space lab

Studying THE Multisensory BRAIN



Tuesday, 15 December 2020

New paper accepted in Scientific Reports in which we investigate the (additive) nature of the human multisensory evoked pupil response. PDF available soon!

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

New paper accepted in Journal of Mathematical Psychology in which we model multisensory interactions in near and far space to test whether a different temporal binding window for near and far space is needed to explain the observed  multisensory behavior. PDF available now (gold open access): link.

  • Van der Stoep, N., Colonius, H., Noel, J.-P., Wallace, M. T., & Diederich, A. (in press). Audiovisual Integration in Depth: Modeling the Effect of Distance and Stimulus Effectiveness Using the TWIN model. Journal of Mathematical Psychology

Friday, 14 August 2020

Our paper on trans-saccadic perception (combining information obtained before and after an eye-movement has been made) has been accepted for publication in Journal of Vision. 

  • Van der Stigchel, S., Schut, M. J., Fabius, J., & Van der Stoep, N., (in press). Trans-saccadic perception is affected by saccade landing point deviations after saccadic adaptation. Journal of Vision

The pdf of our recent Current Biology paper can be found here.

  • Van der Stoep, N., & Alais, D. (2020). Cross-modal motion perception: Auditory motion encoded in a visual motion area. Current Biology. [PDF]

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Our dispatch paper on cross-modal motion perception has been accepted for publication in Current Biology. We discuss a recent findings and current challenges. The paper will be available online soon!

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

The lab has been close due to the Corona virus. Data cannot be collected in the lab at this time. Please visit https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/practical-matters/coronavirus/coronavirus-updates for the most up-to-date information from Utrecht University.

Please stay safe!

Friday, 7 February 2020

Our paper on motor congruency and multisensory integration has been accepted for publciation in Experimental Brain Research. 

  • Elshout, J. A., Van der Stoep, N., Nijboer, T. C. W., & Van der Stigchel, S. (in press). Motor congruency and multisensory integration jointly facilitate visual information processing before movement execution. Experimental Brain Research.

I will post a link as soon as it is available online. In the mean time, you can check out the pdf of the poster.


Friday, 7 February 2020

Six new students have joined the lab! Check out what they're working on at the people page!

Friday, 7 February 2020

Here are the results of some of the studies on multisensory/auditory perception/hearing loss we've conducted last year. Presented at various conferences in 2019. Some accepted for publication, some being written up. Links to poster downloads provided below.

The impact of simulated asymmetrical hearing loss on multisensory integration of auditory and visual spatial information. Böing, S., & Van der Stigchel, S., & Van der Stoep https://tinyurl.com/sqqj6hk 

Differences in binaural interaction between normal hearing and asymmetric hearing loss measured by the auditory brainstem response. Vink, E., Versnel, H, & Van der Stoep, N. https://tinyurl.com/v9cg4qc

A neurophysiological marker of auditory working memory load. Wisman, D. C., Van der Stigchel, S., & Van der Stoep, N. https://tinyurl.com/r37kgy4

Motor congruency and multisensory integration jointly facilitate visual information processing before movement execution. Elshout, J. A., Van der Stoep, N., Nijboer, T. C. W., & Van der Stigchel, S. (in press at Exp Brain Res) https://tinyurl.com/r6cd9ya

Time is money: Individual differences in risky choice behavior. Karreman, A. L., Van der Stoep, N., & Mulder, M. https://tinyurl.com/vr7roag

Wednesday, 08-05-2019

The poster on the impact of asymmetrical hearing loss on multisensory integration presented at the International Hearing Loss Conference 2019 is now available for download here.

Tuesday, 19-02-2019

Our paper "Impairments in multisensory integration after stroke" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 

In this study, we investigated the impact of stroke on multisensory integration and observed that 33% of the patients in our sample had integration deficits. This deficit resulted in a 70% reduction in multisensory facilitation. Using lesion analysis we identified the areas related to multisensory integration impairments. Mainly areas near the insula and thalamus in the left hemisphere were affected. The findings provide important insights into multisensory dysfunction after acquired brain damage.

You can find the paper here.

Wednesday, 12-09-2018

Two new papers are out!

Schut, M. J., Van der Stoep, N., Fabius, J. H., & Van der Stigchel, S. (2018). Feature integration is unaffected by saccade landing point, even when saccades land outside of the range of regular oculomotor variance. Journal of vision, 18(7):6, 1-17. [PDF] | Open Access

Schut, M. J., Van der Stoep, N., & Van der Stigchel, S. (2018). Auditory spatial attention is encoded in a retinotopic reference frame across eye-movements. PloS ONE, 13(8), e0202414. [PDF] | Open Access

Unfortunately, Martijn is going to leave the lab as his PhD is finished. We are proud of his work and will miss him! Good luck with your new job Martijn, and thanks for the past 4 years!

Thursday, 01-05-2018

Our new paper on multisensory integration in near and far space has been accepted for publication in Experimental Brain Research. The study is a collaborative effort of Jean-Paul Noel, Kahan Modi, Mark Wallace, and Nathan Van der Stoep.

Noel, J-P., Modi, K., Wallace, M. T., Van der Stoep, N. (in press). Audiovisual Integration in Depth: Multisensory Binding and Gain as a Function of Distance. Experimental Brain Research. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-018-5274-7  [PDF] | Open Access

Friday, 15-12-2017

Today, I will present the first results of my study on the impact of asymmetrical hearing loss on multisensory integration at this year's NVP winter conference. Come visit me at poster 61 if you are interested. Click here to download the poster.

Chiara Notaro will present her work on superadditivity in the multisensory pupil response. You can visit her at poster number 40. Click here to download the poster.

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: 



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


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.  

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.


22-25 June 2020 
(moved to 2021)
Symposium: On the dynamics and rehabilitative power of multisensory plasticity.
International Multisensory Research Forum
Ulm, Germany

10 april 2020 (Cancelled)
Title: Verstoring en herstel van zintuigelijke eenheid/Disruption and restoration of sensory unity
World Cochleair Implant Day
University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands

13 February 2020
Title: How the senses work together
Brainwave event
Utrecht University, The Netherlands

6 October 2019
Title: How the senses work together
Specsavers Clinical Conference
Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, The Netherlands