Dr. Karin S. Pilz

Associate Professor, Department of Experimental Psychology, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.


After a BSc in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück, Germany and an MSc and PhD in Neural and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Tübingen and the MPI for biological Cybernetics, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at McMaster University in Canada Ontario and the Laboratory of Psychophysics at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, before starting my own lab as a Lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.


I relocated to the University of Groningen at the end of 2018.

Current lab members

















Previous lab members


Postdoctoral Researchers                            PhD students                                 MRes students


Dr. Stefanie Biehl                                        Dr. Hannah Agnew                       Danai Papadaki

Dr. Melanie Andersen                                                                                       Hannah Agnew

Dr. Louise Miller


Voluntary research students and summer students


Anna Luxem (Erasmus Exchange Student; University of Giessen, Germany), Danai Papadaki, Juho Aijala (The Rank Price Funds Vacation Scholarship), Jacqueline von Seth (Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship), Jess Kerr-Gaffney (Developing Sciene Fund Vacation Scholarship), Tomas Vaitkus (Vacation Scholarship), Ewa Butkowska (BBSRC summer research placement), Leonard Schünemann (Erasmus Exchange)




Hao Lou - PhD student

I started my PhD at the Department of Experimental Psychology of the University of Groningen in October 2019 after an MSc in Brain and Language at the Renmin University of China and a BSc in Cognitive Psychology at the Hunan Normal University, China.


Now I am working on the topic of age-related changes in object-based attention from the view of individual differences.


Suze Westervoorde - Research assistant

I started my Bachelor Psychology in September 2018 at the University of Groningen. In September 2019 I started working with Karin Pilz. My main focus is developing a database containing research participants over 60 years old. Moreover I will be assisting research in the fields of visual perception and age-related topics.



Thesis students

Carlotta Stahl (undergraduate honours student)       -- Changes in orientation perception across the lifetime

Michael Oyeossi Yacoubou Horberg (MSc student)   -- Effects of music on attentional processes