PhD Student

Dirk van Moorselaar

PhD Student

E-mail: d.van.moorselaar@vu.nl
Phone: +31 (0) 20 598 2795
Room: 1E-17

Projects

I am working on the interaction between visual working memory and visual attention with my promoters Chris Olivers and Jan Theeuwes.

Biography

My name is Dirk van Moorselaar and I was born and raised in Amsterdam. I started my academic career at the HES in Amsterdam, where I studied Sport Management & Marketing (Bsc). Afterwards, I studied Psychology (Bsc) and the research master Psychology (MSc; major: brain and cognition; minor: developmental psychology) at the University of Amsterdam. During my masters I did two internships. In my first year I worked with Lucia Talamini in an EEG project to study the effects of sleep on memory consolidation. In my second year I worked with Ilja Sligte in an fMRI project to study the (neural) fate of unattended memory representations. Currently I am working with Chris Olivers and Jan Theeuwes on a project investigating the interaction between visual working memory and attention. In my first two years I have conducted behavioral experiments and in the near future I will start using fMRI and potentially EEG.

Research interest

An important function of the brain is to filter incoming information through selective attention. Importantly, attention cannot operate without working memory. For example, when you are looking for your friend in a large crowd of people, you need to have an internal memory representation of your friend. This internal representation, often referred to as attentional template, then allows you to find what you are looking for. A defining characteristic of visual working memory is that it can maintain up to around four items. However, it appears that only one of these memory representations at a time can be used to guide attention. This has inspired models that assume a distinction within visual working memory between a single attentional template and multiple accessory working memory items. I am specifically interested in the origin of this dissociation in memory. That is I am trying to find out how the neural representation of the template differs from accessory memory representations. At the same time I am studying how attention affects the status and quality of representations in memory.

Links

ResearchGate
Google Scholar

Recent publications

Citations
D van Moorselaar, JJ Foster, DW Sutterer, J Theeuwes, CNL Olivers & ... (2017) Spatially Selective Alpha Oscillations Reveal Moment-by-Moment Trade-offs between Working Memory and Attention. Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 1-11
D Moorselaar (2017) From one memory to the next: Different states within visual working memory and how they interact with attention. Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit
D van Moorselaar, S Gayet, CLE Paffen, J Theeuwes, S Van der Stigchel & ... (2017) Competitive interactions in visual working memory drive access to awareness. Cortex1
D van Moorselaar, J Theeuwes & CNL Olivers (2016) Learning changes the attentional status of prospective memories. Psychonomic bulletin & review 23 (5), 1483-14902
D van Moorselaar, J Theeuwes & C Olivers (2016) The limitations of visual working memory in prioritizing visual stimuli for conscious access. Journal of Vision 16 (12), 35-351
D van Moorselaar, CNL Olivers, J Theeuwes, VAF Lamme & IG Sligte (2015) Forgotten But Not Gone: Retro-Cue Costs and Benefits in a Double-Cueing Paradigm Suggest Multiple States in Visual Short-Term Memory (vol 41, pg 1755, 2015). JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-LEARNING MEMORY AND COGNITION 41 (6 …
D van Moorselaar, CNL Olivers, J Theeuwes, VAF Lamme & IG Sligte (2015) Forgotten but not gone: Retro-cue costs and benefits in a double-cueing paradigm suggest multiple states in visual short-term memory.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 41 (6), 175524
E Gunseli, D van Moorselaar, M Meeter & CNL Olivers (2015) The reliability of retro-cues determines the fate of noncued visual working memory representations. Psychonomic bulletin & review 22 (5), 1334-134129
D van Moorselaar, J Theeuwes & C Olivers (2015) The limitations of visual working memory in prioritizing visual stimuli for conscious access.. Journal of vision 15 (12), 869-8692
D Moorselaar, E Battistoni, J Theeuwes & CNL Olivers (2015) Rapid influences of cued visual memories on attentional guidance. Annals of the New York academy of Sciences 1339 (1), 1-109
D van Moorselaar, E Gunseli, J Theeuwes & C NL Olivers (2015) The time course of protecting a visual memory representation from perceptual interference. Frontiers in human neuroscience 8, 105325
C Olivers, D van Moorselaar & J Theeuwes (2014) In competition for the attentional template: Only a single item in visual working memory can guide attention. Journal of Vision 14 (10), 386-386
D van Moorselaar, J Theeuwes & CNL Olivers (2014) In competition for the attentional template: Can multiple items within visual working memory guide attention?. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 40 (4 …50
IG Sligte, D van Moorselaar & ARE Vandenbroucke (2013) Decoding the Contents of Visual Working Memory. The Journal of Neuroscience 33
IG Sligte, D van Moorselaar & ARE Vandenbroucke (2013) Decoding the contents of visual working memory: evidence for process-based and content-based working memory areas?. Journal of Neuroscience 33 (4), 1293-12945

View full list of publications on Google Scholar