M. Sc. Philip Schmalbrock

Building D  Room 407
Phone: +49 (0)651 201 2073

Professional / Educational History

July 2022
PhD, University of Trier
Title of dissertation: "Modulation of Integration and Retrieval in Stimulus-Response Binding Effectsl"
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christian Frings, University of Trier, & Prof. Dr. Andrea Kiesel, University of Freiburg

Aug. 2019 - July 2022
Research Assistant (PhD Student), Department of Cognitive Psychology , Prof. Dr. Christian Frings, University of Trier

Oct. 2017 – Aug. 2019
Master of Science Psychology, University of Bielefeld
Thesis Title: „A Double Surprise? Schema Adaptation in a Two Singleton Setup“, supervised by apl. Prof. Dr. Gernot Horstmann, University of Bielefeld and Dr. Daniel Ernst

Oct. 2013 – Sep. 2017
Bachelor of Science Psychology, University of Bielefeld

Research Interests

  • Action Control
  • Visual Attention
  • Stimulus-Response Binding
  • Attentional Weighting
  • Perception & Action
  • Memory & Action Control
  • Expectancy


Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

Schmalbrock, P. & Frings, C. (in press). A mighty tool not only in perception: figure-ground mechanisms control binding and retrieval alike. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.

Schmalbrock, P., Kiesel, A., & Frings, C. (2022). What belongs together retrieves together – The role of perceptual grouping in stimulus-response binding and retrieval. Journal of Cognition, 5: 28, 1-14. Open access

Schmalbrock, P., Frings, C., & Moeller, B. (2022). Pooling it all together - The role of distractor pool size on stimulus-response binding. Journal of Cognitive Psychology 34:2, 249-260.

Schmalbrock,P., & Frings, C. (2022). Temporal expectancy modulates stimulus-response integration. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 84, 221-230.

Schmalbrock, P., Laub, R., & Frings, C. (2021). Integrating salience and action – Increased integration strength through salience. Visual Cognition, 29, 91-104. 

Invited Talks

Schmalbrock, P. & Selimi, S. (2020). Integration and Retrieval in Action Control – The Binding of Stimuli and Responses? Invited Talk at Kolloquium der Neuro-Kognitiven Psychologie (Unit Schneider), University Bielefeld, 08.12.2020.

Schmalbrock, P. (2020). Figure, Ground, Binding? – Figure-Ground Segmentation in a Distractor-Response Binding Task. Invited Talk at Kolloquium der Psychologie & Musikpädagogik (Unit Mayr), University Passau, 02.12.2020.

Talks / Posters

Schmalbrock, P., Geißler, C., & Frings, C. (2022, July 22-25). Predictability modulates distractor-response binding effects, but modulation depends on spatial information [Poster]. Handling Visual Distraction, Munich/Ammersee, Germany.

Schmalbrock, P., & Frings, C. (2022, March 21-23 ). Tracking DRB effects with the mouse [Talk]. 64th Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psycholog*innen (TeaP), Virtual Meeting hosted in Cologne, Germany.

Schmalbrock, P. , & Frings, C. (2021, July, 16-18). Gestalt Principles in Stimulus-Response Binding [Talk]. 10. Doktorand*innen Workshop Allgemeine Psychologie (A-Dok), Würzburg, Germany.

Schmalbrock, P., & Frings, C. (2021, March 14-16). Figure-Ground Segmentation in a Distractor-Response Binding Task [Talk]. 63rd Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psycholog*innen (TeaP), Ulm, Germany. [Online conference].

Schmalbrock, P., Hommel, B., & Frings, C. (2020, October 8-10). Predictability beats Retrieval – Predictable Distractors do not Retrieve S-R Bindings [Poster]. 53rd Herbsttreffen der experimentellen Kognitiven Psychologie (HexKoP), Würzburg, Germany.

Laub, R., Schmalbrock, P., & Frings, C. (2020, March 22-25). Investigating the influence of salience on binding effects [Talk]. 62nd Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psycholog*innen (TeaP), Jena, Germany. (Conference canceled)