— Motivated Cognition Lab

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Grignolio, D., Acunzo, D., & Hickey, C. (2024). Object-based attention is accentuated by object reward association. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 50(3), 280 – 294. <link>


Hickey, C., Acunzo, D., & Dell, J. (2023). Suppressive control of incentive salience in real-world human vision. The Journal of Neuroscience, 43(37), 6454-6429 .<link>

Ferrante, O., Zhigalov, A., Hickey, C., & Jensen, O. (2023). Statistical learning of distractor suppression down-regulates pre-stimulus neural excitability in early visual cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience, 43(12), 2190-2198. <link>


Acunzo, D., Terhune, D., Sharma, A., & Hickey, C. (2022). Absorption and dissociation mediate the relationship between suggestibility and impulsivity/compulsivity. Acta Psychologica, 231, 103793. <link>

Sharp, P., Gutteling, T., Melcher, D., & Hickey, C. (2022). Spatial attention tunes temporal processing in early visual cortex by speeding and slowing alpha oscillations. The Journal of Neuroscience, 42(41), 7824-7832. <link>

Wu, B., Bagshaw, A., Hickey, C., Kuhn, S., & Wilson, M. (2022). Evidence for distinct neuro-metabolic phenotypes in humans. Neuroimage, 249, 118902. <link>


Abbasi, H., Kadel, A., Hickey, C., & Shubö, A. (2021). Combined influences of strategy and selection history on attentional control. Psychophysiology. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.13987 <link>

Hickey, C. & van Zoest, W. (2021). Foxes, hedgehogs, and attentional capture. Visual Cognition, 9, 596-599. <link>

van Zoest, W., Huber-Huber, C., Weaver, M., & Hickey, C. (2021). Strategic distractor suppression improves selective control in human vision. The Journal of Neuroscience, 41(33), 7120 – 7135. <link>


Battistoni, E., Kaiser, D., Hickey, C., & Peelen, M. (2020). The time course of spatial attention during naturalistic visual search. Cortex, 122, 225-234. <link>


Hickey, C., Pollicino, D., Bertazzoli, G., & Barbaro, L. (2019). Ultrafast object detection in naturalistic vision relies on ultrafast distractor suppression. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 31(10, 1563-1572. <link>

Huber-Huber, C., Buonocore, A., Dimigen, O., Hickey, C., & Melcher, D. (2019). The peripheral preview effect with faces: Combined EEG and eye-tracking suggests multiple stages of trans-saccadic predictive and non-predictive processing. Neuroimage, 200, 344-362.

Sharp, P., Melcher, D., & Hickey, C. (2019). Different effects of spatial and temporal attention on the integration and segregation of stimuli in time. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 81(2), 433 – 441. <link>

Schneider, D., Göddertz, A., Haase, H., Hickey, C., & Wascher, E. (2019). Hemispheric asymmetries in EEG alpha oscillations indicate active inhibition during attentional orienting within working memory. Behavioural Brain Research, 359, 38-46. <link>


Sharp, P., Melcher, D., & Hickey, C. (2018). Endogenous attention modulates the temporal window of integration. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 80(5), 1214-1228. <link>

Schneider, D., Bonmassar, C., & Hickey, C. (2018). Motivation and short-term memory in visual search: Attention’s accelerator revisited. Cortex, 102, 45-46.<link>


Barbaro, L., Peelen, M.V., & Hickey, C.  (2017). Valence, not utility, underlies reward-driven prioritization in human vision. Journal of Neuroscience, 37(43), 10438-10450. <link>

Pascucci, D., Hickey, C., Jovicich, J., & Turatto, M. (2017). Independent circuits in basal ganglia and cortex for the processing of reward and precision feedback. Neuroimage, 162, 56-64<link>

Infanti, E., Hickey, C, Menghi, N., & Turatto, M. (2017). Reward-priming impacts visual working memory maintenance: evidence from human electrophysiology. Visual Cognition. <link>

Hickey, C. & Peelen, M.V. (2017). Reward selectively modulates the lingering neural representation of recently attended objects in natural scenes. Journal of Neuroscience, 37(31), 7297-7304. <link>

Weaver, M., Hickey, C. & van Zoest, W. (2017). The impact of salience and visual working memory on the monitoring and control of saccadic behaviour: An eye-tracking and EEG study. Psychophysiology, 54(4), 544-554. <link>

Weaver, M., van Zoest, W., & Hickey, C. (2017). A temporal dependency account of attentional inhibition in oculomotor control. Neuroimage, 147, 880-894.<link>


van Koningsbruggen, M.G., Ficarella, S.C., Battelli, L., & Hickey, C. (2016). Transcranial random noise stimulation of visual cortex potentiates value-driven attentional capture. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(9), 1481 – 1488.<link>


Hickey, C. & Peelen, M.V. (2015). Neural mechanisms of incentive salience in naturalistic human vision. Neuron, 85, 512-518.<link>

Hickey, C., Kaiser, D., & Peelen, M.V. (2015). Reward guides attention to object categories in real-world scenes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144(1). <link>

Hickey, C. & Los, S. A. (2015). Reward-priming of temporal preparation. Visual Cognition. <link>

Infanti, E., Hickey, C., & Turatto, M. (2015). Reward associations impact both iconic and visual working memory. Vision Research, 107, 22-29. <link>


Hickey, C., Chelazzi, L. & Theeuwes, J. (2014). Reward priming of location in visual search. PLoS ONE, 9(7), e103372<link>

Braem, S., Hickey, C., Duthoo, W., & Notebaert, W. (2014). Reward determines the context-sensitivity of cognitive control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40(5), 1769-1778. <link>

Oliveira, F., Hickey, C., & McDonald, J. J. (2014). Proactive and reactive processes in the medial frontal cortex: An electrophysiological study. PLoS ONE, 9(1), e84351. <link>


Hickey, C. & van Zoest, W. (2013). Reward-associated stimuli capture the eyes in spite of strategic attentional set. Vision Research, 92, 67-74<link>

Rangel-Gomez, M., Hickey, C., van Amelsvoort, T., Bet, P., & Meeter, M. (2013). Dopamine  affects the brain’s sensitivity to novelty: Evidence from apomorphine’s impact on the ERP. PLoS ONE, 8(6), e66469. <link>


Hickey, C., & van Zoest, W. (2012). Reward creates oculomotor salience. Current Biology, 22(7), R219 – R220. <link>

Hilimire, M., Hickey, C. & Corballis, P. (2012). Target resolution in visual search involves the         direct suppression of distractors: Evidence from electrophysiology. Psychophysiology, 49, 504 – 509. <link>


Hickey, C. & Theeuwes, J. (2011). Context and competition in the capture of visual attention.  Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 73(7), 2053 – 2064. <link>

Hickey, C., Olivers, C.N.L., Meeter, M., & Theeuwes, J. (2011). Feature priming and the capture of visual attention: Linking two ambiguity resolution hypotheses. Brain Research, 1370, 175 – 184. <link>

Hickey, C., Chelazzi, L., & Theeuwes, J. (2011). Reward has a residual impact on target selection in visual search, but not on the suppression of distractors. Visual Cognition, 19(1), 117 – 128. <link>

Van der Burg, E., Talsma, D., Olivers, C.N.L., Hickey, C., & Theeuwes, J. (2011). Early multisensory interactions affect the competition among multiple visual objects. Neuroimage, 55, 1208 – 1218. <link>


Hickey, C., Chelazzi, L., & Theeuwes, J. (2010a). Reward changes salience in human vision via the anterior cingulate. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(33), 11096-11103. <link>

Hickey, C., Chelazzi, L., & Theeuwes, J. (2010b). Reward guides vision when it’s your thing: Trait reward-seeking in reward-mediated attentional priming. PLoS ONE, 5(11), e14087. <link>

Hickey, C., van Zoest, W. & Theeuwes, J. (2010). The time course of exogenous and endogenous control of covert attention. Experimental Brain Research, 201(4), 789 – 796. <link>

Olivers, C. N. L. & Hickey, C. (2010). Priming resolves perceptual ambiguity in visual search: Evidence from behaviour and electrophysiology. Vision Research, 50, 1362 – 1371. <link>

Chisholm, J., Hickey, C., Theeuwes, J. & Kingstone, A. (2010). Reduced attentional capture in action video game players. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 72, 667 – 671. <link>

Mathôt, S., Hickey, C., & Theeuwes, J. (2010). From reorienting of attention to biased competition: evidence from hemifield effects. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 72, 651 – 657. <link>


Hickey, C., Di Lollo, V., & McDonald, J. J. (2009). Electrophysiological indices of target and distractor processing in visual search. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(4), 760 – 775. <link>

McDonald, J. J., Hickey, C., Green, J., & Whitman, J. (2009). Inhibition of return reflects a bias against returning to recently attended locations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(4), 725 – 733. <link>


Hickey, C., Di Lollo, V., & McDonald, J. J. (2008). Target and distractor processing in visual search: Decomposition of the N2pc. OPAM Proceedings – Visual Cognition, 16(1), 90 – 143. <link>

Hickey, C., McDonald, J. J., & Theeuwes, J. (2006). Electrophysiological evidence of the capture of visual attention. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18(4), 604 – 613. <link>