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

The symposium will take place at a scenic lakeside (“Ammersee”) location near Munich, Germany, in July 2018 (July 13th-16th, 2018) (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), Jeffrey Schall (Vanderbilt, USA), in addition to Hermann Müller (LMU Munich). The symposium is divided into four thematic sessions, each arranged by a keynote lecturer/ session organizer and addressing a set of controversial issues in the study of visual search and selective attention:

  • Search guidance and attentional capture (Keynote: Steven Luck; organizer: Hermann Müller)
  • Search guidance based on (acquired) ST/LT memory / selective attention in visual WM (Keynote: Kia Nobre; session organizer: Thomas Geyer)
  • Brain mechanisms of visual search (Keynote: Jeffrey Schall; organizer: Jeffrey Schall)
  • New data and models of visual search (Keynote: Greg Zelinsky; organizer: 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 Speakers and Program for further details). There is also a symposium lecture delivered by Jeremy Wolfe (Boston, USA).

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.