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Abteilung Kognitive Psychologie, Wahrnehmung und Methodenlehre


Prof. Dr. Fred Mast

Prof. Dr. Fred Mast
University of Bern
Department of Psychology
Fabrikstrasse 8
CH-3012 Bern

Head of Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Research Methods

Vice-Dean Human Sciences Faculty



Office: D 368


Short Vita

I was born and raised in Wil (Eastern Switzerland). I studied Psychology, Philosophy and Neurophysiology at the University of Zürich where I also obtained my PhD. I taught Perception, Cognition, Psychophysics and Neuroscience at the University of Zürich and at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ). In 1998 I moved to the US and became a Research Associate at the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. At the same time I have had a part-time appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A professorship from the Swiss National Science Foundation ("Förderungsprofessur") made me return to Switzerland and I have joined the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zürich. I obtained my Habilitation ("venia legendi") in 2003 and became full professor ("professeur ordinaire") for Cognitive Psychology at the University of Lausanne (2005-2008). I was responsible coordinator for "Cognitive Psychology" at the "Collège des Humanités", Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL). Since 2008 I am full professor at the University of Bern where I am directing the newly founded section "Cognitive Psychology, Perception, and Research Methods". My research is concerned with mental imagery, sensorimotor processing, and visual perception, and it is regularly funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (see research projects for more information). Although I was fortunate to have many outstanding teachers, my most influential mentors were Norbert Bischof (Zurich) and Stephen Kosslyn (Harvard).

See here for complete list of publications


Former PhD students:

  • Corinne Jola (Abertay University, Scotland)
  • Dario Bombari (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Luzia Grabherr (University of Adelaide, Australia)
  • Matthias Hartmann (University of Potsdam, Germany)
  • Jessika Golle (University of Tübingen, Germany)
  • Laura Bamert (University Hospital Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Janek Lobmaier (University of Bern)
  • Corinna Martarelli (University of Bern)
  • Nora Preuss (University of Bern)

Former Post-Docs in my lab:

  • Peter Klaver (University of Surrey, UK)
  • Christophe Lopez (Université de Provence, Marseille)
  • Bart Wissmath (Managing Director w hoch 2, Research, Analysis, Consulting)
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