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Sabine Born

Université de Genève
Uni Mail, FaPSE
40 bd du Pont d'Arve
CH-1205 Genève
Fax: +41 (0) 22 - 379 91 29
Phone: +41 (0) 22 - 379 91 22
Office: 4130

Position: Collaboratrice scientifique

I studied Psychology first at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, and then finished at Dresden University of Technology, where I obtained my diplom (former German equivalent to MSc/MA) in 2006. After my studies, I joined the Visual Cognition group for my PhD thesis (defended in 2010) and a first postdoc. Then I moved to Paris to work with Patrick Cavanagh at the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Université Paris Descartes. Since February 2015, I'm back in Geneva.

My research focuses on the interplay between attention, eye movements and visual perception. The influence of visual distractors on eye movements. The role of attention during eye movements. How object locations are updated across motion or disruptions of vision and why objects are sometimes mislocalized. And, more mysteriously, how the absence of a to-be-expected motion signal may bias the perceived distance between objects.

Past and present collaborators include:
Uli Ansorge, Universität Wien, Austria.
Patrick Cavanagh, and Hannah Krüger, Université Paris Descartes, France.
Jay Pratt, University of Toronto, Canada.
David Souto, University of Leicester, UK.
Jan Theeuwes, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Eckart Zimmermann, Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Germany.

I have received grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation, and was employed in the SpaceCog project, funded by the European Commission.

  • Puntiroli, M., Tandonnet, C., Kerzel, D., & Born, S. (2017). Race to accumulate evidence for few and many saccade alternatives: an exception to speed-accuracy trade-off. Experimental Brain Research, 235, 507-515. <pdf-file>

  • Born, S., Krüger, H. M., Zimmermann, E., & Cavanagh, P. (2016). Compression of space for low visibility probes. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 10:21, 1-13. <pdf-file>

  • Born, S., Kerzel, D., & Pratt, J. (2015). Contingent capture effects in temporal order judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41(4), 995-1006. <pdf-file>

  • Born, S., Zimmermann, E., & Cavanagh, P. (2015). The spatial profile of mask-induced compression for perception and action. Vision Research, 110, 128-141. <pdf-file>

  • Puntiroli, M., Kerzel, D., & Born, S. (2015). Perceptual Enhancement prior to Intended and Involuntary Saccades. Journal of Vision, 15(4):2, 1-20. <pdf-file>

  • Born, S., Mottet, I., & Kerzel, D. (2014). Pre-saccadic perceptual facilitation effects depend on saccade execution: evidence from the stop-signal paradigm. Journal of Vision, 14(3):7, 1-10. <pdf-file>

  • Priess, H.-W., Heise, N., Fischmeister, F., Born, S., Bauer, H., & Ansorge, U. (2014). Attentional Capture and Inhibition of Saccades After Irrelevant and Relevant Cues. Journal of Ophthalmology, Article ID 585921, 1-12. <pdf-file>

  • Zimmermann, E., Born, S., Fink, G.R., & Cavanagh, P. (2014). Masking produces compression of space and time in the absence of eye movements. Journal of Neurophysiology, 112(12), 3066-3076. <pdf-file>

  • Born, S. & Ansorge, U., & Kerzel, D. (2013). Predictability of spatial and non-spatial target properties improves perception in the pre-saccadic interval. Vision Research, 91, 93-101. <pdf-file>

  • Born, S. & Ansorge, U., & Kerzel, D. (2012). Feature-based effects in the coupling between attention and saccades. Journal of Vision, 12(11):27, 1-17. <pdf-file>

  • Priess, H.-W., Born, S., & Ansorge, U. (2012). Inhibition of return after color singletons. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 5(5):2, 1-12. <pdf-file>

  • Kerzel, D., Born, S., & Schönhammer, J. (2012). Perceptual grouping allows for attention to cover noncontiguous locations and suppress capture from nearby locations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38(6), 1362-1370. <pdf-file>

  • Kerzel, D., Schönhammer, J., Burra, N., Born, S., & Souto, D. (2011). Saliency changes appearance. PLoS ONE, 6(12), e28292. <pdf-file>

  • Born, S. & Kerzel, D. (2011). Time-course of feature-based top-down control in saccadic distractor effects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37(6), 1689-1699. <pdf-file>

  • Born, S. & Kerzel, D. (2011). Effects of stimulus contrast and temporal delays in saccadic distraction. Vision Research, 51, 1163-1172. <pdf-file>

  • Born, S., Kerzel, D., & Theeuwes, J. (2011). Evidence for a dissociation between the control of oculomotor capture and disengagement. Experimental Brain Research, 208(4), 621-631. <pdf-file>

  • Kerzel, D., Born, S., & Souto, D. (2010). Inhibition of steady-state smooth pursuit and catch-up saccades by abrupt visual and auditory onsets. Journal of Neurophysiology, 104(5), 2573-2585. <pdf-file>

  • van Diepen, R. M., Born, S., Souto, D., Gauch, A. & Kerzel, D. (2010). Visual flicker in the gamma-band range does not draw attention. Journal of Neurophysiology, 103(3), 1606-1613. <pdf-file>

  • Born, S. & Kerzel, D. (2009). Congruency effects in the remote distractor paradigm: Evidence for top-down modulation. Journal of Vision, 9(9):3, 1-13. <pdf-file>

  • Kerzel, D., Born, S. & Souto, D. (2009). Smooth pursuit eye movements and perception share target selection, but only some central resources. Behavioural Brain Research, 201(1), 66-73. <pdf-file>

  • Born, S. & Kerzel, D. (2008). Influence of target and distractor contrast on the remote distractor effect. Vision Research, 48(28), 2805-2816. <pdf-file>