Neuronal Dynamics of Vision: Perception, Attention & Consciousness



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VanRullen, R. (2016). Perceptual cycles. Trends Cogn Sci, 20(10), 723-735

McLelland, D. & VanRullen, R. (2016). Theta-gamma coding meets communication-through-coherence: neuronal oscillatory multiplexing theories reconciled. PLOS Comput Biol (in press).


Sun, H-M., Inyutina, M., VanRullen, R. & Wu, C-T. (2016). The temporal advantage for reloading vs. uploading conscious representations decays over time. Neurosci Consc (in press).

VanRullen, R. (2016). How to evaluate phase differences between trial groups in ongoing electrophysiological signals. Front. Neurosci 10:426.

Sherman, M. T., Kanai, R., Seth, A. K., & VanRullen, R. (2016). Rhythmic influence of top-down perceptual priors in the phase of pre-stimulus occipital alpha oscillations. J Cogn Neurosci, 28(9), 1318-1330.

McLelland, D., Lavergne, L. & VanRullen, R. (2016). The phase of ongoing EEG oscillations predicts the amplitude of peri-saccadic mislocalization. Scientific Reports 6, 29335.

Sokoliuk, R. & VanRullen, R. (2016). Global and local oscillatory entrainment of visual behavior across retinotopic space. Scientific Reports 6, 25132.

Han, B. & VanRullen, R. (2016). Shape perception enhances perceived contrast: evidence for excitatory predictive feedback? Scientific Reports 6, 22944.

Miconi, T. & VanRullen, R. (2016). A Feedback Model of Attention Explains the Diverse Effects of Attention on Neural Firing Rates and Receptive Field Structure. PLoS Comput Biol 12(2): e1004770.

Senoussi, M., Berry, I., VanRullen, R. & Reddy, L. (2016). Multivoxel Object Representations in Adult Human Visual Cortex Are Flexible: An Associative Learning Study, J Cogn Neurosci 28(6), 852-868.

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

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, 10(12), e0144858

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.

VanRullen, R. (2016). Perceptual Rhythms. In "Stevens Handbook of Experimental Psychology". Ed: J Serences. Wiley (in press).

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.