Dr. rer. nat. Silke Fischer (Dipl.-Psych.)

Email: fischer'at'techfak.uni-bielefeld.de



Short CV

I received my diploma in psychology from Bielefeld University in 2007. Afterwards, I pursued my PhD in psychology at the Centre of Excellence - Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) in the project "Action selection based on multi-modal anchoring", which I finished in 2012. My research was focused on the development of semantics of colors and tones and special audio-visual combinations, e.g. as they are used in warning signals.
Currently, I am working on the understanding of action sequences by young infants and its interplay with language in the project: "Towards a model for the incremental co-development of linguistic and conceptual representation of action"


Research Interests

  • perceptual learning in infancy
  • cross-modality
  • cognitive psychology
  • habituation
  • preferential looking


Further Activities



Fischer, S., Schulze, D., Borggrebe, P., Piefke, M., Wachsmuth, S. & Rohlfing, K. (2011): Multi-modal Achoring in Infants and Artificial Systems. Poster presented at the ICDL-EPIROB, Frankfurt, 24. - 27. August. [pdf] [abstract]

Fischer, S., Piefke, M., & Rohlfing, K. (2011). Are Red and Green Congruent With High and Low Pich? Infants' Visual Categorization of Color and Tone Relations at 4 Months. Poster presented at the 2011 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Montréal, Canada, March 31- April 2. [pdf]

Fischer, S., Rohlfing, K. J., Casasola, M. (2010): Does ,vertical support‘ belong to the set of semantic primitives? Infants visual categorization of support relations at 10 months. Poster presented at the XVIIth Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies Baltimore, Maryland, 10. – 14. March. [pdf]

Casasola, M., Choi, S., Rohlfing, K. J., Fischer, S., Park, Y., Pyoun, J. & Downs, C. (2009): Cross-linguistic differences in English-, German-, and Korean-learning infants‘ categorization of Support relations. Poster presented at the 6th Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, San Antonio, Texas, 16. – 17. October. [pdf]