Alumnus (former PhD student)

Paul Boon

Alumnus (former PhD student)

Room: 1E-13


Phd-project on the updating of visuospatial working memory and the role of the oculomotor system, together with Dr. Artem Belopolsky and Prof. Jan Theeuwes.


Paul Boon was born and raised in a small village along the shores of the Zuiderzee. He moved to Amsterdam to study Biomedical Sciences (BSc) at the Vrije Universiteit, during which he became intrigued by the wonders of the nervous system. Soon he had seen enough plaques of mice brain and became more and more interested in human cognition. He continued his studies with a research master cognitive neuropsychology (MSc), culminating in a thesis project together with Artem Belopolsky. Given their fruitful collaboration they decided to continue with a PhD-project studying the updating of visual-spatial working memory.

Research interest

Visual-spatial working memory helps to make continuous perception possible when things disappear or change their position in the world. Although working memory is traditionally viewed upon as an abstract high-level cognitive function, it might instead rely on already existing low-level systems. The eye movement system seems particularly well equipped for representing visuospatial information. My research focusses on the role of this system in maintaining working memory representations on the one hand, and on the other hand elaborating on the mechanisms of updating these representation during movements of either ourselves or objects in the environment.



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Recent publications

PJ Boon (2018) Updating spatial working memory in a dynamic visual environment. Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit
PJ Boon, S Zeni, J Theeuwes & AV Belopolsky (2018) Rapid updating of spatial working memory across saccades. Scientific Reports 8 (1), 10722
PJ Boon, J Theeuwes & AV Belopolsky (2017) Eye abduction reduces but does not eliminate competition in the oculomotor system. Journal of Vision 17 (5), 15-153
PJ Boon, AV Belopolsky & J Theeuwes (2016) The Role of the Oculomotor System in Updating Visual-Spatial Working Memory across Saccades. PloS one 11 (9), e01618295
PJ Boon, JL Theeuwes & AV Belopolsky (2016) Eye abduction reduces competition in the oculomotor system.
PJ Boon, J Theeuwes & AV Belopolsky (2014) Updating visual–spatial working memory during object movement. Vision research 94, 51-577

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