Programme design in brief
The Cognitive Psychology section of the VU University Amsterdam focuses its research efforts on the general theme of "Attention and Performance". Within the area of attention, we investigate top-down and bottom-up control of visual selection, the relation between attention and eye movement, visual search, visual marking, and attention in 3-D. Within the area of performance we focus on nonspecific preparatory processes in reaction time tasks and on task switching. We investigate these issues using different approaches and techniques, i.e., behavioral RT tasks, eye movement recording, EEG, MEG and fMRI recording and neural network modeling. In addition to the basic research on attention and performance, we also conduct applied research in the area of information processing, traffic behavior and human decision making. Applied research is usually conducted on the basis of external funding.