PhD Student

Nicola Anderson

PhD Student

Room: 1D-18


I am working on a project “Eye movement control and scene representations” with my supervisors Mieke Donk and Martijn Meeter.


I studied Cognitive Systems (BSc) and Cognitive Psychology (MA) at the University of British Columbia, Canada. During my Masters I studied the perception of others’ eye movements. Alongside this work I engaged in multiple projects studying eye movements in natural scenes more generally, with a particular focus on new methodological techniques for revealing the temporal dynamics of eye movements. Together with Alan Kingstone, Walter Bischof and others, I adapted a method called Recurrence Quantification Analysis to the quantification of eye movement patterns.

Research interest

I am interested predominantly in how people perceive and attend to their natural environments. How can we so effortlessly decide where to look in such a complex world? Currently, my projects focus mainly on eye movement control in natural scenes. I manipulate images, track eyes and develop new analysis techniques in order to understand the critical components that determine where people look and why.



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Recent publications

NCC Anderson (2017) Salience in the Control of Eye Movements in Natural Scenes. Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit
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
NC Anderson & M Donk (2017) Salient object changes influence overt attentional prioritization and object-based targeting in natural scenes. PloS one 12 (2), e01721323
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), 1794-18014
N Anderson & M Donk (2016) Changes in object salience influences overt attentional prioritization in natural scenes.. Journal of Vision 16 (12), 690-690
NC Anderson, EF Risko & A Kingstone (2016) Motion influences gaze direction discrimination and disambiguates contradictory luminance cues. Psychonomic bulletin & review 23 (3), 817-823
NC Anderson, F Anderson, A Kingstone & WF Bischof (2015) A comparison of scanpath comparison methods. Behavior research methods 47 (4), 1377-139220
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), 9-915
NCC Anderson (2015) The influence of a scene preview on eye movements in natural scenes.
NC Anderson, E Ort, W Kruijne, M Meeter & M Donk (2015) It depends on when you look at it: Salience.
DWL Wu, NC Anderson, WF Bischof & A Kingstone (2014) Temporal dynamics of eye movements are related to differences in scene complexity and clutter. Journal of vision 14 (9), 8-821
DWL Wu, WF Bischof, NC Anderson, T Jakobsen & A Kingstone (2014) The influence of personality on social attention. Personality and Individual Differences 60, 25-2912
NC Anderson, WF Bischof, KEW Laidlaw, EF Risko & A Kingstone (2013) Recurrence quantification analysis of eye movements. Behavior research methods 45 (3), 842-85638
DW Wu, T Jakobsen, NC Anderson, WF Bischof & A Kingstone (2013) Why we should not forget about the non-social world: Subjective preferences, exploratory eye-movements, and individual differences. 2
DWL Wui, T Jakobsen, NC Anderson, W Bischof & A Kingstone (2013) Why we Should Not Forget About the Non-social World: Subjective Preferences, Exploratory Eye-movements, and Individual Differences. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society 35 (35)
N Anderson, K Laidlaw, W Bischof & A Kingstone (2012) Recurrence quantification analysis of scan patterns. Journal of Vision 12 (9), 544-5442
EF Risko, N Anderson, A Sarwal, M Engelhardt & A Kingstone (2012) Everyday attention: variation in mind wandering and memory in a lecture. Applied Cognitive Psychology 26 (2), 234-242150
EF Risko, NC Anderson, S Lanthier & A Kingstone (2012) Curious eyes: Individual differences in personality predict eye movement behavior in scene-viewing. Cognition 122 (1), 86-9035
EF Risko, NC Anderson, S Lanthier, A Kingstone & R Lawson (2012) Evolutionary psychologists propose that human cognition evolved through natural selection to solve adaptive problems related to survival and reproduction, with its.... Cognition 122 (1), 118-122
NCC Anderson (2012) Motion cues enhance gaze processing. University of British Columbia

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