Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
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Theme 2: Perception, Action and Control

Perception and Awareness

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and BehaviourOur research concerns issues of visual perception and visual awareness. We investigate both low-level mechanisms as well as influences of knowledge, attention, and intention on visual awareness, including perceived timing of events (e.g., for phenomena like binocular rivalry, perceptual filling-in, object tracking).

In addition, we study crossmodal processing, the role of interpretations in perception-action couplings, and the relation between visual imagery and motor imagery. Furthermore, in the next few years we have a special focus on the perception and appreciation of art. We use various research methods (e.g., psychophysics, brain imaging, eye tracking) and we also consider specific populations (e.g., infants, autistic individuals, visually disabled).

Contact
Name: Rob van Lier
Telephone: 024-3615698
Email: R.vanlier@donders.ru.nl
Visiting address: Donders Centre for Cognition
Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 GD Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Postal address: Donders Centre for Cognition
P.O. Box 9104
6500 HE Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Key grants and prizes
  • Thailand Science Council - 4 year PhD grant to C. Chotsrisuparat (2012)
  • Chinese Scholarship Council - 4 year PhD grant to Xuyan Yun (2012)
  • KNAW - 1 year assistantship to rmCNS student Bronagh McCoy (2012)
  • ZonMw / InZicht (co-applicant; 2012) “Optimalising echolocation in orienting and mobility
  • Best illusion of the Year’ prize (2008), a prize of the Neural Correlate Society, awarded to Rob van Lier and Mark Vergeer during the conference of the Vision Science Society
Key publications
  • Van Lier, R., Vergeer, M., & Anstis, S. (2009). Filling-in afterimage colors between the lines. Current Biology, 19(8), R323-R324.
  • Ter Horst, A., Cole, J., van Lier, R., & Steenbergen, B. (2012) The Effect of Chronic Deafferentation on Mental Imagery: A Case Study, PLOSone. 7(8):e42742
  • Anstis, S., Vergeer, M., Van Lier, R. (2012). Luminance contours can gate afterimage colors and ‘real’ colors. Journal of Vision. 12(10):2, 1-13
  • Vrins, S., Hunnius, S., & Van Lier, R. (2011). Volume completions in 4.5- Month old infants. Acta Psychologica, 138, 92-99
  • Atsma, J., Koning, A., Van Lier, R. (2012). Multiple Object Tracking: Anticipatory attention doesn't “bounce”. Journal of Vision. 12(13):1, 1-11

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Research Theme 2:
Perception, Action and Decision-making

Donders
Research Group
Perception and Awareness


Principal Investigator
R.J. van Lier

Group members

Research fellow
Tessa van Leeuwen

UD, Staff member
Arno Koning

PhD's
Andrea Frielink
Jordy Thielen
Yun Xuyan

Internship students
Anna Nouwens
Chiara Galizia