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Research Grants

Leder PI if not stated differently (ca 3.647.000 k)


HRSM Antrag „Socially Aligned Visual Art Technology and Perception“, 1,000.000 € (Univie about 145,000 €)


Extension Research Platform Cognitive Sciences (until 03.2019), Leder Head of Platform, 200.000 €


ca. € 600,000 WWTF RosLed CS15-036 “Universal aesthetics of lines and colors”; Rosenberg PI, Leder Co_PI


€ 25,000 2016 Summer School “Cognition, Culture and Innovation” sponsored by WWTF (Leder and co-PI Peschl)


€ 400,000 Vienna Doctoral School (Leder participant of a larger panel)


Leverhulme Grant: Evaluating Methods of Aesthetic Enquiry Across Disciplines (jointly with  Nicholas Pearce , Charles Spence, David Howes, Etienne Jollet, Boris Wiseman) PI Dee Reynolds, total ca. 80K, Vienna: € 8k


€ 178,000 Marie Curie Grant of EU: “Art And Brain”; to bring Dr. Matthew Pelowski to Vienna (for 2 years); P655379


€ 240,881.55 FWF (P27355) „Anziehungskraft der Schönheit: Der adaptive Schönheitssinn“ (Attraction of Beauty) incl. Overhead; PI: Leder (begins 03.15)


ca. € 110,000 Uni:doc Dissertation project of Mag. Jürgen Goller (Leder Supervisor)


€ 592,000 Extension of Research Platform “Cognitive Sciences” at the University of Vienna (Leder as Deputy speaker and co-PI), Volume for 3 Years


€ 392,200 WWTF (CS11-023): “Time makes the difference! Uncovering the nature of aesthetic experience“ (with co PI Raphael Rosenberg, Art History)


€ 258,480 FWF (P23538): „Ambiguität beim Kunstgefallen“, incl. Overhead [Ambiguity in art appreciation]


€ 204,654 Research Platform “Cognitive Sciences” at the University of Vienna (Leder as Deputy speaker and co-PI), Volume for 3 Years


€ 5,000 FFG Innovationsscheck (with company Brainds) zur Erforschung von Brand Images


€ 20,000 Research Project on design and appreciation of glasses (industry project)


$ 120,000 International Ford Research Partner (C. C. Carbon and Helmut Leder): "Psychological evaluation of switches' haptics in car interiors"


€ 215,000 FWF (P18910-G14) (jointly with C.C.Carbon) "Psychology of Aesthetics: the dynamics of innovation and appreciation over time"


€ 208,000 Portable EEG, EDA, Eyemovement UNITS etc. Research Funding University of Vienna (joimntly with Prof. H. Bauer)


€ 265,000 DFG project (im Sonderforschungsbereich SFB 626 “aesthetic experience”): “Cognitive determinants of aesthetic experience” at the Freie Universität Berlin


€ 80,000 Extension of DFG-project (Le1286) for two years


DM 30,000 Research Project “Aesthetics in Car-Interieurs“. Empirical study for Daimler-Chrysler about attractiveness and appreciation of design


DM 24,000 Research Project “Car-Interieurs“. Empirical study for Daimler-Chrysler AG


DM 80,000 DFG Research Project “Repräsentationen und Merkmale bei der Gesichtserkennung“. (Le1286). (Representations and features in face recognition). Two years – one post graduate (C.C.Carbon)


DM 5,000 Research support from „Kommission zur Förderung Wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses der Freien Universität Berlin“ project: “Psychologie der Ästhetik“ (Habilitation).


Sfr 1,000 Research support for the development of an experiment tool “Matching.1.2“, University of Fribourg


Sfr 36,000 Research project „Linienzeichnungen von Gesichtern” [line-drawings of faces]. Grant Schweizer Nationalfonds for a one-year fellowship at the Department of Psychology (Prof. V. Bruce), University of Stirling (UK).



Project partners

Since 2018: Helmut Leder is member of the Advisory Board of Prof. Johan Wageman`s Methusalem Program “Gestalts in Vision, Art and Autism” (Leuwen, Belgium).

Helmut Leder is project partner of the FWF funded PEEK project „Projekt D.A.S. Dementia.Arts.Society.“ by Cornelia Bast (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien/University of Applied Arts Vienna): http://www.dieangewandte.at/aktuell/aktuell_detail?artikel_id=1462559464356

Helmut Leder was international partner of UMA project of Paul Hekkert, Delft  (http://www.project-uma.com) 2011-2016.

Helmut Leder was founding member of the project Neuroaesthetics at GIAS (Global Institute of Advanced Studies) “Beauty and Beyond” – at New York University, Head: Gabrielle Starr: http://gias.nyu.edu


Professional Association Memberships

Member of Experimental Psychology Society (EPS)

Member of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA)

Member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGP)

Member of the European Society of Cognitive Psychology

Member of the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Psychologie (ÖGP)

Scientific Board (Wissenschaftskommission) of the Austrian Bundesheer (2005-2012)

Local Officer of the ESCOP European Society of Cognitive Psychology for Austria (from 2007 until 2013)

Board Member of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (since 08.2012 until 08.2014) Responsible for “Theories in Psychology”

Founding Member of Global Institute of Advanced Studies “Beauty and Beyond” – at New York University (Head: Gabrielle Starr)



Editorial Action Editor Board, British Journal of Psychology (since 2013)

Editorial Board of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (since 2011)

Editorial Board of Empirical Studies of the Arts (since 2006)



2008 International Fellow of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA)

2004 Berlyne Award of the American Psychologists Association (APA), Division 10, Honululu, USA

2002 Baumgarten Award of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA) in Takarazuka City, Japan



Reviewer for Perception, European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie, British Journal of Psychology, Neuropsychology, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Review, Visual Cognition, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Cognition, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Acta Psychologica, Psychology Science, Psychological Research, Schweizer Nationalfonds (SNF), Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Journal of Cognitive Neurosciences, Psychological Sciences, American Journal of Medical Genetics, Experimental Psychology, Psychology and Philosophy, Musicae Scientiae, Israel Science Foundation (ISF), Thexis, Empirical Studies of the Arts, Social Cognition, Psychophysiology, Cognition, Science, International Journal of Design, Science, International Journal of Design, Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, New Ideas in Psychology, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, Social Cognition, Psychological Sciences.

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