Daniel Schreij


Phone: +31 (0) 20 5986872
Room: 1B-81


I was born on July 14th, 1982 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 2000 I started with my study Artificial Intelligence (nowadays known as 'Lifestyle Informatics') at the VU University Amsterdam and received my bachelor’s degree in August 2003. I continued studying in this field and received my Master’s degree in Cognitive Science in August of 2006. I conducted part of the required research for my Master’s thesis at the University of Sydney, Australia under the supervision of dr. Caleb Owens and prof.dr. Jan Theeuwes. The thesis is titled “Involuntary Contingent Orienting is subject to Bottom-Up Attentional Capture”. I began working as a PhD student at the VU University Amsterdam in September of 2007 and conducted part of his research at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in the first half of 2011 under supervision of prof.dr. Jim Enns. I received my PhD degree on January 13th 2012 for my thesis "Attention to Emerging Objects" and currently I still work at the VU as a postdoctoral researcher.

Research interests

I have always had a fond interest in computer sciences and human cognition and therefore chose to study Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is a combination of these two disciplines. During this time, I was mainly drawn towards the human cognition side of AI and this led me to follow a master’s degree in Cognitive Science. In this area, I also graduated for my PhD at the VU University of Amsterdam under supervision of Chris Olivers. My main topic of research was "attention in a dynamic world" and I investigated how attention is deployed to real-world stimuli that are bound to spatiotemporal constraints (e.g. that move gradually in and out of vision) and how this differs from attentional deployment to more artificial stimuli in a lab setting, which often suddenly appear out nowhere or just disappear. I occassionally assist Sebastiaan in the development of the open-source experiment builder OpenSesame, as this allows me to keep my skills in software development fresh and up-to-date and at the same time contribute to our field of cognitive psychology in another way.


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Recent publications

F Walker, B Bucker, NC Anderson, D Schreij & J Theeuwes (2017) Looking at paintings in the Vincent Van Gogh Museum: Eye movement patterns of children and adults. PloS one 12 (6), e0178912
M Otten, D Schreij & SA Los (2016) The interplay of goal-driven and stimulus-driven influences on spatial orienting. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 78 (6), 1642-1654
D Schreij & CNL Olivers (2015) The behavioral urgency of objects approaching your avatar. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 77 (8), 2669-2683
DBB Schreij (2015) Looking at vs. looking for in the real.
CNL Olivers & D Schreij (2014) Visual memory performance for color depends on spatiotemporal context. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 76 (7), 1873-18843
D Schreij, SA Los, J Theeuwes, JT Enns & CNL Olivers (2014) The interaction between stimulus-driven and goal-driven orienting as revealed by eye movements.. Journal of experimental psychology: human perception and performance 40 (1), 37811
D Schreij & CNL Olivers (2013) The role of space and time in object-based visual search. Visual Cognition 21 (3), 306-3293
D Schreij & CNL Olivers (2013) Spatiotemporal object history affects the selection of task-relevant properties.. Journal of experimental psychology: human perception and performance 39 (1), 2164
S Mathôt, D Schreij & J Theeuwes (2012) OpenSesame: An open-source, graphical experiment builder for the social sciences. Behavior research methods 44 (2), 314-324437
DBB Schreij (2012) Attention to Emerging Objects. Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit
DBB Schreij (2011) Objects approaching your avatar are behaviorally urgent.
S Mathot, DBB Schreij & J Theeuwes (2011) OpenSesame: A free, graphical experiment builder for the social sciences.
D Schreij, J Theeuwes & CNL Olivers (2010) Irrelevant onsets cause inhibition of return regardless of attentional set. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 72 (7), 1725-172926
D Schreij, J Theeuwes & CNL Olivers (2010) Abrupt onsets capture attention independent of top-down control settings II: Additivity is no evidence for filtering. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 72 (3), 672-68242
AV Belopolsky, D Schreij & J Theeuwes (2010) What is top-down about contingent capture?. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 72 (2), 326-341152
D Schreij & CNL Olivers (2009) Object representations maintain attentional control settings across space and time. Cognition 113 (1), 111-1167
D Schreij, C Owens & J Theeuwes (2008) Abrupt onsets capture attention independent of top-down control settings. Perception & Psychophysics 70 (2), 208-218146

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