For a long time, elucidating human consciousness has been a task restricted to philosophers.  In recent years, however, investigators of the "hard sciences " started approaches to better explain and understand this state of mind.

Within this research network, we aim  for solving the riddle of consciousness from a psychological perspective. In eleven research institutes, projects are conducted using experimental methods of cognitive psychology and neuroscience to identify general computational principles that govern conscious and unconscious visual perception. Our projects received funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) until 2016.

For more information, see also the special issue of Advances in Cognitive Psychology 2011 (Part I)  and 2012 (Part II) and the special issue of Consciousness & Cognition (2015)


In search of (un)consciousness


Speaker of the network

Prof. Dr. Markus Kiefer
University of Ulm
Department of Psychiatry
Section for Cognitive Electrophysiology
Phone: +49 (0) 731-500 61532





Web resources


Neuro-cognitive mechanisms of conscious and unconscious visual perception                         

Research Network

funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)


Prof. Dr. Michael Niedeggen
Free University Berlin

Department of General Psychology and Neuropsychology

Phone: + 49 (0) 30-838 556 07