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Dr. Jochen Laubrock

Position: Research Scientist | Head of Junior Research Group

Unit: Cognitive Sciences | Cognitive Psychology

Other functions: Director of the EyeLab | Academic advisor for prospective students for B.Sc. in Psychology (see also: Academic Advisement in Psychology)

Degree: Dr. phil (2004, University of Potsdam) | Dipl.-Psych. (1998, University of Muenster)

Field: Cognitive Psychology

Research: Cognitive aging, modeling, selective attention, fixational eye movements, scene perception, eye movements during reading, reading development, cognitive and oculomotor control during reading of graphic literature

Other: Publications Pubmed | BMBF-Junior Reseach Group "Hybrid Narrativity"




Brzezicka, A., Krejtz, I., von Hecker, U., and Laubrock, J. (2012). Eye movement evidence for defocused attention in dysphoria - a perceptual span analysis. International Journal of Psychophysiology , 85(1):129–133.

Cajar, A., Engbert, R., and Laubrock, J. (2016a). Spatial frequency processing in the central and peripheral visual field during scene viewing. Vision Research , 127:186–197.

Cajar, A., Schneeweiß, P., Engbert, R., and Laubrock, J. (2016b). Coupling of attention and saccades when viewing scenes with central and peripheral degradation. Journal of Vision , 16(2):8, 1–19.

Dubray, D. and Laubrock, J. (2019). Deep CNN-based Speech Balloon Detection and Segmentation for Comic Books. arXiv e-prints , page arXiv:1902.08137.

Dunst, A., Hartel, R., and Laubrock, J. (2017). The Graphic Narrative Corpus (GNC): Design, annotation, and analysis for the Digital Humanities. In 2017 14th IAPR International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR) , volume 03, pages 15–20.

Dunst, A., Laubrock, J., and Wildfeuer, J. (2018a). Comics and empirical research: An introduction. In [Dunst et al., 2018b], pages 1–24.

Dunst, A., Laubrock, J., and Wildfeuer, J., editors (2018b). Empirical Comics Research: Digital, Multimodal, and Cognitive Methods . Routledge, New York.

Fernández, G., Laubrock, J., Mandolesi, P., Colombo, O., and Agamennoni, O. (2014). Registering eye movements during reading in Alzheimer’s disease: Diffi culties in predicting upcoming words. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology , 36(3):302–316.

Hartmann, M., Laubrock, J., and Fischer, M. H. (2018). The visual number world: A dynamic approach to study the mathematical mind. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology ,71(0):28–36. PMID: 27109592.

Hohenstein, S., Laubrock, J., and Kliegl, R. (2010). Semantic preview benefit in eye movements during reading: A parafoveal fast-priming study. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition , 36(5):1150–1170.

Kliegl, R. and Laubrock, J. (2017). Eye-movement tracking during reading. In de Groot, A. M. B. and Hagoort, P., editors, Research Methods in Psycholinguistics and the Neurobiology of Language: A Practical Guide , chapter 4, pages 68–88. Hoboken: Wiley.

Kliegl, R., Laubrock, J., and K¨ostler, A. (2015). Augenblicke bei der Bildbetrachtung. Eine kognitionswissenschaftliche Spekulation zum Links und Rechts im Bild. In Lepper, V. M., Deuflhard, P., and Markschies, C., editors, R¨aume - Bilder - Kulturen , pages 77–90. de Gruyter, Berlin/Boston.

Kliegl, R., Risse, S., and Laubrock, J. (2007). Preview benefit and parafoveal-onfoveal effects from word n+2. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 33(5):1250–1255.

Kliegl, R., Rolfs, M., Laubrock, J., and Engbert, R. (2009). Microsaccadic modulation of response times in spatial attention tasks. Psychological Research-Psychologische Forschung , 73(2):136–146.

Laubrock, J., Cajar, A., and Engbert, R. (2013). Control of fixation duration during scene viewing by interaction of foveal and peripheral processing. Journal of Vision , 13(12):11: 1–20.

Laubrock, J. and Dubray, D. (2019). CNN-based classification of illustrator style in graphic novels: Which features contribute most? In Kompatsiaris, I., Huet, B., Mezaris, V., Gurrin, C., Cheng, W., and Vrochidis, S., editors, MultiMedia Modeling. MMM 2019. , volume 11296 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science , pages 684–695, Cham. Springer.

Laubrock, J., Engbert, R., and Cajar, A. (2017). Gaze-contingent manipulation of the FVF demonstrates the importance of fixation duration for explaining search behavior. Behavioral and Brain Sciences , 40:e144.

Laubrock, J., Engbert, R., and Kliegl, R. (2005). Microsaccade dynamics during covert attention. Vision Research , 45(6):721–730.

Laubrock, J., Engbert, R., and Kliegl, R. (2008). Fixational eye movements predict the perceived direction of ambiguous apparent motion. Journal of Vision , 8(14):13: 1–17.

Laubrock, J., Engbert, R., Rolfs, M., and Kliegl, R. (2007). Microsaccades are an index of covert attention: Commentary on Horowitz, Fine, Fencsik, Yurgenson, and Wolfe (2007). Psychological Science , 18(4):364–366.

Laubrock, J. and Hohenstein, S. (2012). Orthographic consistency and parafoveal preview benefit: A resource-sharing account of language differences in processing of phonological and semantic codes. Behavioral and Brain Sciences , 35(5):292–293.

Laubrock, J., Hohenstein, S., and K¨ummerer, M. (2018). Attention to comics: Cognitive processing during the reading of graphic literature. In [Dunst et al., 2018b], pages 239–263.

Laubrock, J. and Kinder, A. (2014). Incidental sequence learning in a motion coherence discrimination task: How response learning a↵ ects perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance , 40(5):1963–1977.

Laubrock, J. and Kliegl, R. (2015). The eye-voice span during reading aloud. Frontiers in Psychology , 6(1432):1–19.

Laubrock, J., Kliegl, R., and Engbert, R. (2006). SWIFT explorations of age differences in eye movements during reading. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews , 30(6):872–884.

Laubrock, J., Kliegl, R., Rolfs, M., and Engbert, R. (2010). When do microsaccades follow spatial attention? Attention Perception & Psychophysics , 72(3):683–694.

Pan, J., Laubrock, J., and Yan, M. (2016). Parafoveal processing in silent and oral reading: Reading mode influences the relative weighting of phonological and semantic information in Chinese. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition , 42(8):1257–1273.

Pan, J., Yan, M., and Laubrock, J. (2017). Perceptual span in oral reading: The case of Chinese. Scientific Studies of Reading , 21(3):254–263.

Pan, J., Yan, M., Laubrock, J., and Shu, H. (2019). Lexical and sublexical phonological effects in chinese silent and oral reading. Scientific Studies of Reading , 0(0):1–16.

Pan, J., Yan, M., Laubrock, J., Shu, H., and Kliegl, R. (2013). Eye–voice span during Rapid Automatized Naming of digits and dice in Chinese normal and dyslexic children. Developmental Science , 16(6):967–979.

Pan, J., Yan, M., Laubrock, J., Shu, H., and Kliegl, R. (2014). Saccade-target selection of dyslexic children when reading Chinese. Vision Research , 97:24 – 30.

Pollatos, O., Laubrock, J., and Wittman, M. (2014). Interoceptive focus shapes the experience of time. PLoS One, 9(1):e86934: 1–6.

Rolfs, M., Laubrock, J., and Kliegl, R. (2006). Shortening and prolongation of saccade latencies following microsaccades. Experimental Brain Research , 169(3):369–376.

Rolfs, M., Laubrock, J., and Kliegl, R. (2008). Microsaccade- induced prolongation of saccadic latencies depends on microsaccade amplitude. Journal of Eye Movement Research , 1(3:1):1–8.

Sperlich, A., Meixner, J., and Laubrock, J. (2016). Development of the perceptual span in reading: A longitudinal study. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology , 146:181 – 201.

Sperlich, A., Schad, D. J., and Laubrock, J. (2015). When preview information starts to matter: Development of the perceptual span in German beginning readers. Journal of Cognitive Psychology , 27:511–530.

Tseng, C.-I., Laubrock, J., and Pflaeging, J. (2018). Character developments in comics and graphic novels: A systematic analytical scheme. In [Dunst et al., 2018b], pages 154–175.

Yan, M., Pan, J., Laubrock, J., Kliegl, R., and Shu, H. (2013). Parafoveal processing efficiency in Rapid Automatized Naming: A comparison between Chinese normal and dyslexic children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology , 115(3):579 – 589.






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