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Annette Werner

Surname Werner
First name Annette
Nationality Germany
Present position and title Group leader, Dr. rer. nat.

Business address

Visual Psychophysics Group
Institute for Ophthalmic Research
Centre for Ophthalmology,
University of Tübingen
Elfriede-Aulhorn-Strasse 7
D-72076 Tübingen,

Phone: +49 (0)7071 29-84727
Fax: +49 (0)7071 29-5271
E-mail: annette.werner[at]uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Education

Year Degree University Field of study
1990 Dr.rer.nat. Freie Universität Berlin Neurobiology & Zoology
1985 Diploma Freie Universität Berlin Biology

Professional Experience

Period Institution Position Discipline
since 2003 University of Tübingen
Institute of Ophthalmic Research
Group leader Visual Psychophysics, Animal Behaviour, fMRI
2001 NYU, Dep. of Psychol. & Centre for Neural Sciences Visiting Scholar Visual Psychophysics
1997-1998 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Research associate Ophthalmology, Visual Psychophysics
1996 Hong Kong University for Science & Technology Research Associate Computational modeling
1994-1995 University of Freiburg,
Dep. for Biophysics
Postdoc Visual Psychophysics
1992-1993 Freie Universität Berlin
Institute of  Physiology
Postdoc Visual Psychophysics, Programming
1990-1991 LMU München Research associate Visual Psychophysics,
1986-1990 Freie Univeristät Berlin PhD student Animal Behaviour

Additional information


  • Member of the Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience Tübingen
  • Member of the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience Tübingen

Awards & Honours

  • Baden-Württemberg-Zerifikat Hochschuldidaktik
  • Research award from the German Science Foundation
  • Fortüne-Posterpreis of the medical Faculty Tübingen
  • Price for „Best Practicals“ at the Graduate School of Neural and Behavioural Sciences, Universität Tübingen / International Max Planck Research School


  • Reviewer for Vision Research, Journal of Vision, Perception, Journal of Optical Society of America A,Graefes Archiv, Colour Research and Application, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, German Science Foundation

Major Publications

  1. Werner, A. Bayer, A., Schwarz, G., Zrenner, E. & Paulus, P. (2010). Effects of ageing on short-wavelength gain control: transient tritanopia increases with age. Vision Research, 50, 1641-1648. (2.385)
  2. Willmann, G., Ivanov. I. V., Fischer, M.D., Lahiri, S., Pokharel, R. K., Werner, A.*  & Khurana, T. J.* (2010).  Effects on colour discrimination during long-term exposure to high altitudes on Mt. Everest. British Journal of Ophthalmology , 94, 1393 - 1397. (2.934) * shared senior-authorship 
  3. Werner, A. (2007). Color constancy improves, when an object moves: High level motion influences color processing. Journal of Vision, 7, 1 - 14. (3.791)
  4. Werner, A., Smith, V., Pokorny, J., Kremers, J., Greenlee, M. (2005).  Psychophysicalcorrelates of identified physiological processes in the human visual system. In: The Primate Visual System, Kremer, J. (ed), 311 - 349. New York: Wiley & Sons.  
  5.  Werner, A., Sharpe, L.T. & Zrenner, E. (2000). Asymmetries in the time-course of chromatic adaptation and the significance of contrast. Vision Research, 40, 1101 -1113. (2.385)