Welcome to the web sites of the third symposium on “Visual Search and Selective Attention” (VSSA III).

The symposium will take place at a scenic lakeside (“Ammersee”) location near Munich, Germany, in July 2012 (July 20th-23rd, 2012) (see Venue for further details). The meeting is organized by Hermann Müller and Thomas Geyer (Munich), and supported by the Munich Center for Neurosciences (MCN) and the German Science Foundation (DFG). The scientific committee comprises of Jeremy Wolfe (Boston, USA), Glyn Humphreys (Oxford, UK), Joe Krummenacher (Fribourg, Switzerland), in addition to Hermann Müller. The symposium is divided into four thematic sessions, each organized by a keynote lecturer and addressing a set of controversial issues in the study of visual search and selective attention:


  • Pre-attentive and post-selective processing in visual search (Keynote: Hermann Müller)
  • The role of (working) memory guidance in visual search (Keynote: Chris Olivers, Martin Eimer)
  • Brain mechanisms of visual search (Keynote: Glyn Humphreys)
  • Modelling visual search (Keynote: Jeremy Wolfe).


Some 25 leading experts, from a variety of neuro-cognitive disciplines (experimental psychology, neuropsychology, electro- and neurophysiology, computational modeling), have been invited to contribute presentations to the various themes (see Participants and Program for further details).


The purpose of the symposium is to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue in order to identify important shared issues in visual search and selective attention and discuss ways of how these can be resolved using convergent methodologies: Psychophysics, mental chronometry, eyetracking, ERPs, source reconstruction, fMRI, investigation of (neuropsychological) impairments, TMS and computational modeling.


There is also a symposium lecture delivered by Richard Shiffrin (Bloomington, USA).