Research

I am broadly interested in human perception and cognition, and particularly in temporal integration, selective attention, and working memory. I often rely on neurophysiological measures in my research, such as electroencephalography (EEG), next to behavioral measures such as reaction time and task accuracy.

Temporal integration

A major theme in my research is how we perceive things that happen quickly. For example, why is watching a movie generally a smooth, flicker-free experience? Why do we not notice the rapid slideshow of still images that the movie really consists of? Put differently: Why do we integrate these images over time, when we can principally resolve much faster events, such as the flickering of a fluorescent light?

Selective attention

Attention plays an important role in the perception of rapid events. Anyone who has seen a magician performing tricks will realize that despite what we may think, we cannot easily attend to multiple things at once, even if they are in full view. In the lab, I study how and when we select the right things to attend to, and when we do not, and end up distracted.

Working memory

Eventually, our perceptual experience becomes only what we remember of it, and unfortunately, our memory is not unlimited. I am interested in finding out how we can optimize our memory, and what might at times prevent us from doing so.