Igor Schindler

Dr Igor Schindler

Subject Head of Psychology

Faculty of Health Sciences


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Graduate Research Director, School of Life Sciences/ ESRC White Rose DTP Deputy Director, Wellbeing, Health & Communities. 

Dr Igor Schindler joined the University of Hull in 2005, having previously worked as senior research associate at the University of Durham and as post-doctoral researcher at INSERM U371 ‘Cerveau et Vision' in Bron, France.

Before he was awarded a PhD at the University of Hamburg in 2001, he worked as a clinical neuropsychologist in the Clinical Neuropsychology Research Group (EKN) in Munich, Germany.

His main research interests focus on multisensory brain processes supporting our interactions with the environment. For this research, he uses behavioural and brain stimulation techniques (e.g. TMS, tDCS).


Research Interests

  • Visual perception, visuomotor control, spatial attention in the normal and damaged brain

  • Action-related coordinate transformations and multisensory integration.

  • TMS and tDCS applications in perception and motor control studies.

  • Neurorehabilitation

Research groups

Past and present external collaborators

  • Prof David Milner, University of Durham

  • Dr Robert McIntosh, University of Edinburgh

  • Dr Amanda Ellison, University of Durham

  • Prof Annalena Venneri, University of Sheffield

  • Prof Georg Kerkhoff, Saarland University (Germany)

  • Prof Hans-Otto Karnath, (University of Tuebingen (Germany)

  • Prof Ingo Keller, Neurologische Klinik Bad Aibling (Germany)

  • Dr Marie-Thérèse Perenin, INSERM U371 (France)


Oppenländer K., Keller I., Schindler I., Kerkhoff G. (2015) 'Subliminal galvanic-vestibular stimulation influences ego- and object-centred components of visual neglect', Neuropsychologia, 74, 170-177

Steeves J. K .E., Culham J. C., Duchaine B. C., Pratesi C. C., Valyear K. F., Schindler I., Humphrey G. K., Milner A. D., Goodale M. A. (2006) 'The fusiform face area is not sufficient for face recognition: evidence from a patient with dense prosopagnosia and no occipital face area', Neuropsychologia, 44, 594-609

Ellison A., Schindler I., Pattison L., Milner A. D. (2004) 'An exploration of the role of the superior temporal gyrus in visual search and spatial perception using TMS', Brain, 127, 2307-23315

Schindler I., Rice N.J., McIntosh R.D., Rossetti Y., Vighetto A., Milner A.D (2004) 'Automatic avoidance of obstacles is a dorsal stream function: Evidence from optic ataxia', Nature Neuroscience, 7, 779-784

Schindler I., Kerkhoff G., Karnath H.-O., Keller I., Goldenberg G. (2002) 'Neck muscle vibration induces lasting recovery in spatial neglect', Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 73, 412-9

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Neuropsychology

  • Neuroscience Techniques

  • Research Project

  • Professional Practice and Communication Skills

Research PhDs

Completed PhDs

  • Olivia Jones, The functional anatomy of acute and chronic itch

  • Iveta Eimontaite, Anatomical and behavioural correlates of emotion- induced social decision making

  • Lina Aimola, Cognitive and anatomical correlates of neglect in near and far space

  • Gaston Madrid, Visual attention and word recognition

  • Nichola Rice-Cohen, The neural correlates of visual consciousness

Current PhDs

  • Wanying Zhao, Neural correlates of gesture processing (2013-2017)

  • Lee Parkin, Anatomical and gender differences in near and far space processing (since 2017)

  • Zoe Petmezas-Walker, Psoriasis, chronic itch and cortical hyperexcitability: A brain stimulation approach (since 2017)

  • Alexandra Foulds, Action anticipation in children and adolescents with and without autism (since 2017)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Diploma in Psychology (equivalent to MSc), University of Hamburg, Germany (1995)

  • PhD in Psychology, University of Hamburg, Germany (2001)

External roles

Professional bodies

  • European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS)

  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)