11 Jan 2010

Talis Bachmann

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Career and research related information can be best found in his CV and publications list. Talis is the principal researcher and head of the group associated in and around Bachmannlab. He holds the full time professorship in the Institute of Public Law of the Faculty of Law, University of Tartu (Professor of Cognitive and Forensic Psychology) and has also adjunct professor’s duties in the Institute of Psychology. He is also head of group, Perception and Consciousness, in the Estonian Center of Behavioral and Health Sciences. Talis serves also for the Executive Board of the Union of Estonian Psychologists. He is full member of the Association for Scientific Studies of Consciousness and Association for Psychological Science. Talis holds the duties of an Estonian representative in COST Action BM0605. He also serves as an expert in psychology and behavioral sciences for the Estonian Science Foundation. As the principal investigator, he has been responsible for obtaining finances for the research group and putting together personnel of the group.

His main problem in science has been that he has had (and still has) too many varied interests which may not be always useful or profitable in terms of getting fame or money J. He knows this, but deliberately continues to be diverse (an euphemism for lack of focus perhaps). One can list such areas of research, teaching and supervision as: consciousness studies, neural correlates of visual awareness, visual masking, face perception, flash-lag effect, attentional blink, illusory contours, temporal order perception, spatial attention, feature binding, microgenesis of visual representation, advertising effects, detection of deception, facial perception of personality traits, TMS effects on brain functional states, experimental aesthetics and art perception, etc. Luckily enough, during the more recent stage of his career some of the interests have become shared with his closer colleagues and students (who tend to be a bit more focused).

From this spectre of widely varied scientific areas and topics there are some that can be pointed out as those where Talis is regarded as one of the leading experts: masking, microgenesis, perception of pixelated visual images. He has also developed an original theory of perceptual information processing called perceptual retouch theory. Based on the knowledge about the regularities of interaction between cortical specific perceptual-representational units and the so-called non-specific systems of thalamo-cortical modulation, this theory helps to explain many diverse perceptual and attentional phenomena such as masking, flash-lag, perceptual latency priming, spatial-attentional precueing effects, line motion illusion and some other from the same metatheoretical point of view. Actually, he was among the first in the early eighties who suggested that consciousness-mechanisms should be studied as a special psychological mechanism apart from perception and attention when information processing is researched in cognitive psychology and psychophysics.

Talis Bachmann_CV in file

Talis Bachmann CV in ETIS

Some bits on Talis Bachmann’s personal background and his interests and hobbies besides scientific/academic matters can be found here.

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