Florian Hutzler

Florian Hutzler

Full Professor

PLUS Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences

Department of Psychology

Research interests

I study normal and impaired visual word recognition using neurocognitive techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography, eye movement recording, and computational modeling. I am interested in ecologically valid paradigms that expand the range of experimental settings in which the neural correlates of cognitive processes can be recorded. My research group focuses on coregistration of eye movements and EEG and eye movements and fMRI. In addition, I am fascinated by human fallacies such as the reverse inference fallacy or the exponential growth bias. Recently, we have been working on ontology-based knowledge systems that allow objective classification of neurocognitive datasets (check out Austrian NeuroCloud).





Impaired semantic categorization during transcranial direct current stimulation of the left and right inferior parietal lobule
Federica Longo, Mario Braun, Florian Hutzler, Fabio Richlan
Journal of Neurolinguistics


Anticipating trajectories of exponential growth
Florian Hutzler, Fabio Richlan, Michael Christian Leitner, Sarah Schuster, Mario Braun, Stefan Hawelka
Royal Society Open Science
Eye-tracking-based visual field analysis (EFA): a reliable and precise perimetric methodology for the assessment of visual field defects
Michael Leitner, Florian Hutzler, Sarah Schuster, Lorenzo Vignali, Patrick Marvan, Herbert A. Reitsamer, Stefan Hawelka
BMJ Open Ophthalmology
Cloze enough?: Hemodynamic effects of predictive processing during natural reading
Sarah Schuster, Nicole Alexandra Himmelstoss, Florian Hutzler, Fabio Richlan, Martin Kronbichler, Stefan Hawelka


The neural correlates of word position and lexical predictability during sentence reading: evidence from fixation-related fMRI
Sarah Schuster, Stefan Hawelka, Nicole Alexandra Himmelstoss, Fabio Richlan, Florian Hutzler
Language, Cognition and Neuroscience


Peripheral preview abolishes N170 face-sensitivity at fixation: Using fixation-related potentials to investigate dynamic face processing
Peter de Lissa, Genevieve McArthur, Stefan Hawelka, Romina Palermo, Yatin Mahajan, Federica Degno, Florian Hutzler
Visual Cognition
The SLS-Berlin: Validation of a German computer-based screening test to measure reading proficiency in early and late adulthood
Jana Lüdtke, Eva Fröhlich, Arthur M. Jacobs, Florian Hutzler
Frontiers in Psychology
Spill the load: Mixed evidence for a foveal load effect, reliable evidence for a spillover effect in eye-movement control during reading
Eva Findelsberger, Florian Hutzler, Stefan Hawelka
Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
No Effect of cathodal tDCS of the posterior parietal cortex on parafoveal preprocessing of words
Lorenzo Vignali, Stefan Hawelka, Florian Hutzler, Fabio Richlan
Neuroscience Letters
A model-guided dissociation between subcortical and cortical contributions to word recognition
Mario Braun, Martin Kronbichler, Fabio Richlan, Stefan Hawelka, Florian Hutzler, Arthur M. Jacobs
Scientific Reports
An investigation of parafoveal masks with the incremental boundary paradigm
Florian Hutzler, Sarah Schuster, Christina Marx, Stefan Hawelka
Processing of parafoveally presented words: An fMRI study
Lorenzo Vignali, Stefan Hawelka, Florian Hutzler, Fabio Richlan


First gender, then attractiveness: Indications of gender-specific attractiveness processing via ERP onsets
Claus-Christian Carbon, Stella J. Faerber, M Dorothee Augustin, Bernhard Mitterer, Florian Hutzler
Neuroscience Letters
Action video gaming and the brain: fMRI effects without behavioral effects in visual and verbal cognitive tasks
Fabio Richlan, Juliane Schubert, Rebecca Mayer, Florian Hutzler, Martin Kronbichler
Brain and Behavior


Inducing Thought Processes: Bringing Process Measures and Cognitive Processes Closer Together
Michael Schulte-Mecklenbeck, Anton Kühberger, Benjamin Gagl, Florian Hutzler
Journal of Behavioral Decision Making
Unto the third generation: Evidence for strong familial aggregation of physicians, psychologists, and psychotherapists among first-year medical and psychology students in a nationwide Austrian cohort census
Ulrich S. Tran, Nina Berger, Martin E. Arendasy, Tobias Greitemeyer, Monika Himmelbauer, Florian Hutzler, Hans Georg Kraft, Karl Oettl, Ilona Papousek, Oliver Vitouch, Martin Voracek
BMC Medical Education
Foveal processing difficulty does not affect parafoveal preprocessing in young readers
Christina Monika Marx, Stefan Hawelka, Sarah Schuster, Florian Hutzler
Scientific Reports


Words in Context: The Effects of Length, Frequency, and Predictability on Brain Responses during Natural Reading
Sarah Schuster, Stefan Hawelka, Florian Hutzler, Martin Kronbichler, Fabio Richlan
Cerebral Cortex
Oscillatory Brain Dynamics during Sentence Reading: A Fixation-Related Spectral Perturbation Analysis
Lorenzo Vignali, Nicole A Himmelstoss, Stefan Hawelka, Fabio Richlan, Florian Hutzler
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Left ventral occipitotemporal activation during orthographic and semantic processing of auditory words
Philipp Ludersdorfer, Heinz Wimmer, Fabio Richlan, Matthias Schurz, Florian Hutzler, Martin Kronbichler
On the Development of Parafoveal Preprocessing: Evidence from the Incremental Boundary Paradigm
Christina Monika Marx, Florian Hutzler, Sarah Schuster, Stefan Hawelka
Frontiers in Psychology


Eyes on words: A fixation-related fMRI study of the left occipito-temporal cortex during self-paced silent reading of words and pseudowords
Sarah Schuster, Stefan Hawelka, Fabio Richlan, Philipp Ludersdorfer, Florian Hutzler
Scientific Reports
Many neighbors are not silent. fMRI evidence for global lexical activity in visual word recognition
Mario Braun, Arthur M. Jacobs, Fabio Richlan, Stefan Hawelka, Florian Hutzler, Martin Kronbichler
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
An incremental boundary study on parafoveal preprocessing in children reading aloud: Parafoveal masks overestimate the preview benefit
Christina Marx, Stefan Hawelka, Sarah Schuster, Florian Hutzler
Journal of Cognitive Psychology
The neural bases of the pseudohomophone effect: Phonological constraints on lexico-semantic access in reading
M. Braun, F. Hutzler, T. F. Münte, M. Rotte, M. Dambacher, F. Richlan, A. M. Jacobs
On forward inferences of fast and slow readers: An eye movement study
Stefan Hawelka, Sarah Schuster, Benjamin Gagl, Florian Hutzler
Scientific Reports


Fixation-related FMRI analysis in the domain of reading research: using self-paced eye movements as markers for hemodynamic brain responses during visual letter string processing
Fabio Richlan, Benjamin Gagl, Stefan Hawelka, Mario Braun, Matthias Schurz, Martin Kronbichler, Florian Hutzler
Cerebral Cortex
A similar correction mechanism in slow and fluent readers after suboptimal landing positions
Benjamin Gagl, Stefan Hawelka, Florian Hutzler
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Fixation location on upright and inverted faces modulates the N170
Peter de Lissa, Genevieve McArthur, Stefan Hawelka, Romina Palermo, Yatin Mahajan, Florian Hutzler
Parafoveal preprocessing in reading revisited: evidence from a novel preview manipulation
Benjamin Gagl, Stefan Hawelka, Fabio Richlan, Sarah Schuster, Florian Hutzler
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition


Beyond single syllables: The effect of first syllable frequency and orthographic similarity on eye movements during silent reading
Stefan Hawelka, Sarah Schuster, Benjamin Gagl, Florian Hutzler
Language and Cognitive Processes
Parafoveal X-masks interfere with foveal word recognition: Evidence from fixation-related brain potentials
Florian Hutzler, Isabella Fuchs, Benjamin Gagl, Sarah Schuster, Fabio Richlan, Mario Braun, Stefan Hawelka
Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
A new high-speed visual stimulation method for gaze-contingent eye movement and brain activity studies
Fabio Richlan, Benjamin Gagl, Sarah Schuster, Stefan Hawelka, Josef Humenberger, Florian Hutzler
Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience


Systematic influence of gaze position on pupil size measurement: analysis and correction
Benjamin Gagl, Stefan Hawelka, Florian Hutzler
Behavior Research Methods
Flashlight - recording information acquisition online
Michael Schulte-Mecklenbeck, Ryan O. Murphy, Florian Hutzler
Computers in Human Behavior
The neural time course of art perception: an ERP study on the processing of style versus content in art
M. Dorothee Augustin, Birgit Defranceschi, Helene K. Fuchs, Claus-Christian Carbon, Florian Hutzler


Laying eyes on headlights: eye movements suggest facial features in cars
Sonja Windhager, Florian Hutzler, Claus-Christian Carbon, Elisabeth Oberzaucher, Katrin Schaefer, Truls Thorstensen, Helmut Leder, Karl Grammer
Collegium Antropologicum
Mona Lisa's smile - perception or deception?
Isabel Bohrn, Claus Christian Carbon, Florian Hutzler
Psychological Science


Pseudohomophone effects provide evidence of early lexico-phonological processing in visual word recognition
Mario Braun, Florian Hutzler, Johannes C. Ziegler, Michael Dambacher, Arthur M Jacobs
Human Brain Mapping


Developmental dyslexia: Gray matter abnormalities in the occipitotemporal cortex
Martin Kronbichler, Heinz Wimmer, Wolfgang Staffen, Florian Hutzler, Alois Mair, Gunther Ladurner
Human Brain Mapping
Style follows content: on the microgenesis of art perception
M. Dorothee Augustin, Helmut Leder, Florian Hutzler, Claus-Christian Carbon
Acta Psychologica
The coupling of emotion and cognition in the eye: Introducing the pupil old/new effect
Melissa L.H. Võ, Arthur M. Jacobs, Lars Kuchinke, Markus Hofmann, Markus Conrad, Annekathrin Schacht, Florian Hutzler


Welcome to the real world: validating fixation-related brain potentials for ecologically valid settings
Florian Hutzler, Mario Braun, Melissa L-H Võ, Verena Engl, Markus Hofmann, Michael Dambacher, Helmut Leder, Arthur M. Jacobs
Brain Research
Taxi vs. taksi: On orthographic word recognition in the left ventral occipitotemporal cortex
Martin Kronbichler, Jürgen Bergmann, Florian Hutzler, Wolfgang Staffen, Alois Mair, Gunther Ladurner, Heinz Wimmer
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience


Evidence for a dysfunction of left posterior reading areas in German dyslexic readers
Martin Kronbichler, Florian Hutzler, Wolfgang Staffen, Alois Mair, Gunther Ladurner, Heinz Wimmer
Does the frequency of the antecedent noun affect the resolution of pronominal anaphors? An ERP study
Angela Heine, Sascha Tamm, Markus Hofmann, Florian Hutzler, Arthur M. Jacobs
Neuroscience Letters
Model-generated lexical activity predicts graded ERP amplitudes in lexical decision
Mario Braun, Arthur M. Jacobs, Anja Hahne, Brigitte Ricker, Markus Hofmann, Florian Hutzler
Brain Research
Perhaps correlational but not causal: No effect of dyslexic readers' magnocellular system on their eye movements during reading
Florian Hutzler, Martin Kronbichler, Arthur M. Jacobs, Heinz Wimmer
Dem Geist auf der Spur: Neurokognitive Methoden zur Messung von Lern- und Gedächtnisprozessen
Arthur M. Jacobs, Florian Hutzler, Verena Engl
Zeitschrift fur Erziehungswissenschaft
Innovativeness in design investigated by eye movements and pupillometry
Claus-Christian Carbon, Florian Hutzler, Michael Minge
Psychology Science
Orthografie oder Orthographie?: Lesen nach der Rechtschreibreform - eine Blickbewegungsstudie
Verena Engl, Florian Hutzler, Arthur M Jacobs, Melissa L H Vo, Mario Braun
Zeitschrift fur Psychologie


Developmental dyslexia in a regular orthography: A single case study
Kristina Moll, Florian Hutzler, Heinz Wimmer
Effects of syllable-frequency in lexical decision and naming: An eye-movement study
Florian Hutzler, Markus Conrad, Arthur M. Jacobs
Brain and Language
How is dysfluent reading reflected in the ERP?
Jürgen Bergmann, Florian Hutzler, Wolfgang Klimesch, Heinz Wimmer
Journal of Neurolinguistics
Frequency Effects with Visual Words and Syllables in a Dyslexic Reader
Prisca Stenneken, Markus Conrad, Florian Hutzler, Mario Braun, Arthur M Jacobs
Behavioural Neurology


Inhibitory effects of first syllable-frequency in lexical decision: An event-related potential study
Florian Hutzler, Jürgen Bergmann, Markus Conrad, Martin Kronbichler, Prisca Stenneken, Arthur M. Jacobs
Neuroscience Letters
Eye movements of dyslexic children when reading in a regular orthography
Florian Hutzler, Heinz Wimmer
Brain and Language
The visual word form area and the frequency with which words are encountered: Evidence from a parametric fMRI study
Martin Kronbichler, Florian Hutzler, Heinz Wimmer, Alois Mair, Wolfgang Staffen, Gunther Ladurner
Do current connectionist learning models account for reading development in different languages?
Florian Hutzler, Johannes C. Ziegler, Conrad Perry, Heinz Wimmer, Marco Zorzi


Dyslexia: Verbal impairments in the absence of magnocellular impairments
Martin Kronbichler, Florian Hutzler, Heinz Wimmer


Alpha and beta band power changes in normal and dyslexic children
Wolfgang Klimesch, Michael Doppelmayr, Heinz Wimmer, Walter Gruber, Dietmar Röhm, Josef Schwaiger, Florian Hutzler
Clinical Neurophysiology
Theta band power changes in normal and dyslexic children
W. Klimesch, M. Doppelmayr, H. Wimmer, J. Schwaiger, D. Röhm, W. Gruber, F. Hutzler
Clinical Neurophysiology