Anna Grubert

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

     Room 401 Henry Wellcome

     Telephone...0207 631 6522


Research Interests

My research focuses on the top-down control of visual selective attention. I mainly investigate the content and the capacity of attentional templates, their role in the control of visual object selection and the time course with which they guide attentional selection. Furthermore, I examine links between attentional templates and visual working memory. In my studies I combine behavioural and electrophysiological (EEG/ERP) measures of attentional object selection, identification, and memory-related processing.


Grubert, A., Carlisle, N., & Eimer, M. (in press). The control of single-colour and multiple-colour visual search by attentional templates in working memory and in long-term memory. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Grubert, A., & Eimer, M. (in press). All set, indeed! N2pc components reveal simultaneous attentional control settings for multiple target colours. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Jenkins, M., Grubert, A., & Eimer, M. (in press). Rapid parallel attentional selection can be controlled by shape and alphanumerical category. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Nako, R., Grubert, A., & Eimer, M. (in press). Category-based guidance of spatial attention during visual search for feature conjunctions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Grubert, A., & Eimer, M. (2016). The speed of serial attention shifts in visual search: Evidence from the N2pc component. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28, 319-332. pdf format

Schoenhammer, J. G., Grubert, A., Kerzel, D., & Becker, S. I. (2016). Attentional guidance by relative features: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence. Psychophysiology, 53, 1074-1083.

Eimer, M., & Grubert, A. (2015). A dissociation between selective attention and conscious awareness in the representation of temporal order information. Consciousness and Cognition, 35, 274-281. pdf format

Grubert, A., & Eimer, M. (2015). Does visual working memory represent the predicted locations of future target objects? An event-related brain potential study. Brain Research, 1626, 258-266. pdf format

Grubert, A., & Eimer, M. (2015). Rapid parallel attentional target selection in single-color and multiple-color visual search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41, 86-101. pdf format

Huber-Huber, C., Grubert, A., Ansorge, U., & Eimer, M. (2015). Naso-temporal ERP differences: Evidence for increased inhibition of temporal distractors. Journal of Neurophysiology, 113, 2210-2219. pdf format

Katus, T., Grubert, A., & Eimer, M. (2015). Electrophysiological evidence for a sensory recruitment model of somatosensory working memory. Cerebral Cortex, 25, 4697–4703, doi:10.1093/cercor/bhu153 pdf format

Lagroix, H.E.P., Grubert, A., Spalek. D.M., Di Lollo, V., & Eimer, M. (2015). Visual search is postponed during the period of the AB: an event-related potential study. Psychophysiology, 52, 1031-1038. pdf format

Becker, S. I., Grubert, A., & Dux, P. E. (2014). Distinct neural networks for target feature versus dimension changes in visual search, as revealed by EEG and fMRI. NeuroImage, 102, 798-808. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.08.058. pdf format

Eimer, M., & Grubert, A. (2014). Spatial attention can be allocated rapidly and in parallel to new visual objects. Current Biology, 24, 193-198. pdf format

Eimer, M., & Grubert, A. (2014). The gradual emergence of spatially selective target processing in visual search: From feature-specific to object-based attentional control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. Advance online publication: doi: 10.1037/a0037387. pdf format

Grubert, A., Indino, M., & Krummenacher, J. (2014). From features to dimensions: cognitive and motor development in pop-out search in children and young adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 5(519), 1-11. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00519 pdf format

Krummenacher, J., Grubert, A., Töllner, T., & Müller, H. J. (2014). Salience-based integration of redundant signals in visual pop-out search: Evidence from behavioral and electrophysiological measures. Journal of Vision, 14(3):26, 1–17,, doi:10.1167/14.3.26.

Grubert, A., & Eimer, M. (2013). Qualitative differences in the guidance of attention during single-color and multiple-color visual search: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39(5), 1433-1442. doi: 10.1037/a0031046 pdf format

Grubert, A., Righi, L. L., & Eimer, M. (2013). A unitary focus of spatial attention during attentional capture: Evidence from event-related brain potentials. Journal of Vision, 13(3):9, 1–11,, doi:10.1167/13.3.9. pdf format

Grubert, A., Schmid, P., & Krummenacher, J. (2013). Happy with a difference, unhappy with an identity: Observers’ mood determines processing depth in visual search. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 75, 41-52. doi: 10.3758/s13414-012-0385-x pdf format

Kiss, M., Grubert, A., & Eimer, M. (2013). Top-down task sets for combined features: Behavioural and electrophysiological evidence for two stages in attentional object selection. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 75, 216-228. pdf format

Grubert, A., Krummenacher, J., & Eimer, M. (2011). Redundancy gains in pop-out visual search are determined by top-down task set: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence. Journal of Vision, doi: 10.1167/11.14.10 pdf format

Kiss, M., Grubert, A., Petersen, A., Eimer, M. (2011). Attentional capture by salient distractors during visual search is determined by temporal task demands. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00127 pdf format

Krummenacher, J., Grubert, A., Müller, H.J. (2010). Inter-trial and redundant-signals effects in visual search and discrimination tasks: Separable pre-attentive and post-selective effects. Vision Research, 50, 1382-1395. pdf format

Sayim, B., Grubert, A., Herzog, M.H., Krummenacher, J. (2010). Display probability modulates attentional capture by onset distractors. Journal of Vision, 10, 1-8.





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