Joyce Vromen

For up-to-date info see: joycevromen.com or email joyce.vromen@ndcn.ox.ac.uk.

JoycePhD candidate | Research assistant | Sessional lecturer

My main interest is in the cognitive and neural mechanism underlying visual attention, threat processing, and memory.

In my PhD research I foremost studied how potential threats compel attention, and whether prioritised threat processing is contingent on top-down goals and learning. PhD advisors: Dr. Stefanie Becker, Prof. Ottmar Lipp and Prof. Roger Remington.

 

My RA research consists of two lines of research:

  1. Elucidating the neural networks underlying cognitive control, mostly using fMRI. Collaborators: Dr. Stefanie Becker, Prof. Roger Remington, & Prof. Jason Mattingley.
  2. Elucidating the cognitive and neural processes involved in visual memory. Collaborators: Dr. Oliver Baumann, Prof. Jason Mattingley, & Prof. Mike Humphreys

Becker-Remington Eye Movement & Attention Lab – UQ

Emotion, Learning, & Psychophysiology Lab – UQ

QBI Cognitive Neuroscience Lab – UQ

Publications

Published / under review

Vromen, J.M.G., Lipp, O.V., & Remington, R.W. (2015). The spider does not always win the fight for attention: Disengagement from threat is modulated by goal set. Cognition & Emotion, 29, 1185-1196. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2014.969198

Vromen, J. M. G., Lipp, O. V., & Remington, R. W. & Becker, S. I. (2016) Threat captures attention, but not automatically: Top-down goals modulate attentional orienting to threat distractors. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, doi: 10.3758/s13414-016-1142-3

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

Manuscripts in preparation

Vromen, J. M. G. Do you need to feel it? Affective or non-affective modulation of flanker interference.

Vromen, J. M. G., Becker, S. I.,  Mattingley, J. B., & Remington, R. W. Adaptability and functional specialization in the frontoparietal control network.

Conference presentations:

Vromen, J. M. G., Becker, S. I., Mattingley, J. B., & Remington, R. W. (2016). Adaptability and functional specialization in the frontoparietal control network. Proceedings of the 43rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Melbourne, Australia: 30 March – 2 April

Vromen, J. M. G., Lipp, O. V., Becker, S. I., & Remington, R. W. (2016). Prioritized attention to threat: variables contributing to inconsistent results. Forum meeting on selective attention and individual differences in motivation and emotion. Melbourne, Australia: 30 March.

Vromen, J. M. G., Becker, S. I., Mattingley, J. B., & Remington, R. W. (2015). Distinct frontoparietal contributions to goal maintenance and goal directed orienting in visual search. [poster] Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Chicago, USA: 17-21 Oct.

Vromen, J. M. G., Becker, S. I., Remington, R. W., & Mattingley, J. B. (2015). Goal-directed orienting and target-set maintenance in the fronto-parietal attention network. European Conference on Visual Perception. Liverpool, UK: 23-27 August.

Vromen, J. M. G., Lipp, O. V., & Remington, R. W., & Becker, S. I. (2015). Threat compels attention, but not automatically: Current goals modulate attentional capture & disengagement. Proceedings of the 42nd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Sydney, Australia: 8-11 April.

Vromen, J. M. G., Lipp, O. V., & Remington, R. W., & Becker, S. I. (2014). Task set modulates attentional capture and disengagement from photorealistic spider distracters. Proceedings of the 41st Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Brisbane, Australia: 23-26 April.

Vromen, J. M. G., Lipp, O. V., & Remington, R. W. (2011). Does the spider always win the fight for attention? Top-down modulation of threat-related interference. Proceedings of the 12th European Congress of Psychology. Istanbul, Turkey: 4-8 July.

Vromen, J. M. G., Lipp, O. V., & Remington, R. W. (2011). Does the spider always win the fight for attention? Top-down modulation of threat interference. Proceedings of the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Auckland, New Zealand: 28-30 April.

Vromen, J. M. G., Lipp, O. V., & Remington, R. W. (2010). Preferential attention to threat . Proceedings of the 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Melbourne, Australia: 8-10 April.

Vromen, J. M. G. & Kindt, M. (2009). Are Autobiographical Memories Less Positive During Dysphoria? Proceedings of the 36th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Wollongong, Australia: 17-19 April.

Invited talks

October 23rd 2015 – University of Minnesota – Attention, Memory, & Cognition Laboratory

October 15th 2015 – Ohio State University – Vision & Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory / Cognitive Control Laboratory

September 1st 2015 – University of Amsterdam – Adapt Laboratory

July 15th 2015 – New York University – Social Perception, Action & Motivation Laboratory

July 7th 2015 – New York University – Phelps Laboratory

Other projects in progress

Frontoparietal contributions to goal maintenance and goal directed orienting in visual search.

Attentional capture & disengagement in social anxiety.

Attentional capture by & disengagement from threat: sensitivity to bias modification.

Memberships

Australian Society for Experimental Psychology

Society for Neuroscience

Education

M.Sc. (cum laude), University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

B.Sc., Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Contact

Email: j.vromen@uq.edu.au
Phone: +617 3346 7284
Office: s318 (social sciences building #24)

postal address:

School of Psychology
McElwain Building
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072
Australia

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