Prof. Dr. Matthias Müller

Prof. Dr. Matthias Müller

Professor

Allgemeine Psychologie und Methodenlehre
Städtisches Kaufhaus
Neumarkt 9, Room 233
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-39543
Fax: +49 341 97-39269

Abstract

Professor for Experimental Psychology and Methods since April 2003 at the University of Leipzig

Professional career

  • 10/2008 - 10/2011
    Dean of the Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy, and Psychology at Leipzig University
  • 10/2006 - 10/2016
    Board of management for the Research Academy Leipzig
  • 10/2005 - 10/2008
    Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy, and Psychology at Leipzig University
  • 10/2004 - 10/2006
    Head of the Psychology department and board member of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at Leipzig University
  • since 04/2003
    Professor for Experimental Psychology and Methods at Leipzig University
  • 10/2001 - 03/2003
    Head of the Multidisciplinary Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Liverpool, Great Britain
  • 01/2000 - 03/2003
    Professor for Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology at the University of Liverpool, Great Britain
  • 09/1995 - 09/1996
    Research stay at the Institute for Neurosciences, University of California at San Diego and Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, USA
  • 10/1994 - 12/1999
    Lecturer in Clinical and Differential Psychology at the University of Konstanz
  • 03/1994 - 05/1994
    Research stay at the Cuban Center for Neurosciences Havana, Cuba
  • 09/1991 - 10/1991
    Research stay at the University of Gainesville, Florida and Stanford University, California, USA
  • 09/1990 - 09/1994
    Researcher at the University of Konstanz, working group Clinical and Differential Psychology
  • 01/1988 - 08/1990
    Student assistant and employee for numerous projects at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Tübingen

Human perception is characterized by the necessity of dealing with an incomplete, but still massive stream of sensory information. Full processing of all of this information would overload our perceptual system - therefore only a part of this information is selected for elaborate processing. Attentional selection, both within and between different sensory modalities, is the main focus of our research. For that purpose we mainly conduct EEG experiments.

  • The role of alpha rhythm in sensory input control during selective attention
    Müller, Matthias
    Duration: 03/2018 - 05/2023
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Allgemeine Psychologie und Methodenlehre
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  • Shifting attention within or between feature dimensions. Neural temporal dynamics in human early visual cortex
    Müller, Matthias
    Duration: 09/2017 - 06/2023
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Allgemeine Psychologie und Methodenlehre
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  • Neural dynamics of multi-sensory processing in the human brain
    Müller, Matthias
    Duration: 06/2012 - 02/2019
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Allgemeine Psychologie und Methodenlehre
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  • Stresstest der "signal suppression" Hypothese: Experimente zum Aufbrechen der zirkulären Argumentation auf der Basis von Verhaltensdaten und der lateralen "Distractor positivity (Pd)"
    Müller, Matthias
    Duration: 05/2021 - ongoing
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Allgemeine Psychologie und Methodenlehre
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  • Neuronale Dynamik der Ablenkung unter Wettbewerb im visuellen Kortex
    Müller, Matthias
    Duration: 03/2022 - 08/2024
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Allgemeine Psychologie und Methodenlehre
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more projects

  • Vieweg, P.; Müller, M.
    Shifting Attention in Feature Space: Fast Facilitation of the To-Be-Attended Feature Is Followed by Slow Inhibition of the To-Be-Ignored Feature
    Journal of cognitive neuroscience. 2021. 33 (4). pp. 651-661
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  • Bekhtereva, V.; Craddock, M.; Müller, M.
    Emotional content overrides spatial attention
    Psychophysiology. 2021. 58 (8).
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  • Gundlach, C.; Forschack, N.; Müller, M.
    Suppression of Unattended Features Is Independent of Task Relevance
    Cerebral Cortex. 2021.
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  • Gundlach, C.; Müller, M.; Hoff, M.; Ragert, P.; Nierhaus, T.; Villringer, A.; Sehm, B.
    Reduction of somatosensory functional connectivity by transcranial alternating current stimulation at endogenous mu‐frequency
    NeuroImage. 2020.
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  • Forschack, N.; Nierhaus, T.; Müller, M.; Villringer, A.
    Dissociable neural correlates of stimulation intensity and detection in somatosensation
    NeuroImage. 2020.
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more publications

The courses inExperimental Psychology and Methods mainly deal with the following topics: attention, learning, memory, emotion and motivation. Our teachings aim to outline general principles for human and animal behaviour. In Leipzig we put emphasis on cognitive neurosciences regarding psychology. In methodological seminars as well as accompanying courses of the Cognitive and Biological Psychology, we provide the neccessary tools for a general understanding of e.g. electroencephalographic recordings (EEG), functional imaging (fMRI, PET) or electrical / magnetic stimulation methods (tACS, TMS).