Assistant Professor

Artem Belopolsky

Assistant Professor

Phone: +31 (0) 20 598 8714
Room: 1B-81


I am involved in variety of projects on visual attention , eye movements, memory, reward, emotions, etc. using a wide variety of behavioral and neuroimaging methods. To list a few: Together with my PhD student Lisette Schmidt we are looking into how our attention is controlled by stimuli with emotional content such as angry faces. We use threat-conditioning to associate abstract colors or shapes with a chance of receiving an electrical shock. Together with my PhD student Paul Boon we are looking into how memory representations are updated when we move our eyes or when the objects in the environment move. In collaboration with the medical department I am investigating how radiologists diagnose medical images and why sometimes abnormalities go unnoticed.


After receiving a diploma from Department of Psychology at Moscow State University in 1999, I entered a graduate program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There I obtained my Master’s (2002) and PhD (2005) degrees, both under supervision of Prof. Arthur Kramer. In 2005 I moved to Amsterdam, where I started my post-doc in the Department of Cognitive Psychology at Vrije Universiteit, under supervision of Prof. Jan Theeuwes. In 2009 I was promoted to Assistant Professor.

Research interests

I am primarily interested in a very basic, but crucial question: to which extent are we in control over what information we select? We often believe that we pay attention only to the things that are relevant and important to us, but research has shown that our control is rather limited. Instead, we are often attracted by events in our environment despite our will and often without awareness.  I am interested in how and to which extent our attention is shaped and controlled by our experience, by things that we had done in the past and bypassing our voluntary control. I am also interested in links between visual attention and memory, and how they connect to the eye movement system.



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Recent publications

PJ Boon, J Theeuwes & AV Belopolsky (2019) Updating spatial working memory in a dynamic visual environment. Cortex
L Grzeczkowski, J van Leeuwen, AV Belopolsky & H Deubel (2019) Accessing Transsaccadic Memory by Post-Saccadic Blanking. PERCEPTION 48, 200-200
K Arkesteijn, AV Belopolsky, JBJ Smeets & M Donk (2019) The limits of predictive remapping of attention across eye movements. Frontiers in Psychology 10, 1146
MD Weaver, JJ Fahrenfort, A Belopolsky & S van Gaal (2019) Independent neural activity patterns for sensory-and confidence-based information maintenance during category-selective visual processing. eNeuro 6 (1)1
K Arkesteijn, JBJ Smeets, M Donk & AV Belopolsky (2018) Target-distractor competition cannot be resolved across a saccade. Scientific reports 8 (1), 157092
K Arkesteijn, J Smeets, M Donk & A Belopolsky (2018) Preserving the global effect across a saccade. Journal of Vision 18 (10), 374-374
M Weaver, J Fahrenfort, A Belopolsky & S van Gaal (2018) EEG decoding reveals functionally independent neural signatures for perceptual maintenance and confidence-based maintenance during conscious perception. Journal of Vision 18 (10), 440-440
J van Leeuwen, J Smeets & A Belopolsky (2018) Beyond binning: Getting more out of the time course of one-sample-per-trial data. Journal of Vision 18 (10), 335-3351
J Van Leeuwen & AV Belopolsky (2018) Distractor displacements during saccades are reflected in the time-course of saccade curvature. Scientific reports 8 (1), 24694
PJ Boon, S Zeni, J Theeuwes & AV Belopolsky (2018) Rapid updating of spatial working memory across saccades. Scientific reports 8 (1), 10726
C Husta, E Dalmaijer, A Belopolsky & S Mathot (2018) The Pupillary Light Response Reflects Visual Working Memory Content. BioRxiv, 4775621
LJ Schmidt, AV Belopolsky & J Theeuwes (2017) The time course of attentional bias to cues of threat and safety. Cognition and emotion 31 (5), 845-85710
PJ Boon, J Theeuwes & AV Belopolsky (2017) Eye abduction reduces but does not eliminate competition in the oculomotor system. Journal of vision 17 (5), 15-157
J Munneke, AV Belopolsky & J Theeuwes (2016) Distractors associated with reward break through the focus of attention. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 78 (7), 2213-222512
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), e01618296
S Gayet, CLE Paffen, AV Belopolsky, J Theeuwes & S Van der Stigchel (2016) Visual input signaling threat gains preferential access to awareness in a breaking continuous flash suppression paradigm. Cognition 149, 77-8333
AV Belopolsky & E Awh (2016) The role of context in volitional control of feature-based attention.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 42 (2), 2131
PJ Boon, ZS Zeni, JL Theeuwes & AV Belopolsky (2016) Updating working memory across eye movements.
JA Munneke, AV Belopolsky & JL Theeuwes (2016) ) Direct and Indirect Mechanisms of Value-Driven Attentional Guidance.
CNL Olivers (2016) Oculomotor measures of learning attentional templates.

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