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DR. HARUN KARIMPUR

Scientist - HCI & VR Enthusiast

Postdoctoral Researcher @TAO: The Active Observer | Giessen - Cardiff - Amsterdam

In the field of Cognitive Neuroscience, I aim to gain insights from complex data streams in human perception & action research. How do humans interact with objects in their environment? How do they navigate? And how can we overcome the limitations we are facing when trying to solve these problems? I try to answer these questions by using a multi-methodological approach leading to experience with a wide range of tools such as Virtual Reality, Motion Capture, Psychophysics and Surveys.

I am a member of the Center for Mind, Brain, & Behavior (CMBB), alumnus of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, and currently working for the The Active Observer project.

*** NEWS ***

May, 2020
I received an Elsevier / Vision Research Travel Award! Excited to present my work @VSS2020!

Apr, 2020
Check out our most recent virtual reality study on spatial representations

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CURRENT PROJECTS

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SPATIAL CODING

I'm interested in solving complex problems related to how the brain computes and represents spatial information facilitating our actions in reach space or navigation. I am working on questions like:

  • Which perceptual mechanisms influence our actions in space?

  • How do different frames of reference interact?

  • How can landmarks facilitate spatial orientation and object interaction?

EMBODIMENT

Our senses provide us with information that, once integrated, can lead to fascinating phenomena such as embodiment. In a current project, I aim to understand the underlying factors that make up this sense of one's own body. VR allows us to trick the senses and maintain a high degree of experimental control. I use a holistic approach in which I combine objective measures such as electrodermal activity and movement kinematics.

INTUITIVE PHYSICS

"This floor is quite slippery!"
In our everyday lives, we rarely need formulas to get an estimate of physical properties in our environment. In some cases, our predictions fail. But why is that the case? Why do we integrate unreliable cues? In a recent project, I started to look into this issue.

 

PUBLICATIONS

PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • Karimpur, H., Kurz, J., & Fiehler, K. (2020). The role of perception and action on the use of allocentric information in a large-scale virtual environment. Experimental Brain Research, 238(9), 1813-1826.

  • Karimpur, H., Eftekharifar, S., Troje, N. F., & Fiehler, K. (2020). Spatial coding for memory-guided reaching in visual and pictorial spaces. Journal of Vision, 20(4), Article 1.
     

  • Cretenoud, F. A., Karimpur, H., Grzeczkowski, L., Francis, G., Hamburger, K., & Herzog, H. M. (2019). Factors underlying visual illusions are illusion-specific but not feature-specific. Journal of Vision, 19(14), Article 12.
     

  • Karimpur, H., Morgenstern, Y., & Fiehler, K. (2019) Facilitation of allocentric coding by virtue of object-semantics. Scientific Reports, 9, Article 6263.
     

  • Hamburger, K., Ragni, M., Karimpur, H., Franzmeier, I., Wedell, F., & Knauff, M. (2018). TMS applied to V1 can facilitate reasoning. Experimental Brain Research, 236(8), 2277–2286.
     

  • Karimpur, H., & Hamburger, K. (2018). A rat in the sewer: How mental imagery interacts with object recognition. PLOS ONE, 13(3), Article e0194227.
     

  • Balaban, C. Z., Karimpur, H.*, Röser, F., & Hamburger, K. (2017). Turn left where you felt unhappy: how affect influences landmark-based wayfinding. Cognitive Processing, 18(2), 135–144. [*shared first authorship]
     

  • Karimpur, H., & Hamburger, K. (2016). Multimodal integration of spatial information: The influence of object-related factors and self-reported strategies. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, Article 1443.
     

  • Karimpur, H., Röser, F., & Hamburger, K. (2016). Finding the return path: Landmark position effects and the influence of perspective. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, Article 1956.
     

  • Karimpur, H., & Hamburger, K. (2015). The future of action video games in psychological research and application. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, Article 1747.

CONFERENCE CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Karimpur, H., Kurz, J., & Fiehler, K. (2020). From reaching to walking: How we build robust spatial representations for visually guided actions. Presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society.
     

  • Karimpur, H., Schmidt, F., & Fiehler, K. (2019). How spatial coding is affected by mid-level visual object properties within and outside of peripersonal space. Presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society. St. Pete Beach, FL, USA.
     

  • Karimpur, H., & Fiehler, K. (2018). Semantics determine the influence of allocentric information in memory-guided reaching. Presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society. St. Pete Beach, FL, USA.
     

  • Karimpur, H., & Fiehler, K. (2018). Semantics determine the influence of allocentric information in memory-guided reaching. Talk given at the 60th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP). Marburg, Germany.
     

  • Cretenoud, F. A., Karimpur, H., Grzeczkowski, L., Francis, G., Hamburger, K., & Herzog, H. M. (2017). How many factors are there in vision? Poster presented at the 40th European Conference on Visual Perception. Berlin, Germany.

 

SCIENTIFIC TRAINING

SCIENTIST AT THE ACTIVE OBSERVER (TAO) PROJECT

Jul 2019 - present | Giessen, DE & Cardiff, GB

TAO is a research project by three European labs (Giessen, Cardiff, Amsterdam) with the goal to strengthen collaborations and use synergies to understand the interactions between human perception, cognition and action. My project in Giessen (Prof. Katja Fiehler) focuses on human-object interaction and my project in Cardiff (Prof. Simon Rushton) focuses on viewpoint predictions. 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE WITH THE IRTG 1901 "THE BRAIN IN ACTION"

Nov 2017 - Jun 2019 | Giessen, DE & Toronto, CA

The International Research Training Group 1901 comprises five locations across Canada and Germany, and aims to understand the processes underlying perception and action in everyday life. As an associated member, I had the pleasure to collaborate with the BioMotionLab (Prof. Niko Troje) in Toronto in addition to my projects at the Perception & Action Lab (Experimental Psychology, Justus Liebig University Giessen).

COMPUTATIONAL SENSORY-MOTOR NEUROSCIENCE SUMMER SCHOOL

Summer 2018 | Minneapolis, USA

Project Title: Deviations of friction estimation in intuitive physics
Professors Gunnar Blohm (Queen's U, CA), Konrad Körding (U Penn, USA) and Paul Schrater (U Minnesota, USA)

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Summer 2017 | Stanford USA

Visiting Student Researcher
Department of Psychology | Language & Cognition Lab
Prof. Michael C. Frank

JUSTUS LIEBIG UNIVERSITY

graduated Aug 2017 | Giessen, DE

Master of Science in Psychology | with distinction
additionally completed PreProPsych pre doctoral program in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science

 

HONORS & AWARDS

ELSEVIER / VISION RESEARCH TRAVEL AWARD

Awarded in support of my attendance and the research presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society

STIPENDIUM - STUDIENSTIFTUNG DES DEUTSCHEN VOLKES
(GERMAN ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION)

Scholarship awarded in support of  my dissertation project in Psychology *current

STIPENDIUM - GIESSEN DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP
(JUSTUS LIEBIG UNIVERSITY GIESSEN)

Scholarship awarded in support of my dissertation project in Psychology

STIPENDIUM - STUDIENSTIFTUNG DES DEUTSCHEN VOLKES
(GERMAN ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION)

Scholarship awarded in support of M.Sc. in Psychology

WINNER OF THE TREASURE CHEST CHALLENGE

awarded by the IRTG 1901 "The Brain in Action" in support of a research project

STIPENDIUM - DAAD
(GERMAN ACADEMIC EXCHANGE SERVICE)

Scholarship awarded in support of the research stay at Stanford University

 

CONTACT

Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany

Campus Philosophikum I

Experimental Psychology

Team Perception & Action | Prof. Dr. Katja Fiehler

Room 342, Building F2

Phone: +49 (0)641 99 26145

harun.karimpur [at] psychol.uni-giessen.de