• environmental neuroscience, cognitive effects and consequences on behavioral and neural plasticity
  • eye movements research: saccades, saccades to moving targets, saccadic adaptation, oculomotor control, plasticity and learning; cognitive aspects of and effects on eye movement behaviour 
  • visual perception, visual processing, motion detection and processing, motion adaptation
  • computational modelling of neuronal and behavioural data, (oculo-) motor control and learning, adaptation and plasticity


  • PhD in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, 1996, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA. Thesis: Field Theoretical Methods for Strongly Correlated Electron Systems. 

Project participations: 

  • Lise-Meitner Group for Environmental Neuroscience


Cassanello C.R., Ostendorf F., Rolfs, M. (2019). A generative learning model for saccade adaptation. PLoS Comput Biol 15(8): e1006695.

Cassanello, C., Olh, S. & Rolfs, M. (2016). A generative learning Saccadic adaptation to a systematically varying disturbance. Journal of Neurophysiology116, 336-350.

Edwards, M., Cassanello, C.R., Badcock, D.R., & Nishida, S. (2013). Effect of form cues on 1D and 2D pooling. Vision Research, 76, 94-104.

Edwards, M., Cassanello, C.R., & Kalia, K. (2012). Adaptation state of the local-motion-pooling units determines the nature of the motion aftereffect to transparent motion. Vision Research64, 23-25.

Cassanello, C.R., Edwards, M., Badcock, D.R., & Nishida, S. (2011). No interaction of first- and second-order signals in the extraction of global-motion and optic-flow. Vision Research, 51(3), 352-361.

Ferrera, V.P., Yanike, M., & Cassanello, C. (2009). Frontal eye field neurons signal changes in decision criteria. Nature Neuroscience12(11), 1458-1462.

Cassanello, C.R., Nihalani, A.T., & Ferrera, V.P. (2008). Neuronal responses to moving targets in monkey frontal eye fields. Journal of Neurophysiology, 100(3), 1544-1556.

Cassanello, C.R. & Ferrera, V.P. (2007). Visual Remapping by Vector Subtraction: Analysis of Multiplicative Gain Field Models. Neural Computation19(9), 2353-2386.

Cassanello, C.R. & Ferrera, V.P. (2007). Computing vector differences using a gain field-like mechanism in monkey frontal eye field. Journal of Physiology582(2), 647-664.

Priebe, N.J., Cassanello, C.R., & Lisberger, S.G. (2003). The neural representation of speed in macaque area MT/V5, Journal of Neuroscience 23(13), 5650-5661.

Bundchuh, R, Cassanello CR, Serban, D & Zirnbauer, M. (1999). Weak localization of disordered quasiparticles in the mixed superconducting state. Physical Review B59, 4382.

Bundchuh, R, Cassanello CR, Serban, D & Zirnbauer, M. (1998). Localization of quasiparticles in a disordered vortex. Nuclear Physics B532, 689.

Cassanello, CR & Fradkin, EH. (1997). Over-screening of magnetic impurities in dx2y2–wave superconductors. Physical Review B56, 11246.

Cassanello, CR & Fradkin, EH. (1996). Kondo effect in flux phases. Physical Review B53, 15079.

Cassanello, CR & Fradkin, EH. (1996). Bi-layers of Chiral Spin States. Physical Review B53, 8708.

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