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Katharina Zeiner
Katharina M Zeiner, PhD
Information Experience and Design Research Group
Stuttgart Media University

Nobelstr. 10
70569 Stuttgart, Germany

Phone: +49-711-8923-3503

I am interested in how humans experience and interact with the world around them. This starts at a level where we perceive our environment based on visual information but continues with judgments we make about this information. For User Experience questions, I believe, this cognitive approach is a complement to a needs based explanation of affect and Design Thinking methods. I have a background in Psychology and visual Psychophysics (M.A.(Hons) and PhD from St Andrews, Scotland) and am applying my knowledge on how we perceive our environment to the User Experience research in the IXD Group.

Research Interests

  • User Experience
  • Development of formative evaluation methods for user experience design
  • Development of a experience-based framework of positive user experience
  • Design Thinking
  • Visual Perception (esp. Stereo Vision)


  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Positiv-Psychologische Forschung (DGPPF)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Applied Vision Association (AVA)


  • Laib, M., Burmester, M., Zeiner, K.M. (2017) Erlebnispotentialanalyse – Mit Systematik zu positiven Erlebnisse. In Tagungsband der Mensch und Computer 2017.
  • Burmester, M., Laib, M., Schippert, K., Zeiner, K.M., Froneman, N. & Krüger, A.E. (2016). Vom Problemlösen hin zum Entwerfen von Smart Homes für positive Momente und mehr Wohlbefinden. Wissenschaft trifft Praxis, 4, 38-48.
  • Zeiner, K.M., Laib, M., Schippert, K. & Burmester, M. (2016). Das Erlebnisinterview – Methode zum Verständnis positiver Erlebnisse. In: Mensch und Computer 2016 - Usability Professionals.
  • Zeiner, K.M., Laib, M., Schippert, K. & Burmester, M. (2016). Identifying Experience Categories to Design for Positive Experiences with Technology at Work. In: Proc. of CHI’16 Extended Abstracts. New York: ACM.
  • 2015
  • Burmester, M., Zeiner, K.-M., Laib, M., Hermosa Perrino, C. & Queßeleit, M.-L. (2015). Experience Design and Positive Design as an alternative to classical human factors approaches. In: C. Beckmann & Tom Gross (eds.), INTERACT 2015 Adjunct Proceedings (153-160). Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press.
  • 2014
  • Zeiner, K.M. & Maertens, M. (2014). Linking luminance and lightness by global contrast normalization. Journal of Vision 14(7), 3.
  • Zeiner, K.M., Spitschan, M. & Harris, J.M. (2014). Perceptual integration across natural monocular regions. Journal of Vision 14(3), 5.
  • 2013
  • Zeiner, K.M. & Maertens, M. (2013). Effects of Changes in Atmosphere on Lightness Perception. [Abstract]. Journal of Vision.
  • 2012
  • Zeiner, K.M. & Harris, J.M. (2012). Perceiving Monocular Regions in Binocular Scenes. In: Predicting Perceptions: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Appearance. Lulu Press, Edinburgh UK, pp. 66-68.
  • Zeiner, K.M., Spitschan, M., Grinkeviciute, K.K., & Harris, J.M. (2012). Effects of Monocular Distractors on Monocular and Binocular Visual Search. [Abstract]. Journal of Vision.
  • 2011
  • Harris, J.M., Chopin, A., Zeiner, K.M. & Hibbard, P.B. (2011). Perception of relative depth interval: systematic biases in perceived depth. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 65:1, 73-91.
  • Zeiner, K.M., Grinkeviciute, K.K., Spitschan, M., & Harris, J.M. (2011). Combining monocularly and binocularly visible regions of a scene for dot density perception. [Abstract]. Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Washington, DC: SfN.
  • Zeiner, K.M., Spitschan, M., & Harris, J.M. (2011). Combination of left and right eye information for texture/density perception. [Abstract]. Perception 40(1), p.109.
  • Zeiner, K.M., Spitschan, M., May, K.A., Zhaoping, L., & Harris, J.M. (2011). Eye movements and reaction times for detecting monocular regions in binocularly viewed scenes. [Abstract]. Journal of Vision.
  • 2010
  • Zeiner, K.M., Spitschan, M., & Harris, J.M. (2010). Using monocular regions in bin- ocular scenes to guide our attention in a visual search task. [Abstract]. Neuroscience Meeting Planner. San Diego, CA: SfN.
  • Zeiner, K.M., Spitschan, M., & Harris, J.M.(2010). Using numerosity to explore monocular regions in binocular scenes. [Abstract], Journal of Vision 10(7):362.
  • Zeiner, K.M. & Harris, J.M.(2010). What is happening behind my neigbour's fence? Investigating our ability to use unmatched regions in a binocular scene. [Abstract]. Perception 39(2), pp.269-270.
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