German Research Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow
New York University
Department of Psychology
University of Geneva
Dept. of Neuroscience and Swiss Center for Affective Science
Post-doctoral BRIDGE fellow, 2013 - 2015
University of Glasgow
Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Post-doctoral fellow, 2009 - 2012
University College London
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
PhD in Psychology, 2009
Imperial College London
MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2003
Free University Berlin
German Diploma in Biochemistry, 2002
I'm a post-doctoral research fellow both with Liz Phelps and Marisa Carrasco, studying how emotion interacts with vision. The main theme of my research is visual perception and the underlying neural mechanisms in humans. In recent years, I have studied how early visual cortex and early visual processes are influenced by audition and imagery, by contextual information and by cognitive and emotional factors. I have studied these influences using visual psychophysics and neuroimaging methods such as fMRI and TMS. I have also collaborated with philosophers of mind to develop theoretical accounts of the cognitive influence on visual perception. Further research interests include the organization of early "visual" cortex in the blind, predictive coding, consciousness, attention and numerosity perception.
The methods I use:
fMRI, multi-variate pattern analysis, retinotopic mapping, TMS, psychophysics, continuous flash suppression, fear-conditioning, eye tracking.
Current and past collaborators:
Patrik Vuilleumier (Geneva), Lars Muckli (Glasgow), Brian Butterworth (UCL), Bahador Bahrami (UCL), Amir Amedi (Jerusalem), Albert Newen (Bochum), Fraser Smith (East Anglia), Karin Petrini (Bath), David Carmel (Edinburgh), Marco Tamietto (Torino), Lior Reich (Jerusalem), Alan Johnston (UCL), Frank Pollick (Glasgow), Fiona Macpherson (Glasgow), Tobias Schlicht (Bochum), Christian Bellebaum (Dusseldorf), Marie-Helene Grosbras (Marseille), Nick Cooper (Essex), Ignazio Puzzo (Reading), Grace Edwards (Toulouse), George Michalareas (Frankfurt), Fritz Rathjen (Berlin).
Vetter, P., Grosbras, M.-H. & Muckli, L. (2015). TMS over V5 disrupts motion prediction. Cerebral Cortex, 25(4), 1052-9.
Vetter, P., Smith, F.W. & Mucki, L. (2014). Decoding sound and imagery content in early visual cortex. Current Biology, 24(11), 1256-62.
*Featured in Science, 345(6193), 176-177 as "Research News" from other journals.
Vetter, P. & Newen, A. (2014). Varieties of cognitive penetration in visual perception. Consciousness & Cognition, 27C, 62-75.
Vetter, P., Sanders, L. & Muckli, L. (2014). Dissociation of prediction from conscious perception. Perception, 43, 1107-1113.
Juttner, R., Montag, D., Craveiro, R., Babich, A., Vetter, P. & Rathjen, F.G. (2013). Impaired presynaptic function and elimination of synapses at premature stages during postnatal development of the cerebellum in the absence of CALEB (CSPG5/neuroglycan C). European Journal of Neuroscience, 38(9), 3270-80.
Vetter, P., Edwards, G. & Muckli, L. (2012). Transfer of predictive signals across saccades. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 176. IF 2.80
Vetter, P., Butterworth, B. & Bahrami, B. (2011). A candidate for the attentional bottleneck: Set-size specific modulation of right TPJ during attentive enumeration. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(3), 728-36.
Bahrami, B., Vetter, P., Spolaore, E., Pagano, S., Butterworth, B. & Rees, G. (2010). Unconscious numerical priming despite interocular suppression. Psychological Science, 21(2), 224-233.
Puzzo I., Cooper N., Vetter, P. & Russo R. (2010). EEG activation differences in the pre-motor cortex and supplementary motor area between normal individuals with high and low traits of autism. Brain Research, 1342, 104-110.
Puzzo, I., Cooper, N.R., Vetter, P., Russo, R. & Fitzgerald, P.B. (2009). Reduced cortico-motor facilitation in a normal sample with high traits of autism. Neuroscience Letters, 467, 173-177.
Vetter, P., Butterworth, B. & Bahrami, B. (2008). Modulating attentional load affects numerosity estimation: Evidence against a pre-attentive subitizing mechanism. PLoS ONE, 3(9), e3269.
Schlicht, T., Vetter, P., Thaler, L. & Moss, C.F. (2013). Wahrnehmung (Perception). In: Stephan, A. & Walter, S. (eds.) Handbuch Kognitionswissenschaft (Handbook of Cognitive Science). Stuttgart: Metzler.