Cognition and Plasticity Laboratory, Dept of Applied and Experimental Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

 

Publications

Publications are sorted by topic: Attention, Neurocognitive plasticity/meditation, and Other. For free copies, see: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Heleen_Slagter/publications/
See also Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.nl/citations?user=FctSSDoAAAAJ&hl=en

 

Attention

How does the brain pay attention? Why do we sometimes fail to notice important events? How do prior experiences influence our perception and attention? Can we improve our ability to pay attention?
Peer-reviewed

Boonstra, E.A. & Slagter, H.A. (in press). The dialectics of free energy minimization. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience.

 

Meijs, E.L., Mostert, P., Slagter, H.A., de Lange, F.P., & van Gaal, S. (in press). Exploring the role of expectations and stimulus relevance on stimulus-specific neural representations and conscious report. BioRxiv. Neuroscience of Consciousness.

van Moorselaar, D., & Slagter, H.A. (2019). Learning what is irrelevant or relevant: Expectations facilitate distractor inhibition and target facilitation through distinct neural mechanisms. BioRxiv. Journal of Neuroscience.

Preregistration: https://osf.io/4bx7y

Code and data: https://github.com/dvanmoorselaar/DvM

 

Kiverstein, J., Rietveld, E., Slagter, H.A., & Denys, D. (2019). Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A pathology of self-confidence? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 23(5): 369-372.

Reteig, L.C., van den Brink, R.L., Prinsen, S., Cohen, M.X., & Slagter, H.A. (2019). Sustaining attention for a prolonged period of time increases temporal variability in cortical responses. BioRxiv. Cortex, 117: 16-32.

Code and data: https://osf.io/emf9h/

Alilovic, J., Timmermans, B., Reteig, L.C., van Gaal, S., & Slagter, H.A., (2019). No evidence that prediction and attention modulate the first feedfoward sweep of visual cortical information processing. BioRxiv. Cerebral Cortex.

Mazaheri, A., Slagter, H.A., Thut, G., & Foxe, J.J. (2018). Orchestration of brain oscillations: Principles and functions. European Journal of Neuroscience, 48(7): 2385-2388.

Meijs, E.L., Slagter, H.A., de Lange, F.P., & van Gaal, S (2018). Dynamic Interactions between Top-Down Expectations and Conscious Awareness. Journal of Neuroscience, 38(9): 2318-2327.

Vissers, M.E., Ridderinkhof, K.R., Cohen, M.X.*, & Slagter, H.A.* (2018). Oscillatory mechanisms of response conflict elicited by color and motion direction: an individual differences approach. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 30: 468-481 *shared last authorship

Slagter, H.A., Alilovic, J., & van Gaal, S. (2018). How early can attention modulate visual information processing? The importance of experimental protocol and data analysis approach. Cognitive Neuroscience, 9: 26-28.

Rac-Lubashevsky, R., Slagter, H.A., & Kessler, Y. (2017). Tracking real-time changes in working memory processes using event-based changes in eye blink rate. Scientific Reports, 7(1): 5247.

Vissers, M.E., Gulbinaite, R., van den Bos, T., & Slagter, H.A. (2017). Protecting visual short-term memory during maintenance: Attentional modulation of target and distractor representations. Scientific Reports, 7(1): 4061.

Slagter H.A., Mazaheri, A., Reteig, L.C., Smolders, R., Figee, M., Mantione, M., Schuurman, P.R., & Denys D. (2017). Contributions of the ventral striatum to conscious perception: An intracranial EEG study of the attentional blink.

Journal of Neuroscience, 37(5):1081-1089.

 

Slagter, H.A., van Wouwe, N.C., Kanoff, K., Grasman R.P.P.P, Claassen, D., van den Wildenberg, W.P.M., & Wylie S.A. (2016). Dopamine and temporal attention: An attentional blink study in Parkinson’s disease patients on and off medication. Neuropsychologia, 91:407-414.

 

Vissers, M.E., van Driel, J., & Slagter, H.A. (2016). Proactive, but not reactive, distractor filtering relies on local modulation of alpha oscillatory activity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28(12):1964-1979.

        

Brown, S.B.R.E., Slagter, H.A., van Noorden, M.S., Giltay, E.J., van der Wee, N.J.A., & Nieuwenhuis S. (2016). Effects of clonidine and scopolamine on multiple target detection in rapid serial visual presentation. Psychopharmacology, 233(2):341-50.

 

Slagter, H.A., Prinssen, S., Reteig, L.C., & Mazaheri, A. (2016). Facilitation and inhibition in attention: Functional dissociation between attention-related changes in pre-stimulus alpha-band activity, P1 and N1 amplitude. Neuroimage, 125:25-35.

 

London, R.E., & Slagter, H.A. (2015). Effects of anodal transcranial direct stimulation over left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex on the attentional blink depend on individual baseline performance. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(12):2382-93.

 

van Vugt, M.K., & Slagter, H.A. (2014). Control over experience? Magnitude of the attentional blink depends on meditative state. Consciousness and Cognition, 23, 32-39.

 

Slagter, H.A., & Geogopoulou, K. (2013). Distractor inhibition predicts individual differences in recovery from the attentional blink. PLoS ONE, 8(5):e64681

 

Tomer, R.*, Slagter, H.A.*, Christian, B.T., Fox, A.S., King, C.R., Murali, D., & Davidson, R.J. (2012). Dopamine asymmetries predict orienting bias in healthy individuals. Cerebral Cortex, 23(12):2899-904. *joint first authorship

 

Slagter, H.A., Tomer, R., Christian, B.T., Fox, A.S., Colzato, L.S., King, C.R., Murali, D., & Davidson, R.J. (2012). PET evidence for a role of striatal dopamine in the attentional blink: Functional implications. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(9), 1932-1940.

 

Shackman, A.J., Salomons, T.V., Slagter, H.A., Fox, A.S., Winter, J.J., & Davidson, R.J. (2011). The integration of negative affect, pain, and cognitive control in the cingulate cortex. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 12(3), 154-167.

 

Slagter, H.A., Davidson, R.J., & Lutz, A. (2011). Mental training as a tool in the scientific study of brain and cognitive plasticity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5:17.

 

Colzato, L.S., Slagter, H.A., de Rover, M., & Hommel, B. (2011). Dopamine and the management of attention resources: Genetic markers of striatal dopamine predict individual differences in the attentional blink. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

 

Slagter, H.A., Johnstone, T., Beets, I.A.M., & Davidson, R.J (2010). Neural competition for conscious representation across time: An fMRI study. PLoS ONE 5(5): e10556. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010556.

 

Slagter, H.A., Davidson, R.J., & Tomer, R. (2010). Blink rate predicts individual differences in pseudoneglect. Neuropsychologia, 48, 1265-1268.

 

Lutz, A., Slagter, H.A., Rawlings, N.B., Francis, A.D., Greischar, L.L., & Davidson, R.J. (2009). Mental training enhances stability of attention: Neural and behavioral evidence. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(42), 13418-13427.

 

Slagter, H.A., Lutz, A., Greisschar, L.L., Nieuwenhuis, S., & Davidson, R.J. (2009). Theta phase synchrony and conscious target perception: Impact of intensive mental training. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(8), 1536-1549.

 

Hamidi, M., Slagter, H.A., Tononi, G., & Postle, B.R. (2009). Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation influences behavior by biasing endogenous cortical oscillations. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 3(14).

 

Lutz, A, Slagter, H.A., Dunne, J.D., & Davidson, R.J. (2008). Attention regulation and monitoring in meditation. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12(4), 163-169.

 

Talsma, D., Kok, A., Slagter, H.A., & Cipriani, G. (2008). Attentional orienting across the sensory modalities. Brain and Cognition, 66, 1-10.

 

Colzato, L.S., Slagter, H.A., Spape, M.M.A., & Hommel, B. (2008). Blinks of the eye predict blinks of the mind. Neuropsychologia, 46(13), 3179-3183.

 

Slagter, H.A., Lutz, A., Greischar, L.L., Francis, A.D., Nieuwenhuis, S., Davis, J., & Davidson, R.J. (2007). Mental training affects distribution of limited brain resources. PLoS Biology, 5(6), e138.

 

Slagter, H.A., Giesbrecht, G., Weissman, D.H., Kok, A., Kenemans, J.L., Woldorff, M.G., & Mangun, G.R. (2007). fMRI evidence for both generalized and specialized components of attentional control. Brain Research, 1177, 90-102.

 

Talsma, D., Mulckhuyse, M., Slagter, H.A., & Theeuwes, J. (2007). Faster, more intense! The relation between electrophysiological reflections of attentional orienting, sensory gain control and speed of responding. Brain Research, 1178, 92-105.

 

Slagter, H.A., Weissman, D.H., Giesbrecht, B., Kenemans, J.L., Mangun, G.R., Kok, A., & Woldorff, M.G. (2006). Brain regions activated by endogenous preparatory set-shifting as revealed by fMRI. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 6(3):175-189.

 

Slagter, H.A., Kok, A., Mol, N., Talsma, D., & Kenemans, J.L. (2005). Generating spatial and non-spatial attentional control: An ERP study. Psychophysiology, 42(4), 428-439.

 

Slagter, H.A., Kok, A., Mol, N., & Kenemans, J.L. (2005). Spatio-temporal dynamics of top-down control: directing attention to location and/or color as revealed by ERPs and source modeling. Brain Research Cognitive Brain Research, 22, 333-348.

 

Talsma, D., Slagter, H.A., Nieuwenhuis, S., Hage, J., & Kok, A. (2005). The orienting of visuospatial attention: An event-related brain potential study. Brain Research Cognitive Brain Research, 25(1): 117-129.

 

 

Neurocognitive plasticity

How 'plastic' or subject to change are cognitive abilities and their underlying neural networks? How does mental training of attention (or meditation) affect brain and cognitive performance? Can we use brain stimulation to improve cognition?

Andreu, C.I., Palacios, I., Moenne-Loccoz, C. Lopez, V., Franken, I.H.A., Cosmelli, D., & Slagter H.A. (in press). Enhanced response inhibition and reduced frontal theta activity in Vipassana meditators. Scientific Reports

Andreu, C.I., Cosmelli, D., Slagter, H.A., Franken, I.H.A. (2018). Effects of a brief mindfulness intervention on neural measures of response inhibition in smokers. PLoS ONE, 13(1): e0191661.

Reteig, L.C., Knapen, T., Ridderinkhof, K.R., & Slagter, H.A. (2019). No evidence that transcranial direct current stimulation of the right frontal eye field affects latency or accuracy of prosaccades. BioRxiv. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12:617.

Code and data: https://osf.io/8jpv9/

 

Talsma, L.J., Broekhuizen, J., Huisman, J. & Slagter, H.A. (2019). No evidence that baseline prefrontal cortical excitability (3T-MRS) predicts effects of prefrontal tDCS on working memory performance. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12:481.

 

Van Schouwenburg, M.R., Sorensen, L., de Klerk, R., Reteig, L.R., & Slagter, H.A. (2018). No differential effects of two different alpha-band electrical current stimulation protocols over frontoparietal regions on spatial attention. Frontiers in Neuroscience,12:433.

Andreu, C.I., Moenne, C., Lopez, V., Slagter, H.A., Franken, I.H.A., & Cosmelli, D. (2017). Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence of improved performance monitoring in meditators. Mindfulness, 8(6): 1603-1614.

Reteig, L.C., Talsma, L.J., van Schouwenburg, M.R. & Slagter, H.A. (2017). Transcranial electrical stimulation as a tool to enhance attention. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement.

Talsma, L.J., Kroese, R., & Slagter, H.A. (2017). Boosting cognition: Effects of multiple session tDCS on working memory. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29(4):755-768.

Slagter, H.A., Vissers, M.E., Talsma, L.J., & Ridderinkhof, K.R. (2017). Cognitive enhancement: It's about time. Cognitive Neuroscience, 8(2):119-120.

 

Band, G.P.H., Basak, C., Slagter, H.A., & Voss, M.W. (2016). Towards a mechanistic view on game-guided learning: Editorial. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10:123.

 

Kruis, A., Slagter, H.A., Bachhuber, D., Davidson, R.J., & Lutz A. (2016). Effects of meditation practice on spontaneous eye blink rate. Psychophysiology, 53(5):749-58.

 

London, R.E., & Slagter, H.A. (2015). Effects of anodal transcranial direct stimulation over left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex on the attentional blink depend on individual baseline performance. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18: 1-12.

 

van Vugt, M.K., & Slagter, H.A. (2014). Control over experience? Magnitude of the attentional blink depends on meditative state. Consciousness and Cognition, 23, 32-39.

 

Slagter, H.A. (2012). Conventional working memory training may not enhance intelligence. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16(12), 582-583.

 

Slagter, H.A., Davidson, R.J., & Lutz, A. (2011). Mental training as a tool in the scientific study of brain and cognitive plasticity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5:17.

 

Lutz, A., Slagter, H.A., Rawlings, N.B., Francis, A.D., Greischar, L.L., & Davidson, R.J. (2009). Mental training enhances stability of attention: Neural and behavioral evidence. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(42), 13418-13427.

 

Slagter, H.A., Lutz, A., Greisschar, L.L., Nieuwenhuis, S., & Davidson, R.J. (2009). Theta phase synchrony and conscious target perception: Impact of intensive mental training. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(8), 1536-1549.

 

Lutz, A, Slagter, H.A., Dunne, J.D., & Davidson, R.J. (2008). Attention regulation and monitoring in meditation. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12(4), 163-169.

 

Slagter, H.A., Lutz, A., Greischar, L.L., Francis, A.D., Nieuwenhuis, S., Davis, J., & Davidson, R.J. (2007). Mental training affects distribution of limited brain resources. PLoS Biology, 5(6), e138.

 

Jansma, J.M., Ramsey, N.F., Slagter, H.A., & Kahn, R.S (2001). Functional anatomical correlates of controlled and automatic processing. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 13(6): 730-743.

 

 

Other

Schutte, I., Slagter, H.A., Collins, A.G.E., Frank, M.J. & Kenemans, J.L. (2017). Stimulus discriminability may bias value-based probabilistic learning. PLOS ONE

 

Slagter, H.A., Georgopoulou, K., & Frank, M.J. (2015). Spontaneous eye blink rate predicts learning from negative, but not positive, outcomes. Neuropsychologia, 71, 126-132.

 

Maztke, D., Nieuwenhuis, S., van Rijn, H., Slagter, H.A., van der Molen, M.W., & Wagenmakers, E.J. (2015). The effect of horizontal eye movements on free recall: A preregistered adversarial collaboration. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144(1), e1-15.

 

Tomer, R.*, Slagter, H.A.*, Christian, B.T., Fox, A.S., King, C.R., Murali, D., & Davidson, R.J. (2014). Love to win or hate to lose? Asymmetry of dopamine D2 receptor binding predicts sensitivity to reward vs. punishment. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26(5), 1039-48. *joint first authorship

 

Van den Brink, R.L., Cohen, M.X., van der Burg, E., Talsma, D., Vissers, M.E., & Slagter, H.A. (2013). Subcortical, modality-specific pathways contribute to multisensory processing in humans. Cerebral Cortex, 24(8), 2169-77.

 

Nieuwenhuis, S., Elzinga, B., Ras, P.H., Berends, F., Duijs, P., Samara, Z., & Slagter, H.A. (2013). Bilateral saccadic eye movements and tactile stimulation, but not auditory stimulation, enhance memory retrieval. Brain and Cognition, 81(1), 52-56.

 

Cohen, M.X., Cavanagh, J.F., & Slagter, H.A. (2011). Event-related potential activity in the basal ganglia differentiates rewards from non-rewards:  Temporospatial principal components analysis and source localization of the Feedback Negativity: Commentary. Human Brain Mapping, 32(12), 2270-2271.

 

Shackman, A.J., Salomons, T.V., Slagter, H.A., Fox, A.S., Winter, J.J., & Davidson, R.J. (2011). The integration of negative affect, pain, and cognitive control in the cingulate cortex. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 12(3), 154-167.

 

Samara, Z., Elzinga, B.M., Slagter, H.A., & Nieuwenhuis, S. (2011). Do horizontal saccadic eye movements increase interhemispheric coherence? Investigation of a hypothesized neural mechanism underlying EMDR. Frontiers in Psychiatry.

 

Hamidi, M., Slagter, H.A., Tononi, G., & Postle, B.R. (2010). Brain responses evoked by high-frequency repetitive TMS: An ERP study. Brain Stimulation, 3, 2-14.

 

Shackman, A.J., McMenamin, B.W., Slagter, H.A., Maxwell, J.S., Greischar, L.L., & Davidson, R.J. (2009). Electromyogenic artifacts and electroencephalographic inferences. Brain Topography, 22(1), 7-12.

 

Colzato, L.S., Slagter, H.A., van den Wildenberg, W., & Hommel, B. (2009). Closing one's eyes to reality: Evidence for a dopaminergic basis of psychoticism from spontaneous eye blink rates. Personality and Individual Differences. 46(3), 377-380.

 

Ramautar, J.R., Slagter, H.A., Kok, A., & Ridderinkhof, K.R. (2006). Probability effects in the stop-signal paradigm: The insula and the significance of failed inhibition. Brain Research, 1105(1):143-154.

 

Nieuwenhuis, S., Slagter, H.A., Alting von Geusau, N.J., Heslenfeld, D., & Holroyd, C.B. (2005). Knowing good from bad: Differential activation of human cortical areas by positive and negative outcomes. European Journal of Neuroscience, 21(11), 3161-3168.

 

Davidson, R.J. & Slagter, H.A. (2000). Probing emotion in the developing brain: Functional neuroimaging in the assessment of the neural substrates of emotion in normal and disordered children and adolescents. Ment Retard Dev Disabil Res Rev., 6(3): 166-70.