Dissertation Prize for CITEC Psychologist

Dr. Christian Hendrik Poth receives award from Bielefeld University Society

CITEC Researcher Honored Dr. Christian Hendrik Poth received the dissertation prize of the Universitätsgesellschaft Bielefeld (Bielefeld University Society). The CITEC researcher works in the Neuro-Cognitive Psychology research group. Photo: Rebecca FörsterOn Tuesday, 23 January, the Universitätgesellschäft (Bielefeld University Society) awarded dissertation prizes to early career researchers at Bielefeld University. The award is given to the best dissertation of 2017 from each respective faculty. The 17 dissertations proposed by the university faculties had all received the highest possible distinction of ‘summa cum laude’ (exceptional achievement). Among those honored was CITEC researcher Dr. Christian Hendrik Poth, who works in Professor Dr. Werner X. Schneider’s Neuro-Cognitive Psychology research group.​

In his dissertation, Poth dealt with visual perception. “People move their eyes rapidly to direct their gaze at interesting objects and to be able to recognize them,” Poth explains. “Every eye movement changes, however, where the objects fall on the retina – and thus how they appear. The visual system is therefore confronted with the problem of having to decide whether an object has remained stable during the eye movement, whether it has changed, or whether the object newly appeared after the eye movement.”

In his doctoral work, Christian Poth determined that the outcome of these decisions influences whether objects are able to be recognized, or not. The title of his dissertation is: “Episodic Visual Cognition. Implications for Object and Short-Term Recognition.”

More information​:
Neuro-Cognitive Psychology research group: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/psychologie/abteilung/arbeitseinheiten/01
Poth’s dissertation, available for download: https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/publication/2911816
Press release on the dissertation prizes (in German): http://bit.ly/2EcxiG2