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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 associate 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, Anders, Kyllingsbæk, Søren & Bundesen, Claus, 2012, I : Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. 19, 6, s. 1029-1046 18 s.

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  2. Udgivet

    Visual Attention in Posterior Stroke and Relations to Alexia

    Petersen, Anders, Vangkilde, Signe, Fabricius, C., Iversen, H. K., Delfi, T. & Starrfelt, Randi, 2016, I : Neuropsychologia. 92, s. 79-89

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  3. Udgivet

    Eye Movements and Practice Effects in the Attentional Dwell Time Paradigm

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

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  4. Udgivet

    Attentional dwell times for targets and masks

    Petersen, Anders, Kyllingsbæk, Søren & Bundesen, Claus, 2013, I : Journal of Vision. 13, 3, s. 1-12 12 s., 34.

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  5. Udgivet

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

    Gillebert, C. R., Petersen, Anders, 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

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  6. Udgivet

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

    Bundesen, Claus, Vangkilde, Signe & Petersen, Anders, 2015, I : Vision Research. 116, Part B, s. 210-218 9 s.

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  7. Udgivet

    Temporal expectancy in the context of a theory of visual attention

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

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  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, Signe, Petersen, Anders & Humphreys, G. W., 2015, I : The Journal of Neuroscience. 35, 30, s. 10647-10658 12 s.

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  9. Udgivet

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

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

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  10. Udgivet

    Effects of monitoring for visual events on distinct components of attention

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

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  11. Udgivet

    Testing attention: Comparing the ANT with TVA based assessment

    Habekost, Thomas, Petersen, Anders & Vangkilde, Signe, 2014, I : Behavior Research Methods. 46, 1, s. 81-94 14 s.

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  12. Udgivet

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

    Wilms, Inge Linda, Petersen, Anders & Vangkilde, Signe, 2013, I : Acta Psychologica. 142, 1, s. 108-118 11 s.

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  13. Udgivet

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

    Starrfelt, Randi, Petersen, Anders & Vangkilde, Signe, 2013, I : Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7, 519.

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