Education

PhD, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia [Oct 2016]

MSc (cum laude), University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

BSc, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Research interests

Currently I am studying the effects of motivation and motivation-inducing stimuli (e.g. reward and threat) on diverse motor and cognitive processes in health and disease.

My main interests are in the cognitive and neural mechanism underlying attention, learning, and memory – particularly in regards to motivationally-relevant stimuli like threat and reward.

In my PhD research I foremost looked at how emotional stimuli (especially threat) compel attention, and whether such prioritised processing is contingent on top-down goals and learning. Furthermore, I have focused on elucidating the neural networks underlying cognitive control, spatial navigation, and audiovisual integration using fMRI.

Methods-wise I have advanced experience with fMRI (including MVPA and PPI) and reaction time as well as more basic experience with EEG and eye-tracking.

Publications

Published papers:

Becker, SI, Dutt, N, Vromen, JMG, & Horstmann, G (2017). The capture of attention and gaze in the search for emotional photographic faces. Visual Cognition

Vromen, JMG, Lipp, OV, & Remington, RW & Becker, SI (2016). Threat captures attention, but not automatically: Top-down goals modulate attentional orienting to threat distractors. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics

Vromen, JMG (2016). Top-down influences on the attentional orienting to and disengagement from threat. The University of Queensland

Vromen, JMG, Lipp, OV, & Remington, RW (2015). The spider does not always win the fight for attention: Disengagement from threat is modulated by goal set. Cognition & Emotion

papers under review or in preparation:

Vromen, JMG, Becker, SI, Baumann, O, Mattingley, JB, & Remington, RW. Flexible information coding in frontoparietal cortex across functional stages of cognitive processing. [under review]

Baumann, O, Vromen, JMG, Cheung, A., Ren, Y., Guo, C. Neural correlates of temporal complexity and synchrony during audiovisual correspondence detection. [revise & resubmit]

Baumann, O, Vromen, JMG, Boddy, A, Crawshaw, E, & Humphreys, MS. Category Length and Strength Effects Using Images of Scenes. [revise & resubmit]

Vromen, JMG, Becker, SI, Remington, RW, & Lipp, OV. Emotional pre-stimuli enhance executive control and differentially impact cross-network attention. [under review]

Vromen, J. M. G., Becker, S. I., Lipp, O. V., & Remington, R. W. Selective fear and limited time-on-task drive attentional orienting to task-irrelevant threat distractors.

Baumann O., et al. Evidence against the detectability of a hippocampal place code using functional magnetic resonance imaging.