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Attention is the fundamental mechanism that determines what information we parse from the environment.


Reward selectively affects the way we pay attention and thus how we perceive the world around us.

Selection History

Selection history describes the phenomenon that what we have attended in the past will determine what we pay attention to in the present.

Recent Publications

More Publications

(2019). Statistical regularities induce spatial as well as feature-specific suppression. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. (* shared first authorship).

Preprint Code Dataset Project Project Source Document DOI

(2019). Spatial suppression due to statistical regularities is driven by distractor suppression not target activation. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics (* shared first authorship).

Preprint PDF Dataset Project Project Source Document DOI

(2018). Selection history: How reward modulates selectivity of visual attention. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 25(2), 514-538.

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October 2017 – Present
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Postdoctoral researcher

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Advisor: Christian Olivers
October 2016 – October 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Postdoctoral researcher

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Advisor: Jan Theeuwes
March 2016 – July 2016
Chicago, IL, USA

Visiting researcher

University of Chicago

Advisor: Edward Awh

Grants and Awards


Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship ( € 87.000 )

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany

Two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Charité - University Medical Centre Berlin, Germany

Maria Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Seal of Excellence

European Research Council, Belgium

EU quality label for first-class innovative ideas worthy of investment awarded for MSCA individual fellowship call (top 10% of all proposals)

Talent grant ( € 5.000 )

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Four-month visiting researcher fellowship for the University of Chicago, IL, USA

Travel Award ( € 200 )

Rovereto Attention Workshop, Italy


Travel Award ( € 150 )

Dutch NeuroFederatie, The Netherlands


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