Stefanie Becker

REAL_StefanieDr Becker received her PhD in 2007 from the University of Bielefeld, Germany. From 2007 onwards, she was employed by the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland. Dr Becker’s work concerns human visual attention, and in particular, how the visual system distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant items. In 2010, she proposed a relational account of attention, that the context determines how we tune attention to sought-after items. Dr Becker uses a variety of methods to unravel the factors guiding attention and the gaze, including eye tracking, EEG and brain imaging.
2007  PhD (summa cum laude), University of Bielefeld (Germany)
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School of Psychology
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The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072



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2014 / in press

41.  Becker, S.I., Valuch, C. & Ansorge, U. (2014). Color priming in pop-out search depends on the relative color of the target. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:289, 1-11. (pdf)

40.  Craig, B.M., Becker, S.I., & Lipp, O.V. (in press). Different faces in the crowd: A happiness superiority effect for schematic faces in heterogeneous backgrounds. Emotion.

39.  Venini, D., Remington, R.W., Horstmann, G., & Becker, S.I. (in press). Centre-of-gravity fixations in visual search: When looking at nothing helps to find something. Journal of Ophthalmology.

38.  Ansorge, U., & Becker, S.I. (in press). Contingent capture in cueing: The role of color search templates and cue-target color relations. Psychological Research. (pdf)

37.  Becker, S.I., Harris, A.M., Venini, D., & Retell, J.D. (in press). Visual search for colour and shape: When is the gaze guided by feature relationships, when by feature values? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. (pdf)

36.  Becker, S.I. (2013). Simply shapely: Relative, not absolute shapes are primed in pop-out search. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 75, 845-861. (pdf)

35.  Savage, R.A., Lipp, O.V., Craig, B.M, Becker, S.I., & Horstmann, G. (2013). In search for the emotional face: Anger vs. happiness superiority in visual search. Emotion, 13, 758-768(pdf)

34.  Barutchu, A., Becker, S.I., Carter, O., Hester, R., & Levy, N.L. (2013). The role of task-related learned representations in explaining asymmetries in task switching. PLoS ONE, 8, 1-10. (pdf)

33.  Bayliss, A.P., Murphy, E. Naughtin, C.K., Kritikos, A., Schilbach, L., & Becker, S.I. (2013). ‘Gaze leading’: Initiating simulated joint attention influences eye movements and choice behaviour. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 76-92(pdf)

32.  Becker, S.I., Folk, C.L., & Remington, R.W. (2013). Attentional Capture does not depend on Feature Similarity, but on Target-Nontarget Relations. Psychological Science, 24, 634-647. (pdf)

31.  Becker, S.I., & Ansorge, U. (2013). Higher set sizes in pop-out search displays do not eliminate priming or enhance target selection. Vision Research81, 18-28. (pdf)

30.  Harris, A.M., Remington, R.W., & Becker, S.I. (2013). Feature specificity in attentional capture by size and colour. Journal of Vision13:12, 1-15. (pdf)

29.  Valuch, C., Becker, S.I., & Ansorge, U. (2013). Priming of fixations during recognition of natural scenes.Journal of Vision, 13:3, 1-22. (pdf)


28.  Ansorge, U., & Becker, S.I. (2012). Automatic priming of attentional control by relevant colors. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 74, 83-104. (pdf)

27.  Horstmann, G., Lipp. O.V., & Becker, S.I. (2012). Of toothy grins and angry snarls − Open mouth displays contribute to efficiency gains in search for emotional faces. Journal of Vision, 12(5):7, 1-15(pdf)

26.  Priess, H., Scharlau, I., Becker, S.I., & Ansorge, U. (2012). Spatial mislocalization as a consequence of sequential coding of stimuli. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 74, 365-378. (pdf)

25.  Schneider, D., Bayliss, A.P., Becker, S.I., & Dux, P.E. (2012). Eye movements reveal sustained implicit processing of mental states. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 433-438. (pdf)


24.  Becker S. I. (2011). Determinants of dwell time in visual search: Similarity or perceptual difficulty?  PLoS One, 6 (3), 1-5. (pdf)

23.  Becker, S.I., & Horstmann, G. (2011). Novelty and saliency in attentional capture by unannounced motion singletons. Acta Psychologica, 136, 290-299. (pdf)

22.  Becker, S. I., Horstmann, G., & Remington, R. W. (2011). Perceptual grouping, not emotion, accounts for search asymmetries with schematic faces. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37, 1739-1757(pdf)

21.  Horstmann, G. & Becker, S.I. (2011). Evidence for goal-independent attentional capture from validity effects with unexpected novel color cues  ̶  A reply to Burnham (2007). Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18,512-517. (pdf)


20.  Ansorge, U., Carbone, E., Becker, S. I., & Turatto, M. (2010). Attentional capture by motion onsets is spatially imprecise. The European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 22, 62-105(pdf)

19.  Becker, S. I. (2010). The role of target-distractor relationships in guiding attention and the eyes in visual search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 139, 247-265. (pdf)

18.  Becker, S.I., (2010). Testing a post-selectional account of across-dimension switch costsPsychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17, 853-861. (pdf)

17.  Becker, S.I. (2010). Oculomotor capture by irrelevant colour singletons depends on intertrial priming.Vision Research50, 2116-2126. (pdf)

16.  Becker, S.I., Folk, C. L., & Remington, R. W. (2010). The role of relational information in contingentcapture. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance36, 1460-1476. (pdf)

15.  Horstmann, G., Becker, S.I., Bergmann, S., & Burghaus, L. (2010). A reversal of the search asymmetry favouring negative schematic faces. Visual Cognition, 18, 981­1016(pdf)


14.  Ansorge, U., Becker, S. I., & Breitmeyer, B. G. (2009). Revisiting the metacontrast dissociation: Comparing sensitivity across different measures and tasks. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology62, 286-309. (pdf)

13.  Becker, S. I., Ansorge, U., & Horstmann, G. (2009). Can intertrial priming account for the similarity effect in visual search? Vision Research49, 1738-1756. (pdf)

12.  Becker, S. I., Ansorge, U., & Turatto, M. (2009). Saccades reveal that allocentric coding of the moving object causes mislocalisation in the Flash-Lag Effect. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics71, 1313-1324. (pdf)

11.  Becker, S. I., & Horstmann, G. (2009). A feature weighting account of priming in conjunction search.Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 71, 258-272. (pdf)


10.  Becker, S. I. (2008). Can intertrial effects of features and dimensions be explained by a single theory?Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance34, 1417-1440. (pdf)

  9.  Becker, S. I. (2008). The stage of priming: Are intertrial repetition effects attentional or decisional? Vision Research48, 664-684. (pdf)

  8.  Becker, S. I. (2008). The mechanism of priming: Episodic retrieval or priming of pop-out? Acta Psychologica127, 324-339. (pdf)

  7.  Horstmann, G., & Becker, S. I. (2008). Attentional effects of negative faces: Top-down contingent or involuntary? Perception & Psychophysics, 70, 1416-1434. (pdf)

  6.  Horstmann, G., & Becker, S. I. (2008). Effects of stimulus-onset asynchrony and display duration on implicit and explicit measures of attentional capture by a surprising singleton. Visual Cognition, 16, 290-306.(pdf)


  5.  Ansorge, U., Breitmeyer, B. G., & Becker, S. I. (2007). Comparing sensitivity across different processing measures under metacontrast masking conditions. Vision Research, 47, 3335­3349. (pdf)

  4.  Ansorge, U., Neumann, O., Becker, S. I., Kaelberer, H., & Cruse, H. (2007). Sensorimotor supremacy: Investigating conscious and unconscious vision by masked priming. Advances in Cognitive Psychology3, 257-274. (pdf)

  3.  Becker, S. I. (2007). Irrelevant singletons in pop-out search: Attentional capture or filtering costs? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance33, 764-787. (pdf)

Book Chapters & Conference Papers:

  2.  Becker, S.I. (in press). Guidance of attention by feature relationships: The end of the road for feature map theories? In Horsley, M., Eliot, M., Riley, R., and Knight, B. (Eds.) Current Trends in Eye Tracking Research. Springer. [pre-print]

  1.  Becker, S.I. (in press). Why you cannot map attention. A relational theory of attention and eye movements.Australian Psychologist.