Constanze Hesse (PI)
Dr Constanze Hesse obtained her PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in April 2008 at the Justus-Liebig University Giessen in Germany under the supervision of Dr Volker Franz (“The use of visual information when grasping objects”). Between March 2008 and March 2010, she was a post-doctoral research associate at the department of Experimental Psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich where she worked with Prof Heiner Deubel. In Munich, she focused her research on the role of attention in grasping as part of the Cluster of Excellence: “Cognitive Technical Systems”. In March 2010 she obtained funding from the German Research Foundation for a 2-year post-doctoral research project investigating the role of the dorsal and ventral pathway in perception and action processing at Durham University (UK) together with Prof Thomas Schenk. In April 2012 she started her position as a Lecturer at Aberdeen University where she was promoted in 2017 to Senior Lecturer.
Martin Giesel (Post-Doc)
Karina Kangur (PhD-Student)
Karina Kangur obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Aberdeen in 2016. She then did a Master of Research degree (MRes) investigating the optimality of decision making in reaching movements under the supervision of Dr Amelia Hunt and Dr Constanze Hesse. In 2017 she obtained funding from the EASTBIO doctoral training partnership (funded by the BBSRC) to work on a project investigating the perception of material and texture in vision and action under the joint supervision of Dr Constanze Hesse and Prof Julie Harris from St Andrews University.
Róisín Harrison (MRes, PhD-Student)
Róisín Harrison completed her psychology undergraduate degree in 2019 at the University of Aberdeen. Róisín’s research interests include motor expertise obtained through sport, and how this relates to the perception and execution of complex human movements. She has recently been awarded funding from the School of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen to undertake a PhD examining the benefits of motor expertise on basic perceptual, motor and proprioceptive performance, under the supervision of Dr Constanze Hesse.
Anna Nowakowska (Research Assistant)
Anna Nowakowska obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Aberdeen in 2012. She then did a Master of Research degree (MRes) investigating the role of spatial frequency in mediating the effect of emotion on reaction times in search tasks under the supervision of Dr Amelia Hunt and Prof Arash Sahraie. She obtained her PhD (funded by ESRC) in April 2018 under the supervision of Dr Amelia Hunt and Prof Arash Sahraie (“Visual search strategies under normal viewing conditions, and under conditions that simulate visual field deficit”). In October 2018 she took up a research assistant post under the supervision of Dr Constanze Hesse and Dr Martin Giesel. Anna’s research interests include material perception, visual search strategies in healthy observers and brain-damaged patients, and the relationship between attention and eye-movements.