Jasper Hajonides Van Der Meulen
Attention and Working Memory (Stokes Lab), Brain & Cognition (Nobre Lab)
Jasper is a DPhil supervised by Kia Nobre, Mark Stokes and Freek van Ede, and is funded by an ESRC Grand Union and Scatcherd European Scholarship.
Our visual experiences are shaped by incoming sensory information and our expectations, by task-relevance, and by selective attention. We perceive the world through tainted glasses that only show us a selective and biased view of the world. His research focuses on how attention modulates visual perception and working memory. In his research he uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as well as neurophysiological tools such as electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG). Using neurocomputational modelling he aims to characterise the underlying neural methods and advance the field of visual cognition.
Understanding the fundamental neural processes of top-down control in perception can advance our basic understanding of how the brain processes information. In addition, this research is highly relevant to translational research in, for example, autism and schizophrenia.
Jasper completed his undergraduate in Psychobiology and his Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. However, he did not spent much time in Amsterdam as he went on to join Kia Nobre’s lab in Oxford over the final year of his undergraduate degree and completed two one-year research projects. The first project of his Master’s was at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (the Netherlands), and the second at Princeton University (United States of America).
Alongside his studies, Jasper is president of the gJCC committee, which is the official body that voices general views and concerns in the department. Furthermore, he competes in triathlon and is involved in teaching.