- Attention Group (Dr. Mark Stokes) Research Group
- Oxford Cognitive Neuropsychology Centre Research Group
- Cognitive Neurology Research Group (Prof. Masud Husain) Research Group
Early Stage Research Fellow
Investigating attention and working memory through computational modelling of behaviour and EEG.
My research focusses on (in)attention: how it works, how it relates to working memory, and how we can treat patients who suffer from attentional disorders.
I am particularly interested in working memory encoding, and use computational models and EEG (electroencephalography) to investigate its dynamics.
Attention is a versatile topic, and my interests are broad. With collaborators, I test neuropharmacological treatments that could improve spatial attention, which I investigate with pupillometry and visual search. In addition, I work on how attention is biased by threatening information, and the role of threat avoidance in anxiety therapy. Finally, I have a keen interest in temporal attention, and its applications in daily life (for example in racing sports and Olympic competitions).
As a part of my research, I develop software with many different applications. One example is PyGaze, a Python toolbox for quick and easy programming of eye-tracking experiments that supports a broad range of tracker types. Another example is CancellationTools, an application that allows researchers and clinicians to administer computerised cancellation tests, and to analyse their results with the click of a button. It calculates indices of attentional biases, executive functioning, search organisation, and working memory, and it produces helpful data visualisations.
If you would like to know more about programming in Python, you could consider buying my book Python for Experimental Psychologists.
Distracted by danger: Temporal and spatial dynamics of visual selection in the presence of threat.
Mulckhuyse M. and Dalmaijer ES., (2016), Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci, 16, 315 - 324
Life is unfair, and so are racing sports: some athletes can randomly benefit from alerting effects due to inconsistent starting procedures.
Dalmaijer ES. et al, (2015), Front Psychol, 6
CancellationTools: All-in-one software for administration and analysis of cancellation tasks.
Dalmaijer ES. et al, (2015), Behav Res Methods, 47, 1065 - 1075
PyGaze: an open-source, cross-platform toolbox for minimal-effort programming of eyetracking experiments.
Dalmaijer ES. et al, (2014), Behav Res Methods, 46, 913 - 921
The pupillary light response reflects exogenous attention and inhibition of return.
Mathôt S. et al, (2014), J Vis, 14
Python for Experimental Psychologists
Programming is an essential part of a researcher's job, and this book can teach you how to do it! The book is perfect for students and researchers alike, and no prior programming experience is required. For more info, see: https://www.routledge.com/Python-for-Experimental-Psychologists/Dalmaijer/p/book/9781138671577