Centre Attention & Vision du LPP UMR 8242 – 45 rue des Saints Peres 75006 Paris, France


March 2017: Welcome Arielle

In March 2017, we were pleased to welcome again Arielle Veenemans who is back in our team.


Sept 2016 – March 2017: Goodbay

Between September 2016 and March 2017 some team members left the lab for new projects. We wish all the best to Cecile Eymond, Matteo Lisi and Nika Adamian!!!


July 2016: Viola and Celine departure

Viola Stormer and Celine Paeye left the lab team. They both found new position. All the best for you!


March 2016: Touch workshop

From March 7th to 15th we hold a workshop on localization in touch.

Participants designed, programmed and tested new ideas.

Program and presentations are available.


New publications

Anstis, S., Dykmans, N., Kaneko, S., & Cavanagh, P. (2016). Orbiting black/white rays produce an illusory gray disk. Perception, in press. pdf

Born, S. Krger, H. M., Zimmermann, E., & Cavanagh, P. (2016). Compression of space for low visibility probes. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 10(21), 1-13. pdf

Eymond, C., Collins, T., & Cavanagh, P. (2016). Feature-based attention across saccades and immediate post-saccadic selection. Attention, Perception, & Performance, 78(5), 1293-1301.pdf

Knapen, T., Swisher, J. D., Tong, F., & Cavanagh, P. (2016). Oculomotor remapping of visual information to foveal retinotopic cortex. Frontiers in System Neuroscience, 10(51), 1-12. pdf

Krger, H. M., Collins, T., Englitz, B., & Cavanagh, P. (2016) Saccades create similar mislocalizations in visual and auditory space. Journal of Neurophysiology, 115(4), 2237-2245. doi: 10.1152/jn.00853.2014. pdf

Szinte, M., Jonikaitis, D., Rolfs, M., Cavanagh, P., & Deubel, H. (2016). Pre-saccadic motion integration
between current and future retinotopic locations of attended objects. Journal of Neurophysiology, in press. pdf

Thibault, L., van den Berg, R. Cavanagh, P. & Sergent, C. (2016). Retrospective attention gates discrete conscious access to past senory stimuli. PLoS One, 11(2) : e0148504. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0148504.pdf

Wu, D.-A., & Cavanagh, P. (2016). Where are you looking? Pseudogaze in afterimages. Journal of Vision, 16(5):6. pdf

de Vito, S., Lunven, M., Bourlon, C., Duret, C., Cavanagh, P., & Bartolomeo, P. (2015) When brain damage improves perception: Neglect patients can localize motion-shifted probes better than controls. Journal of Neurophysiology, 114(6), 3351-3358.

Hogendoorn, H., Verstraten, F. A. J., & Cavanagh, P. (2015). Strikingly rapid neural basis of motion-induced position shifts revealed by high temporal-resolution EEG pattern classification. Vision Research, 113, 1-10.

Lisi, M., & Cavanagh, P. (2015). Dissociation between the perceptual and saccadic localization of moving objects. Current Biology, 25, 2535-2540.

Shioiri, S, Ogawa, M., Yaguchi, H., & Cavanagh, P. (2015). Attentional facilitation of detection of flicker on moving objects. Journal of Vision, 15(14):3.

Veenemans, A. A., & Cavanagh, P. (2015). An unattended mask makes an attended target disappear. Journal of Vision, 15(14):9.


Touch Workshop coming up on March 2016

We are pleased to announce the ERC UCSD Touch Workshop which will start on Monday, 7th of March 2016.

Here is the program for the opening.


November 2015: New arrivals

We have two new additions :

Harry Haladjian, a new post doc from the United States

Delphine Massendari, a new post doc from Marseille, France

WeLcOmE to the LaB!


May 15th-20th, Vision Science Society

Several member of the team attended the VSS annual meeting which was held in Florida. It was the occassion to learn about the latest vision research. Furthermore our team had the opportunity to give poster presentation and talks.





April-May 2015: Scientific events

From April to May 2015, we attended different scientific events:

- Hannah Kruger IMRF

- Patrick Cavanagh : Dagstul seminar

- Patrick Cavangh: talk at Bielefied seminar

- Patrick Cavangh: lectures and seminar at Sidney University and attended RIEC International Symposium in Tokyo.


May 2015: Hannah Kruger left the lab

Hannah Kruger left the lab for new exciting projects. All the best Hannah!!


New publications

Lisi, M., Cavanagh, P., & Zorzi, M. (2015). Spatial constancy of attention across eye movements is mediated by the presence of visual objects. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, in press.

Born, S., Zimmerman, E., & Cavanagh, P. (2015). The spatial profile of mask-induced compression for perception and action. Vision Research, in press.

Kohler, P. J., Cavanagh, P., & Tse, P. U. (2015). Motion-induced position shifts are influenced by global motion, but dominated by component motion. Vision Research, in press.

Perdreau, F., & Cavanagh, P. (2015). Drawing experts have better visual memory while drawing. Journal of Vision, in press.

Szinte, M., Carrasco, M. Cavanagh, P., & Rolfs, M. (2015). Attentional tradeoffs maintain the tracking of moving objects across saccades. Journal of Neurphysiology, in press.

Cavanagh, P. (2014). Guest editorial: Applied neuroscience. Current Biology, 24, R849-851.

Cavanagh, P. (2014). Q & A: Patrick Cavanagh. Current Biology, 24, R260-262.

Greenwood, J., Sayim B., & Cavanagh, P. (2014). Crowding is reduced by onset transients in the targets but not in the flankers. Journal of Vision, 14(6):2, 1-21.

Li, H.-H., Shim, W. M., & Cavanagh, P. (2014). Backward position shift in apparent motion. Journal of Vision, 14(1):16, 1-10.

MacDonald, J., Cavanagh, P., & VanRullen, R. (2014). Attentional sampling of multiple wagon wheels. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 76(1), 64-72.

Sayim, B., Greenwood,. J. Cavanagh, P. (2014). Foveal target repetitions reduce crowding. Journal of Vision, 14(6):4, 1-12.

Tripathy, S., Cavanagh, P., & Bedell, H. (2014). Large crowding zones in peripheral vision for briefly-presented stimuli. Journal of Vision, 14(6):11, 1-11.

Zimmerman, E., Born, S., Fink, G. R., & Cavanagh, P. (2014). Masking produces compression of space and time in the absence of eye movements. Journal of Neurophysiology, 112, 3066-3076.


January 2015: Sabine Born’s departure

Sabine Born left the lab. She took a new position as post-doc with Dirk Kerzel in Geneva. Best wishes, Sabine. As a going away present, she received special cups.
sabine's cup


January 22: Monster Flash at the Irish Cultural Center

Patrick, Nika and Marianne presented the Monster Flash at the Irish Cultural Center. Program here. The presentation was repeated on February 5th and February 19th.


October 6 to 15: The Berkely Workshop

With 5 sessions over 10 days, the Berkeley Workshop at LPP, hosted by ERC Position involved presentation of research ideas, followed by a week of experimenting and ended with a summary of what was discovered. In attendance, in addition to LPP members, were David Whitney, Gerrit Maus, Ben Wolfe, Anna Kosovicheva, Alina Liberman, Allison Yamanashi, and Wes Chaney from Berkeley, Viola Strmer and Jason Haberman from Harvard, Santani Teng from MIT, Daw-An Wu from Cal Tech and Eckart Zimmermann from Jlich Research,Clara Bourrelly from INT Marseille, Gracie Edwards from Glasgow, and Paolo Bartolomeo and Stefania de Vito from ICM, Paris.


Visit of Gerrit Maus

Gerrit Maus from UC Berkeley visited the lab for 2 weeks in October


Visit of David Withney

September: David Whitney from UC Berkeley visited the lab for 3 months this fall



November 7: Congratulation Florian

Florian successfully defends his thesis and moves on to Nijmegen for his new postdoc with Pieter Medendorp.


Coming up on November

Florian Perdreau will defend his Phd thesis on November 6th


Visit of John Reynolds from Salk Institute

On September 22, we received John Reynolds from Salk Institute, San Diego California. He presented his latest work in the LPP / INC seminar on "Attentional modulation of neuronal response gain and variability in alert monkey. New optogenetic techniques".


Birmingham Fest

On June 30th and July 1st, we hosted collaborators from Birmingham: Jess Kerlin, Claire Miller, Howard Bowman, Illja Sligte, and Jane Raymond. There were several great talks and lots of exchanges between our two labs. Program is available here.


Departure and New arrivals

On June 15, Anne-Claire Blanchard, our lab manager, departed for a new job in Germany. Aurevoir, Anne-Claire, and best wishes for your new job.

We also welcome two new additions:

Nika Adamian, a new PhD student from Russia by way of Oxford.

And Niclette Bukasa Kampata, our new lab manager.


WeLcOme to the LaB!



New articles!

Desantis, A., Mamassian, P., Lisi, M., Waszak, F. (2014). The prediction of visual stimuli influences auditory loudness discrimination. Experimental Brain Research, in press

Born, S., Mottet, I., Kerzel, D. (2014). Presaccadic perceptual facilitation effects depend on saccade execution: evidence from the stop-signal paradigm. Journal of Vision, 14(3):7.

Cavanagh, P., Battelli, L., & Holcombe, A. O. (2014). Dynamic attention. In Anna C. Nobre and Sabine Kastner (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Attention. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 652-675.

Perdreau, F., & Cavanagh, P. (2014). Drawing skill is related to the efficiency of encoding object structure. i-Perception, 5, 101-114.

Stormer, V., Alvarez, G., & Cavanagh, P. (2014). Within-hemifield competition in early visual areas limits the ability to track multiple objects with attention. Journal of Neuroscience, in press.


Richard Krauzlis in Paris!


We had the honor of receiving Richard Krauzlis in our lab. He visited for two weeks.
The Real Time Rolling Krauszlis Experimental Workshop was held on 4 sessions spread over 9 days from February 25th to March 5th. These were not seminars but discussions of various topics in spatial attention, physiology and eye movements with the goal of planning and running experiments during the workshop. In attendance in addition to LPP members were Rich Krauzlis and James Herman from NIH in Bethesda, MD, USA, Martin Rolfs and Carlos Cassanello from the Bernstein Center in Berlin, Florian Ostendorf from La Charite, Berlin, Eckart Zimmermann from Julich Research, Laurent Goffart and Clara Bourrelly from INT Marseille, Martin Szinte and Donatas Jonikaitis from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat,Munich,and Paolo Bartolomeo and Stefania de VIto from ICM in Paris. The workshop was a success and we hope to present results and publications soon.

Here is the Final Program and a link to the videos of the presentations


INT Marseille FEST

On JanuaINT-logory 9-10th we hosted collaborators from the INT lab in Marseille: in addition to Laurent Goffart, Clara Bourrelly, Laurent Madelain, Anna Montagnini, Manuel Vidal, Fréderic Chavane, Guillaume Masson, Ivo Vanzetta, Laurent Perrinet from INT, we also had Peter Kohler from Stanford, Eckart Zimmermann from Jülich, and Jean Lorenceau and Dimitri Bayle from Paris.



New arrival!!

As of today we welcome a new Postdoc in our team:

Celine Paeye, who used to work with Karl Gegenfurtner in Giessen


Visit from Peter Kohler

Peter Kohler, originally from the University of Copenhagen and currently visiting at the Dartmouth College, will be visiting our lab until January 15th.


New arrivals!

Thanks to the ERC grant we are pleased to welcome new lab members:

Cecile Eymond, PhD student, since October 1st

Clara Bourrelly, PhD student, since October 1st (working in Laurent Goffart's lab in Marseille)

Stefania de Vito, Postdoc, since October 1st (working in Paolo Bartolomeo's lab at the ICM)


ERC Advanced Grant

Patrick Cavanagh's ERC Advanced Grant project named "POSITION: Predictive Position Coding" is officially starting today!



Matteo is a new doctor

We all congratulate Matteo for having gotten his PhD! His thesis is entitled "Mechanisms of top-down visual spatial attention: computational and behavioral investigations".


Vision Science Society 2013

Szinte, M., Rolfs, M., Carrasco, M., Cavanagh, P. et al. Remapping of attentionally tracked locations.

Li, H., Shim, W., Cavanagh, P.. Cross-modal motion-induced position shift.

Tripathy, S., Cavanagh, P., & Bedell, H. Large interaction zones for visual crowding for briefly presented peripheral stimuli.

Greenwood, J., & Cavanagh, P.. A release from crowding using task-irrelevant object parts.

Zimmermann, E., Fink, G., Cavanagh, P.. Perifoveal spatial compression.

Stanley, J., Forte, J., Cavanagh, P., et al. Color and luminance influence, but can not explain, binocular rivalry onset bias.

Perdreau, F., & Cavanagh, P.. The artist's advantage: better spatial and temporal integration of object structure. Pdf.

Störmer, V., Cavanagh, P., & Alvarez, G. The profile of multifocal attention: surround-suppression between and within hemifields.


New articles!

Macdonald, J., Cavanagh, P., & VanRullen, R. (2013). Attentional sampling of multiple wagon wheels. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, in press.

Franconeri, S. L., Alvarez, G. A., & Cavanagh, P. (2013). Flexible cognitive resources: competitive content maps for attention and memory. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17, 134-141.

Ikeda, H., Watanabe, K., & Cavanagh, P. (2013). Crowding of biological motion stimuli. Journal of Vision, 13(4):20, 1-6.

Wexler, M,. Glennerster, A., Cavanagh, P., & Ito, H. (2013). Default perception of high-speed motion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in press.

Zimmerman, E., Fink, G. R., & Cavanagh, P. (2013). Perifoveal spatial compression. Journal of Vision, 13(5):21, 1-9.


New articles!

Perdreau, F., & Cavanagh, P. (2013). Is artists' perception more veridical? Frontiers in Neuroscience, 7(6),1-11. Pdf

Rolfs, M., Dambacher, M., & Cavanagh, P. (2013). Visual adaptation of the perception of causality. Current Biology, in press. Pdf

Donatas Jonikaitis, D., Szinte, M., Rolfs, M., & Cavanagh, P. (2012). Allocation of attention across saccades. Journal of Neurophysiology. published ahead of print. Pdf

Greenwood, JA, Tailor, VK, Simmers, AJ, Sloper, JJ, Bex, PJ, & Dakin, SC (2012). Visual acuity, crowding and stereo-vision are linked in children with and without amblyopia. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 53(12), 7655-7665. Pdf

Anderson, EJ, Dakin, SC, Schwarzkopf, DS, Rees, G, & Greenwood, JA (2012). The neural correlates of crowding-induced changes in appearance. Current Biology, 22(13), 1199-1206. Pdf

Tibber, MS, Greenwood, JA, & Dakin, SC (2012). Number and density discrimination rely on a common metric: Similar psychophysical effects of size, contrast and divided attention. Journal of Vision, 12(6):8, 1-19. Pdf



New grants!

Humbolt Fellowship to Martin Szinte, now in Munich, 2012-2014

Spatial Cognition from FP7 to Hamker (Germany), Medendorp (Netherlands), Burgess (UK), VanRullen and Cavanagh (France) 2013-2016

Predictive Position Code, ERC to Cavanagh 2013-2017


New arrivals!

Three new postdocs will be arriving soon!

Matteo Lisi, February 1

Sabine Born, March 1

Hannah Krüger, April 1


Au revoir Matteo

After having visited us for few months, Matteo comes back to his lab at the University of Padova in Italy.
Best wishes from all of us!


New grants !

Here is the list of Patrick's new grants:

The Position Sense, ANR to Cavanagh 2013-2015

Common Map of Locations, ORA to Cavanagh, Collins, Deubel, Theeuwes, 2013-2015

DEFI-SENS, CNRS to Wexler, Collins, Cavanagh, Safran, and Sabbah, 2012


New articles !

Congratulations to the authors for those new publications!

Allard, R. & Cavanagh, P. (2012). Different processing strategies underlie voluntary averaging in low and high noise. Journal of Vision, in press.

Alvarez, G. A., Gill, J. V., & Cavanagh, P. (2012). Anatomical Constraints on Attention: Hemifield Independence is a Signature of Multifocal Spatial Selection. Journal of Vision, 12(5):9, 1-20. pdf

Butcher, S. J., & Cavanagh, P. (2012). Familiarity does not affect the unilateral field advantage for repetition detection. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, Epub ahead of print. pdf

Cohen, M. A., Cavanagh, P., Chun, M. M., Nakayama, K. (2012). The attentional requirements of consciousness. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16(8), 411 - 417. pdf

Hein, E, & Cavanagh, P. (2012). Motion correspondence in the Ternus display shows feature bias in spatiotopic coordinates. Journal of Vision, in press.

Kosovicheva, A. A., Maus, G. W., Anstis, S., Cavanagh, P., Tse, P. U., & Whitney, D. (2012). The motion-induced shift in the perceived location of a grating also shifts its aftereffect. Journal of Vision, in press.

Solomon, J. A., Cavanagh, P., & Gorea, A. (2012). Recognition criteria vary with fluctuating uncertainty. Journal of Vision, in press.

Szinte, M., Wexler, M., & Cavanagh, P. (2012). Temporal dynamics of remapping captured by peri-saccadic continuous motion. Journal of Vision, 12(7):12, 1-18. pdf


ECVP 2012

Here is the list of the talks and posters presented by our group at ECVP:
European Conference on Visual Perception, 2-6 September, 2012, Alghero (Sardinia)

The motion of pure colour: it’s all in the jitter.
P Cavanagh, M Wexler

Temporal dynamics of the remote facilitation effect in crowding
B Sayim, JA Greenwood, P Cavanagh 

Extreme motion aftereffects

M Wexler, A Glennester, P Cavanagh

Role of landmark objects in the orienting of attention across saccades

M Lisi, P Cavanagh, M Zorzi

Influence of crowding on discriminating the direction of biological motion

H Ikeda, K Watanabe, P Cavanagh

Unnatural art, natural brain (at VSAC Satellite conference)
P Cavanagh

The pdf and the abstracts of all the talks and posters will soon be found in the presentations section.


Au revoir Bilge

After two years in CAVLab, Bilge Sayim has departed for his new postdoc position in Johan Wagemans's lab in Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.
Best wishes from all of us.


Patrick awarded Honorary Doctorate

Patrick Cavanagh has received a doctorate honoris causa from the University of Montréal.
The graduation ceremony took place on the first of June 2012, in the presence of Guy Breton, rector of the Université de Montréal, of the director of the School of optometry Christian Casanova and the president of the professional order of optometrists from Quebec Lise-Anne Chassé.
Congratulations, Patrick!



Paris_Amsterdam_fest1April 26th and 27th, 2012, AmsterdamFest:
we had the pleasure to host the lab of Jan Theeuwes for talks based loosely around saccades and attention. Presentations were given on the Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

Click here to have the program: pdf


VSS 2012

Here is the list of talks and posters that will be presented by our group at VSS Vision Sciences Society, May 11-16, 2012, Naples (Florida):

Martin Szinte, Donatas Jonikaitis, Martin Rolfs, Patrick Cavanagh. Allocation of attention across saccades. (abstract)

Bilge Sayim, John Greenwood, Patrick Cavanagh. A remote target repetition reduces crowding. (abstract)

John Greenwood, Martin Szinte, Bilge Sayim, Patrick Cavanagh. Shared spatial uncertainty for crowding and saccades. (abstract)

Patrick Cavanagh, Stuart Anstis. The Flash Grab Effect. (abstract)

Andrei Gorea, Patrick Cavanagh, Joshua Solomon. On successive memories. (abstract)

Florian Perdreau, Patrick Cavanagh. The Artist’s visual span: better performance through smaller windows. (abstract)

Elisabeth Hein, Patrick Cavanagh. Features bias correspondence in apparent motion over short distances in the Ternus display but long distances in split motion. (abstract)


Au revoir Elisabeth!

Elisabeth Hein has departed for her new position as assistant professor at the famous Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, Germany. She is joining Prof. Dr Bettina Rolke's lab in the Psychology Institute.

Good luck Elisabeth! Best wishes from all of us.


New articles!

Here is the list of our new and recent publications. Congratulations to the authors!

Greenwood J.A., Bex P.J. & Dakin S.C. Crowding follows the binding of relative position and orientation. Journal of Vision 2012;12(3):18:1-20. pdf

van Vugt, F. T. & Cavanagh, P. (2012). Response trajectories reveal conflict phase in image-word mismatch. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, online. pdf

Yeh, S.-L., He, S. & Cavanagh, P. (2012). Semantic priming from crowded words. Psychological Science, in press.

Dakin S.C., Tibber M.S., Greenwood J.A., Kingdom F.A.A. & Morgan M.J. A common visual metric for approximate number and density. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2011;108:19552-19557. pdf

Perdreau, F. & Cavanagh, P. (2011). Do artists see their retinas? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5:171.

Stanley, J., Forte, J., Cavanagh, P. & Carter, O. (2011). Onset rivalry: the initial dominance phase is independent of ongoing perceptual alternations. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5:140, 1-9.

Dakin S.C., Greenwood J.A., Carlson TA & Bex P.J. Crowding is tuned for perceived (not physical) location. Journal of Vision 2011;11(9):2:1-13. pdf

Vaziri Pashkam, M. & Cavanagh, P. (2011). Effect of speed overestimation on flash lag effect at low luminance. i-Perception, 2(9) 1063–1075. pdf



December 8th and 9th, 2011, GiessenFest. We will receive a visit from Drs Karl Gegenfurtner, Doris Braun, Roland Fleming and 12 others for two days of talks on color, attention, and eye movements.

The program of our conference: pdf.


New publications

Congratulations for two publications accepted:

The Art of Transparency, to appear in i-Perception, by Bilge Sayim and Patrick Cavanagh

What line drawings reveal about the visual brain, to appear in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, by Bilge Sayim and Patrick Cavanagh


Visit of Dr Florian Ostendorf

October 6th, 2011, CAVLab welcomed Dr. Florian Ostendorf from La Charité Medical School in Berlin for an afternoon of discussions on Saccadic Suppression of Displacement.


ECVP 2011

Here is the list of the talks and posters presented by our group at ECVP:
European Conference on Visual Perception, August 28-September 1, 2011, Toulouse (France)

Motion correspondence shows feature bias in spatiotopic coordinates
E Hein, P Cavanagh (abstract)

Do Artists See their Retinas?
F Perdreau, P Cavanagh (abstract, pdf)

Long range grouping affects crowding
B Sayim, P Cavanagh (abstract)

Transient target signals reduce crowding, transient flanker signals do not
J Greenwood, P Cavanagh (abstract)

Sequential decisions on a memorized visual feature reveal implicit knowledge of decision errors - A Gorea, P Cavanagh, J A Solomon (abstract)

Crowding is immune to the pre-saccadic shift of attention
C Morvan, P Cavanagh (abstract)

Grouping trumps pooling and centroids in crowding
M Manassi, B Sayim, M H Herzog (abstract, pdf)

The pdf and the abstracts of all the talks and posters will soon be found in the presentations section.


Wonderful news: birth announcement

naissance-dessinCongratulations on the arrival of your beautiful baby Alice, Martin and Elodie!
The first of August, 2011: a great day to remember!
Best wishes from all of us.


Au revoir Donatas

In August 2011, after six months in our group, Donatas has departed for his new postdoc position in Amsterdam.
Best wishes from all of us.