Loes van Dam

Alumni of the Research Group Multisensory Perception and Action

Main Focus


I'm currently employed by the .

Research Interest

Human perception is largely based on prior knowledge about correlations between the world around us and the sensory inputs resulting from it. Most of this prior knowledge has been learned and updated since our infancy, but even in our adulthood our perceptual system is continuously updating our knowledge as we encounter new correlations. My research interests concerns such learning processes and I'm trying to find out more about the mechanisms involved. To do so I study learning effects on several different timescales: from recalibration effects that take place within a few minutes to learning to use entirely new correlations that can take upto hours and even days to learn.

Curriculum Vitae


01/01/2011 - current, Postdoctoral Scientist, University of Bielefeld

01/01/2007 - 31/12/2010  Postdoctoral scientist, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

01/07/2006 - 31/12/2006  Postdoctoral scientist, Physics of Man, Helmholtz Institute at the University of Utrecht

01/02/2002 - 14/06/2006  PhD Student, Physics of Man, Helmholtz Institute at the University of Utrecht

01/09/1995 – 28/01/2002 Physics student at the University of Utrecht

Courses taught

03/2010 Blockpraktikum (2-week behavioral laboratory course), MPI Tübingen

17/10/2009 Open Day talk on visual illusions

2008/2009  Girls Day workshop on visual illusions

Other teaching experience

1998 - 2005 Teaching assistant at the Physics Department of the University of Utrecht. Assisted courses include: several (practical) physics and computer application courses, mechanics and optics.


11/2010 - 12/2010 Maurice Coenjaerts, (MPI Tübingen), Freshman internship, Basic procedures in psychophysics

02/2010 - 04/2010 Anna-Antonia Pape, (MPI Tübingen), Internship, Knowing the random errors when pointing

02/2009 - 09/2009 Devika Narain, (LMU, Munich), Master dissertation, Learning statistics for visuomotor tracking

08/2008 - 09/2008 Devika Narain, (LMU, Munich), Internship, Learning statistics for visuomotor pointing

09/2007 - 12/2007 David Hawellek, (MPI Tübingen), Internship, Learning visuomotor mappings

10/2006 - 12/2006 René Mulder, (Utrecht University), Master project, Sequential dependency in binocular rivalry

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