Professor Soren Andersen

Professor Soren Andersen
Professor Soren Andersen

Professor Soren Andersen

Personal Chair

S16 William Guild Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
110 St. Machar Drive
AB24 2UB

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2021 - pres.  Professor, University of Aberdeen, UK

2014 - 2021  Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK

06-07/2017   Visiting Associate Professor, RIEC, Tohoku University, Japan

2013 - 2014  Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK

2010 - 2013  Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at San Diego (UCSD), USA

2007 - 2010  Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Leipzig, Germany

2004 - 2007  PhD in Psychology (summa cum laude), University of Leipzig, Germany

Internal Memberships

  • PGR Coordinator
  • Member of School Executive
  • Member of Research Committee
  • Member of Research Steering Group
  • Member of Programme Advisory Board
  • Psychophysiology Facilities Coordinator

Latest Publications

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Research Overview


Visual attention & perception

  • attentional selection of features, feature-conjunctions and space
  • temporal dynamics of attention
  • top-down / bottom-up interactions in attentional selection
  • distraction by emotionally arousing stimuli
  • visual attention and ageing
  • multiple object tracking
  • crowding
  • flanker interference
  • colour vision

Short-term memory

  • common mechanisms of attention in perception and memory


  • steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEPs)
  • oscillations
  • time-frequency analysis
  • single trial analysis

Research Areas



Research Specialisms

  • Cognitive Neuroscience

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

Lab Members & Projects


  • Nika Adamian (PostDoc, BBSRC): A quantitative framework of attentional selection


  • Danai Papadaki (PhD student, Carnegie Trust): Crowding & flanker Interference
  • Alexander Donald (PhD student): Divided attention to colour
  • Matilda Cederblad (PhD student, BBSRC EastBio, 2nd supervisor): Awareness and continuous flash suppression
  • Zsofia Stefan (PhD student, 2nd supervisor): Production and comprehension of referential expressions


  • Becky Maguire (PhD student, BBSRC EastBio, 2nd supervisor): Camouflage

Former Lab Members

  • Plamen Antonov (MRes+PhD student, ESRC SGSSS): Attentional enhancement and suppression
  • Oana Iosif (PhD student, 2nd supervisor): Awareness
  • Nicholas Jeerakun (Research Assistant, BBSRC): A quantitative framework of attentional selection
  • Leili Soo (PhD student, BBSRC EastBio): Neural mechanisms of visual crowding
  • Paul Tobin (PhD student, 2nd supervisor): Indirect communication and nonverbal behaviours
  • Alina Ciobano (PhD student at University of Geneve, 2nd supervisor): Plasticity of attention and emotion as a function of digital technologies usage
  • Shannon Smith (MRes): Conflict Adaptation Across the Visual and Auditory Modalities
  • Katie McLeod (MRes): Tracking object locations and identities



My current supervision areas are: Psychology.


Teaching Responsibilities


Tutorials, Critical Reviews, Laboratory Practicals, Supervision


  • Matlab Workshop (BBSRC EastBio)

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