Anne Thaler

Alumni of the Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action
Alumni of the Research Group Body and Space perception

Main Focus

My dissertation is part of an interdisciplinary project that studies body representations by integrating expert perspectives from neuroscience, medicine, computer science, and philosophy. I use virtual reality technologies and biometric-based 3D body models to study mechanisms related to body representations, specifically the influence of visual cues on body perception and the perception of realistic virtual avatars. My projects are at the interface between computer science and cognitive psychology.

Curriculum Vitae


05/2018 - ongoing

University of Utah (US)

Visiting Researcher, Department of Psychology

Supervisors: Prof. Jeanine K. Stefanucci, Prof. Sarah H. Creem-Regehr

01/2015 -  ongoing

Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (GER)

PhD Student, Space and Body Perception Group

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Betty Mohler, Dr. Michael Geuss

09/2012 - 07/2014

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL)

Research Master (MSc) "Cognitive Neuropsychology", graduated cum laude

Thesis supervisors: Prof. Dr. Jan Theeuwes (VU Amsterdam, Dept. Cognitive Psychology),

Prof. Robert Rafal (Bangor University, Dept. Clinical Neuroscience and Neuropsychology)

02/2014 - 04/2014

Bangor University (UK)

Visiting researcher

09/2011 - 06/2012

University of Sussex (UK)

Visiting student

10/2008 - 06/2012

Universität Tübingen (GER)

BSc Biology, graduated cum laude

Thesis supervisors: Dr. Gregor Hardiess, Prof. Dr. Hanspeter Mallot (Dept. Cognitive Neurobiology)

Relevant Work Experience

09/2014 - 12/2014

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL)

Research Assistant, Dept. Cognitive Psychology

09/2013 - 07/2014

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL)

University Research Fellow of Prof. Dr. Jan Theeuwes / Student Assistant

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