Research Project

I study the astonishing efficiency and power of our visual memory. Indeed, people can remember thousands of pictures that they have seen only once (Standing, 1973). Recently however, researchers have shown that scenes vary dramatically in the likelihood that they are remembered: some pictures are consistently remembered, others are consistently forgotten, irrespective of the observer (Bainbridge, Isola, & Oliva, 2013; Isola, Xiao, Parikh, Torralba, & Oliva, 2014). What makes a picture memorable? What are the neural signatures of image memorability and which image features are particularly relevant? I investigate these questions with neuroscientific methods (EEG), machine vision and behavioral experiments, including Eye-Tracking.

PhD Committee

Prof. Dr. Niko Busch
Prof. Dr. Dr. Pienie Zwitserlood
Dr. Radoslaw Martin Cichy

Publications

Broers N., Potter M.C., Nieuwenstein M.R. 2018. ‘Enhanced recognition of memorable pictures in ultra-fast RSVP.’ Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 1-7. doi: 10.3758/s13423-017-1295-7.

Van Vugt M.K., Broers N. 2016. ‘Self-Reported Stickiness of Mind-Wandering Affects Task Performance.’ Frontiers in Psychology 7: 1-8. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00732.

Conference Contributions

Broers, N. & Busch, N.A. (2018). The intrinsic memorability of images is associated with both
recollection and familiarity. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Vision
Science Society, St Pete Beach, Florida, USA.

Broers, N., Potter, M.C., Nieuwenstein, M.R. & Busch, N.A. (2017). Memorable images are
more recognizable in ultra-fast RSVP. Poster presented at the European Society of
Visual Perception, Berlin, Germany.

Broers, N., Potter, M.C. & Nieuwenstein, M.R. (2016). Memorable in a Glimpse:
Enhanced recognition of memorable pictures in RSVP. Talk given at Psychonomics,
Boston, USA.

Nijenkamp, R., Swan, G., Broers, N. & Nieuwenstein, M.R. (2016). Precision takes time:
Evidence for retroactive dual-task interference in a color production task. Poster
presented at Psychonomics, Boston, USA

Broers, N., Potter, M.C., Nieuwenstein, M.R. ( 2015). Memorable in a Glimpse:
recognition of memorable and non-memorable pictures in rapid serial visual
presentation. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Dutch Psychonomic Society,
Egmond, NL.

Nieuwenstein, M.R., Scholz, S., Broers, N. (2015). Interference Control Theory: A new
perspective on dual-task interference in memorizing and responding to visual
targets. Talk given at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society, St. Pete’s
Beach, Florida, USA

Nieuwenstein, M.R., Broers, N. (2014). From proactive to retroactive dual-task
interference: The important role of Task-2 probability. Paper presented at the 55th
Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, CA, USA.

Broers, N., Nieuwenstein, M.R. (2013). From proactive to retroactive dual-task
interference: The important role of Task-2 probability. Poster presented at the
Annual meeting of the Dutch Psychonomic Society, Egmond, NL.

CV

2009-2015 Bachelor and Master of Science in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at University of Groningen, NL
2015 Research Visit at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US. Supervisor: Prof. Mary C. Potter
2016 Research Assistantship at Department of Artificial Intelligence with Dr. Marieke van Vugt and at Department of Psycholinguistics with Dr. Simone Sprenger
2016-2020 PhD student at the University of Münster, Department of Experimental Psychology. Supervisor: Prof. Niko. A. Busch