Iliana Samara


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

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I am working on the ERC-project ‘What you get is what you see: How reward determines perception’ with my promotor, Professor Jan Theeuwes.


I obtained my BSc in Psychology at the University of Crete in Greece. I then obtained an MSc in Applied Cognitive Psychology in 2015, where I investigated the differential effects of meditative practices on attention, and a Research MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience (cum laude) in 2017, where I investigated the effects of sexual arousal on trust, both at Leiden University. Currently, I am working as a PhD candidate at the VU under the supervision of Prof. Jan Theeuwes.

Research interest

My research interests involve the effects of reward on visual attention. Specifically, I am interested in the long-term effect of reward on attention, which I investigate using behavioral and eye tracking measurements.

Recent publications

LS Colzato, R Sellaro, I Samara, M Baas & B Hommel (2015) Meditation-induced states predict attentional control over time. Consciousness and cognition 37, 57-62
LS Colzato, R Sellaro, I Samara & B Hommel (2015) Meditation-induced cognitive-control states regulate response-conflict adaptation: evidence from trial-to-trial adjustments in the Simon task. Consciousness and cognition 35, 110-114

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