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Multisensory 
space Lab

Studying THE Multisensory BRAIN

WELCOME


By now, it is well established that our senses do not operate independently. Our brains have the fascinating ability to combine information from different senses, creating sensory unity. This integration of sensory input is crucial for optimal perception of and interaction with the world around us. It allows for superior spatial localization, identification, and faster detection of stimuli in the environment. The Multisensory Space Lab focuses on unraveling the mechanisms underlying multisensory spatial perception, the maintenance of sensory unity, and its restoration in the face of sensory impairments. The lab is part of the Department of Experimental Psychology at Utrecht University and is affiliated with the Neuropsychology group and the Attentionlab.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our research, would like to collaborate, or if you are looking for a research internship in the lab.


Nathan Van der Stoep

 

NEWS

Thursday, 16-11-2017

We launched the project N-SPASE initiative focussed at enhancing spatial navigation and awareness in sensory deprived conditions and are currently looking for industrial partners. Interested? Read more here.

Friday, 13-10-2017

New review paper on auditory perception and attention at unseen locations out now in European Journal of Neuroscience with Charles Spence and Jae Lee.


Spence, C., Lee, J., & Van der Stoep, N. (2017). Responding to sounds from unseen locations: Crossmodal attentional orienting in response to sounds presented from the rear. European Journal of Neuroscience[PDF]

Friday, 13-10-2017

Recently Vice published an article in which I provide a brief commentary on a new pill that could potentially provide protection against hearing loss. You can read it here (in Dutch).

Saturday, 29-07-2017

This week I received a VENI grant of 250,000 Euros from NWO for my grant application on investigating the disruption and restoration of sensory unity. For more information: 


https://www.uu.nl/en/news/27-researchers-from-utrecht-receive-a-veni-grant

https://www.nwo.nl/en/research-and-results/programmes/Talent+Scheme/awards/veni+awards/veni+awards+2017#gebied


Title: Restoring sensory unity  
Dr. N. (Nathan) van der Stoep (m), UU – Experimental Psychology   


Summary:

Our brains combine what we see and hear, enhancing spatial perception. Hearing loss causes hearing and vision to be in conflict. In this project, the researchers will investigate whether the brain’s plasticity can be used to restore sensory unity, improve spatial perception, and rehabilitate people with hearing loss.

Thursday, 22-06-2017

Coming Monday I will be giving a talk in the lab of Mark Wallace about some of the first pilot studies from our lab on the impact of hearing loss on sensory unity.

Sunday, 11-06-2017

The IMRF poster on temporal binding and multisensory gain in near and far space is now available for download here.

Thursday, 11-05-2017

We have recently published a new paper on the link between visual working memory and saccade execution. Our findings indicate that the visual system can flexibly allocate the resources of visual working memory for either saccade tasks or actively committing items to working memory. We conclude that making an eye-movement compulsorily uses these visual working memory resources, similar to volitionally committing an extra item to memory.


Schut, M.J., Van der Stoep, N., Postma, A., & Van der Stigchel, S. (in press). The cost of making an eye movement: A direct link between visual working memory and saccade execution. Journal of Visions

Monday, 24-04-2017

The next WAS day (Workinggroup Auditory System for The Netherlands and Belgiumwill take place at 11 May in Eindhoven. Recent findings related to the neurophysiology of auditory processing, cochlear implants, and other research regarding hearing and hearing loss will be discussed. I will attend with several of my students. Hope to see you there!

Monday, 24-04-2017

We recently published a new study in Experimental Brain Research. We investigated how tactile expectation of approaching objects interacts with response time facilitation caused by multisensory integration in peripersonal hand space.


Kandula, M., Van der Stoep, N., Hofman, D., Dijkerman, H. C. (in press). On the contribution of tactile expectations to visuo-tactile interactions within the peripersonal space. Experimental Brain Research.

Monday, 20-03-2017

From May 19-22 I will be attending the IMRF in Nashville, TN, USA. I'm looking forward to meeting you all again!

I will be presenting a new study on multisensory integration in the depth dimension. The project is the result of a collaboration with Jean-Paul Noel and prof. dr. Mark Wallace. More information coming soon!

Thursday, 03-11-2016

Coming Tuesday, November 8, I will give a talk about my past and future work on multisensory spatial perception at the WAS (Working community Auditory System) day in Utrecht. 

Thursday, 13-10-2016

The new book is out! Neuropsychology of Space: [PDF]

Direct link to the multisensory chapter Multisensory perception and the coding of space[PDF]

Friday, 24-06-2016

Our paper entitled "Visually-­induced inhibition of return affects the integration of auditory and visual information" has been accepted for publication in Perception. You can find the pdf here.

Friday, 20-05-2016

You can download the pdf of our recent Vision Research paper here.

Saturday, 14-05-2016

Coming Monday, May 16th, I will be presenting a poster at VSS 2016 on the relevance of spatial alignment of sound and light in horizontal space and in depth for audiovisual integration. You can download a pdf of the poster here.

Tuesday, 03-05-2016

Our new paper on "Oculomotor interference of bimodal distractors" has been accepted for publication in Vision Research. I will post a link to the pdf as soon as it is available.


Heeman, J., Nijboer, T. C. W., Van der Stoep, N., Theeuwes, J., & Van der Stigchel, S. (in press). Oculomotor interference of bimodal distractors. Vision Research.

Thursday, 21-01-2016

Our new review paper entitled "Depth: the Forgotten Dimension in Multisensory Research" is now available online. You can find it here.

Tuesday, 22-12-2015

The pdf of the NVP conference poster can now be found under publications [pdf].

Saturday, 12-12-2015

During next weeks' NVP winter conference I will be presenting a poster on the relative contributions of multisensory integration and spatial attention to multisensory response enhancement. Please come by if you're interested! The full paper of the poster can be found here.

Monday, 05-10-2015

The pdf of my PhD thesis can now be downloaded. You can find it under Publications.

Saturday, 03-10-2015

Our paper on the relative contributions of exogenous spatial attention and multisensory integration to multisensory response enhancement has been published in Acta Psychologica.


Van der Stoep, N., Spence, C., Nijboer, T. C. W., & Van der Stigchel, S. (2015). On the relative contributions of multisensory integration and crossmodal exogenous spatial attention to multisensory response enhancement. Acta Psychologica, 162, 20-28. [PDF]

Tuesday, 23-06-2015

On behalf of all speakers, thanks for attending our symposium Depth: The forgotten dimension in multisensory research. We are working hard on a paper based on the symposium for a special issue in Multisensory Research. Be sure to keep an eye out for it!

Monday, 15-06-2015

You can find the .pdf of my IMRF 2015 talk here.

Saturday, 13-06-2015

Our symposium "Depth: The forgotten dimension in multisensory research" will be held this Monday from 09.00 to 11.00 at the IMRF in Pisa. Exciting talks from Max Di Luca, Andrea Serino, Alessandro Farnè, and myself.

Tuesday, 21-03-2015

New paper accepted for publication in Experimental Brain Research (special issue Multisensory Processing):

Van der Stoep, N., Van der Stigchel, S., Nijboer, T. C. W., & Van der Smagt, M. J. (in press). Audiovisual integration in near and far space: Effects of changes in distance and stimulus effectiveness. Experimental Brain Research.

You can find the paper here.

Tuesday, 17-02-2015

For this year's IMRF in Pisa, Italy, Charles Spence and I have organised a symposium called "Depth: The forgotten dimension in multisensory research". Come and visit our symposium at this year's IMRF if you want to know more about the most recent findings related to multisensory interactions in the depth plane. The speakers are:


Max di Luca: Looking beyond the horizon of audiovisual simultaneity.

Andrea Serino: Multisensory interactions in peripersonal space.

Nathan van der Stoep: Multisensory interactions in the depth plane in front and rear space.

Alessandro Farne:  Driving hand-objects interactions in depth by anticipated weighting of visuo-tactile processing.

Monday, 08-12-2014

Our review of multisensory interactions in the depth plane in front and rear space has been accepted for publication in Neuropsychologia (Special issue: Peripersonal space). You can find the paper here

Monday, 27-10-2014

Our paper entitled "Exogenous spatial attention decreases audiovisual integration" has been accepted for publication in Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. The paper is now available here.

Tuesday, 09-10-2014

Our paper on differences in balance impairments between peripersonal and extrapersonal neglect has been accepted for publication in NeuroReport. The paper can be found here.

Monday, 16-06-2014

My poster from the IMRF 2014 in Amsterdam on audiovisual integration in 3-D space is now available here.

Saturday, 11-05-2014

At this year's IMRF I will present the results from two studies on audiovisual integration in 3-D space in which we investigated two classical principles of multisensory integration (inverse effectiveness and spatial alignment) in the depth dimension. Our findings indicate that changing the distance from which multisensory stimuli are presented changes the influence of these principles. Please visit my poster at June 13th if you're interested. 

Tuesday, 11-02-2014

You can find our latest paper on the influence of horizontally and vertically aligned visual distractors on aurally guided saccadic eye movements here.

Friday, 24-01-2014

New paper! 


Ten Brink, A. F., Nijboer, T. C. W., Van der Stoep, N., Van der Stigchel, S. (in press). The influence of vertically and horizontally aligned visual distractors on aurally guided saccadic eye movements. Experimental Brain Research.


I will post a link as soon as the paper is available online.

Monday, 23-12-2013

NVP 2013 was great. It was nice to meet a lot of Dutch colleagues. I hope you all have a good time this Christmas and have a good new year.  

Nathan

Sunday, 03-11-2013

Great news! Utrecht University has been so generous to award my proposal for a Short Stay PhD Fellowship with a grant. In 2014, I will conduct research in the Crossmodal Research Lab of Dr. Charles Spence. We have planned several studies that fit well within my PhD project on multisensory interactions in 3-D space. 

Friday, 11-10-2013

Here is the link to our latest article in PB&R in which we provide support for the idea that exogenous crossmodal attention is 'depth-aware'. 

Saturday, 28-09-2013

Our paper on exogenous crossmodal attention in depth has been accepted for publication in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.  I will post a link as soon as it is available.

Thursday, 29-08-2013

Our paper on near and far visuospatial neglect after stroke is available online. You can find it here.

Thursday, 11-07-2013

Our paper on distance specific visuospatial neglect after stroke has been accepted in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology! I will post a link once it is published online. 


Van der Stoep, N., Visser-Meily, J. M. A., Kappelle, L. J., De Kort, P. L. M., Huisman, K. D., Eijsackers, A. L. H., Kouwenhoven, M., Van der Stigchel, S., & Nijboer, T. C. W. (in press). Exploring Near and Far Regions of Space: Distance Specific Visuospatial Neglect After Stroke. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.

Saturday, 09-06-2013

The IMRF 2013 was awesome! I met a lot of great researchers and enjoyed my time in Jerusalem. 

You can now download the poster I presented at the IMRF under Publications.

Wednesday, 22-05-2013

My abstract for the 14th IMRF has been published in a Multisensory Research Supplement. You can read the abstract here.

Wednesday, 01-05-2013

I recently received the great news that my poster on the interaction between reflexive attention and audiovisual integration is accepted for the 14th International Multisensory Research Forum. The 14th IMRF will take place in Jerusalem in June of this year. You can find more information about the conference here. You will be able to download my poster under Publications after the conference.

Wednesday, 18-03-2013

Recently our paper on ambivalence and balance was published in Psychological Science! You can get the article [here].

Monday, 14-01-2013

Last friday I gave my first talk of 2013! Me and my colleagues were invited to give a talk about some of our recent studies at the VU in Amsterdam for the group of prof. dr. Jan Theeuwes. He is the former promotor of my daily supervisor and co-promotor dr. Stefan van der Stigchel. It was a nice afternoon with some good discussions. 


I am invited to give a colloquium at the Brain & Cognition Club (BCC) at Erasmus University Rotterdam. It will be about multisensory integration and attention in 3D space (...and their interaction).  Wednesday, January 23


One of my supervisors, Dr. Tanja Nijboer, asked me to step in for her talk about the implementation of fundamental research in a health care setting at Rehabilitation Center de Hoogstraat. My presentation will be 1 of 4 talks that afternoon. Monday, January 28

Monday, 10-12-2012

Thursday december 13th I will give a colloquium at the department of Experimental Psychology at Utrecht University. I will present some of my recent studies on attention and multisensory processing in 3D space. This includes studies with both stroke patients and healthy subjects.

Monday, 08-10-2012

I will give a talk about computer use in neuropsychological research in stroke patients at this years fall conference of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Neuropsychologie (Dutch Society for Neuropsychology). The conference will be held at november 9th at the Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam. The conference will be about the use of computers in neuropsychological research, interventions, and diagnostics. For more information, you can check out the website of NVN.

Wednesday, 08-08-2012
New papers:

Van der Stoep, N., Nijboer, T.C.W., & Van der Stigchel, S. (2012). Non-lateralized auditory input enhances averaged vectors in the oculomotor system. Experimental Brain Research. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-012-3178-5 [PDF]

Schneider, I.K., Eerland, A., van Harreveld, F., Rotteveel, M., van der Pligt, J., Van der Stoep, N., & Zwaan, R.A. (in press). One way and the other: The bi-directional relationship between ambivalence and body movement. Psychological Science. [PDF]

Tuesday, 03-07-2012

I'm back from INS 2012. Below are some pictures of my presentation and the travel award ceremony. I was one of the five PhD. students who received a travel award for their research from the American Psychological Association.

TALKS

Wednesday, 11 October, 2017, 12.30


Title: 

Sensory Unity: Underlying Mechanisms and Restoration after Hearing Loss


Location: 

Van Opstal Lab, Dept. Biophysics, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmagen, The Netherlands


See Publications for information about recent talks.