Dr. Dejan Draschkow
Dr. Dejan Draschkow



Associate Professor

University of Oxford

I lead the Adaptive Behaviour & Cognition Lab at the Department of Experimental Psychology in Oxford. Our work focuses on understanding the interactions between attention and memory. That includes understanding how attention is directed in memory and what the nature of this memory space is. But also, how memory representations are formed, modulated, and used in a predictive fashion when guiding behaviour. Our investigations focus on complex and naturalistic behaviour, using psychophysics, eye-tracking, EEG, and Virtual Reality.


I teach Cognitive Psychology and Statistical Theory & Experimental Methods for the Department for Experimental Psychology and Brasenose College. This includes lectures, tutorials, workshops, and practicals for B. Sc., M. Sc., and PhD students.


I am the Lead for Open Science at the Department for Experimental Psychology and part of the Open Neuroimaging Steering Group + Open Ambassador for the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging at the University of Oxford.


Pronouns: he/him


A blogpost by the Psychonomic Society on our recent consensus paper

BBC covered our collaboration with Kate Watkin's Brain, Speech, & Language Group

we are part of two large "Team Science" efforts and have  reported some updates:

The Past, Present, and Future of the Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS): https://doi.org/10.1162/imag_a_00103


Consensus definitions to guide the scientific discourse on visual distraction: https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-023-02820-3

Oxford Sparks helped us highlight our work in a nice video

head movements track internally directed attention in memory

Here we show that directing attention within the spatial layout of working memory bears a strong relation to the overt head orienting response we engage when directing attention to sensory information in the external environment.

remote virtual reality as a tool for increasing external validity

In this article, I argue that conducting online behavioural experiments in VR, will enable researchers to study representative behaviours in large samples and diverse settings over time, without sacrificing experimental control.

not only the representation of the target of your actions guides your behaviour

Here we show that the representations we use to make us efficient actors in natural behavior can contain entire bound objects that are not the target of our actions.

hackathon for undergraduates

With strong support from Medical Sciences Division's Teaching Excellence Award and St John’s College Teaching Innovation Fund, we could organise the first undergraduate hackathon of the Department of Experimental Psychology. Thanks!

multiple spatial frames for immersive working memory

In our latest paper, we show that multiple representations of our environment are used for maintaining and selecting visual content in working memory. Here is an example of how we investigated it:

early career excellent teacher award

Absoluteley beautiful and really personal! Thanks for this amazing award!

when natural behavior engages working memory

Have a look at how we use working memory during natural behavior in our new paper, this great commentary, and the corresponding video abstract:

intro to online studies

Double-feature on online experimentation: 1) introductory paper and 2) hands-on practical resource for transitioning from in-lab to online experiments. We also have a short talk summarizing these resources (starting at 31 minutes 30 seconds).

search superiority

Have a look at our new insights into the incidental formation of memories in natural settings. The PDF is available in the Publications tab.

new review is out

Check out our new review on contextual influences on attention and perception and how theses are structured. The PDF is available in the Publications tab.

cluster-based permutation paper

I am unfortunately not on Twitter, but happy about the positive response to our new paper about the appropriate interpretation of cluster-based permutation tests.

brain & cognition lab

I appreciate the very warm welcome to Kia Nobre`s B&C lab @Oxford! Excited to start!

1822-teaching award

No words... Thanks!
More infos about the award and ceremony here, here and here.

new publication

Our new study just got published here, examining the capacity and detail of long-term memory representations after incidental encoding.

open scientific methods ebook for social and cognitive scientists

Thanks to WikiMedia Fellowship  the book I started together with Sage Boettcher, Martin Schultze & Jona Sassenhagen is getting a kick start! 

upcoming workshop

Soon I am offering an advanced mixed-models course in R @MPIAE.


In September I will be setting up a virtual reality lab in the Icelandic Vision Lab of the University of Iceland to investigate statistical distribution learning, thanks to a grant I got with Arni Kristjansson.

upcoming workshop

Very happy the demand was high and the feedback good! So here we go again, but this time @MPIAE. Find out more here.

upcoming workshop

Don't miss our "open and reproducible neuroscience using python" workshop. It is a satellite event of the 60th TEAP and is organized by Peer Heerholz's Open Science Initiative University of Marburg, as well as Michael Notter, Jona Sassenhagen and me: openreproneuro2018marburg.github.io

new publication

Check out our newest VR study, which shows how expectations about the environment shape the way we interact with objects, strengthen memories and speed search: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-16739-x

available dataset

We recently uploaded a huge dataset of over 13000 participants on OSF.  It is about gaming habits and psychological wellbeing.

Very different from what Marian Sauter and I are usually doing, but still might be valuable to other researchers.

visiting hours

Current visiting hours you can find here.

teaching prize

We were awarded with the YAVIS teaching prize of the Psychological faculty - voted for by all active students. We wish to thank all students for the motivation and enthusiasm they demonstrated throughout the year, as well as for the valuable feedback we received!

methods-week @ Goethe Univeristy

Goethe University Frankfurt is organizing a dedicated week for refreshing and updating methods skills of Bachelor students. I am offering a 2-day experimental programming workshop. 

Dates, schedule and courses you can look up here

blog post @ the Psychonomic Society

Anja Jamrozik wrote an article about our work which you can find here.

It is nicely written and very comprehensible for different audiences! Thanks!

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