Arezoo Pooresmaeili

AG Perception and Cognition
European Neurosciene Institute Göttingen (ENI)


Research Interests


  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral, Neuroimaging, Electrophysiology and Brain Stimulation Studies in humans
  • Sensory Perception
  • Attention
  • Reward Processing
  • Decision Making
  • Social Cognition


Education and Employment

2015 - Group Leader, Perception and Cognition Group, European Neuroscience Institute, Göttingen, Germany
2011-2014Postdoctoral fellow, Berlin School of Mind and Brain (Einstein Visiting Fellow)
2009-2011 Postdoctoral fellow, Pisa Vision Lab
2003-2009PhD projects exploring mechanisms of visual attention in the primary visual cortex and Frontal Eye Field
1994-2001Tehran University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, obtained degree: MD



Selected publications

Pooresmaeili A, Wannig A, Dolan RJ (2015). Receipt of reward leads to altered estimation of effort. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112:13407-10. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1507527112. Epub 2015 Oct 12.
Pooresmaeili A, FitzGerald THB, Bach DR, Toelch U, Ostendorf, F, Dolan RJ (2014). Crossmodal effects of value on perceptual acuity and stimulus encoding. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111:15244-9. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1408873111
Pooresmaeili A, Roelfsema P (2014). A growth-cone model for the spread of object-based attention. Current Biology 24:2869-77.
Pooresmaeili A, Poort J, Roelfsema PR (2014). Simultaneous selection by object-based attention in visual and frontal cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences111:6467-72. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1316181111;
Pooresmaeili A, Arrighi R, Biagi L, Morrone MC (2013). Blood Oxygen Level-Dependent Activation of the Primary Visual Cortex Predicts Size Adaptation Illusion. Journal of Neuroscience2013 33:15999-16008.
Pooresmaeili A, Poort J, Thiele A, Roelfsema PR (2010). Separable codes for attention and luminance contrast in the primary visual cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 30:12701-11.