Associate Professor

Mieke Donk

Associate Professor

E-mail: w.donk@vu.nl
Phone: +31 (0) 20 598 8797
Room: 1B-88

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Research interests

My general research focus has always been on visual perception, attention, and eye movements. I have been working on multiple projects about visual search, visual marking, and attentional and oculomotor selection in simple displays and natural scenes. Throughout the past years I have been supervising and guiding multiple master theses and several doctoral theses (Wieske van Zoest, Isabel Dombrowe, Alisha Siebold, Jeroen Silvis, Nicola Anderson).

Projects

Eye movements in natural scenes (in collaboration with Nicki Anderson and Martijn Meeter)

When inspecting a visual scene people typically make multiple eye movements. The manner in which these eye movements are controlled changes when people gather more information from the scene. That is, eye movements are guided by a representation that changes when the scene inspection time increases. The aim of the present project is to investigate how this representation changes in time. How is eye movement control modulated over a sequence of eye movements, what does this tell us about the scene representation being built up, and what is the role of memory in selective control?

Assessing, understanding, and modeling visual salience and its dynamical impact on perception and selection (in collaboration with Jeroen Silvis, Zhaoping Li, Ingrid Scharlau)

The project aims to investigate how visual salience dynamically affects attentional and oculomotor selection and how these effects are related to the functional properties of the primary visual cortex (V1) and higher-order visual cortical areas. As a focus so far disregarded in psychological research and modeling, we will concentrate on temporal dynamics. We will experimentally probe salience effects within single fixations as well as those occurring over longer periods of time extending over multiple eye movements, to find out when salience derived from different visual feature dimensions affects visual selection and when not. We will develop a neurophysiologically plausible computational model in-corporating the dynamics of salience effects. The model will be based on a salience model of V1 (Li, 2002) and extended to account for differential salience effects as a function of feature dimension (Koene & Zhaoping, 2007) and, importantly, time (Donk & Soesman, 2010; Donk & van Zoest, 2008).

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Recent publications

Citations
W van Zoest, S Van der Stigchel & M Donk (2017) Conditional control in visual selection. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 79 (6), 1555-1572
NC Anderson & M Donk (2017) Salient object changes influence overt attentional prioritization and object-based targeting in natural scenes. PloS one 12 (2), e01721322
M Donk (2017) Subset selective search on the basis of color and preview. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 79 (1), 85-992
NC Anderson, M Donk & M Meeter (2016) The influence of a scene preview on eye movement behavior in natural scenes. Psychonomic bulletin & review 23 (6), 1794-18011
M Donk, J Silvis & J Theeuwes (2016) Prior knowledge of the locations of potentially relevant objects reduces effects of visual salience. Journal of Vision 16 (12), 377-377
N Anderson & M Donk (2016) Changes in object salience influences overt attentional prioritization in natural scenes.. Journal of Vision 16 (12), 690-690
S Mathôt, N Anderson & M Donk (2016) Using the pupillary light response to track visual attention during pro-and antisaccades. Perception 45 (2), 354-355
JD Silvis, AV Belopolsky, JWI Murris & M Donk (2015) The effects of feature-based priming and visual working memory on oculomotor capture. PloS one 10 (11), e01426962
A Siebold, MD Weaver, M Donk & W van Zoest (2015) Social salience does not transfer to oculomotor visual search. Visual Cognition 23 (8), 989-10193
J Silvis, A Belopolsky, J Murris & M Donk (2015) Feature priming rather than visual working memory affects oculomotor selection in a bottom-up manner.. Journal of vision 15 (12), 870-870
B Heimler, W van Zoest, F Baruffaldi, M Donk, P Rinaldi, MC Caselli & ... (2015) Finding the balance between capture and control: Oculomotor selection in early deaf adults. Brain and cognition 96, 12-274
S Mathôt, A Siebold, M Donk & F Vitu (2015) Large pupils predict goal-driven eye movements.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 144 (3), 5137
NC Anderson, E Ort, W Kruijne, M Meeter & M Donk (2015) It depends on when you look at it: Salience influences eye movements in natural scene viewing and search early in time. Journal of vision 15 (5), 9-911
B Bucker, JD Silvis, M Donk & J Theeuwes (2015) Reward modulates oculomotor competition between differently valued stimuli. Vision research 108, 103-1129
JD Silvis, KO Solis & M Donk (2015) The nature of the global effect beyond the first eye movement. Vision research 108, 20-32
NC Anderson, E Ort, W Kruijne, M Meeter & M Donk (2015) It depends on when you look at it: Salience.
S Al-Janabi, P Allen, A Anderson, U Ansorge, B Armstrong, P Atchley & ... (2015) Visual Cognition Volume 23, 2015 List of Reviewers. Visual Cognition 23 (9-10), 1227-1229
B Heimler, F Pavani, M Donk & W van Zoest (2014) Stimulus-and goal-driven control of eye movements: Action videogame players are faster but not better. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 76 (8), 2398-24123
M Donk (2014) The influence of salience-driven processes in overt visual selection. Journal of Vision 14 (10), 220-220
A Siebold & M Donk (2014) Reinstating salience effects over time: the influence of stimulus changes on visual selection behavior over a sequence of eye movements. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 76 (6), 1655-167011

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