Thomas Habekost

Thomas Habekost


Office hours: Thuesdays 11:00-12:00

Research fields

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


Research: brief description

Thomas Habekost is professor in cognitive neuropsychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on visual and attentional processes using a range of experimental and technical methods (e.g., MRI, EEG, eye tracking). Many of his studies are theoretically based in the mathematical TVA model (Bundesen, Psychological Review 1990). A major focus of Thomas Habekost’s research is to develop and apply the TVA model as a research tool for assessment of attentional deficits in neurological, neuropsychiatric and developmental disorders (see Habekost, Frontiers in Psychology 2015, for an overview of this field). His research on TVA based assessment also includes studies of the psychometric properties of the test, the influence of aging on test performance, and EEG correlates of the test parameters.


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 Current research projects

  • Interactions between arousal and selective attention
  • Cognitive profiling of ADHD including effects of medication


  Major grants

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.  

2013-2017: Share of grant from KU's crossdisciplinary 2016-program (PI: Susanne Ditlevsen): "Dynamical Systems": 28.176.000 Dkr.

2012-2016: 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. 



Teaching and supervision at BA, KA, and Ph.D. levels in:

  •  Bachelor’s theses (course coordinator)
  •  Master’s theses
  •  Cognitive Psychology
  •  Neuropsychology
  •  Research methods in cognitive neuroscience
  •  Clinical psychology with cognitive or neural aspects


Selected publications

Lunau, R., & Habekost, T. (2017). Effects of irrelevant color grouping on attentional selection in partial report. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79(5), 1323-1335

Petersen, A., Petersen, A.-M., Bundesen, C., Vangkilde, S., & Habekost, T. (2017). The effect of phasic auditory alerting on visual perception. Cognition, 165, 73-81.

Caspersen, I., Vangkilde, S., Plessen, K., Petersen, A., & Habekost, T. (2017). Perceptual and response-dependent profiles of attention in children with ADHD. Neuropsychology, 31(4), 349-360.

Habekost, T. (2015). Clinical TVA-based studies: a general review. Frontiers in Psychology. Mar 18;6:290. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00290

Bundesen, C., Vangkilde, S., & Habekost, T. (2015). Components of visual bias: a multiplicative hypothesis. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1339, 116-124.

Habekost, T., Petersen, A., Behrmann, M., & Starrfelt, R. (2014). From word superiority to word inferiority: visual processing of letters and words in pure alexia. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 31(5-6), 413-436.

Habekost, T., Vangkilde, S., & Petersen, A. (2014). Assessment of attention: ANT and TVA provide complementary measures. Behavior Research Methods, 46(1), 81-94. 

Habekost, T., Vogel, A., Rostrup, E., Bundesen, C., Kyllingsbæk, S., Garde, E., Ryberg, C., & Waldemar, G. (2013). Visual processing speed in old age. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 54(2), 89-94.

Caspersen, I. D., & Habekost, T. (2013). Selective and sustained attention in children with spina bifida myelomeningocele. Child Neuropsychology, 19(1), 55-77.

Habekost, T. (2010). ADHD: en neurobiologisk forstyrrelse? Psyke og Logos, 31:2, 647-667.

Vangkilde, S., & Habekost, T. (2010). Finding Wally: Prism adaptation improves visual search in chronic neglect. Neuropsychologia, 48, 1994-2004.

Starrfelt, R., Habekost, T., & Leff, A. (2009). Too little, too late: reduced visual span and speed characterize pure alexia. Cerebral Cortex, 19, 2880-2890.

Habekost, T., & Starrfelt, R. (2009). Visual attention capacity: a review of TVA-based patient studies. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 50, 23-32.

Bundesen, C., & Habekost, T. (2008). Principles of Visual Attention: linking mind and brain. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Habekost, T., & Rostrup, E. (2007). Visual attention capacity after right hemisphere lesions. Neuropsychologia, 45, 1474-1488.

Habekost, T., & Starrfelt, R. (2006). Alexia and quadrant-amblyopia. Reading disability after a minor visual field deficit. Neuropsychologia, 44, 2465-2476.

Habekost, T., & Rostrup, E. (2006). Persisting asymmetries of vision after right side lesions. Neuropsychologia, 44, 876-895.

Bundesen, C., & Habekost, T. (2005). Attention. In K. Lamberts & R. Goldstone: Handbook of Cognition (pp. 105-129). London: Sage Publications.

Bundesen, C., Habekost, T., & Kyllingsbaek, S (2005). A neural theory of visual attention: Bridging cognition and neurophysiology. Psychological Review, 112, 291-328.

Habekost, T. (2005). Deficits in visual attention after right side brain damage. TVA based patient studies. PhD dissertation. University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Habekost, T., & Bundesen, C. (2003). Patient assessment based on a theory of visual attention (TVA): Subtle deficits after a right frontal-subcortical lesion. Neuropsychologia, 41, 1171-1188.


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