Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Chris Olivers

Department of Cognitive Psychology, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Fellow of the ZiF research group "Competition and Priority Control in Mind and Brain: New Perspectives from Task-Driven Vision"


Chris Olivers studied psychology at Nijmegen University, specialized in cognitive psychology and graduated cum laude in 1996. In 2001 he received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Birmingham, UK, where he worked with Glyn Humphreys and Derrick Watson on inhibitory processes in visual search. After half a year of voluntary work as a lecturer in Uganda, he moved to the Cognitive Psychology department of the VU University Amsterdam, where he has since worked as a (now senior) lecturer in the field of perception and attention. He has received a British Psychological Society award for best thesis, and an APA Early Career award for his work so far. He currently serves as an associate editor for Visual Cognition.

Current Main Research Interests

Visual attention is central to Chris Olivers' work. Using mainly behavioural, eye movement recording and EEG methods, he investigates its causes and effects, its capacity, and how it dynamically changes over time. He is particularly interested in the relationship to other cognitive functions, such as working memory, implicit memory (priming), auditory processing, and cognitive control.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the ZiF Research Group

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