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Anders Petersen

Anders Petersen


Research fields

  • Visual attention and memory
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Eye tracking, pupillometry and EEG

Research group memberships

  • Center for Visual Cognition (Department of Psychology) 

Research: brief description

Anders Petersen is a assistant professor in quantitative methods at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on developing tools for investigating human visual attention and short-term memory by using mathematical modeling, eye tracking, and EEG and contributes to the continuous development of the Theory of Visual Attention (TVA; see Bundesen, Vangkilde & Petersen, 2014 for latest developments). A major focus of his research has been on the development of paradigms to measure temporal dynamics of visual attention (see Petersen & Kyllingsbæk, 2013) and he has developed the first quantitative stochastic model explaining the attentional dwell-time phenomenon (see Petersen et. al. 2012, 2013). The model is an elegant extension of the TVA with a large potential not only for explaining behavioral data but also for bridging cognition and neurophysiology.


  • Individualised Diagnostics and Rehabilitation for Attentional disorders (INDIREA), EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network (2013-2017), Danish cluster (PI: Prof. Claus Bundesen): Full grant DKK 4,367,692.


  • Course coordinator, Statistics I and II, BA-level.
  • Statistics, MA-level.
  • Summer courses in statistics, BA- and MA-level.
  • Cognitive Psychology, BA-level.

Udvalgte publikationer

  1. Udgivet

    Measuring and Modelling Attentional Dwell Time

    Petersen, A., Kyllingsbæk, S. & Bundesen, C. 2012 I : Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. 19, 6, s. 1029-1046 18 s.

    Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtTidsskriftartikel

  2. Udgivet

    Visual Attention in Posterior Stroke and Relations to Alexia

    Petersen, A., Vangkilde, S., Fabricius, C., Iversen, H. K., Delfi, T. & Starrfelt, R. 2016 I : Neuropsychologia. 92, s. 79-89

    Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtTidsskriftartikel

  3. Udgivet

    Eye Movements and Practice Effects in the Attentional Dwell Time Paradigm

    Petersen, A. & Kyllingsbæk, S. 2013 I : Experimental Psychology. 60, 1, s. 22-33 12 s.

    Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtTidsskriftartikel

  4. Udgivet

    Attentional dwell times for targets and masks

    Petersen, A., Kyllingsbæk, S. & Bundesen, C. 2013 I : Journal of Vision. 13, 3, s. 1-12 12 s., 34

    Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtTidsskriftartikel

  5. Udgivet

    Interaction Between Object-Based Attention and Pertinence Values Shapes the Attentional Priority Map of a Multielement Display

    Gillebert, C. R., Petersen, A., Van Meel, C., Müller, T., McIntyre, A., Wagemans, J. & Humphreys, G. W. 2016 I : Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 42, 6, s. 866-877

    Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtTidsskriftartikel

  6. Udgivet

    Recent developments in a computational theory of visual attention (TVA)

    Bundesen, C., Vangkilde, S. A. & Petersen, A. 2015 I : Vision Research. 116, Part B, s. 210-218 9 s.

    Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtTidsskriftartikel

  7. Udgivet

    Temporal expectancy in the context of a theory of visual attention

    Vangkilde, S. A., Petersen, A. & Bundesen, C. 2013 I : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 368, 1628, s. 1-11 11 s., 20130054

    Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtTidsskriftartikel

  8. Udgivet

    Structural Variability within Frontoparietal Networks and Individual Differences in Attentional Functions: An Approach Using the Theory of Visual Attention

    Chechlacz, M., Gillebert, C., Vangkilde, S. A., Petersen, A. & Humphreys, G. W. 2015 I : The Journal of Neuroscience. 35, 30, s. 10647-10658 12 s.

    Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtTidsskriftartikel

  9. Udgivet

    Does attention speed up processing? Decreases and increases of processing rates in visual prior entry

    Tünnermann, J., Petersen, A. & Scharlau, I. 2015 I : Journal of Vision. 15, 3, s. 1-27 27 s.

    Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtTidsskriftartikel

  10. Udgivet

    Effects of monitoring for visual events on distinct components of attention

    Poth, C. H., Petersen, A., Bundesen, C. & Schneider, W. X. 2014 I : Frontiers in Psychology. 5, s. 1-11 11 s., 930

    Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtTidsskriftartikel

  11. Udgivet

    Testing attention: Comparing the ANT with TVA based assessment

    Habekost, T., Petersen, A. & Vangkilde, S. A. 2014 I : Behavior Research Methods. 46, 1, s. 81-94 14 s.

    Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtTidsskriftartikel

  12. Udgivet

    Intensive video gaming improves encoding speed to visual short-term memory in young male adults

    Wilms, I. L., Petersen, A. & Vangkilde, S. A. 2013 I : Acta Psychologica. 142, 1, s. 108-118 11 s.

    Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtTidsskriftartikel

  13. Udgivet

    Don't words come easy? A psychophysical exploration of word superiority

    Starrfelt, R., Petersen, A. & Vangkilde, S. A. 2013 I : Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7, 519

    Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtTidsskriftartikel

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