PD Dr. rer. nat. Jürgen Kornmeier


2013 Habilitation in Neurobiology at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.
Thesis: Ambiguous Figures - What happens in the brain when perception changes but not the stimulus?

2002 PhD in Neurobiology at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.
Thesis: Wahrnehmungswechsel bei mehrdeutigen Bildern - EEG-Messungen zum Zeitverlauf neuronaler Mechanismen

1998 Magister Scientiarum (MSc) and 1. Staatsexamen in biology und mathematics at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg


Since 2013 Head of the Research Group "Perception und Cognition"

2009 - 2013 Deputy of the Department Theory and Data Analysis at the IGPP Freiburg

Since 2008 Scientist at the IGPP

2004 - 2008 Deputy of the Section Visual Function at the University Eye-Hospital Freiburg

2002 - 2009 Postdoc at the Section Visual Function at the University Eye-Hospital Freiburg


Friedel E, Tebartz van Elst L, Schmelz C, Ebert D, Maier S, Endres D, Goll P, Runge K, Bubl E, Kornmeier J, Bach M, Heinrich SP, Nickel K (submitted) Reduced Pattern electroretinogram amplitudes in depression – Improved recording paradigm

Kornmeier J, Sosic-Vasic Z, Joos E (submitted) Spacing Learning Units affects both learn-ing and forgetting

Kornmeier J, Bhatia K, Joos E (in revision) Top down resolution of visual ambiguity – knowledge from the future or by footprints from the past?

Hecker L, Rupprecht R, Tebartz van Elst L, Kornmeier J (2021) ConvDip: A convolutional neural network for improved M/EEG Source Imaging. Frontiers in Neuroscience 15. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2021.569918

Joos E, Giersch A, Bhatia K, Heinrich SP, Tebartz van Elst L, Kornmeier J (2020) Using the perceptual past to predict the perceptual future influences the perceived present – a novel ERP paradigm PLoS ONE 15(9): e0237663

Joos E, Giersch A, Hecker L, Schipp J, Tebartz van Elst L, Kornmeier J (2020) Large EEG effects are highly similar across Necker cubes, smileys and abstract stimuli. PLoS ONE 15(5): e0232928

Staadt R, Philipp ST, Cremers J, Kornmeier J, Jancke D (2020) Seeing what was not explained away: Visual illusion based on predictive coding signals PLoS ONE 15(5): e0232349

Neumann F, Oberhauser V, Kornmeier J (2020) How our nose helps us optimize learning while we sleep – from lab research to real life. Scientific Reports 10, 1227

Kornmeier J, Friedel E, Hecker L, Schmidt S, Wittmann M (2019) What happens in the brain of meditators when perception changes but not the stimulus? PLoS ONE 14(10): e0223843

Liaci E, Fischer A, Atmanspacher H, Heinrichs M, Tebartz van Elst L, Kornmeier J (2018) Positive and Negative Hysteresis Effects for the Perception of Geometric and Emotional Ambiguities. PLoS ONE 13(9): e0202398

Sosic-Vasic Z, Hille K, Kröner J, Spitzer M, Kornmeier J (2018) When learning disturbs memory – temporal profile of retroactive interference of learning on memory formation. Frontiers in Psychology 9:82. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00082

Kornmeier J, Wörner R, Riedel A, Tebartz van Elst L (2017) A different view on the Necker cube – differences in multistable perception dynamics between Asperger and Non-Asperger observers. PLoS ONE 12(12): e0189197

Kornmeier J, Friedel E, Wittmann M, Atmanspacher H (2017) EEG Correlates of Cognitive Time Scales in the Necker-Zeno Model for Bistable Perception. Consciousness and Cognition 53, 136 - 150. [PDF-request?@]

Liaci E, Fischer A, Heinrichs M, Tebartz van Elst L, Kornmeier J (2017) Mona Lisa is always happy – and only sometimes sad. Scientific Reports 7, 43511

Kornmeier J, Wörner R, Bach M (2016) Can I trust in what I see? – EEG Evidence for a Cognitive Evaluation of Perceptual Constructs. Psychophysiology 53 (10), 1507-1523

Liaci E, Wörner R, Bach M, Tebartz van Elst L, Heinrich SP, Kornmeier J (2016) Ambiguity in visual and tactile apparent motion perception. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0152736.

Duval CZ, Goumon Y, Kemmel V, Kornmeier J, Dufour A, Andlauer O, Vidailhet P, Poisbeau P, Salvat E, Muller A, Mensah-Nyagan AG, Schmidt-Mutter C, Giersch A (2016) Neurophysiological evidence of enhanced pain sensitivity in patients with schizophrenia. Scientific Reports 6, 22542, 1-10

Wernery J, Atmanspacher H, Kornmeier J, Candia V, Folkers G, Wittmann M (2015) Temporal processing in bistable perception of the Necker cube. Perception 44(2), 157-168.

Kornmeier J. Mayer G. (2014) The alien in the forest OR when temporal context dominates perception. Perception 43(11), 1270-1274.

Mayer G. & Kornmeier J. (2014). Rätselhafte Objekte auf den Bildern einer Wildkamera oder: die Tücken der Wahrnehmung. Zeitschrift für Anomalistik Band 14, 7-24. [PDF-request?@]

Kornmeier J. & Bach M. (2014). EEG correlates to perceptual reversals of Boring's ambiguous Old/Young Woman. Perception 43(9), 950-962-A.

Kornmeier J., Wörner R., Riedel A. & Tebartz van Elst L. (2014). A different view on the checkerboard? Alterations in early and late visually evoked EEG potentials in Asperger observers. PLoS ONE 9(3): e90993.

Kornmeier J., Spitzer M. & Sosic-Vasic Z. (2014). Very similar spacing-effect patterns in very different learning/practice domains. PLoS ONE 9(3): e90656.

O'Shea R., Kornmeier J. & Roeber U. (2013). Predicting visual consciousness electrophysiologically. PLoS ONE 8(10): e76134.

Kornmeier J. & Sosic-Vasic Z. (2012). Parallels between spacing effects during behavioural and cellular learning. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 6(203): 1-5.

Kornmeier J. & Bach M. (2012). Ambiguous figures - What happens in the brain if perception changes but not the stimulus. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 6(51): 1-23.

Kornmeier J., Pfäffle M. & Bach M. (2011). Necker cube: Stimulus-related (low-level) and percept-related (high-level) EEG signatures early in occipital cortex. Journal of Vision 11(9):12, 1-11.

Kornmeier J. & Sosic-Vasic Z. (2011). Hirngymnastik nach Plan - Gibt es ein Trainingsprogramm für effizientes Lernen? Nervenheilkunde 30: 613-620. [PDF-request?@]

Ehm W., Bach M. & Kornmeier J. (2010). Variability in gamma activity during observation of ambiguous figures. In: Fechner Day 2010, ed. by A. Bastianelli and G. Vidotto, International Society for Psychophysics, Padua 2010, pp. 439-444. [PDF-request?@]

Ehm W., Bach M. & Kornmeier J. (2010). Ambiguous figures and binding: EEG frequency modulations during multistable perception. Psychophysiology 48: 547-558. [PDF-request?@]

Ehm W., Kornmeier J. & Heinrich SP. (2010). Multiple testing via successive subdivision. Electronic Journal of Statistics 4: 461-471.

Kornmeier J. & Bach M. (2009). Object perception: When our brain is impressed but we do not notice it. Journal of Vision 9(1): 7, 1-10.

Kornmeier J., Hein CM. & Bach M. (2009). Multistable Perception: When bottom-up and top-down coincide. Brain & Cognition 69: 138-147. [PDF-request?@]

Atmanspacher H., Bach M., Filk T., Kornmeier J., Römer H. (2008). Cognitive Time Scales in a Necker-Zeno Model for Bistable Perception. Open Cybernetics & Systemics Journal 2: 234-251.

Kornmeier J., Ehm W., Bigalke H., Bach M. (2007). Discontinuous presentation of ambiguous figures: How inter-stimulus-interval durations affect reversal dynamics and ERPs. Psychophysiology 44(4): 552-560. [PDF-request?@]

Kornmeier J., Bach M. (2006). Bistable perception - Along the processing chain from ambiguous visual input to a stable percept. Int J Psychophysiol 62(2): 345-349. [PDF-request?@]

Kornmeier J., Bach M. (2005). The Necker cube - an ambiguous figure disambiguated in early visual processing. Vision Research 45(8): 955-960. [PDF-request?@]

Kornmeier J., Bach M., Atmanspacher H. (2004). Correlates of perceptive instabilities in visually evoked potentials. Int J Bifurcations & Chaos 14(2): 727-736. [PDF-request?@]

Kornmeier J. & Bach M. (2004). Early neural activity in Necker-cube reversal: Evidence for low-level processing of a gestalt phenomenon. Psychophysiology 40(1): 1-8. [PDF-request?@]