Dr. rer. nat. Roland Pusch

Ruhr-University Bochum
Fakultät für Psychologie
AE Biopsychologie
D-44780 Bochum, Germany

Room: IB 6-131
Phone: +49 234 32 24037
Fax: +49 234 32 14377



  • Electrophysiology
  • Sensory Physiology
  • Sensory Ecology
  • Neurobiology and Brain Physiology

Publication List


  • Pusch, R.*, Packheiser, J.*, Azizi, A., Sevincik, C.S., Rose, J., Cheng, S., Stüttgen, M.C. and Güntürkün, O. (2023) Working memory performance is tied to stimulus complexity. Communications Biology 6: 1119. (*equal contribution).
  • Pusch, R., Clark, W., Rose, J. and Güntürkün, O. (2023) Categories and concepts in the avian visual cortex. Animal Cognition 26: 153–173.


  • Clark, W., Chilcott, M., Azizi, A., Pusch, R., Perry, K. & Colombo, M. (2022) Neurons in the pigeon visual network discriminate between faces, scrambled faces, and sine grating images. Sci Rep 12, 589.
  • Pusch, R., Packheiser, J., Koenen, C. Iovine, F. & Güntürkün, O. (2022) Digital embryos: a novel technical approach to investigate perceptual categorization in pigeons (Columba livia) using machine learning. Anim Cogn.


  • Güntürkün, O., von Eugen, K., Packheiser, J. and Pusch, R. (2021) Avian pallial circuits and cognition – A comparison to mammals, Current Opinion in Neurobiology 71:29-36. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2021.08.007
  • Donoso, J., Packheiser, J., Pusch, R., Lederer, Z., Walther, T., Uengoer, M., Lachnit, H., Güntürkün, O. and Cheng, S. (2021) Emergence of complex dynamics of choice due to repeated exposures to extinction, Animal Cognition. doi: 10.1007/s10071-021-01521-4.
  • Rook, N., Tuff, J., Isparta, S., Masseck, O., Herlitze, S., Güntürkün, O., Pusch, R. (2021) AAV1 is the optimal viral vector for optogenetic experiments in pigeons (Columba livia), Communications Biology 4, 100. doi: 10.1038/s42003-020-01595-9.
  • Packheiser, J., Donoso, J., Cheng, S., Güntürkün, O. and Pusch, R. (2021) Trial-by-trial dynamics of reward prediction error associated signals during extinction learning and renewal, Progress in Neurobiology 23, 101901. doi: 10.1016/j.pneurobio.2020.101901.


  • Behroozi, M., Helluy, X., Ströckens, F., Gao, M., Pusch, R., Tabrik, S., Tegenthoff, M., Otto, T., Axmacher, N., Kumsta, R., Moser, D., Genç, E., and Güntürkün, O. (2020) Event-related functional MRI of awake behaving pigeons at 7T, Nature Communications 11, 4715. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-18437-1.
  • Güntürkün, O., Stüttgen, M.C., Starosta, S., Pusch, R., Gao, M., Nitsche, M., Ernst, T.M., Ladd, M.E., Quick, H.H. and Timmann, D. (2020) Beyond the classic extinction network: A wider, comparative view, NeuroForum 26, 161-169. doi: 10.1515/nf-2020-0015.
  • Packheiser, J., Pusch, R., Stein, C.C., Güntürkün, O., Lachnit, H. and Uengoer, M. (2020) How competitive is cue competition?, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 73, 104-114.


  • Packheiser, J., Güntürkün, O. and Pusch, R. (2019) Renewal of extinguished behavior in pigeons (Columba livia) does not require memory consolidation of acquisition or extinction in one-day free-operant appetitive conditioning paradigms, Behavioural Brain Research 370, 111947.
  • Gao, M., Pusch, R. and Güntürkün, O. (2019) Blocking NMDA-receptors in the pigeon's medial striatum impairs extinction acquisition and induces a motoric disinhibition in an appetitive classical conditioning paradigm, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 13,153.
  • Azizi, A.*, Pusch, R.*, Koenen, C., Klatt, S., Bröker, F., Thiele, S., Kellermann, J., Güntürkün, O. and Cheng, S. (2019) Emerging category representation in the visual forebrain hierarchy of pigeons (Columba livia), Behavioural Brain Research 356, 423-434. (*equal contribution).


  • Güntürkün, O., Koenen, C., Iovine, F., Garland, A. and Pusch, R. (2018) The neuroscience of perceptual categorization in pigeons: A mechanistic hypothesis, Learning & Behavior 46, 229-241.


  • Koenen, C., Pusch, R., Bröker, F., Thiele, S. and Güntürkün, O. (2016) Categories in the pigeon brain: A reverse engineering approach, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 105, 111-122.


  • Lengersdorf, D., Pusch, R., Güntürkün, O. and Stüttgen, M.C. (2014) Neurons in the pigeon nidopallium caudolaterale signal the selection and execution of perceptual decisions, European Journal of Neuroscience 40, 3316-3327.
  • Francke, M., Kreysing, M., Mack, A., Engelmann, J., Karl, A., Makarov, F., Guck, J., Kolle, M., Wolburg, H., Pusch, R., von der Emde, G., Schuster, S., Wagner, H.-J. and Reichenbach, A. (2014) Grouped retinae and tapetal cups in some teleostian fish: occurrence, structure, and function, Progress in Retinal and Eye Research 38, 43-69.


  • Pusch, R., Wagner, H.-J., von der Emde, G. and Engelmann J. (2013) Spatial resolution of an eye containing a grouped retina: ganglion cell morphology and tectal physiology in the weakly electric fish Gnathonemus petersii, Journal of Comparative Neurology 521, 4075-4093.
  • Pusch, R., Kassing, V., Riemer, U., Wagner, H.-J., von der Emde, G. and Engelmann J. (2013) A grouped retina provides high temporal resolution in the weakly electric fish Gnathonemus petersii, Journal of Physiology - Paris 107, 84-94.


  • Kreysing*, M., Pusch*, R., Haverkate*, D., Landsberger*, M., Engelmann*, J., Ruiter, J., Mora-Ferrer, C., Ulbricht, E., Grosche, J., Franze, K., Streif, S., Schumacher, S., Makarov, F., Kacza, J., Guck, J., Wolburg, H., Bowmaker, J., von der Emde, G., Schuster, S., Wagner, H.-J., Reichenbach, A. and Franke, M. (2012) Photonic crystal light collectors in fish retina improve vision in turbid water, Science 336, 1700-1703. (*equal contribution)


  • von der Emde, G., Amey, M., Fetz, S., Folde, C., Hollmann, M., Metzen, M. and Pusch, R. (2008) Active electrolocation in Gnathonemus petersii: behaviour, sensory performance, and receptor systems, Journal of Comparative Physiology - Paris 102, 279-290.
  • Engelmann, J., Bacelo, J., Metzen, M., Pusch, R., Bouton, B., Migliaro, A., Caputi, A., Budelli, R., Grant, K., and von der Emde, G. (2008) Electric imaging through active electrolocation: implication for the analysis of complex scenes, Biological Cybernetics 98, 519-539.
  • Engelmann, J., Pusch, R. and von der Emde, G. (2008) Active sensing: pre-receptor mechanisms and behaviour in electric fish, Communicative and Integrative Biology: Vol. 1, 29-31.
  • Pusch, R., von der Emde, G., Hollmann, M., Bacelo, J., Nöbel, S., Grant, K. and Engelmann J. (2008) Active sensing in a mormyrid fish - electric images and peripheral modifications of the signal carrier give evidence of dual foveation, Journal of Experimental Biology 211, 921-934.