Neuronal Dynamics of Vision: Perception, Attention & Consciousness



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Koenig-Robert, R., VanRullen, R. & Tsuchiya, N. (2016). Semantic wavelet-induced frequency-tagging (SWIFT) periodically activates category selective areas while steadily activating early visual areas. PLoS ONE (in press)


Zoefel, B. & VanRullen, R. (2016). EEG oscillations entrain their phase to high-level features of speech sound. Neuroimage, 124, 16-13

Dugué, L., McLelland, D., Lajous, M. & VanRullen, R. (2015). Attention searches nonuniformly in space and in time. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 112(49), 15214-15219

Zoefel, B. & VanRullen, R. (2015). The role of high-level processes for oscillatory phase entrainment to speech sound. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 9, 651

Zoefel, B., Reddy Pasham, N., Bruers, S. & VanRullen, R. (2015). The ability of the auditory system to cope with temporal subsampling depends on the hierarchical level of subsampling. Neuroreport 26(13), 773-778

Collet, A-C., Fize, D. & VanRullen, R. (2015). Contextual Congruency Effect in Natural Scene Categorization: Different Strategies in Humans and Monkeys (Macaca mulatta). PLoS ONE, 10(7), e0133721

Mauro, F., Raffone, A. & VanRullen, R. (2015). A bidirectional link between brain oscillations and geometric patterns. J Neurosci 35(20), 7921-7926

Dugue, L., Marque, P. & VanRullen, R. (2015). Theta oscillations modulate attentional search periodically. J Cogn Neurosci, 27(5), 945-958

Zoefel, B. & VanRullen, R. (2015). Selective perceptual phase entrainment to speech rhythm in the absence of spectral energy fluctuations. J Neurosci, 35(5), 1954-1964.

Chakravarthi, R., Carlson, T.A., Chaffin, J., Turret, J. & VanRullen, R. (2014). The temporal evolution of coarse location coding of objects: evidence for feedback. J Cogn Neurosci, 26(10), 2370-2384.

VanRullen, R., Zoefel, B. & Ilhan, B. (2014). On the cyclic nature of perception in vision versus audition. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 369 (20130214).

Dugue, L. & VanRullen, R. (2014). The dynamics of attentional sampling during visual search revealed by Fourier analysis of periodic noise interference. Journal of Vision, 14(2)

Macdonald, J., Cavanagh, P., & VanRullen, R. (2014). Attentional sampling of multiple wagon wheels. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics 76, 64-72.

VanRullen, R. (2013). Visual attention: a rhythmic process? Current Biology, 23(24), R1110-R1112.

Sokoliuk, R., & VanRullen, R. (2013). The Flickering Wheel Illusion: When alpha Rhythms Make a Static Wheel Flicker. J Neurosci, 33(33), 13498-13504.

Koenig-Robert, R., & VanRullen, R. (2013). SWIFT: A novel method to track the neural correlates of recognition. Neuroimage, 81, 273-282.

VanRullen, R., & McLelland, D. (2013). What goes up must come down: EEG phase modulates auditory perception in both directions. Front. Psychology 4(16), 1-3.

Ilhan, B., & VanRullen, R. (2012). No counterpart of visual perceptual echoes in the auditory system. PLoS ONE, 7(11), e49287.

Chakravarthi, R., & VanRullen, R. (2012). Conscious updating is a rhythmic process. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 109(26), 10599-10604

VanRullen, R., & Macdonald, J. S. P. (2012). Perceptual echoes at 10Hz in the human brain. Current Biology, 22(11), 995-999. [Supp. Data]

Jensen, O., Bonnefond, M., & VanRullen, R. (2012). An oscillatory mechanism for prioritizing salient unattended stimuli. Trends Cogn Sci, 16(4), 200-206.

VanRullen, R. (2011). Four common conceptual fallacies in mapping the time course of recognition. Front. Psychology 2(365), 1-6.

Koenig-Robert, R. & VanRullen, R. (2011). Spatio-temporal mapping of visual attention. Journal of Vision, 11(14): 12.  [Supp. Data]

VanRullen, R. & Dubois, J. (2011). The psychophysics of brain rhythms. Front. Psychology 2(203), 1-10

Dugue, L., Marque, P. & VanRullen, R. (2011). The phase of ongoing oscillations mediates the causal relation between brain excitation and visual perception. J Neurosci, 31(33):11889-11893

Dubois, J., & Vanrullen, R. (2011). Visual trails: do the doors of perception open periodically? PLoS Biol, 9(5), e1001056.

Dugue, L., Marque, P. & VanRullen, R. (2011). Transcranial magnetic stimulation reveals attentional feedback to area V1 during serial visual search. PLoS One, 6(5): e19712.

Chakravarthi, R. & VanRullen, R. (2011). Bullet trains and steam engines: Exogenous attention zips but endogenous attention chugs along. Journal of Vision, 11(4): 12.

VanRullen, R., Busch, N. A., Drewes, J., & Dubois, J. (2011). Ongoing EEG phase as a trial-by-trial predictor of perceptual and attentional variability. Front. Psychology 2(60),1-9

Miconi, T. & VanRullen, R. (2011). A feedback model of attentional effects in the visual cortex. IEEE 2011 Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Multimedia, Signal and Vision Processing, IEEE Press, 106-113.

Drewes, J., & VanRullen, R. (2011). This is the rhythm of your eyes: the phase of ongoing electroencephalogram oscillations modulates saccadic reaction time. J Neurosci, 31(12), 4698-4708.

Reddy, L., Remy, F., Vayssiere, N. & VanRullen, R. (2011). Neural correlates of the continuous Wagon Wheel Illusion: a functional MRI study. Human Brain Mapping, 32(2), 163-170. [Supp. Data]

Miconi, T. & VanRullen, R. (2010). The gamma slideshow: object-based perceptual cycles in a model of the visual cortex.  Front. Hum. Neurosci., 4(205): 1-11.

Busch, N.A. & VanRullen, R. (2010). Spontaneous EEG oscillations reveal periodic sampling of visual attention. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 107(37), 16048-16053. [Supp. Data]

Hogendoorn, H., Carlson, T.A., VanRullen, R. & Verstraten F.A.J. (2010). Timing divided attention. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 72(8): 2059-2068.

Latinus, M., VanRullen, R. & Taylor, M.J. (2010). Top-down and bottom-up modulation in processing bimodal face/voice stimuli.  BMC Neuroscience, 11:36.

Reddy, L., Kanwisher, N.G. & VanRullen, R. (2009). Attention and biased competition in multi-voxel object representations. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 106(50), 21447-21452. [Supp. Data]

Wu, C-T., Busch, N.A., Fabre-Thorpe,M. & VanRullen, R. (2009). The temporal interplay between conscious and unconscious perceptual streams. Current Biology 19(23), 2003-2007. [Supp. Data] [Demo]

Busch, N.A., Dubois, J. & VanRullen, R. (2009). The phase of ongoing EEG oscillations predicts visual perception. Journal of Neuroscience 29(24), 7869-7876. [Supp. Data]

Dubois, J., Hamker, F., & VanRullen, R. (2009). Attentional selection of non-contiguous locations: the spotlight is only transiently split.  Journal of Vision, 9(5):3, 1-11.

VanRullen, R. (2009). Binding hardwired vs. on-demand feature conjunctions. Visual Cognition, 17(1-2), 103-119 .

Honey, C., Kirchner, H., & VanRullen, R. (2008). Faces in the cloud: Fourier power spectrum biases ultra-rapid face detection. Journal of Vision, 8(12):9, 1-13.

VanRullen R, Pascual-Leone A, Battelli L (2008). The Continuous Wagon Wheel Illusion and the ‘When’ Pathway of the Right Parietal Lobe: A Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Study. PLoS ONE 3(8): e2911.

VanRullen, R., Carlson, T. & Cavanagh, P. (2007). The blinking spotlight of attention. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 104(49), 19204-19209.

VanRullen, R. (2007). The power of the feed-forward sweep. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 3(1-2), 167-176.

VanRullen, R. (2007). The continuous Wagon Wheel Illusion depends on, but is not identical to neuronal adaptation. Vision Research, 47(16), 2143-2149.

Reddy, L. & VanRullen, R. (2007). Spacing affects some but not all visual searches: implications for theories of attention and crowding. Journal of Vision, 7(2):3, 1-17.

VanRullen, R. (2006). The continuous Wagon Wheel Illusion is object-based. Vision Research, 46(24), 4091-4095.

VanRullen, R., Reddy, L. & Koch, C. (2006). The continuous Wagon Wheel Illusion is associated with changes in EEG power around 13Hz. Journal of Neuroscience 26, 502-507.

VanRullen, R. (2006). On second glance: still no high-level pop-out effect for faces. Vision Research, 46(18), 3017-3027. (see latest reply)

VanRullen, R., Reddy, L. & Fei-Fei, L. (2005). Binding is a local problem for natural objects and scenes. Vision Research, 45(25-26), 3133-3144.

Guyonneau, R. VanRullen, R. & Thorpe S.J. (2005). Neurons tune to the earliest spikes through STDP. Neural Computation, 17, 859-879.

Fei-Fei, L. VanRullen, R., Koch, C. & Perona, P. (2005). Why does natural scene categorization require little attention? Exploring attentional requirements for natural and synthetic stimuli. Visual Cognition, 12(6), 893-924.

Andrews, T.J., Purves, D., Simpson, W. & VanRullen, R. (2005). The wheels keep turning: Reply to Holcombe et al. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9(12), 560-561.


VanRullen, R., Reddy, L. & Koch, C. (2005). Attention-driven discrete sampling of motion perception. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA ,102(14), 5291-5296.

VanRullen, R., Guyonneau, R. & Thorpe, S.J. (2005). Spike times make sense. Trends in Neurosciences 28(1).

Guyonneau, R. VanRullen, R. & Thorpe S.J. (2004). Temporal codes and sparse representations: a key to understanding rapid processing in the visual system. Journal of Physiology (Paris) 98(4-6), 487-497.

VanRullen, R. (2004). A simple translation in cortical log-coordinates may account for the pattern of saccadic localization errors. Biological Cybernetics 91, 131-137.

Thorpe, S.J., Guyonneau, R., Guilbaud, N., Allegraud, J-M. & VanRullen, R. (2004). SpikeNet: real-time visual processing with one spike per neuron. Neurocomputing, 58-60, 857-864.


VanRullen, R., Reddy, L., & Koch, C. (2004). Visual search and dual-tasks reveal two distinct attentional resources. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 16(1), 4-14.

VanRullen, R. & Dong, T. (2003). Attention and scintillation. Vision Research 43(21) pp 2191-2196.

VanRullen, R. (2003). Visual Saliency and spike timing in the ventral visual pathway. Journal of Physiology (Paris) 97, 365-377.

VanRullen, R. & Koch, C. (2003). Is perception discrete or continuous? Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7(5), 207-213.

VanRullen, R. & Koch, C. (2003). Visual selective behavior can be triggered by a feed-forward process. J. Cogn. Neurosci. 15(2), 209-217.

VanRullen, R. & Koch, C. (2003). Competition and selection during visual processing of natural scenes and objects. Journal of Vision 3(1),  75-85.

VanRullen, R. & Thorpe, S.J. (2002). Surfing a spike wave down the ventral stream. Vision Research 42(23), pp 2593-2615.

Li, F-F., VanRullen, R., Koch, C. & Perona, P. (2002). Natural scene categorization in the near absence of attention. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 99(14), 9596-9601.

Thorpe, S.J., Delorme, A. & VanRullen, R. (2001). Spike-based strategies for rapid processing. Neural Networks 14, 715-725.

VanRullen, R., Delorme, A. & Thorpe, S.J. (2001). Feed-forward contour integration in primary visual cortex based on asynchronous spike propagation. Neurocomputing 38-40(1-4), 1003-1009.

VanRullen, R. & Thorpe, S.J. (2001). Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Ultra-Rapid Visual Categorisation of natural and artifactual objects. Perception 30(6), 655-668.

VanRullen, R. & Thorpe, S.J. (2001). The time course of visual processing: from early perception to decision making. J. Cogn. Neurosci. 13(4), 454-461.

VanRullen, R. & Thorpe, S.J. (2001). Rate coding vs Temporal Order coding: what the retinal ganglion cells tell the visual cortex. Neural Computation 13(6), 1255-1283.

Thorpe, S. J., Delorme, A., VanRullen, R. & Paquier, W. (2000). Reverse engineering of the visual system using networks of spiking neurons. Proceedings of the IEEE 2000 International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, IEEE press. IV: 405-408.


VanRullen, R. & Thorpe, S.J. (1999). Spatial attention in asynchronous neural networks. NeuroComputing , 26-27, 911-918.

Delorme, A., Gautrais, J., VanRullen, R. & Thorpe, S. (1999). SpikeNET: a simulator for modeling large networks of integrate and fire neurons. NeuroComputing, 26-27, 989-996.

VanRullen, R., Gautrais, J., Delorme, A. & Thorpe, S. (1998). Face processing using one spike per neurone. BioSystems, 48(1-3), 229-239.

Busch, N. & VanRullen, R. (2014). Is visual perception like a continuous flow or like a series of snapshots? In "Subjective Time". Ed: V. Arstila. Cambridge: MIT Press: 161-178.

VanRullen, R., Reddy, L. & Koch, C. (2010). A motion illusion revealing the temporally discrete nature of awareness. In "Space and Time in Perception and Action". Ed: R. Nijhawan.  Cambridge:, Cambridge University Press: 521-535.

VanRullen, R. & L. Reddy (2008). Visages et attention. In "Traitement et reconnaissance des visages: du percept à la personne" E. J. Barbeau, S. Joubert and O. Felician. Marseille, Solal: 377-391.

Reddy, L. & R. VanRullen (2008). Le codage neuronal des visages. In "Traitement et reconnaissance des visages: du percept à la personne" E. J. Barbeau, S. Joubert and O. Felician. Marseille, Solal: 367-375.

Cavanagh, P. & VanRullen, R. (2007). La résolution de l’attention : la précision spatiale et temporelle de la conscience visuelle. In “Neuroscience cognitive de l'attention visuelle”. Ed: G. A. Michael. Marseille: Solal.

VanRullen, R. (2005). Visual saliency and spike timing in the ventral visual pathway, in "The Neurobiology of Attention". Eds: L. Itti, G. Rees & J. Tsotsos.

VanRullen, R. & Koch, C. (2005). Visual attention and visual awareness, in "Handbook of Clinical Neurophysiology, Vol V: Disorders of Visual Processing". Ed: G. Celesia, pp 65-83.

VanRullen, R. (2004). Perception, décision, attention visuelles: ce que les potentiels évoqués nous apprennent sur le fonctionnement du systeme visuel, In "L'imagerie fonctionnelle électrique et magnetique: ses applications en sciences cognitives" pp 95-121. Ed: B. Renault. Paris: Hermes.