Research interests

Numerical cognition, more specifically, the cognitive mechanisms of symbolic numbers: How their representations are acquired, how they are grounded, whether and how they change, how they interact among each other and with other representations, and how all of this affects our mathematical skills in everyday life.

Automatic detection of changes in the environment and its relation to predictive coding. The main focus is on using the visual mismatch negativity (vMMN) component of the event-related potential (ERP) to investigate how our brain builds and modifies a model of our environment, based on immediate perceptual input, short-term goals (e.g., task), and long-term representations (e.g., categories).

Cognitive aging, i.e. how cognitive processes change with age, what changes the brain processes involved in different tasks may undergo, and whether and how older people may compensate for the decreased engagement of some brain processes, especially when behavioural performance remains similar in younger and older adults.

More information about the numerical cognition projects is available at the lab's website, The NumberWorks.

Our work on automatic detection of changes on the environment and on cognitive aging, as well as other projects can be viewed on the Cognitive Psychology Group website.

You can find me on Research Gate, Google Scholar, Open Science Framework, GitHub, GitLab, ORCID, Scopus, Web of Science.

You can also follow me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, and Bluesky.


We have a new paper out. In a spatial contextual cueing paradigm we show that the locus of the contextual cueing effect differs in younger and older adults - it has an early (attention-related) and an intermediate locus  in younger adults, but a response-related locus in older adults. Additionally, older adults seem to compensate for impaired local inhibition by involving additional, possibly general inhibition processes. The paper is available here.

Two new papers got published - one from each of the labs I'm involved in. You can find our paper about how preschool children understand and use zero here. The second paper investigated own-age bias in younger and older adults using the visual mismatch negativity (vMMN) and found own-age bias only in older adults. It can be found here.

The newest article from my lab about how our experience can influence the way we detect changes in the enivironment is available here.

Another paper published, this time in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.  The paper is a behavioural and event-related potential study about the age effect of nonspatial visual distraction, and you can find it here.  You can also find a short Twitter thread summary here.

Our newest article was published in PLoS ONE. 

We presented a poster at The Predictive Brain Conference in Marseille! Hopefully, I'll be able to upload it (and/or link it) here soon.

Our new article on visual mismatch negativity is available here.

The Second Best Practices in Data Analysis and Statistics Symposium will be held on 9th of January, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. You can find more information about the symposium at its website.

A Methods in Numerical Cognition Workshop will be held on 7th of January, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. The workshop's aim is to present and discuss in detail any method used in numerical cognition. You can visit the workshop's website for more information.

Our new article on the size effect in Indo-Arabic numbers is out, and available for free download for a limited time here!