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General information

Name (center, department, group or other)
Center for Visual Cognition, Dept. of Psychology, UCPH
Contact name
Claus Bundesen
Contact email
Contact title
Professor, Dr.Phil.
2. July 2015

Brief description of research activities

At the Center for Visual Cognition, visual cognition is investigated by a combination of different methods: experimental techniques from cognitive psychology and psychophysics, mathematical modeling and computer simulation, and analysis of brain activation during performance of visual tasks (functional imaging by use of EEG and related techniques). Researchers at the Center have invented an influential mathematical model for visual attention (Theory of Visual Attention, TVA) and interpreted the model as a neurophysiological theory (a Neural Theory of Visual Attention, NTVA). The model is used for investigating basic attentional deficits associated with conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, and ADHD.

Key words: Vision, Cognition, Attention, Neuropsychological assessment

Research tools and techniques

Psychological experiments, measurement of reaction times and error rates, mathematical modeling, computer simulation, EEG.

Scientific Personnel

No of Associate Professors/Postdocs: 9
No of PhD students: 5
Other: 4

Key references from within the last 5 years

Nordfang, M., Dyrholm, M., & Bundesen, C. (2013). Identifying bottom-up and top-down components of attentional weight by experimental analysis and computational modeling. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 510-535.
Bundesen, C., & Habekost, T. (2014). Theory of Visual Attention (TVA). In A. C. Nobre & S. Kastner (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Attention (pp. 1095-1121). Oxford University Press.
Gillebert, C., Dyrholm, M., Vangkilde, S., Kyllingsbæk, S., Peeters, R., & Vandenberghe, R. (2012). Attentional priorities and access to short-term memory: Parietal interactions. Neuroimage, 62, 1551–1562.
Vangkilde, S., Petersen, A., & Bundesen, C. (2013). Temporal expectancy in the context of a theory of visual attention. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 368(1628), 2013054: 1-11.
Dyrholm, M., Kyllingsbæk, S., Espeseth, T., & Bundesen, C. (2011). Generalizing parametric models by introducing trial-by-trial parameter variability: The case of TVA. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 55, 416–429.
Wiegand, I., Toellner, T., Habekost, T., Dyrholm, M., Müller, H. J., & Finke, K. (2013). Event-related potential correlates of visual attention parameters perceptual processing speed and short-term storage capacity. Cerebral Cortex. Apr 17 [Epub ahead of print]
Kyllingsbæk, S., Sy, J. L., & Giesbrecht, B. (2011). Understanding the allocation of attention when faced with varying perceptual load in partial report: A computational approach. Neuropsychologia, 49, 1487-1497.
Kyllingsbæk, S., Markussen, B., & Bundesen, C. (2012). Testing a Poisson counter model for visual identification of briefly presented, mutually confusable single stimuli in pure accuracy tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38, 628-642. doi: 10.1037/a0024751
Starrfelt R., Nielsen S., Habekost T. & Andersen T. S. (2013). How low can you go: Spatial frequency sensitivity in a patient with pure alexia. Brain and Language, 126, 188-192.
Vangkilde, S., Bundesen, C., & Coull, J. T. (2011). Prompt but inefficient: Nicotine differentially modulates discrete components of attention. Psychopharmacology, 218(4), 667-680.

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