Prof. Dr. Melissa Le-Hoa Vo


Prof. Dr. Melissa Le-Hoa Vo

Head of the Group "Allgemeine Psychologie I" and of "Scene Grammar Lab"

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Contact Details
Goethe University of Frankfurt
Institute of Psychology

Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
Building PEG
Office: 5G.091
Lab:    5G.078
60323 Frankfurt/Main Germany

Phone: +49(0)69 / 798-35342

Education and Academic Positions

* 03/18/1981 

in Munich, Germany

2014 -  

Professor for Cognitive Psychology Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany   

Head of the DFG funded Emmy Noether Group a.k.a. the “Scene Grammar Lab”, Goethe Universität Frankfurt

2009 - 2013

Post-Doc, DFG (German Research Foundation) & NIH (National Institute of Health) funded Research Fellowships,

Visual Attention Lab, Harvard Medical School & Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA

2008 - 2009

Post-Doc, ESRC funded Research Fellowship, Visual Cognition Unit, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, UK


Dr. Phil. in Cognitive Psychology (summa cum laude) Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany “The Allocation of Attention in Scene Perception”

2006 - 2008

Ph.D. student, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich; (Excellencecluster: Cognition for Technical Systems - CoTeSys, Ph.D. thesis: “The Allocation of Attention in Scene Perception”)

spring - fall ’06

Backpacking through India, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Fijis rounded up by family visits at the US east and west coast


M.A. (“Diplom”) in Cognitive Psychology Free University of Berlin, Germany "Effects of Emotional Valence on Implicit and Explicit Memory for Words: Can Pupil Dilation Give Clarification?"


B.A. (“Vordiplom”) in Psychology University of Eichstätt/Ingolstadt, Germany


'Abitur', Gymnasium München/Moosach


Fellowships and Grants


Emmy Noether Grant from the DFG (German Research Foundation)


Research grant from the NIH: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA)


Fellowship from the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)


Fellowship from the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)


Research grant from the DFG (German Research Foundation)

Women in Science Fellowship (Ludwig-Maximilians University Excellence Program)

Professional Activities

Current Organization Membership: Association for Psychological Science, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (ordentliches Mitglied), Psychonomic Society (full member), Vision Sciences Society

Ad-hoc reviewer for: Acta Psychologica, Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, Behavior Research Methods, Cognition, Frontiers (Review Editor for Frontiers in Perception Science), Human-Computer Interaction, International Journal of Psychophysiology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human, Perception, and Performance, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Journal of Eye Movement Research, Journal of Vision, Neuroscience Letters, Perception, PLoS ONE, Psychophysiology, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Visual Cognition, Vision Research

Current Conference Organization (2011-2013) of  “Object Perception, Attention, and Memory (OPAM)”. OPAM is a conference dedicated to issues in object perception, attention, memory and other areas of visual cognition. It takes place, each year, on the first day of the meeting of the Psychonomic Society. OPAM is intended as a forum primarily for scientists early in their careers, such as graduate students or post docs. 

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