Lab members of the Scene Grammar Lab


The SGL introduces you to Dr. Cornelissen:

Tim finished his PhD and gave his disputation on the topic of Object Recognition in Active Vision. 

Congratulations from all of us!
We wish you all the best for the future. 



December 7th 2018

Check out another new paper that got published in Neuropsychologia here. Dejan, Edvard, Melissa, Christian & Jona found no evidence of different processes underlying the N300 and N400 effects. They were able to identify certain neural patterns that are shared among early object-scene integration and later stages of processing.



October 16th 2018

Congratulations, Tim!!!


He just got his first paper published in Scientific Reports, go check it out here: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-32991-1 
Along with Tim C., Dejan, Melissa and Verena, he investigated the effect of different visual information of an object's surroundings on its semantic processing. 


October 3rd 2018

ECVP (August 26th - 30th)

Scene Grammar Lab goes ECVP!
We are very excited to announce that the SGL participated in the 41st European Conference On Visual Perception which was held in Trieste, Italy.
We got the chance to present our latest work during a great poster session and had an overall fun time in Italy!


September 13th 2018

VSSA (July 13th - 16th) 

Last week, Dejan, Melissa, Daniel & Gioia went to the VSSA (Visual Search Symposium am Ammersee) and met up with Jeremy Wolfe, Steve Luck, Geoff Woodman, Leo Chelazzi, Jan Theeuwes, Monica Castelhano, Greg Zelinsky and many more! 


July 24th 2018

1822 - Universitätspreis für exzellente Lehre 


Yesterday Dejan Draschkow was awarded with the 1822 - Universitätspreis für exzellente Lehre, an initiative from Goethe University and Frankfurt Sparkasse to honor outstanding commitment and excellence in teaching. We congratulate Dejan as well as the other prize winners and further thank all nominees for putting in the effort they do!


July 10th  2018

The SGL introduces you to Dr. Öhlschläger:


Last week Sabine finished her PhD and gave her disputation.

Huge congratulations from all of us!

We wish you all the best for the future.



July 10th  2018

Last week we had a great poster session concluding the Expra of this semester. All groups provided fantastic scientific posters.

Congrats to Lisa's group for winning this year's SGL poster prize with their research on "Searching for meaning". Cheers!

July 10th 2018

Dejan, Saliha, Corbin and Melissa just published their newest paper  in the Quaterly Journal of Psychology here. They investigated visual long - term memory capacity, focussing on the capacity and detail of incidental memory in a new encoding task. Check it out to find out how participants handled the memory tasks!


June 29th 2018


The Young Investigator Award - Time to celebrate!


We are proud to announce that Melissa was honoured with the Young Investigator Award 2018!

The prize is awarded to an outstanding visual scientist by the Vision Science Society each year.


Huge Congrats from all of us!
Your dedication to the work you do never ceases to amaze us and is an immense motivation for all members of the SGL!



March 28th 2018



Check out another new paper published here by Ellen M. Kok, Avi M. Aizenman, Melissa L.-H. Võ and Jeremy M. Wolfe to find out how much you can learn about your own visual behavior with the help of a gaze-contigent window.





February 15th 2018


Check out Dejan's and Melissa's newest paper about the way scene grammar shapes the way we interact with objects, strengthens memories and speeds search, which was just recently published in: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-16739-x! Two experiments were conducted using a virtual reality paradigm to observe the participants in a 3D-environment.


November 28th 2017


Last week we had a great "end of the year" poster session. All of the groups did fantastic presentations and the group that analyzed the influence of characteristic sounds on visual search performance in scenes won this year's SGL Poster Prize (Pörschmann, Römer, Sauerland, Simon & Seidel). Cheers!!


 July 19th 2017

The SGL introduces you to Dr. Draschkow:


Dejan Draschkow finished his PhD yesterday and his dissertation was awarded with the top score of summa cum laude!

We are very proud of you, Dejan! For you it was never just papers, the thesis and a title. You sweeten our everyday work and are the best support we can wish for! You truly are an inspiration! We wish you all the best for your future plans and are excited what will come next :)

 July 6th 2017


The YAVIS - teaching prize of the Psychological faculty (awarded by all active students of the department) was awarded to Melissa and Dejan. We wish to thank all students for the motivation and enthusiasm they demonstrated throughout the year, as well as for the valuable feedback we received!

 June 29th 2017


The Scene Grammar Lab will be represented with 2 talks and several posters at VSS this year. Check out our Presentations tab for more details!



And congrats to Sage and Dejan for receiving the VSS Graphics Award: read more here.


 May 10th 2017

Where next for Eye Tracking and Human Factors?  


If you are interested in what seems to be the next step in our research then check out this interview with SMI and Melissa.


 September 27th 2016


In the coming weeks, the Scene Grammar Lab will be visiting the Laboratory for Multimodal Neuroimaging (LMN) at the University of Marburg.


It will be a mixture of talks and workshops and we are looking forward to it!


We want to use the opportunity here and thank LMN for inviting us!


 August 15th 2016

Dejan's and Melissa's new paper about the role of object handling on object location and identity memory just got out in AP&P. In this real world study they used a mobile eye tracker to capture gaze behavior in a naturalistic setting. You can find the paper in the Publications tab.


May 13th 2016

Congrats to Sabine! She was awarded the competitive Congress Travel Grant to the VSS Annual Meeting in St. Pete, Florida by the German Academic Exchange Service.

 March 26th 2016

The Scene Grammar Lab will be represented with 2 talks and 4 posters at VSS this year.

If you are interested in our work, visit the Presentations tab to have a look at our contributions and maybe stop by at our talks and posters at St. Pete.


February 21th 2016

A big thank you to the multitude of interested people at the ICNF organised public lecture.

Very nice to see so many people from different backgrounds and all age groups.

We appreciate that there is a strong public interest in our work! 


 January 26th 2016

We were extremely happy to welcome a very motivated group of high school students from the START Stiftung today! We hope they come back soon to ask even more great questions in Melissa's lecture and to try out the new eye trackers! Here you can find more pictures from today!


October 20th 2015

We are back from a fascinating, yet exhausting ECEM 2015! The SGL was represented with 3 talks and 2 posters, so check out our contributions in the Presentations tab


 August 21st 2015

Congratulations to all students for their intriguing posters and engaging presentations in today's "end of the year" poster session! Special congratulations of course go to the SGL Poster Prize winners: "A Relevant Manipulation You Will Remember: the impact of task relevance and object manipulation on memory" (Fann, Jockweg, Polzer, Seidel, Stänicke & Draschkow) !


 July 7th 2015

What a day!

It has been exactly one year since the SGL came into life and coincidentially we are happy to announce that Melissa just received the YAVIS - teaching prize of the Psychological faculty!

This prize is awarded by all active students of the department and honours the best lecturer of 2015. We wish to thank all students for the motivation and enthusiasm they demonstrated throughout the year, as well as for the valuable feedback we received!

It was so much fun teaching the lectures and seminars and we hope that we can improve on it next year :)


 July 1st 2015

The Scene Grammar Lab finally opens its doors to the new website!


Here you will find who we are, what we do, and why we love doin' it!


 April 8th 2015