Dr. Frank Schumann (Postdoc DFG)

Vision Institute
Aging in Vision and Action Lab
CNRS – INSERM – University Pierre&Marie Curie
17, rue Moreau F-75012 Paris, France



Research interests: 

My goal is to develop tools and training protocols that improve interoceptive and exteroceptive perception and awareness. My research is framed within the paradigm of embodied cognition, in particular sensorimotor contingency theory and probabilistic and predictive computational models of neural processing. Currently, I am a DFG-funded post-doctoral researcher at the Aging in Vision and Action group at the Visiom Institute and the Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs at École Normale Supérieur in Paris, where I work with Angelo Arleo and Pascal Mamassian on the non-invasive integration of an artificial geo-magnetic compass signal into spatial awareness.

Short bio: 

I obtained a B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD in the interdisciplinary Cognitive Science program at the University of Osnabrück in Germany, where I took courses in philosophy, cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, neural networks and neuroscience, and also on consciousness and self-consciousness at the University of Warwick in the UK. For my PhD, I worked with Peter König in Osnabrück on sensorimotor contingency theory and sensory augmentation as well as visual attention in real-world scenarios. In 2014, I moved to the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception at the University Paris Descartes in Paris where I worked with J. Kevin O’Regan on sensorimotor contingency theory of awareness in the ERC project FEEL. From 2017 to 2018, I moved to the University of Edinburgh to work with Andy Clark and David Carmel on the relation of interoception and exteroception within embodied predictive coding models in the ERC project XSPECT. I have also worked with Steve Torrance on establishing improvisatory sensorimotor activity (in jazz) as a research-domain for Cognitive Science. After leaving Edinburgh, I moved back to Paris on a fellowship from the German Science Foundation (DFG) to continue my work on sensory augmentation with Pascal Mamassian and Angelo Arleo at École Normale Supérieur and at the Vision Institute.

Keywords: Embodied cognition, sensorimotor contingency theory, visual attention, spatial cognition, Bayesian models, predictive processing, sensory augmentation, mindful movement, expertise and improvisation, jazz.


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  1. Torrance S and Schumann F (2018) The spur of the moment: what jazz improvisation tells cognitive science. AI & SOCIETY, 0(0):0.


  1. Schumann F and O’Regan JK (2017) Sensory augmentation: integration of an auditory compass signal into human perception of space. Scientific Reports, 7:42197.


  1. König SU, Schumann F, Keyser J, Goeke C, Krause C, Wache S, Lytochkin A, Ebert M, Brunsch V, Wahn B, Kaspar K, Nagel SK, Meilinger T, Bülthoff H, Wolbers T, Büchel C, König P, König SU, Schumann F, Keyser J, Goeke C, Krause C, Wache S, Lytochkin A, Ebert M, Brunsch V, Wahn B, Kaspar K, Nagel SK, Meilinger T, Bülthoff H, Wolbers T, Büchel C and König P (2016) Learning New Sensorimotor Contingencies: Effects of Long-Term Use of Sensory Augmentation on the Brain and Conscious Perception. PLOS ONE, 11(12):e0166647.


  1. Verrel J, Almagor E, Schumann F, Lindenberger U and Kühn S (2015) Changes in neural resting state activity in primary and higher-order motor areas induced by a short sensorimotor intervention based on the Feldenkrais method. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9.
  2. Clark D, Schumann F and Mostofsky SH (2015) Mindful movement and skilled attention. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9:1-23.
  3. Kugler G, 't Hart BM, Kohlbecher S, Bartl K, Schumann F, Einhäuser W and Schneider E (2015) Visual Search in the Real World: Color Vision Deficiency Affects Peripheral Guidance, but Leaves Foveal Verification Largely Unaffected. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9:1-7.
  4. Cavanagh P, Duyck M, Eymond C, Maus G, Schumann F, Störmer V, Veenemans A, Whitney D and Wu D-A (2015) Feeling the future. Journal of Vision, 15(12):1177.


  1. Wache S, Keyser J, König SU, Schumann F, Wolbers T, Büchel C and König P.
  2. Onat S, Açık A, Schumann F, König P, Açık A, Schumann F and König P (2014) The Contributions of Image Content and Behavioral Relevancy to Overt Attention. PLoS ONE, 9(4):e93254.


  1. Schumann F (2013) A Sensorimotor Account of Visual Attention in Natural Behaviour. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Osnabrück, Osnabrueck.


  1. Kugler G, 't Hart BM, Kohlbecher S, Bartl K, Schumann F, Einhäuser W, Brandt T and Schneider E (2011) Farb- und formbasierte visuelle Suche bei unterschiedlichen Farbsehfähigkeiten in natürlicher Umgebung. Klinische Neurophysiologie, 42(01).


  1. Einhäuser W, Moeller GU, Schumann F, Conradt J, Vockeroth J, Bartl K, Schneider E and König P (2009) Eye-head coordination during free exploration in human and cat. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1164:353-66.
  2. Einhäuser W, Schumann F, Vockeroth J, Bartl K, Cerf M, Harel J, Schneider E and König P (2009) Distinct roles for eye and head movements in selecting salient image parts during natural exploration. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1164:188-93.
  3. 't Hart MB, Vockeroth J, Schumann F, Bartl K, Schneider E, König P and Einhäuser W (2009) Gaze allocation in natural stimuli: Comparing free exploration to head-fixed viewing conditions. Visual Cognition, 17(6-7):1132-1158.
  4. Açik A, Onat S, Schumann F, Einhäuser W and König P (2009) Effects of luminance contrast and its modifications on fixation behavior during free viewing of images from different categories. Vision research, 49(12):1541-53.


  1. Schumann F, Einhäuser-Treyer W, Vockeroth J, Bartl K, Schneider E and König P (2008) Salient features in gaze-aligned recordings of human visual input during free exploration of natural environments. Journal of vision, 8(14):12.1-17.


  1. Einhäuser W, Schumann F, Bardins S, Bartl K, Böning G, Schneider E and König P (2007) Human eye-head co-ordination in natural exploration. Network (Bristol, England), 18(3):267-97.


  1. Schumann F (2004) Embodied cognitive science - is it part of cognitive science? Analysis within a philosophy of science background. PICS - Publications of the Institute of Cognitive Science, 3.