PhD student

Daniel Preciado

PhD student

Phone: +31 (0) 20 598 5390
Room: 1B-61


I am working on the ERC-project “What you get is what you see: How reward determines perception” with Jan Theeuwes.


I am Daniel Preciado, born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. I studied Psychology (BSc) at the Universidad de la Sabana in Bogota, and a few years later I moved to Amsterdam to do the research masters Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuropsychology at the VU. During these studies I had the chance to do internships at the Rudolf Magnus institute of Neuroscience at Utrecht University’s medical center (UMC), and at the department of Experimental Psychology also at Utrecht University (UU). During my internship at the UMC, I participated in a project investigating the genetic liability to integrity loss of frontal-temporal white matter connections in schizophrenia using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) on a sample of twins, with the supervision of Marc Bohlken and Rachel Brouwer. Later, at UU, I participated in a project investigating genetic polymorphisms involved in fear conditioning, with the supervision of Joke Baas. After graduating from these masters, I joined the Cognitive Psychology department at the VU in April 2014, where I currently work as a PhD candidate.

Research interest

I am primarily interested in understanding how rewarding and aversive events are processed, and what is their contribution in shaping emotion, cognition and behavior. Specifically, I am keen in investigating the neural and physiological systems underlying aversion and reward processing, and how do these systems modulate, for instance, perception, attention or motivation. I am particularly interested in how specific neural networks and neurotransmitter systems encode the rewarding or aversive quality of an event; and how do these representations translate into perceptual biases or behavioral adjustments. Related to this, I am also intrigued by how individual differences and personality traits such as impulsivity or risk-seeking modulate both how reward and aversion are perceived and processed, and how this processing manifests itself in cognition and behavior.


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Recent publications

D Preciado, J Munneke & J Theeuwes (2017) Mixed signals: The effect of conflicting reward-and goal-driven biases on selective attention. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 1-14
D Preciado, J Munneke & J Theeuwes (2016) Was That a Threat? Attentional Biases by Signals of Threat.. American Psychological Association
D Preciado, J Munneke & J Theeuwes (2016) Was that a threat? A cueing study on attentional guidance by threat signals. Journal of Vision 16 (12), 83-83

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