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Dr. Bianca Baltaretu

Postdoctoral Researcher
Room: Room: 307, Building F1
Phone: +49 (0)641 99 26110
Fax: +49 (0)641 99 26119


My research interests lie at the intersection of perception and action. To date, I have used fMRI and functional connectivity analysis to investigate the cortical mechanisms behind (single and combined) object feature processing across eye movements, and how these may be engaged for goal-directed actions. At present, I am exploring the perception of whole objects, how they are encoded spatially in realistic scenes, and the influence this has on memory-guided movements.


Scientific Training & Education


08 / 2021 - Present


Postdoctoral Researcher, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Spatial coding of objects in realistic scenes for action

Advisor: Prof. Dr. Katja Fiehler


05 - 08 / 2021


Postdoctoral Researcher, York University

Transsaccadic perception of object features

Advisor: Prof. Dr. J. Douglas Crawford

09 / 2014 - 08 / 2018


NSERC-CREATE “Brain-in-Action” / IRTG 1901 Program

Doctoral Research Visit Project: Allocentric coding of objects for reaching

Canadian Advisor: Prof. Dr. J. Douglas Crawford

German Advisors: Prof. Dr. Frank Bremmer (MSc), Prof. Dr. Katja Fiehler (PhD)

05/ 2021


PhD (Physiology & Neuroscience), York University

Dissertation: Cortical mechanisms for transsaccadic perception of visual object features

Advisor: Prof. Dr. J. Douglas Crawford


06 / 2016


MSc (Physiology & Neuroscience), York University

Thesis: Neural mechanisms of transsaccadic integration of visual features

Advisor: Prof. Dr. J. Douglas Crawfor


06 / 2013


Hons. BA (Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour), McMaster University


11 / 2010


Hons. BSc (Biology), McMaster University




  • Baltaretu, B, Stevens, WD, Freud, E, & Crawford, JD (2021) Dorsomedial occipital cortex participates in a cortical network for transsaccadic feature discrimination. bioRxiv.
  • Baltaretu, B, Dunkley, BT, Stevens, WD, & Crawford, JD (2021) Occipital cortex is modulated by transsaccadic changes in spatial frequency: an fMRIa study. Scientific Reports, 11, 8611.
  • Ghaderi, AH, Baltaretu, B, Andevari, MN, Bharmauria, V, & Baci, F (2020) Synchrony and complexity in state-related EEG networks: An application of spectral graph theory. Neural Computation, 32, 2422-2454
  • Schmitt, C, Baltaretu, B, Crawford, JD, & Bremmer, F (2020) A causal role of area hMST for self-motion perception in humans. Cerebral Cortex Communications.
  • Baltaretu, B, Monaco, S, Velji-Ibrahim, J, Luabeya, GN, & Crawford, JD (2020) Parietal cortex integrates saccade and object orientation signals to update grasp plans. Journal of Neuroscience, 40, 4525-4535.
  • Baltaretu, B, Dunkley, BT, Monaco, S, Chen, Y, & Crawford, JD (2018) Transsaccadic feature interactions in multiple reference frames: an fMRIa study. bioRxiv.
  • de Boer, C, Echlin, HV, Rogojin, A, Baltaretu, B, & Sergio, LS (2017) Thinking-while-moving exercises improve cognition in elderly with mild cognitive deficits: a proof-of-principle study. Dementia & Geriatric Cognitive Disorders.
  • Dunkley, BT, Baltaretu, B, & Crawford, JD (2016) Trans-saccadic interactions in human parietal and occipital cortex during the retention and comparison of object orientation. Cortex, 82, 263-276.
  • LaPointe, MRP, Cullen, R, Baltaretu, B, Campos, M, Michalski, N, Sri Satgunarajah, S, Cadieux, ML, Pachai, MV, & Shore, DI (2016) An Attentional Bias for LEGO® People Using a Change Detection Task: Are LEGO® People Animate? Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology/Revue canadienne de psychologie expérimentale. Advance online publication.