Nick Berggren

Research Fellow

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Research Interests

I am broadly interested in selective attention and cognitive control, as well as how emotional states and individual differences in personality affect these processes. Following initial research on theories of selective attention, my PhD examined how fearful affect and trait vulnerability to anxiety influence attentional control. I then worked as a postdoctoral RA with Prof Eimer as part of the international ESRC ORA grant, probing how top-down attentional templates influence attentional selection and visual working memory. My current project (funded by an ESRC New Investigator grant) examines how threat anticipation influences perceptual and attentional processes.


Berggren, N., & Eimer, M (in press). Object-based target templates guide attention during visual search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

McCants, C., Berggren, N., & Eimer, M (in press). The guidance of visual search by shape features and shape configurations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Berggren, N., & Derakshan, N. (in press). Beyond the threat bias: Reciprocal links between emotion and cognition. In Fox, A.S., Lapgate, R.C., Shackman, A.J., & Davidson, R.J. (Eds.), The nature of emotion: Fundamental questions. New York: Oxford University Press.

Berggren, N., & Eimer, M (2018). Feature-guided attentional capture cannot be prevented by spatial filtering. Biological Psychology. pdf format

Berggren, N., Jenkins, M., McCants, C.W., & Eimer, M. (2017). The spatially global control of attentional target selection in visual search. Visual Cognition, 25, 196-214. pdf format

Berggren, N., Curtis, H.m., & Derakshan, N. (2017). Interactions of emotion and anxiety in the filtering efficiency of visual working memory. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 24, 1274-1281.

Berggren, N., & Eimer, M. (2016). Does contralateral delay activity reflect working memory storage or the current focus of spatial attention within visual working memory? Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28, 2003-2020. pdf format

Berggren, N., & Eimer, M. (2016). The control of attentional target selection in a colour/colour conjunction task. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78, 2383-2396. pdf format

Berggren, N., & Eimer, M. (2016). The guidance of spatial attention during visual search for colour combinations and colour configurations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42, 1282-1296. pdf format

Berggren, N., Blonievsky, T., & Derakshan, N. (2015). Enhanced visual detection in trait anxiety. Emotion, 15, 477-483.

Berggren, N., & Derakshan, N. (2014). Inhibitory deficits in trait anxiety: Increased stimulus-based or response-based interference? Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 21, 1339-1345.

Berggren, N., & Derakshan, N. (2013). Blinded by fear? Prior exposure to fearful faces enhances attentional processing of task-irrelevant stimuli. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66, 2204-2218.

Berggren, N., & Derakshan, N. (2013). The role of consciousness in attentional control differences in trait anxiety. Cognition and Emotion, 27, 923-931.

Berggren, N., Richards, A., Taylor, J., & Derakshan, N. (2013). Affective attention under cognitive load: Reduced emotional biases but emergent anxiety-related costs to inhibitory control. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 188.

Berggren, N., & Derakshan, N. (2013). Trait anxiety reduces implicit expectancy during target spatial probability cueing. Emotion, 13, 345-349.

Berggren, N., & Derakshan, N. (2013). Attentional control deficits in trait anxiety: Why you see them and why you don't. Biological Psychology, 92, 440-446.

Berggren, N., Koster, E.H.W., & Derakshan, N. (2012). The effect of cognitive load in emotional attention and trait anxiety: an eye-movement study. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 24, 79-91.

Berggren, N., Hutton, S.B., & Derakshan, N. (2011). The effects of self-report cognitive failures and cognitive load on antisaccade performance. Frontiers in Cognition, 2, 280-287.





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