István Winkler


Phone: +36 1 382 6801
Institute: Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology
Group: Sound and speech perception Research Group
Office: D4.09A

Curriculum vitae


  • 1980-1985      Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Budapest, M.Sc. in Psychology
  • 1977-1981      Budapest University of Technology, Budapest, M.Sc. in Engineering

Higher Degrees

  • 2005                Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Academy (DSc, Professor)
  • 1995                Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Candidate in Psychology (CSc)
  • 1996                University of Helsinki, Docent in Psychology
  • 1993                University of Helsinki, Ph.D. Degree in Psychology

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2015                Kardos Lajos Award (Hungarian Psychological Association)
  • 2015                Friedrich Péter Award (Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
  • 2007                Short-term research fellowship (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • 2006                Short-term research fellowship (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies)
  • 2004                Kardos Lajos Award (Institute for Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
  • 2003-2004      Leibniz professor (University of Leipzig)
  • 1995                Samuel Sutton Award for Distinguished Contribution to Human ERPs and Cognition (Samuel Sutton Foundation)
  • 1994                Short-term research fellowship (Max Planck Institute, Munich)
  • 1994                Annual Award for Best PhD Thesis (University of Helsinki)
  • 1989-2007      Research Fellowship (Academy of Finland)
  • 1987                Short-term fellowship (European Science Foundation)
  • 1982                Award for University Studies (Ministry of Education, Hungary)
  • 1981                Award for Students’ Scientific Activity (Scientific Association of Organization and Management)

Research Grants

  • 2017-2021      National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Hungary (NKFI K124477): The role of social, cognitive and genetic factors in language development (participant)
  • 2017-2018      Hungarian Brain Research Program (KTIA_NPA_13 Infrastructure development): Biological amplifier system (KTIA_NAP_13-2-2017-0015)
  • 2016-2019      Hungarian National Research Fund (OTKA K115385): Neuro-cognitive predictors of early language development
  • 2014-2017      Marie Curie Initial Training Network (nr. 604764): Cognitive Innovation – CogNovo
  • 2013-2016      Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Partnership (nr. 2012-5538 / 001 – 001-EM): Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience – ACN
  • 2012-2017      Hungarian Academy of Sciences (“Lendület”; LP2012-36/2012): Who is talking? Neurocognitive and computational modeling of multi-speaker scenes
  • 2012-2016      Hungarian National Research Fund (OTKA K101060): Auditory processing abilities in newborn infants
  • 2009-2012      Seventh Framework Programme, Information and Communication Technologies, (STREP project 231168): Acoustic Scene Analysis for Detecting Living Entities (SCANDLE)
  • 2006‑2007      MÖB‑DAAD (2006 2007/12): Hungarian‑German researcher exchange grant
  • 2005‑2008      Sixth Framework Programme, Information Society Technologies project (STREP 013123): Emergent Cognition through Active Perception (EmCAP)
  • 2005‑2008      Hungarian National Research Fund (OTKA T048383): Stimulus‑driven and attentive integration processes in perception
  • 2002‑2005      Fogarty International Research Collaboration Award (FIRCA R03 TW005886 01): Preperceptual and perceptual organization of sound
  • 2001‑2004      Hungarian National Research Fund (OTKA T034112): The perception and representation of complex auditory environments
  • 2000‑2001      MÖB‑DAAD (2000 2001/53): Hungarian‑German researcher exchange grant
  • 1997-2000      Hungarian National Research Fund (OTKA T022681): Localization of Acoustic Attentional and Memory Functions by Electric (EEG) and Magnetic (MEG) Event‑Related Potentials and Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI)
  • 1993-1996      Hungarian National Research Fund (OTKA T006967): Intermodal and Inter‑Language Comparative Studies: Attentional and Mismatch Processes in Perception
  • 1992‑1994      Hungarian National Research Fund (OTKA F004636): Studies in Auditory Sensory Memory by Event‑Related Brain Potentials

Research and Management Positions

  • 2017-              Director: Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2012-              Head of the Research Group: Sound and Speech Perception
  • 2005-              Scientific Advisor, Institute for Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (from 2012: Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
  • 2000‑2012     Head of the Department of General Psychology, Institute for Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 1993-2005      Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 1987-1993      Research Fellow, Institute for Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 1981-1987       Junior Research Fellow, Institute for Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Scientific Societies, Journals and Boards

  • 2015-              Member of the Academia Europaea
  • 2015-              Member of the Social Sciences Board of the Council of Research Institutes (AKT), Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2013-2016     Member of the Council of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Hungarian National Research Fund
  • 2009-              Member of the Psychology Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2005-              Founding member of the Doctoral School in Psychology (Cognitive Science) Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • 2005-2015     Member of the Editorial board of Pszichológia
  • 1996‑2004     Member of the Advisory Council of the International Association for the Study of Attention and Performance (IASAP)

Further Information

Publication Statistics (based on, August 27, 2018)

  • Total Articles in Publication List:          240
  • Sum of the Times Cited:                        9835
  • h-index:                                                    52

Educational activity

  • 2008-2016      Professor of Psychology, University of Szeged
  • 2007‑2008      Scientific Advisor, University of Szeged
  • 2005-               Post-graduate courses: Auditory Scene Analysis, Development of speech perception in infancy, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • 2003‑2004      Graduate course: Auditory perception: Theories and experimental results, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • 2001‑2007      Undergraduate course: Attention and perception, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Piliscsaba
  • 1996‑               Docent at the Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki
  • 1987‑1988      Lecturer in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology, Kossuth Lajos University of Sciences, Debrecen

List of publications

List of publications