PhD Student

Puck Imants

PhD Student

Phone: +31 (0) 20 598 7297
Room: 1E-13


My research topic is En-route Route Choice Behavior studying the use of various information resources on route choice behavior of road users. My promoters are professor Jan Theeuwes (VU), professor Adelbert Bronkhorst (VU/TNO) and professor Marieke Martens (TNO).


In my bachelor Artificial Intelligence (UU) I specialized in Cognitive (neuro)science and finished the minor Dutch sign language (UvA), although philosophy and logic also were subjects of great interest to me. In my bachelor theses named “Is sign-language left-lateralized or right-lateralized?” supervised by professor Wim Zonneveld (UU) I loved to combine my major and minor. In my bachelor I also did an internship with Stefan van der Stigchel (UU) researching positive affect and its effect on eye movements (see list of publications). After my bachelor I worked as a trainee air traffic controller for Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) but in the toughest selection week after six months of training I could not keep up with the requirements and dropped out. I started my master Applied Cognitive Psychology (UU) were I did an internship at the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) researching the visibility of colored symbols on the Helmet Mounted Display used by our F16/JSF pilots, resulting in an advice used by the NLR. My second internship was with Tjerk de Greef at TNO studying the use of eye movement metrics for adaptive/cooperative automation for Air Traffic Control results in two conference papers (see list of publications).

Research interests

In our lives information is abundantly available, about everything you can think of and wish for. But how do we cope with this information (-load)? My interests lie with how we cope, or hope to cope, with this information, using for example human-machine interfaces. My interest is especially in information on which quick but thorough decisions needs to be taken; for example in the cockpit, the car, the air traffic control operations room, or other tactical operation rooms, and how this these decision can be supported by adaptive/cooperative automation.


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Recent publications

P Imants & T de Greef (2014) Eye Metrics for Task-Dependent Automation. Proceedings of the 2014 European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, 231
P Imants & T de Greef (2011) Using eye tracker data in air traffic control. Proceedings of the 29th Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics …5
S Van der Stigchel, P Imants & KR Ridderinkhof (2011) Positive affect increases cognitive control in the antisaccade task. Brain and cognition 75 (2), 177-18135

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