My 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. My 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 St. John's College in Oxford. This includes lectures and seminars 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.
Find out more about the things I am interested in at my current affiliations: Brain & Cognition Lab, Scene Grammar Lab, Icelandic Vision Lab and previous labs: Visual Attention Lab & Active Vision Lab.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
Absoluteley beautiful and really personal! Thanks for this amazing award!
Have a look at how we use working memory during natural behavior in our new paper, this great commentary, and the corresponding video abstract:
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).
Have a look at our new insights into the incidental formation of memories in natural settings. The PDF is available in the Publications tab.
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.
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.
I appreciate the very warm welcome to Kia Nobre`s B&C lab @Oxford! Excited to start!
Our new study just got published here, examining the capacity and detail of long-term memory representations after incidental encoding.
Thanks to WikiMedia Fellowship the book I started together with Sage Boettcher, Martin Schultze & Jona Sassenhagen is getting a kick start!
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.
Very happy the demand was high and the feedback good! So here we go again, but this time @MPIAE. Find out more here.
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
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
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.
Current visiting hours you can find here.
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!
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.
Anja Jamrozik wrote an article about our work which you can find here.
It is nicely written and very comprehensible for different audiences! Thanks!