap introduces substantial inter-factor correlations when exploratory factor analysis is applied to event-related potential data and that, therefore, orthogonal rotation methods should be avoided.
  • [2018-01-23] A new study by Andreas Widmann, Erich Schröger, and Nicole Wetzel accepted for publication in Biological Psychology demonstrates that the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems contributions to the pupil dilation response can be separated by means of principal component analysis and emotional arousal is reflected selectively in the sympathetic response (press release).
  • [2018-01-08] Erich Schröger was named among the 50 most influential living psychologists in the world
  • [2017-04-11] Prof Dr. Erich Schröger was elected as the Vice-Rector for Research and Young Academics of the University of Leipzig (press release).

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Cognitive and Biological Psychology

University of Leipzig
Faculty of Life Sciences
Institute of Psychology
Neumarkt 9-19
D-04109 Leipzig


Dagmar Schrödl
Phone: +49 341 97-39570
Email: dagmar dot schroedl at uni-leipzig dot de

Fax: +49 341 97-39271