Eelke Spaak is a Junior Research Fellow (Psychology) at New College and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Experimental Psychology, where he is working with Mark Stokes. He obtained his PhD from the Donders Institute in Nijmegen, after studying Artificial Intelligence (BSc), Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc), and Philosophy (BA/MSc), at the Radboud University Nijmegen and the University of Edinburgh.
My work is focused on the cognitive neuroscience of attention and working memory. Given that we are constantly bombarded with large amounts of information, it is essential that the brain filters some of this out to focus its cognitive operation on, and use it to flexibly guide behaviour. Although the past few decades have seen large advances in understanding which brain regions are involved in attention and working memory, little is still known about how the brain achieves these processes. This is where my research fits in: through the development and application of advanced analyses for electrophysiological data, as well as the development of computational and theoretical models, I hope to better our understanding of the fundamental neural operations that allow us to exhibit flexible, intelligent behaviour. In turn, this should shed light on the nature of neural and mental representations in general.
My previous research has employed magneto-encephalography to investigate the mechanistic role of oscillatory neural activity in shaping visual perception and the attentional state.