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Stefan van der Stigchel

Cognitive Psychology
Professor / Public Speaker / Popular Science Writer

About Me

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Name: Stefan van der Stigchel
Nationality: Dutch
Location: Utrecht University
Phone: +31 6 41 048 028

About Myself

Stefan van der Stigchel is a professor in Cognitive Psychology at the department of Experimental Psychology at Utrecht University and principal investigator of the research group AttentionLab. For his research on visual attention, he received a VENI and VIDI NWO grant, and recently an ERC Consolidator Grant and VICI NWO grant. Stefan is author of the popular science book Zo werkt aandacht, which was published as the english How Attention Works in Januari 2019. His second book Concentratie was released in the Netherlands in November 2018 and published by MIT Press in 2020. A third book, Grip op je aandacht, was published in 2020. His books have further been translated in Russian, Korean and Chinese.



AttentionLab, is the research group headed by Stefan Van der Stigchel. It is part of the Department of Experimental Psychology of Utrecht University. The aim of AttentionLab is to study ‘attention’ and ‘visual awareness’ in their broadest terms in the healthy population but also in a clinical setting. In AttentionLab, attention and visual awareness is studied using various methods, such as obstacle avoidance, eye movement recordings, lesion overlap and flash suppression. These functions are studied in various patient populations, like hemianopia, visual neglect and Korsakoff’s syndrome. The aim is to provide a rich interaction between experimental psychology and neuropsychology with the ultimate goal to solve the puzzle about how we create a perception of our world. The research conducted by AttentionLab is supported by NWO and ERC.


Television appearences

Knappe koppen: Kun je concentreren leren?

Interview De Monitor: Teun test zijn concentratie

Is appen op de fiets echt zo gevaarlijk?

Interview NPO focus about attention in traffic

Interview GALILEO: Do we really see?

Interview EenVandaag: What does the smartphone do to our concentration? 

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Radio interviews

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Radio interview NPO1 focus 


Radio interview Kennis van nu

Spijkers met koppen

Radio interview Spijkers met Koppen


Stefan frequently lectures at various venues and events

Recent lectures

Behavioural Design Academy

STRP festival


Studium Generale 

Lecture University of the Netherlands

De Jonge Akademie

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Phone number:

+31 6 41 048 028