Lab moved (again)

Today our lab moved back to Kroghstræde 3 and we have set up two interim experimental rooms for testing where we hope to begin collecting data again some time next week or at least by early November. Currently we have three projects starting up one on synaesthesia, one on attention, and finally, some piloting of methodological issues.

We will try and get the lab fully up and running before the end of the year, but this is somewhat dependant on when our office space is freed up for the furniture currently occupying large parts of the lab space.

When the lab is up and running – hopefully around the beginning of the new semester – we will try and hold an official opening of the lab, where we also present some of our work. More on the official opening data – probably some time in January.

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Components of Attention in Grapheme-Color Synesthesia: A Modeling Approach

The first of our studies on synaesthesia is now available online for free.

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A recent study published online in PLoS ONE by Ásgeirsson et al. (2015) use TVA to analyse what attentional components are modulated by stimulus congruency in colour-grapheme synaesthesia. The authors report that processing speed is affected by stimulus congruency. Surprisingly, several TVA parameters such as the threshold for visual perception as well as attentional selectivity remain un affected by a manipulation of congruency. The authors argue that as well as yielding a more detailed understanding of how synaesthesia interact with cognitive components like attention.

The study is freely available online at http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0134456

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Components of Attention Modulated by Temporal Expectation

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In a new study published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Sørensen et al. (2014) investigate the effects of temporal expectation and how it modulate attentional TVA parameters. They demonstrate that the temporal expectancy paradigm modulate visual short-term memory, possibly through a phasic modulation of observer arousal akin to a hypothesis proposed by Easterbrook (1959). Sørensen et al. also present a novel analysis using the standard deviation of the attentional weights as a measure of how evenly an observer distribute their attentional resources. Hereby, it is possible to measure the scope of attentional focus in addition to the traditional TVA parameters.

Article available for download via APA on PsycNET

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