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, 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.

Lab members

















Previous lab members


Postdoctoral Researchers                            PhD students                                 MRes students                    Research assistants


Dr. Stefanie Biehl                                        Dr. Hannah Agnew                       Danai Papadaki                    Suze Westervoorde

Dr. Melanie Andersen                                                                                       Hannah Agnew

Dr. Louise Miller                                                                                                Michael Oyeossi Hörberg


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.


Manouk Kuiper - Research assistant

As a research assistant, I am responsible for updating and managing the database for healthy aging research. This database contains all the relevant information of our research participants. Besides working as a research assistant, I am currently in my second year of the Research Master Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences working on my major thesis in which I will investigate the influence of previous experiences on future decision making.