Research interest

My primary research interest is the link between sensory stimulation, perceptual awareness, and neural information processing in the ventral and dorsal visual pathways.

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Current position

I am a Professor of General and Biological Psychology at the Psychologische Hochschule Berlin. I work in collaboration with the Visual Perception Laboratory at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Psychiatry & Psychotherapy.

Editorial work

Hesselmann, G. (2019) Transitions between Consciousness and Unconsciousness. New York: Routledge.

Hesselmann, G. & Owens, F. (2018) Visual Experience and Guidance of Action: A Tribute to Bruce Bridgeman. Consciousness and Cognition, 64.

Peer-reviewed publications

Raczy, K., Czarnecka, M., Zaremba, D., Paplinska, M., Hesselmann, G., Knops, A. & Szwed, M. (2020). A shared code for Braille and Arabic digits revealed by cross-modal priming in sighted Braille readers. Acta Psychologica. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2019.102960

Moors, P., Gayet, S., Hedger, N., Stein, T., Sterzer, P., van Ee, R., Wagemans, J., & Hesselmann, G. (2019) Three criteria for integrating a fractionated CFS literature. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2019.01.008

Moors, P., & Hesselmann, G. (2019). Assessing the robustness of unconscious arithmetic: A multiverse analysis of Karpinski, Briggs, and Yale (2018). Consciousness and Cognition. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2019.01.003 [Data available at OSF]

Darcy, N., Sterzer, P., & Hesselmann, G. (2019) Category-selective processing in the two visual pathways as a function of stimulus degradation by noise. Neuroimage. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.12.036

Hesselmann, G., Darcy, N., Rothkirch, M., & Sterzer, P. (2018) Investigating masked priming along the "vision-for-perception" and "vision-for-action" dimensions of unconscious processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. doi: 10.1037/xge0000420 [Data available at OSF]

Rothkirch, M., & Hesselmann, G. (2018). No evidence for dorsal-stream-based priming under continuous flash suppression. Consciousness and Cognition. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2018.05.011 [Data available at OSF]

Hesselmann, G. (2018) Applying linear mixed effects models (LMMs) in within-participant designs with subjective trial-based assessments of awareness – a caveat. Frontiers in Psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00788 [Data available at OSF]

Moors, P., Hesselmann, G., Wagemans, J., & van Ee, R. (2017) Continuous flash suppression – stimulus fractionation rather than integration. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 21:719–721.

Moors, P., & Hesselmann, G. (2017) A critical reexamination of doing arithmetic nonconsciously. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. doi: 10.3758/s13423-017-1292-x

Kerr*, J., Hesselmann*, G., Räling, R., Wartenburger, I., & Sterzer, P. (2017) Choice of analysis pathway dramatically affects statistical outcomes in breaking continuous flash suppression. Scientific Reports 7. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-03396-3. (* equal contribution) [Data available at OSF]

Weilnhammer, V., Stuke, H., Hesselmann, G., & Sterzer, P. (2017) A predictive coding account of bistable perception – a model-based fMRI study. PLOS Computational Biology. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005536

Rothkirch, M., & Hesselmann, G. (2017) What we talk about when we talk about unconscious processing – a plea for best practices. Frontiers in Psychology (Consciousness Research). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00835

Ludwig, K., Sterzer, P., & Hesselmann, G. (2016). Stimulus visibility differentially modulates response patterns in dorsal and ventral visual stream. Cortex 83:113-23.

Weilnhammer, V., Sterzer, P., & Hesselmann, G. (2016) Perceptual stability of the Lissajous figure is modulated by the speed of illusory rotation. PlosONE 11: e0160772. [Data available at OSF]

Hesselmann*, G., Darcy*, N., Ludwig, K., & Sterzer, P. (2016) Priming in a shape task but not in a category task under continuous flash suppression. Journal of Vision 16:17. (* equal contribution) [Data available at OSF]

Stein, T., Kaiser, D., & Hesselmann, G. (2016) Can working memory be non-conscious? Neuroscience of Consciousness 1:1-3.

Hesselmann, G., & Moors, P. (2015) Definitely maybe - Can unconscious processes perform the same functions as conscious processes? Frontiers in Psychology (Consciousness Research). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00584

Ludwig, K., & Hesselmann, G. (2015) Weighing the evidence for a dorsal processing bias under continuous flash suppression. Consciousness & Cognition 35:251-259.

Hesselmann, G., Darcy, N., Sterzer, P., & Knops, A. (2015). Exploring the boundary conditions of unconscious numerical priming effects with continuous flash suppression. Consciousness & Cognition 31:60-72.

Ludwig, K., Kathmann, N., Sterzer, P., & Hesselmann, G. (2015). Investigating category- and shape-selective neural processing in ventral and dorsal visual stream under interocular suppression. Human Brain Mapping 36:137-149.

Lev, M., Ludwig, K., Gilaie-Dotan, S., Voss, S., Sterzer, P., Hesselmann, G., & Polat, U. (2014) Training improves visual processing speed and generalizes to untrained functions. Scientific Reports 4:7251.

Hesselmann, G., & Knops, A. (2014). No conclusive evidence for numerical priming under interocular suppression. Psychological Science 25:2116-2119.

Sterzer, P., Stein, T., Rothkirch, M., Ludwig, K. & Hesselmann, G. (2014). Visual information processing under interocular suppression: A critical review. Frontiers in Psychology (Consciousness Research). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00453

Weilnhammer, V. A., Ludwig, K., Sterzer, P., & Hesselmann, G. (2014). Revisiting the Lissajous figure as a tool to study bistable perception. Vision Research 98:107-12.

Ludwig, K., Kathmann, N., Sterzer, P., Franz*, V.H., Hesselmann*, G. (2013). Learning to detect but not to grasp suppressed visual stimuli. (* equal contribution) Neuropsychologia 51: 2930-2938.

Weilnhammer, V. A., Ludwig, K., Sterzer, P.*, & Hesselmann*, G. (2013). Fronto-parietal cortex mediates perceptual transitions in bistable perception. (* equal contribution) Journal of Neuroscience 33: 16009-16015.

Hesselmann, G. (2013) Dissecting visual awareness with fMRI. The Neuroscientist 19, 495-508.

Salomon, R., Lim, M., Herbelin, B., Hesselmann, G., & Blanke, O. (2013). Feel Me, See me: Proprioception affects visual awareness. Journal of Vision 13, 1-8.

Hesselmann, G., Naccache, L., Cohen, L., & Dehaene, S. (2013) Splitting of the P3 component during dual-task processing in a patient with posterior callosal section. Cortex 49, 730-747.

Gauthier, B., Eger, E., Hesselmann, G., Giraud, A.-L., & Kleinschmidt, A. (2012) Temporal tuning properties along the human ventral visual stream. Journal of Neuroscience 32, 14433-14441.

Dirnberger, G., Hesselmann, G., Roisner, J., Preminger, S., Malach, R., Jahanshahi, M., & Paz, R. (2012) Effects of emotion on time perception: An fMRI study. NeuroImage 63, 591-599.

Hebart, M., & Hesselmann, G. (2012) What visual information is processed in the human dorsal stream? Journal of Neuroscience 32, 8107-8109.

Ovadia-Caro, S., Nir, Y., Soddu, A., Ramot, M., Hesselmann, G., Vanhaudenhuyse, A., Dinstein, I., Tshibanda, JF.-L., Boly, M., Harel, M., Laureys, S., & Malach, R. (2012) Decreased inter-hemispheric correlations in patients with disorders of consciousness: an fMRI study. PLOS One 7, e37238.

Niedeggen, M., Michael, L., & Hesselmann, G. (2012) Closing the gates to consciousness: Distractors activate a central inhibition process. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 24, 1294-12304.

Hesselmann, G., Hebart, M., & Malach, R. (2011) Differential BOLD activity associated with subjective and objective reports during “blindsight" in normal observers. Journal of Neuroscience 31, 12936-12944.

Michael, L., Hesselmann, G., Kiefer, M., & Niedeggen, M. (2011) Distractor-induced blindness for orientation changes and coherent motion. Vision Research 51, 1781-1787.

Hesselmann, G., & Malach, R. (2011) The link between fMRI-BOLD activation and perceptual awareness is 'stream-invariant' in the human visual system. Cerebral Cortex 21, 2829-2837.

Hesselmann, G., Flandin, G., & Dehaene, S. (2011) Probing the cortical network underlying the psychological refractory period: a combined EEG-fMRI study. NeuroImage 56, 1608-1621.

Sadaghiani, S., Hesselmann, G., Friston, K.J., & Kleinschmidt, A. (2010) The relation of ongoing brain activity, evoked neural responses, and cognition. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 4, 1-14.

Hesselmann*, G., Sadaghiani*, S., Friston, K.J., & Kleinschmidt, A. (2010) Predictive coding or evidence accumulation? False inference and neuronal fluctuations. PLoS ONE 5, e9926. (* equal contribution)

Hesselmann, G., Allan, J.L., Sahraie, A., Milders, M., & Niedeggen, M. (2009) Inhibition related reductions in coherent motion perception in the attention-induced motion blindness paradigm. Spatial Vision 22, 493-509.

Sadaghiani, S., Hesselmann, G., & Kleinschmidt, A. (2009) Detection of near-threshold auditory stimuli depends on spontaneous activity in the default mode and dorsal attention networks. Journal of Neuroscience 29, 13410-13417.

Hesselmann, G., Kell, C.A., & Kleinschmidt, A. (2008) Ongoing activity fluctuations in hMT+ bias the perception of coherent visual motion. Journal of Neuroscience 28, 14481-14485.

Hesselmann, G., Kell, C.A., Eger, E., & Kleinschmidt, A. (2008) Spontaneous local variations in ongoing neural activity bias perceptual decisions. PNAS 105, 10984-10989.

Alonso-Prieto, E., Barnikol, U.B., Palmero-Soler, E., Dolan, K., Hesselmann, G., Mohlberg, H., Amunts, K., Zilles, K., Niedeggen, M., & Tass, P.A. (2007) Timing of V1/V2 and V5+ activations during coherent motion of dots: an MEG study. NeuroImage 37, 1384-1395.

Hesselmann, G., Niedeggen, M., Sahraie, A., & Milders, M. (2006) Specifying the distractor inhibition account of attention-induced motion blindness. Vision Research 46, 1048-1056.

Niedeggen, M., Hesselmann, G., Sahraie, A., Milders, M., & Blakemore, C. (2006) ERPs predict the appearance of visual stimuli in a temporal selection task. Brain Research 1097, 205-215.

Niedeggen, M., Hesselmann, G., Sahraie, A., Milders, M., & Blakemore, C. (2004) Probing the prerequisites for motion blindness. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 16, 584-597.

Niedeggen, M., Sahraie, A., Hesselmann, G., Milders, M., & Blakemore, C. (2002) Is experimental motion blindness due to sensory suppression? An ERP approach. Cognitive Brain Research 13, 241-247.

Book chapters and editorials

Breitmeyer, B.G., & Hesselmann, G. (2019). Unconscious Visual Processing: How a Neuro-Functional Hierarchy Can Guide Future Research. In: Hesselmann, G., Transitions between Consciousness and Unconsciousness. New York: Routledge.

Owens, D.A., Hesselmann, G., & Bachmann, T. (2018). Foreword: Visual Experience and Guidance of Action: A Tribute to Bruce Bridgeman. Consciousness and Cognition. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2018.08.002.

Rothkirch, M., Overgaard, M., & Hesselmann, G. (2018) Editorial: Transitions between consciousness and unconsciousness. Frontiers in Psychology (Consciousness Research). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00020

Popular science and media

Madipakkam, A.R., Ludwig, K., Rothkirch, M., & Hesselmann, G. (2015) Now you see it - now you don’t: Interacting with invisible objects. Frontiers for Young Minds.