ZiF Research Group

Cognitive Behavior of Humans, Animals, and Machines:

Situation Model Perspectives

October 2019 – July 2020

Convenors: Werner Schneider (Bielefeld, GER), Helge Ritter (Bielefeld, GER)

Edward K. Vogel

Associate Fellow

Foto Psychology and Neuroscience,
University of Chicago, USA
E-Mail: edvogel@uchicago.edu


Ed Vogel got his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Puget Sound. After which he pursued his doctoral degree in Cognitive Neuroscience working with Dr. Steve Luck at the University of Iowa studying basic mechanisms of attention and working memory. After a postdoc at UCSD, he was a faculty member at the University of Oregon from 2001-2015 until becoming a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. He has published over 80 peer reviewed articles on attention and working memory and has expertise in human electrophysiology.

Current Main Research Interests

My research examines the limits of human memory and how attention and individual factors determine both what information from the environment will reach awareness as well as how clearly it will be recalled. A central question we examine regards how individuals differ in the ability to control attention and how periodic lapses of attention impact their task performance and safety. My primary approach to examining these processes is with both behavioral testing and neurophysiological measurements in my laboratory, with specific expertise in human electroencephalography (EEG) and functional neuroimaging (fMRI). This combination of approaches helps to provide both anatomical and temporal constraints for cognitive theories of visual memory and attention.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • deBettencourt, M. T., Keene, P. A., Awh, E. & Vogel, E. K. (in press). Real time triggering reveals that attention and memory lapse together. Nature Human Behavior.
  • Foster, J. J, Sutterer, D. W., Serences, J. T., Vogel, E. K., & Awh, E. (in press). Alpha-band oscillations enable spatially and temporally resolved tracking of covert spatial attention. Psychological Science.
  • Hakim, N., Adam, K., Gunseli, E., Awh, E., & Vogel, E. K. (in press). Dissecting the neural focus of attention reveals distinct processes for spatial attention and object-based storage in visual working memory. Psychological Science.
  • Sutterer, D.W., Foster, J. J., Adam, K., Vogel, E. K., & Awh, E. (in press). Item-specific delay activity demonstrates concurrent storage of multiple items in working memory. PLOS Biology.
  • Fukuda, K., Mance, I., & Vogel, E. K. (2015). Alpha power modulation and event-related slow wave provide dissociable correlates of visual working memory. Journal of Neuroscience, 35, 14009-14016.