Signe Allerup Vangkilde

Signe Allerup Vangkilde


Research fields

  • Visual and attentional processes: experimental studies and mathematical modeling
  • Assessment of attention in healthy and clinical (neurological, psychiatric) populations
  • Cognitive deficits after brain damage

Research group memberships

  • Department of Psychology: Center for Visual Cognition
  • Department of Psychology: Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Bispebjerg Hospital (senior researcher)
  • International TVA network

Research: brief description

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Current research projects

  • Interactions between arousal, expectations and selective attention
  • Cognitive profiling of ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome including effects of medication
  • Attention and emotional processing in neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Modeling of attentional processes in animal behavior (TVA analysis of 5CSRTT performance)

Major grants

2013-2017: Share of grant (4.367.692 Dkr.) INDIREA, EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network.

2013-2017: Share of grant (5.756.000 Dkr.)  from KU's crossdisciplinary 2016-program (PI: Ulrik Gether, vice-PI: Thomas Habekost): "Attention to Dopamine": 18.759.000 Dkr. 

2012-2016: Share of grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research's Sapere Aude program (PI: Thomas Habekost): "The attentive mind: towards a unified theory of visual selectivity and arousal": 8.637.068 Dkr.

2008-2013: Share of grant from KU's Centre of Excellence program (PI: Claus Bundesen): "Integrated visual attention research": 20.000.000 Dkr.

2007–2011: PhD stipend at Nordic Centre of Excellence in Cognitive Control, awarded by Nordforsk: 225.000 EUR.


  • Teaching and supervision at BA, KA, and Ph.D. levels in:
  • Cognitive Psychology (course coordinator)
  • Neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry
  • Bachelor’s theses
  • Master’s theses
  • Research methods in cognitive neuroscience
  • Clinical psychology with cognitive or neural aspects

Selected publications

Chechlacz, M., Gillebert, C., Vangkilde, S., Petersen, A., & Humphreys, G. (In press). Structural variability within frontoparietal networks and individual differences in attentional functions: An approach using the Theory of Visual Attention. Journal of Neuroscience,

Jensen, C. G., Niclasen, J., Vangkilde, S., Petersen, A., & Hasselbalch, S. G. (In press). General inattentiveness is a long-term reliable trait independently predictive of psychological health: Danish validation studies of the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale. Psychological Assessment.

Bundesen, C., Vangkilde, S., & Petersen, A. (In press). Recent Developments in a Computational Theory of Visual Attention (TVA). Vision Research. E-pub ahead of print; doi:10.1016/j.visres.2014.11.005.

Reinholdt-Dunne, M.L., Mogg, K., Vangkilde, S., Bradley, B.P., & Esbjørn, B.H. (In press). Attention control and attention to emotional stimuli in anxious children before and after cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive Therapy and Research.

Kyllingsbæk, S., Vangkilde, S., & Bundesen, C. (2015). Editorial:Theories of visual attention – linking cognition, neuropsychology,and neurophysiology. Front. Psychol.6:767. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00767

Dyrholm, M., Vangkilde, S., & Bundesen, C. (2015). Beyond trial types in experimental psychology. Psychological Research, 79 (3), 425-431.

Bundesen, C., Vangkilde, S., & Habekost, T. (2015). Components of Perceptual Bias: A Multiplicative Hypothesis. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1339(1), 116-124.

Sørensen, T. A., Vangkilde, S., & Bundesen, C. (2015). Components of attention modulated by temporal expectation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 41(1), 178-192.

Espeseth, T., Vangkilde, S., Petersen, A., Dyrholm, M., & Westlye, L. T. (2014). TVA–based assessment of attentional capacities – associations with age and indices of brain white matter microstructure. Front. Psychol. 5:1177. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01177

Habekost, T., Petersen, A. & Vangkilde, S. (2014). Testing attention: Comparing the ANT with TVA based assessment. Behavior Research Methods, 46, 81-94.

Vangkilde, S., Petersen, A., & Bundesen, C. (2013). Temporal expectancy in the context of a theory of visual attention. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 368(1628), 2013054: 1-11.

Starrfelt, R., Petersen, A., & Vangkilde, S. (2013). Don't words come easy? Extents and limits of the word superiority effect. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 519.

McAvinue, L. P., Vangkilde, S., Johnson, K. A., Habekost, T., Kyllingsbæk, S., Bundesen, C., & Robertson, I. H. (2013). A componential analysis of visual attention in children with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders. [Epub ahead of print]; doi: 10.1177/1087054712461935.

Wilms, I. L., Petersen, A., & Vangkilde, S. (2013). Intensive video gaming improves encoding speed to visual short-term memory in young male adults. Acta Psychologica, 142, 108-118; doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2012.11.003.

McAvinue, L. P., Habekost, T., Johnson, K. A., Vangkilde, S., Kyllingsbæk, S., Robertson, I. H., & Bundesen, C. (2012). Sustained and Selective Attention across the Lifespan. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 74 (8), 1570-1582.

Vangkilde, S., Coull, J. T., & Bundesen, C. (2012). Great Expectations: Temporal Expectation Modulates Perceptual Processing Speed. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 38(5), 1183-1191; doi: 10.1037/a0026343

Gillebert, C. R., Dyrholm, M., Vangkilde, S., Kyllingsbæk, S., Peeters, R., & Vandenberghe, R. (2012). Attentional priorities and access to short-term memory: parietal interactions. NeuroImage, 62, 1551-1562.

Jensen, C. G., Vangkilde, S., Frøkjær, V., & Hasselbalch, S. G. (2012). Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Affects Attention - or is it Attentional Effort? Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141 (1), 106-123.

McAvinue, L. P., Vangkilde, S., Johnson, K. A., Habekost, T., Kyllingsbæk, S., Robertson, I. H., & Bundesen, C.  (2012). The relationship between sustained attention, attentional selectivity, and capacity. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 24 (3), 313-328; doi: 10.1080/20445911.2011.628653.

Vangkilde, S., Bundesen, C., & Coull, J. T. (2011). Prompt but Inefficient: Nicotine Differentially Modulates Discrete Components of Attention. Psychopharmacology, 218(4), 667-680.

Dyrholm, M., Kyllingsbæk, S., Vangkilde, S., Habekost, T., & Bundesen, C. (2011). Single Trial Inference on Visual Attention . International Symposium on Computational Models for Life Sciences, American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings, 1371, 37-43.

Vangkilde, S. & Habekost, T. (2010). Finding Wally: Prism adaptation improves visual search in chronic neglect. Neuropsychologia, 48 (7), 1994-2004; doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2010.03.020.

Vangkilde, S. (2010). Quantifying visual attention: TVA-based assessment of distinct components of visual attention [Peer reviewed conference paper, five pages]. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Cognitive Science, Beijing, China.

Espeseth, T., Vangkilde, S., Christoforou, A., Habekost, T., Steen, V. M., Reinvang, I., Bundesen, C., & Le Hellard, S. (2010). TVA Based Studies on the Neurogenetics of Cognition [Peer reviewed conference paper, five pages]. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Cognitive Science, Beijing, China.

Koivisto, M., Lähteenmäki, M., Sørensen, T.A., Vangkilde, S., Overgaard, M., & Revonsuo, A. (2008). The earliest electrophysiological correlate of visual consciousness? Brain and Cognition, 66 (1), 91-103.

Overgaard, M., Koivisto, M., Sørensen, T.A., Vangkilde, S., & Revonsuo, A. (2006). The electrophysiology of introspection. Consciousness and Cognition, 15 (4), 662-672.

Mogensen, J., Malá, H., Vangkilde, S., & Nordfang, M. (2003). Retention and reversals of a sequential behavioural task after prefrontal cortical lesion in the rat. Homeostasis in Health and Disease, 42, 110-121.

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