Visual Perception Laboratory

Welcome to the website of the Visual Perception Laboratory.

The Visual Perception Lab uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), behavioural techniques, and computational modelling to study human visual perception. The lab is located at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité Campus Mitte, Berlin, and is headed by Prof. Dr. Philipp Sterzer and PD Dr. Guido Hesselmann.

Main research interests include the neural basis of conscious and unconscious perception, the interactions of emotion and motivation with visual awareness, and alterations of these processes in mental diseases.

The visual perception lab is funded by the German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung), and is associated with the Opens external link in current windowBernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin, the Opens external link in current windowInternational Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences, and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.




Prof. Dr. MD Philipp Sterzer

Philipp Sterzer

Group Leader

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

CCM: Campus Charité Mitte

Charité Center Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry CC 15

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy


t: +49 30 450 517215

f: +49 30 450 517944


Group Leaders

Philipp Sterzer (CV)
Guido Hesselmann


Katharina Schmack
Marcus Rothkirch
Gregor Wilbertz
Matthias Guggenmos
Veith Weilnhammer
Maria Sekutowicz
Apoorva Rajiv Madipakkam
Eva Flemming
Heiner Stuke
Rekha Varrier
Natasha Darcy
Eyal Ophir
Katharina Kanthak
James Kerr
Peter Eric Heinze
Jan Milde
Yvonne Daschowski
Polina Arbuzova