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Born in 1971, he studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Bremen, finishing with a Diploma thesis in psychology in 1997 on the role of object constancy in apparent motion perception. He started a PhD position at the Institute of Psychology and Cognition Research (Bremen) in 1997 on the neural correlates of visual awareness.
In addition he managed the research network "NeuroNord" from 1999 to 2001. In 2000 he took a position in the Department of Neurology II at Magdeburg University to perform EEG, MEG and fMRI experiments on the neural correlates of contrast perception. From October 2001 to April 2002 he worked for the newly established Department of Neuropsychology at Bremen University to set up a behavioral and brain imaging lab.
He then went on to work on to work in the Plymouth Institute of Neuroscience (2002-2003), as well as the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, University College London (2002-2005). There he worked on the neural correlates of brightness perception, visual masking, visual awareness and attention using combinations of functional MRI, retinotopic mapping, connectivity analyses and multivariate pattern recognition.
Since 2005 he is heading a research group at the Max Planck Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig. In 2006 he was appointed Professor for Theory and Analysis of Large Scale Brain Signals at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin.