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.

Another manuscript published in PsyArXiv !

We just uploaded a new manuscript on PsyArXiv. We report our recent findings on distractor suppression. We show that spatial suppression due to statistical regularities regarding the distractor is a consequence of spatial as well as feature-specific suppression components.

Manuscript published in PsyArXiv !

We just uploaded a new manuscript on PsyArXiv in which we address the possibility that previously observed spatial suppression is actually target enhancement. In two experiments, we show that (I) spatial suppression is not observed when there are only spatial regularities regarding the target, and that (II) spatial suppression is observed as a consequence of spatial regularities regarding the distractor even if there are no spatial regularities regarding the target.

Selection history: How reward modulates selectivity of visual attention

Visual attention enables us to selectively prioritize or suppress information in the environment. Prominent models concerned with the control of visual attention differentiate between goal-directed, top-down and stimulus-driven, bottom-up control, …

People look at the object they fear: oculomotor capture by stimuli that signal threat

It is known that people covertly attend to threatening stimuli even when it is not beneficial for the task. In the current study we examined whether overt selection is affected by the presence of an object that signals threat. We demonstrate that …

For What It's Worth: Reward Value Drives Visual Selective Attention

Don’t let it distract you: how information about the availability of reward affects attentional selection

Previous research has shown that attentional selection is affected by reward contingencies: previously selected and rewarded stimuli continue to capture attention even if the reward contingencies are no longer in place. In the current study, we …

Reward Affects the Perception of Time

Recent findings indicate that monetary rewards have a powerful effect on cognitive performance. In order to maximize overall gain, the prospect of earning reward biases visual attention to specific locations or stimulus features improving perceptual …

Oculomotor capture by stimuli that signal the availability of reward

It is well known that eye movement patterns are influenced by both goal- and salience-driven factors. Recent studies, however, have demonstrated that objects that are nonsalient and task irrelevant can still capture our eyes if moving our eyes to …