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Anders Petersen

Anders Petersen

Assistant professor

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.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Measuring and Modelling Attentional Dwell Time

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

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Published

    Visual Attention in Posterior Stroke and Relations to Alexia

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

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    Eye Movements and Practice Effects in the Attentional Dwell Time Paradigm

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

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    Attentional dwell times for targets and masks

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

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    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 In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 42, 6, p. 866-877

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  6. Published

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

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

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  7. Published

    Temporal expectancy in the context of a theory of visual attention

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

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  8. Published

    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 In : The Journal of Neuroscience. 35, 30, p. 10647-10658 12 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  9. Published

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

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

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  10. Published

    Effects of monitoring for visual events on distinct components of attention

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

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  11. Published

    Testing attention: Comparing the ANT with TVA based assessment

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

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  12. Published

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

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

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  13. Published

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

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

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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