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Dr Thomas Otto



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Starting with Biology, I obtained my undergraduate degrees from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany) and the Universität Bremen (Germany). I then moved to the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) for a PhD on non-retinotopic aspects of visual perception under the supervision of Michael Herzog. After my PhD, I took a first postdoctoral position at the Université Paris Descartes (France), where I worked with Pascal Mamassian on multisensory decision making. Before I moved to St Andrews in 2013, I had a short, second postdoctoral position with Marianne Maertens at the Technische Universität Berlin (Germany).

Pre-degree (BSc equivalent) - Albert-Ludwigs- Universität Freiburg - Fakultät für Biologie
Diploma (Msc equivalent) - Universität Bremen - Institute for Human Neurobiology
PhD - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - Brain Mind Institute
Postdoc - Université Paris Descartes - Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception
Postdoc - Technische Universität Berlin - Modelling of Cognitive Processes

Research overview

My research focuses on the interface between perceptual and cognitive neuroscience using mainly mental chronometry and mathematical modelling as methods. Current research investigates the cognitive architecture underlying human decision making behaviour in multisensory settings; the involvement of basic logical decision gates; as well as sources of variability and history effects in speeded response time tasks.

Highlighted publications

Otto, TU 2019, 'RSE-box: An analysis and modelling package to study response times to multiple signals' The Quantitative Methods for Psychology.

Innes, BR & Otto, TU 2019, 'A comparative analysis of response times shows that multisensory benefits and interactions are not equivalent' Scientific Reports, vol. 9, 2921.
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Otto, T & Mamassian, P 2017, 'Multisensory decisions: the test of a race model, its logic, and power' Multisensory Research, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 1–24.
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Otto, T, Dassy, B & Mamassian, P 2013, 'Principles of Multisensory Behavior' The Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 33, no. 17, pp. 7463-7474.

Otto, T & Mamassian, P 2012, 'Noise and Correlations in Parallel Perceptual Decision Making' Current Biology, vol. 22, no. 15, pp. 1391-1396.
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