Prof. Dr. Niko Busch

Ehemaliger Visiting Fellow

Universität Münster


Niko Busch is a Professor for Experimental Psychology at the University of Münster. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Magdeburg. At the CNRS Centre de Recherche Cerveau et Cognition (CERCO), Toulouse, he completed his postdoctoral fellowship.

Busch’s work focuses on the role of alpha-band oscillations in human EEG for perception and cognition. This electrophysiological signal is relatively well understood at the physiological level, where it has been demonstrated to have an inhibitory effect on firing rates, multi-unit activity, and the BOLD response. It is widely believed that this physiological inhibition corresponds to inhibition of task-irrelevant distraction at the behavioral level. He aims to specify our understanding of what exactly "inhibition of distraction" means in this context, and whether alpha oscillations have a direct causal effect on this inhibition, or whether they simply coincide with shifts of attention or distraction.

He is a Visiting Fellow July and August 2022 in the context of the CAS Research Group „Handling Visual Distraction" led by Prof. Dr. Hermann Müller.