About Me

Personal Details

Durk Talsma
Ghent University, Department of Experimental Psychology
Henri Dunantlaan 2,
B-9000 Ghent,
Belgium
Durk [dot] Talsma [at] UGent [dot] be

Professional Biography

I received my masters degree in 1996 from the university of Groningen, where I used the ERP method to study visual short term memory processes. Later that year I enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the university of Amsterdam, where I conducted research on selective attention processes and the influence of cognitive aging on these processes. More specifically, I investigated the distinction between spatial and non-spatial selection processes, as well a addressing the question whether stimuli presented to different sensory modalities would interfere with each other. After receiving my Ph.D. in May 2001, I started working as a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Marty Woldorff's lab at Duke University. Here I found a chance to expand my growing interest in multisensory integration processes, and started working on addressing the question whether these integration processes can be influenced by selective attention. upon returning to Amsterdam, I found myself a position at the department of Cognitive Psychology, becoming member of an international research project funded by the Human Science Research Foundation. Led by among others, Jan Theeuwes (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam), and Douglas P. Munoz (Queens University, Canada) I was involved in studies aiming to pinpoint the neural correlates of top-down vs. bottom-up attentional control processes. Currently, I have a position as "Professor in the rank of Lecturer" (roughly equivalent to Assistant Professor) at the department of Experimental Psychology at Ghent University, Belgium. Here I am currently seeking to establish a research group interrelating the different forms of attentional control with various aspects of multisensory integration.

Research Interests

Selective Attention, Multisensory Integration, Visual Short Term Memory, Event-Related Potential Methodology

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