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Dr. Maka Malania, PhD


Universität Regensburg
Universitätsstraße 31
93053 Regensburg
PT 4.0.36a
+49 (0)941 943 5593


Research Interests

My research interests include brain plasticity, vision, cognition and aging in humans.

Current research Projects

  • Functional topography of the Lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN)

    Recently I got involved in the project that investigates topographic organization of the LGN and its functional subdivisions by means of high-resolution functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) technique.


  • Cognitive biomarkers of brain disorders

    I focus on validation of cognitive biomarkers for early detecting and monitoring of different psychiatric disorders as well as neurodegenerative diseases. In this study we combine EEG recordings with psychophysical experiments.

Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia

Thanks to financial support from the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia (http://www.rustaveli.org.ge ) I am visiting the Institute of Experimental Psychology at University of Regensburg and work in a group of Prof. Mark Greenlee.


Journal articles

  • Strasburger, H., & Malania, M. (2013). Letter-source confusion is a major cause of crowding. Journal of Vision, 13(1):24, 1–20.
  • Malania, M., Devinck, F., Knoblauch, K., Delahunt, P.B., Hardy, J.L., & Werner, J.S. (2011). Senescent changes in photopic spatial summation. Journal of Vision, 11(10):15, 1-15.
  • Parkosadze, K., Otto, T. U., Malania, M., Kezeli, A., & Herzog, M. H. (2008). Perceptual learning of bisection stimuli under roving: Slow and largely specific. Journal of Vision, 8(1):5, 1-8.
  • Malania, M., Herzog, M. H., & Westheimer, G. (2007). Grouping of contextual elements that affect Vernier thresholds. Journal of Vision, 7(2):1, 1-7.
  • Janelidze, D., Intskirveli, I., Kezeli, A., Malania, M., Roinishvili, M., Sharikadze, M., & Parkosadze, K. (2004). Information processing in compensatory - correction mechanisms of visual system: conscious or unconscious process? Georgian Journal of Neuroscience, 1, 3, 35-39.
  • Sharikadze, M., Malania, M., Tavartkiladze, M., & Kezeli, A. (2002). Angular size illusion, produced on the basis of orientation contingent after-effect. Georgian Journal of Neuroscience, 1, 2, 59-64.

Conference contributions

  • Malania, M., Werner, J. S., & Knoblauch, K. (2013). Senescent changes in spatial summation. Tbilisi International Conference (TIC2013) “Merging Neuroscience and Medicine: Implications for Brain Disorders”, Proceedings of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences, Biomedical Series, vol. 39, 31.
  • Strasburger, H., Malania, M. (2013). Reverse asymmetry for whole-letter confusions in crowding. Perception 42, Suppl., ECVP Abstract, 189.
  • Malania, M. & Strasburger, H. (2012). Major Cause of Crowding. International Scientific Conference: “Actual Problems in Neurobiology“, Tbilisi, Georgia.
  • Malania, M., Werner, J. S., & Knoblauch, K. (2012). Spatial summation and aging. ISTC International Scientific Seminar "Neuroplasticity: Nervous Substrate for Health and Disease. New Approaches for Research", Tbilisi, Georgia.
  • Snodderly, D. M., Pocock, G.M., Malania, M., Bosking, W.H., Delori, F.C. & Leung, I. Y-F. Malania, M., & Werner, J.S. (2011). Comparison of Macular Pigment Optical Density Spatial Profiles Measured Using Heterochromatic Flicker Photometry and Two-Wavelength Autofluorescence. ARVO Abstract, 52: E-Abstract 3628.
  • Malania, M., Devinck, F., Hardy, J. L., Delahunt, P. B., Knoblauch, K., & Werner, J. S. (2009). Test of senescent change in photopic spatial summation. Journal of Vision VSS Abstract, 9(8):1074.
  • Malania, M., & Werner, J.S. (2009). Age-Related Changes in Photopic Spatial Summation, 1st International Conference on Vision and cognition, Tbilisi, Georgia.
  • Strasburger, H., & Malania, M. (2008). Source confusion is a major cause of crowding, Perception, ECVP Abstract, 37 Suppl., 82.
  • Malania, M., Herzog, M. H., & Westheimer, G. (2006). Grouping of contextual elements that affect Vernier thresholds in the human fovea. Perception, ECVP Abstract, 35 Suppl., 174.
  • Malania, M., Otto, T. U., Parkosadze, K., Kezeli, A., & Herzog M. H. (2005). Perceptual learning: No improvement under roving? Perception, ECVP Abstract, 34 Suppl., 75.
  • Malania, M., Janelidze, D., Roinishvili, M., & Kezeli, A. (2004). Induction of McCollough effect causes changes in capacity for constant perception of colour. Perception, ECVP Abstract, 33 Suppl., 62b.
  • Malania, M., Kezeli, A., & Kezeli, T. (2002). Illusory changes of surface orientation and perception of phantom colours. Conference – Neuroecology and the Visual Brain, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
  • Malania, M., Kezeli, A., & Kezeli, T. (2002). The double illusion: A new type of color after-effect. Pflügers Archiv - European Journal of Physiology, 443, Suppl. 2, 80.
  • Malania, M., Janelidze, D., & Roinishvili, M. (2001). Colour sensitivity function and specific visual adaptation. The Sixth Applied Vision Association Christmas Meeting (AVA), Perception, 31 Suppl.
  • Malania, M., Roinishvili, M., & Kezeli, A. (2000). The after-effect determined by a surface orientation. NATO Advanced Study Institute, Modulation of Neural Signaling: Implication for Visual Perception, Nida, Lithuania.

  1. Fakultät für Humanwissenschaften
  2. Institut für Psychologie

Dr. Maka Malania


Dr. Maka Malania