Since the start of my PhD I have been intrigued by findings that elegantly demonstrate the limited processing capacity of our visual system. Despite the subjective feeling that we have a complete representation of everything and everyone in our immediate surroundings we can easily miss what’s right in front of us. During my PhD I have largely focused on how what we are currently thinking about (i.e. what we hold in memory) shapes the perception of our visual surroundings. In my postdoc period in the lab of Heleen Slagter I have expanded this research line by also investigating how the brain learns to deal with visual distractions. I mostly use psychophysics (incl. RT measurements) and electroencephalography to study these topics, but I also use eye-tracking and functional magnetic resonance imaging.