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Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue

Deutsches Primatenzentrum GmbH
Kognitive Neurowissenschaften
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen
Tel.: +49 551 3851 117
Fax: +49 551 3851 183
Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue

Curriculum Vitae


Student of Biology at the University of Frankfurt and Heidelberg, Germany
Graduate exchange student, Dept. of Zoology, Duke University, Durham, USA
Graduate student in Prof. R.A. Andersen’s laboratory, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Ph.D. in Systems Neuroscience, Title: ”Encoding Surfaces from Motion in the Primate Visual System”
Habilitation in Animal Physiology, Dept. of Biology, University of Tübingen

Professional Career

Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Andersen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Maunsell, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA
Head of Laboratory (~Assistant Professor) in the Dept. of Neurology, University of Tübingen
Substitute Professor of Animal Physiology, Dept. of Biology, University of Tübingen
since 2001
Director of the German Primate Center; Head of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory; Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Biological Psychology, Dept. of Biology, University of Göttingen

Wissenschaftliche Schwerpunkte

Sensory information processing, Neural coding, Attention, Visual motion


Single cell recordings from primate cortex, psychophysics in humans and in non-human primates, functional brain imaging, computational neuroscience

Förderpreise und Auszeichnungen

1986 - 1990
Fellow of the German Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst
1990 - 1992
Poitras Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at M.I.T.
1992 - 1993
Fairchild Post-Doctoral Fellowship at M.I.T.
1995 - 2000
Stipend “Neurobiology” of the State of Baden-Württemberg
Attempto Award, University of Tübingen
  • Chair and member of several search committees
  • Speaker of the Center for Systems Neuroscience, Göttingen
  • Board member of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience and of the Bernstein Focus for Neurotechnology, Goettingen
  • Member of the Goettingen Research Council
  • Speaker and chair of EUPREN, the European Primate Ressources Network
  • Coordinator of EUPRIM-NET, an EU-funded network of eight European primate centers
Ad hoc reviewer for Cerebral Cortex, Current Biology, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Dutch Research Council, European Journal of Neuroscience, European Commission, Experimental Brain Research, German Israeli Foundation, Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Naturwissenschaften, Neuron, Neuropsychologia, National Science Foundation (USA), Perception, Perception & Psychophysics, PloS Biology, Science, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Visual Neuroscience, Vision Research, Visual Cognition, Wellcome Trust (UK)

Ausgewählte Publikationen

  • Busse L, Katzner S, Treue S (2008) Temporal dynamics of neuronal modulation during exogenous and endogenous shifts of visual attention in macaque area MT. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105(42): 16380-16385.
  • Womelsdorf T, Anton-Erxleben K, Treue S (2008) Receptive field shift and shrinkage in macaque area MT through attentional gain modulation. Journal of Neuroscience 28, 8934-8944.
  • Womelsdorf T, Anton-Erxleben K, Pieper F, Treue S (2006) Dynamic shifts of visual receptive fields in cortical area MT by spatial attention. Nature Neuroscience 9: 1156-1160.
  • Maunsell JHR, Treue S (2006) Feature-based attention in visual cortex. Trends in Neuroscience 29: 317-322.
  • Martinez-Trujillo JC, Treue S (2004) Feature-based attention increases the selectivity of population responses in primate visual cortex. Current Biology 14: 744-751.
  • Treue S (2003) Visual attention: the where, what, how and why of saliency. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 13: 428-432.
  • Martinez-Trujillo JC, Treue S (2002) Attentional modulation strength in cortical area MT depends on stimulus contrast. Neuron 35: 365-370.
  • Treue S, Hol K, Rauber HJ (2000) Seeing multiple directions of motion - Physiology and psychophysics. Nature Neuroscience 3: 270-276.
  • Treue S, Martinez-Trujillo JC (1999) Feature-based attention influences motion processing gain in macaque visual cortex. Nature 399: 575-579.
  • Treue S, Maunsell JHR (1996) Attentional modulation of visual motion processing in cortical areas MT and MST. Nature 382: 539-541.