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Dr Jan W de Fockert

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PositionReader in Psychology
Department Psychology
Email j.de-fockert (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7717 2238
Dr Jan W de Fockert

Summary of research

  • Selective attention.
  • Cognitive control of attention.
  • Visual averaging.
  • Visual cognition.
  • Individual differences in attention.
  • Functional neuroimaging of attention.

Academic qualifications

MSc PhD

Areas of supervision

I welcome undergraduate and postgraduate project students who are interested in attention or visual cognition in general. Students can either suggest their own project ideas, or choose one provided by the supervisor.

Research Interests

Most of my research is in visual cognition, and my main research interest is human visual selective attention. I am specifically interested in the control of selective attention and the role of working memory in selective attention. I investigate individual differences (age, culture) in attention, and I use both behavioural and neuroimaging methods. In a separate line of research, I investigate the phenomenon that multiple items can be represented in the visual system in the form of a statistical summary, such as mean size.

Publications

Article

Sensory development: Childhood changes in visual cortical function
Bremner, A. J. and de Fockert, J. 2016. Sensory development: Childhood changes in visual cortical function. Current Biology, 26(1), R36-R37.

Effects of culture and the urban environment on the development of the Ebbinghaus illusion.
Bremner, A. J.; Doherty, M. J.; Caparos, S.; De Fockert, J. W.; Linnell, K. J. and Davidoff, J. B. 2016. Effects of culture and the urban environment on the development of the Ebbinghaus illusion. Child Development,

Better target detection in the presence of collinear flankers under high working memory load
Fockert, Jan W. de and Leiser, Jaclyn. 2014. Better target detection in the presence of collinear flankers under high working memory load. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8(821), ISSN 1662-5161

Intraindividual reaction time variability affects P300 amplitude rather than latency
Ramchurn, Anusha; Fockert, Jan W. de; Mason, Luke; Darling, Stephen and Bunce, David. 2014. Intraindividual reaction time variability affects P300 amplitude rather than latency. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8(557), pp. 1-9. ISSN 1662-5161

Electrophysiological evidence for greater attention to threat when cognitive control resources are depleted
Holmes, Amanda; Mogg, Karin; Fockert, Jan W. de; Nielsen, Maria and Bradley, Brendan. 2014. Electrophysiological evidence for greater attention to threat when cognitive control resources are depleted. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 14(2), pp. 827-835. ISSN 1530-7026

Higher levels of depression are associated with reduced global bias in visual processing
Fockert, Jan W. de and Cooper, Andrew. 2014. Higher levels of depression are associated with reduced global bias in visual processing. Cognition & Emotion, 28(3), pp. 541-549. ISSN 0269-9931

More conservative go/no-go response criterion under high working memory load
Doneva, Silviya and Fockert, Jan W. de. 2014. More conservative go/no-go response criterion under high working memory load. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26(1), pp. 110-117. ISSN 2044-5911

Urbanization decreases attentional engagement
Linnell, Karina J; Caparos, Serge; Fockert, Jan W. de and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2013. Urbanization decreases attentional engagement. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39(5), pp. 1232-1247. ISSN 0096-1523

The Role of Working Memory in Achievement Goal Pursuit
Avery, Rachel; Smillie, Luke and Fockert, Jan W. de. 2013. The Role of Working Memory in Achievement Goal Pursuit. Acta Psychologica, 144(2), pp. 361-372. ISSN 0001-6918

Beyond perceptual load and dilution: a review of the role of working memory in selective attention
Fockert, Jan W. de. 2013. Beyond perceptual load and dilution: a review of the role of working memory in selective attention. Frontiers in Cognition, 4(287), xx-xx.

Do local and global perceptual biases tell us anything about local and global selective attention?
Caparos, S.; Linnell, Karina J; Bremner, Andrew J.; Fockert, Jan W. de and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2013. Do local and global perceptual biases tell us anything about local and global selective attention? Psychological Science, 24(2), pp. 206-212. ISSN 0956-7976

Ensemble representations: Effects of set size and item heterogeneity on average size perception.
Marchant, Alexander; Simons, Daniel and Fockert, Jan W. de. 2013. Ensemble representations: Effects of set size and item heterogeneity on average size perception. Acta Psychologica, 142(2), pp. 245-250.

Do local and global perceptual biases tell us anything about local and global selective attention?
Caparos, S.; Linnell, K. J.; Bremner, A. J.; de Fockert, J. and Davidoff, J. 2013. Do local and global perceptual biases tell us anything about local and global selective attention? Psychological Science, 24(2), pp. 206-212.

Greater visual averaging of face identity for own-gender faces
Fockert, Jan W. de and Gautrey, Ben. 2013. Greater visual averaging of face identity for own-gender faces. Psychonomic bulletin & review, 20, pp. 468-473.

Role of frontal cortex in attentional capture by singleton distractors.
Fockert, Jan W. de and Theeuwes, Jan. 2012. Role of frontal cortex in attentional capture by singleton distractors. Brain and Cognition, 80, pp. 367-373. ISSN 0278-2626

Focusing on Attention: The Effects of Working Memory Capacity and Load on Selective Attention
Ahmed, Lubna and Fockert, Jan W. de. 2012. Focusing on Attention: The Effects of Working Memory Capacity and Load on Selective Attention. PloS one, 7(8), e43101. ISSN 1932-6203

Working memory can both impair and improve selective attention: Evidence from the Navon paradigm.
Ahmed, Lubna and Fockert, Jan W. de. 2012. Working memory can both impair and improve selective attention: Evidence from the Navon paradigm. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, ISSN 1943-3921

The role of perceptual load in action affordance by ignored objects.
Murphy, S.; Van Velzen, Jose L. and Fockert, Jan W. de. 2012. The role of perceptual load in action affordance by ignored objects. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, ---. ISSN 1069-9384

Exposure to an urban environment alters the local bias of a remote culture
Caparos, S.; Ahmed, L.; Bremner, Andrew J.; Fockert, Jan W. de; Linnell, Karina J and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2012. Exposure to an urban environment alters the local bias of a remote culture. Cognition, 122(1), pp. 80-85. ISSN 0010-0277

The effects of using ticks and crosses on academic self-concept.
Paul, R. and Fockert, Jan W. de. 2012. The effects of using ticks and crosses on academic self-concept. Educational Psychology, 32(4), pp. 467-474. ISSN 0144-3410

Reduced Distractibility in a Remote Culture
Fockert, Jan W. de; Caparos, S.; Linnell, Karina J and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2011. Reduced Distractibility in a Remote Culture. PLoS ONE, 6(10), e26337. ISSN 1932-6203

Release of Inattentional Blindness by High Working Memory Load: Elucidating the Relationship between Working Memory and Selective Attention
Fockert, Jan W. de and Bremner, Andrew J.. 2011. Release of Inattentional Blindness by High Working Memory Load: Elucidating the Relationship between Working Memory and Selective Attention. Cognition, 121(3), pp. 400-408. ISSN 0010-0277

Release of inattentional blindness by high working memory load: Elucidating the relationship between working memory and selective attention
de Fockert, J. W. and Bremner, A. J. 2011. Release of inattentional blindness by high working memory load: Elucidating the relationship between working memory and selective attention. Cognition, 121(3), pp. 400-408.

Early top-down attentional modulation in visual processing
Fockert, Jan W. de. 2010. Early top-down attentional modulation in visual processing. Acta Psychologica, 135(2), pp. 112-113.

No negative priming without cognitive control
Fockert, Jan W. de; Mizon, Guy A. and D'Ubaldo, Mariangela. 2010. No negative priming without cognitive control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36(6), pp. 1333-1341. ISSN 0096-1523

ERP and behavioural evidence for direct suppression of unwanted memories
Bergström, Zara M.; Fockert, Jan W. de and Richardson-Klavehn, Alan. 2009. ERP and behavioural evidence for direct suppression of unwanted memories. NeuroImage, 48(4), pp. 726-737. ISSN 1053-8119

Unconscious priming of a no-go response
Hughes, Gethin; Velmans, Max and Fockert, Jan W. de. 2009. Unconscious priming of a no-go response. Psychophysiology, 46(6), pp. 1258-1269. ISSN 00485772

Priming by the mean representation of a set
Marchant, Alexander and Fockert, Jan W. de. 2009. Priming by the mean representation of a set. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62(10), pp. 1889-1895. ISSN 1747-0218

Event-related Potential Evidence that Automatic Recollection Can Be Voluntarily Avoided
Bergström, Zara M.; Fockert, Jan W. de and Richardson-Klavehn, Alan. 2009. Event-related Potential Evidence that Automatic Recollection Can Be Voluntarily Avoided. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(7), pp. 1280-1301. ISSN 0898-929X

High working memory load leads to more Ebbinghaus illusion
Fockert, Jan W. de and Wu, Si. 2009. High working memory load leads to more Ebbinghaus illusion. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 21(7), pp. 961-970. ISSN 0954-1446

Rapid extraction of mean identity from sets of faces
Fockert, Jan W. de and Wolfenstein, Cecilia. 2009. Rapid extraction of mean identity from sets of faces. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62(9), pp. 1716-1722. ISSN 1747-0218

Behavioral and ERP evidence of greater distractor processing in old age
Fockert, Jan W. de; Ramchurn, Anusha; Van Velzen, Jose L.; Bergström, Zara M. and Bunce, David. 2009. Behavioral and ERP evidence of greater distractor processing in old age. Brain Research, 1282, pp. 67-73. ISSN 00068993

Attention modulates set representation by statistical properties
Fockert, Jan W. de and Marchant, Alexander. 2008. Attention modulates set representation by statistical properties. Perception & Psychophysics, 70(5), pp. 789-794. ISSN 0031-5117

ERP evidence for successful voluntary avoidance of conscious recollection
Richardson-Klavehn, Alan; Bergström, Zara M.; Fockert, Jan W. de and Velmans, Max. 2007. ERP evidence for successful voluntary avoidance of conscious recollection. Brain Research, 1151, pp. 119-133. ISSN 00068993

More Accurate Size Contrast Judgments in the Ebbinghaus Illusion by a Remote Culture
Fockert, Jan W. de; Davidoff, Jules B.; Fagot, J. and Goldstein, J.. 2007. More Accurate Size Contrast Judgments in the Ebbinghaus Illusion by a Remote Culture. Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception and Performance, 33(3), pp. 738-742. ISSN 00961523

Frontal control of attentional capture in visual search
Lavie, Nilli and Fockert, Jan W. de. 2006. Frontal control of attentional capture in visual search. Visual Cognition, 14(4-8), pp. 863-876. ISSN 1350-6285

Keeping priorities: the role of working memory and selective attention in cognitive aging
Fockert, Jan W. de. 2005. Keeping priorities: the role of working memory and selective attention in cognitive aging. Science of Aging Knowledge Environment, 2005(44), p. 34.

The role of working memory in attentional capture
Lavie, Nilli and Fockert, Jan W. de. 2005. The role of working memory in attentional capture. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 12(4), pp. 669-674. ISSN 1069-9384

Load Theory of Selective Attention and Cognitive Control
Lavie, N.; Hirst, A.; Fockert, Jan W. de and Viding, E.. 2004. Load Theory of Selective Attention and Cognitive Control. Journal of Experimental Psychology General, 133(3), pp. 339-354. ISSN 00963445

Neural correlates of attentional capture in visual search
Fockert, Jan W. de; Rees, Geraint; Frith, Christopher D. and Lavie, Nilli. 2004. Neural correlates of attentional capture in visual search. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16(5), pp. 751-759. ISSN 0898-929X

Neural Correlates of Attentional Capture in Visual Search
Fockert, Jan W. de; Rees, Geraint; Frith, Chris and Lavie, Nilli. 2004. Neural Correlates of Attentional Capture in Visual Search. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16(5), pp. 751-759. ISSN 0898-929X

Contrasting effects of sensory limits and capacity limits in visual selective attention
Lavie, Nilli and Fockert, Jan W. de. 2003. Contrasting effects of sensory limits and capacity limits in visual selective attention. Perception & Psychophysics, 65(2), pp. 202-212. ISSN 0031-5117

The role of working memory in visual selective attention
Fockert, Jan W. de; Rees, Geraint; Frith, Christopher D. and Lavie, Nilli. 2001. The role of working memory in visual selective attention. Science, 291, pp. 1803-1806. ISSN 0036-8075 (print) 1095-9203 (online)

Inhibitory effects of repeating color and shape: Inhibition of return or repetition blindness?
Fox, Elaine and Fockert, Jan W. de. 2001. Inhibitory effects of repeating color and shape: Inhibition of return or repetition blindness? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 27(4), pp. 798-812. ISSN 0096-1523

Negative priming depends on prime–probe similarity: Evidence for episodic retrieval
Fox, Elaine and Fockert, Jan W. de. 1998. Negative priming depends on prime–probe similarity: Evidence for episodic retrieval. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 5, pp. 107-113.