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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 emeritus, Dr.Phil.
2. July 2015
(Last edited: 3. March 2018)

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.


Vision, Cognition, Attention, Neuropsychological assessment, Mathematical modeling

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: 0
No of PhD students: 2
Other: 0

Key references from within the last 5 years

Li, K., Kozyrev, V., Kyllingsbæk, S., Treue, S., Ditlevsen, S., & Bundesen, C. (2016). Neurons in primate visual cortex alternate between responses to multiple stimuli in their receptive field. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 10:141. DOI: 10.3389/fncom.2016.00141. (

Nordfang, M., Staugaard, C. F., & Bundesen, C. (in press). Attentional weights in vision as products of spatial and nonspatial components. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Bundesen, C., Vangkilde, S., & Petersen, A. (in press). Recent developments in a computational theory of visual attention (TVA). Vision Research.

Dyrholm, M., Vangkilde, S., & Bundesen, C. (2015). Beyond trial types. Psychological Research /Psychologische Forschung, 79, 425-431.

Bundesen, C., Vangkilde, S., & Habekost, T. (2015). Components of visual bias: A multiplicative hypothesis. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1111/nyas.12665.

Sørensen, T. A., Vangkilde, S., & Bundesen, C. (2015). Components of attention modulated by temporal expectation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 41, 178-192.

Starrfelt, R., Lindegaard, M., Bundesen, C. (2015). Confusing confusability: On the problems of using psychophysical measures of letter confusability in neuropsychological research. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 5, 314-320. DOI: 10.1080/02643294.2015.1061488.

Kyllingsbæk, S., van Lommel, S., Sørensen, T. A., Bundesen, C. (2014). Automatic attraction of visual attention by supraletter features of former target strings. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition, 5:930. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01383.

Vangkilde, S., Petersen, A., & Bundesen, C. (2013). Temporal expectancy in the context of a theory of visual attention. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 368, 20130054.

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.

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2100 Copenhagen Ø
Tel. +45 39 12 80 00
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