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Peter Kok

Peter Kok studies the relationship between attention ("What is relevant?") and prediction ("What is likely?"). Often, these concepts are conflated and probabilistic cues are used in order to manipulate attention (cf. Posner task).
Using sophisticated fMRI analyses (retinotopic mapping, multivoxel pattern analysis, DCM) Peter Kok tries to tease them apart.
He received his MSc from Groningen University, The Netherlands, and his PhD from Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Have a look at my Google Scholar profile for up to date publication and citation records.


  • Albers AM, Kok P, Toni I, Dijkerman HC, de Lange FP (2013). Shared representations for working memory and mental imagery in early visual cortex. Current Biology 23, 1-5. pdf
  • Den Ouden HM, Kok P, de Lange FP (2012). How prediction errors shape perception, attention and motivation. Frontiers in Psychology 3:548. pdf
  • Francken JC, Kok P, Hagoort P, de Lange FP (2014). The behavioral and neural effects of language on motion perception. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, in press. pdf
  • Kok P, de Lange FP (2014). Shape perception simultaneously up- and down-regulates neural activity in the primary visual cortex. Current Biology 24, 1531-5. pdf
  • Kok P, Failing M, de Lange FP (2014). Prior expectations evoke stimulus templates in the primary visual cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 26, 1546-1554. pdf
  • Kok P, Brouwer GJ, van Gerven MA, de Lange FP (2013). Prior expectations bias sensory representations in visual cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 33, 16275-84. pdf
  • Kok P, Jehee JFM, de Lange FP (2012). Less is more: Expectation sharpens representations in the primary visual cortex. Neuron 75, 265-270. pdf
  • Kok P, Rahnev D, Jehee JFM, Lau HC, de Lange FP (2012). Attention reverses the effect of prediction in silencing sensory signals. Cerebral Cortex 22, 2197-2206. pdf
  • Rahnev D, Kok P, Munneke M, Bahdo L, de Lange FP, Lau HC (2013). Continuous theta burst transcranial magnetic stimulation reduces resting state connectivity between visual areas. Journal of Neurophysiology 110, 1811-1821.
  • Van Gerven M, Kok P, de Lange FP, Heskes T (2011). Dynamic decoding of ongoing perception. Neuroimage 57, 950-7. pdf
Peter Kok,
Dec 5, 2014, 12:47 PM