Team

Mag. Dr. Stella J. Faerber

+49 (0)3641 945 185

stella.faerber [at] uni-jena.de

Research Unit Person Perception
Institute for Psychology
Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Am Steiger 3, Haus 1
07743 Jena, Germany

Curriculum Vitae

Granting of academic degrees

2011

2006

University of Bamberg
Doctorate (PhD, Dr. phil.) in Psychology, summa cum laude
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Claus-Christian Carbon
Title of PhD thesis “Dynamics of Aesthetic Appreciation for Artificial Categories”

University of Vienna
Magister (Mag. rer.nat., Dipl. psych., MA) in Psychology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Herbert Bauer
Title of master thesis: „Neurophysiological correlates of amplitude-modulated noise in developmental dyslexics“ [written in German]

Scientific career

01/2017-dato
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03/2016-12/2016

04/2013-03/2016

05/2014-07/2014

04/2014

09/2011-03/2013

06/2012-08/2012

04/2010-08/2011

02/2010-03/2010

10/2006-01/2010

01/2006-06/2006

PI project granted by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG); Faerber, S. & Schweinberger, S. R. (2016). Norm-based face space model revisited: The role of familiarity, distance-to-norm and vector direction.

Sabbatical: education as neuro-feedback trainer at the Wuttke Institute, Santa Barbara, Cacifornia, USA.

Post-doctoral researcher, Department of General Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany.

Visiting post-doctoral researcher, General Psychology and Methodology, University of Vienna, Austria, supervision Prof. Helmut Leder

Visiting post-doctoral researcher, Perception Lab, School of Psychology, University of St. Andrews, UK, supervision Prof. David Perrett

Post-doctoral researcher, Department of General Psychology & Methodology, University of Bamberg.

Visiting post-doctoral researcher, Perception Lab, School of Psychology, University of St. Andrews, UK: Collaboration with Prof. David Perrett, Research on skin complexion and attractiveness of faces sponsored by FNK, University of Bamberg/Germany.

Research assistant, Department of General Psychology & Methodology, University of Bamberg, Germany.

Short scientific visit at the Department of General Psychology & Methodology, University of Bamberg, Germany: Collaboration with Prof. Dr. Ute Schmid & Prof. Dr. Claus-Christian Carbon, Project: Modelling dynamics in aesthetic appreciation.

Research assistant, Institute of Psychological Basic Research , Faculty of Psychology, Vienna, Austria. Project: Psychology of Aesthetics: The dynamics of innovation and appreciation over time, National Austrian Scientific Fonds (FWF); P18910

Pre-graduate research assistant, Brain Research Laboratory, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna.

Main research interests:

My research interests centre on the cognitive and neuronal mechanisms subserving human visual perception and memory. Thereby I focused on high-level adaptation and priming effects of face recognition, object perception and aesthetic appreciation. I am currently engaged in EEG correlates on the impact of familiarity on face perception.

A more novel research interest of mine concerns meditation and neurotherapy. In cooperation with the Wuttke Institute of Neurotherapy, Santa Barbara, California, USA, I am exploring the effect of neuro-therapy (neurofeedback, low intensity pulsed electromagnetic (pEMF) stimulation, tACS) on the meditation experience and psychological well-being of both novel and advanced meditators.

Grants and awards (total 467,850.00 EUR)

    • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), University of Jena/Germany; Faerber, S. & Schweinberger, S. R. (2016). Norm-based face space model revisited: The role of familiarity, distance-to-norm and vector direction, approx. 10/2016-09/2018 [EUR 200.800,00]
    • Co-operation with Austrian company ZIZALA Lichtsysteme GmbH and University of Vienna/Austria; Ansorge, U. & Faerber, S. J. (2011). Psychological aspects of the impact of hyper-headlights during night drives, 06/2016-05/2018 [EUR 244.880,00]
    • 2015: Faerber, S. J. Travel grant for the Meeting of the Vision Science Society (VSS), St. Pete, Florida (15.05.2015-20.05.2015) [EUR 1000,00], ProChance, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena/Germany
    • 2013: Faerber, S. J. Travel grant for the Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TEAP), Vienna/Austria (24.03.2013-27.03.2013) [EUR 465,00], Ständige Kommission für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs (FNK), University of Bamberg/Germany
    • 2012: Faerber, S. J. Travel grant for the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) & Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC) (30.08.2012-07.09.2012) [EUR ~710,00], Ständige Kommission für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs (FNK), University of Bamberg/Germany
    • 2011: Ständige Kommission für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs (FNK), University of Bamberg/Germany; Faerber, S. (2011). Adaptive processes of the visual perception and its impact on the aesthetic sensation, 12/2011-02/2012 [EUR 7.240,00]
    • 2011: Ständige Kommission für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs (FNK), University of Bamberg/Germany; Carbon, C. C. & Faerber, S. (2011). Are ideals of beauty eternal?, 10/2011-09/2012 [EUR 4.960,90]
    • 2011: Faerber, S. J. Travel grant for the European Congress of Visual Perception (ECVP), Toulouse/France (28.08.2011-01.09.2011) [~EUR 670,00], Ständige Kommission für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs (FNK), University of Bamberg/Germany
    • 2010: Ständige Kommission für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs (FNK), University of Bamberg/Germany; Carbon, C. C. & Faerber, S. (2010) Dynamics of object appreciation: Intra‐ and cross-modal adaptation effects, [project 020602‐019], 02/2011‐12/2011 [EUR 5.000,‐]
    • 2010: Faerber, S. J. Travel grant for the European Congress of Visual Perception (ECVP), Lausanne/Switzerland (22.08.2010-26.08.2010) [EUR 674,00], Ständige Kommission für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs (FNK), University of Bamberg/Germany
    • 2009: Program International Communication, University of Vienna, Austria; Faerber, S. J. Short-term travel grants awarded by the Austrian Science Association (2009) [EUR 1.300,-]
    • 2006: Faerber, S. J. Travelling scholarship for the 9th Meeting of the Austrian Neuroscience Association, Obergurgl (2006). [EUR 150.-], Austrian Neuroscience Association

Activity as reviewer

Scientific journals:

  • British Journal of Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Perception
  • Perceptual and Motor Skills
  • Vision Research

Grants:

  • National research foundation (NRF), South Africa

Conferences:

  • Paper review for Conference of Design Research Society

Posters:

  • Repetition Suppression Summer School (RESUS), University of Jena, Germany
  • Student’s congress, University of Jena, Germany

Membership in scientific societies

current:

    • German Society of  Psychology (DGPs)
    • Professional Institution of Austrian Psychologists (BÖP)

past:

    • Austrian Neuroscience Association (ANA)
    • Austrian Society for Psychology (ÖGP)
    • Vision Science Society (VSS)

Publications

Papers in peer-reviewed journals

Faerber, S. J., Kaufmann, J. M., Leder, H., Martin, E. M., & Schweinberger, S. R. (2015). Familiarity to a face distorts Valentines’ face space. PlosONE, 11(5): e0155380. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0155380

Faerber, S. J., Kaufmann, J. M., & Schweinberger, S. R. (2015). Early temporal negativity is sensitive to perceived (rather than physical) facial identity. Neuropsychologia, 75, 132-142.

Carbon, C. C., Faerber, S. J., Gerger, G., Forster, M., & Leder, H. (2013). Innovation is appreciated when we feel safe: On the situational dependence of the appreciation of innovation. International Journal of Design, 7(2), 43-51.

Schmid, U., Siebers, M., Folger, J., Schineller, S., Seuss, D., Raab, M., Carbon, C. C., & Faerber, S. J. (2013). A cognitive model for predicting aesthetical judgements as similarity to dynamic prototypes. Cognitive Systems Research, 24, 72-79.

Faerber, S. J., & Carbon, C. C. (2012). Jump on the innovator’s train: Cognitive principles for creating appreciation in innovative product design. Research in Engineering Design, 24(3), 313-319. doi: 10.1007/s00163-012-0148-7.

Coetzee, V., Faerber, S. J., Greeff, J. M., Lefevre, C. E., Re, D. E., & Perrett, D. I. (2012). African perceptions of female attractiveness. PlosONE, 7(10), e48116. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0048116.

Faerber, S. J., & Carbon, C. C. (2012). The power of liking: Highly sensitive aesthetic processing for guiding us through the world. iPerception, 3(8), 553-561..

Schmid, U, Grossmann, P., Wachter, M., Raab, M., Carbon, C. C., & Faerber, S. J. (2011). How visible are different variations of spatial features and relations in logos and how does visibility affect prototype generation? In A. Henrich, C. Schlieder, & U. Schmid (Eds), Visibility in Information Spaces and in Geographic Environments: Post-Proceedings of the KI’11 Workshop (pp. 23-34). Bamberg: University of Bamberg.

Gerger, G., Leder, H., Faerber, S. J., & Carbon, C. C. (2011). When the others matter: Context-dependent effects on changes in appreciation of innovativeness. SwissJournal of Psychology, 70(2), 75-83..

Faerber, S. J., Leder, H., Gerger, G., & Carbon, C. C. (2010). Priming semantic concepts affects the dynamics of aesthetic appreciation. Acta Psychologica, 135(2), 191-200..

Walla, P., Richter, M., Faerber, S., Leodolter, U., & Bauer, H. (2010). Food evoked changes in humans: Startle response modulation and event-related potentials (ERPs). Journal of Psychophysiology, 24(1), 25-32.

Non-peer-reviewed papers

Faerber, S. J. (2011). Dynamiken der ästhetischen Beurteilung von Produkten [Dynamics of aesthetic apprecitation of products]. In A. Reav, M. Wagner-Braun, & I. Hermann (Eds.), Forschende Frauen in Bamberg (pp. 143-152). Bamberg: University of Bamberg.

Schmid, U., Faerber, S. J., Raab, M., Björn, I., & Carbon, C. C. (2011). Schön ist, was man kennt [Beautiful is, what someone knows] . Digital Humanities: Technologien für die Geistes-wissenschaften, 40-43.

Latest conference presentations

Faerber, S. J., Kaufmann, J. M., & Schweinberger, S. R. (2015). Face recognition: Early temporal negativity is Sensitive to Perceived (rather than Physical) Facial Identity.Poster presententation. 15th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete/USA (15.05.2015-20.05.2015).

Faerber, S. J., Kaufmann, J. M., Leder, H., & Schweinberger, S. R. (2014). Attractiveness, Typicality and Distinctiveness in Face Space: Perception of Familiar and Unfamiliar Faces and their Anti-faces. Poster presententation. 10th International Workshop of the DFG Research Unit Person Perception, Jena/Germany (09.10.2014-10.10.2014).

Faerber, S. J., Kaufmann, J. M., & Schweinberger, S. R. (2014). Brain potential correlates of mental face representations: The N250r does not depend on visual overlap between prime and target. Oral presententation. 11th Tagung der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Vienna/Austria (24.04.2014-26.04.2014).

Faerber, S. J., Kaufmann, J. M., & Schweinberger, S. R. (2014). Impact of shape on the face sensitive 250r ERP component. Poster presententation. 9th International Workshop of the DFG Research Unit Person Perception, Jena/Germany (04.05.2014-05.05.2014).

Faerber, S. J., Kaufmann, J. M., & Schweinberger, S. R. (2014). The face sensitive N250r ERP component is associated with perceived (rather than physical) facial identity. Poster presentation. 56 th Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TEAP), Giessen/Germany (30.03.2014-02.04.2014).

Faerber, S. J., Kaufmann, J. M., & Schweinberger, S. R. (2014). The N250r is Sensitive to Perceived (rather than Physical) Facial Identity. Poster presententation. Poster presentation. 8th International Workshop of the DFG Research Unit Person Perception, Jena/Germany (10.10.2013-11.10.2013).

Faerber, S. J.(2013). Face preferences and adaptation effects . Symposium (Chair), 55 th Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TEAP), Vienna/Austria (24.3.2013-27.3.2013).

Faerber, S. J., Carbon, C. C. & Perrett. D. I. (2013). Are freckles still a blemish? On the impact of ecological adaptation and beauty ideal on facial attractiveness . Oral presentation. 55 th Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TEAP), Vienna/Austria (24.3.2013-27.3.2013)

Siebers, M., Folger, J. Schineller, S., Seuß, D., Faerber, S. J. , & Schmid, U. (2012). Modelling adaptation effects as similarity to dynamic prototypes . Oral presentation. 11th Biannual Conference of the German Cognitive Science Society (KogWis), Bamberg/Germany (30.09.-03.10.2012).

Faerber, S. J.(2012). The sensitivity of aesthetic perception . Poster presentation. 1st Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC), Alghero, Italy (01.09.2012-02.09.2012).

Faerber, S. J., & Carbon, C. C. (2012). Adaptation transfer effects are moderated by the similarity to the adaptors . Poster presentation. Perception, 41(S), 180-180. (IF=1.293)

Boehringer, J., Carbon, C. C., & Faerber, S. J. (2012). The specificity of art revealed by an empirical study on multi-cultural aesthetic material . Perception, 41(S), 180-180. (IF=1.293)

Schmid, U., Siebers, M., Folger, J., Schineller, S., Seuß, D., Raab, M., Carbon, C. C., & Faerber, S. J. (2012). A cognitive model for predicting aesthetical preferences . Oral presentation. 11th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, Berlin/Germany (13.04.-15.04.2012).

… and others more.

Teaching

Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany (04/2013-09/2013)

  • Master-course: Dynamics in aesthetic perception
  • Master-course: Person Perception (held in English)
  • Bachelor-course: practical training in EEG-research
  • Supervision of B.Sc. theses

University of Bamberg, Germany (04/2010-03/2013)

  • Lecture: Phenomena of applied cognitive psychology (together with colleagues)
  • Lecture: Methods of applied cognitive psychology (together with colleagues)
  • Master-course: Cognitive mechanisms of aesthetic perception
  • Master- and bachelor-course: Techniques of scientific working
  • Bachelor-course: practical training in empirical research
  • Bachelor-course: General Psychology
  • Bachelor-course: debriefing of internships

University of Vienna (03/2006-02/2010)

  • Bachelor-course: General Psychology
  • Course as teaching assistant of Univ. Prof. Dr. Herbert Bauer, lecture: Biological Psychology I