Assoc. Prof Jeroen van Boxtel

Head, Cognitive Neuroimaging, Monash Biomedical Imaging


MSc, Biology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

MA, Cognitive Sciences, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

PhD (2008), Utrecht University, the Netherlands


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Associate Professor Jeroen J.A. van Boxtel started with a master's degrees in Biology (Utrecht University) and Cognitive Sciences (Université Pierre et Marie Curie & Collège de France, France), after which he completed his PhD at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, at the cross-disciplinary Helmholtz Institute in 2008. After obtaining his PhD, he moved to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he worked for two years on the relationship between attention and consciousness. In 2010, he moved to the University of California, Los Angeles, to work on questions related to human action perception and attention, and the link to Autism Spectrum Disorders. In 2013, Jeroen van Boxtel was recruited to Monash University as an Associate Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience. Since early 2014, he is the head of Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Monash Biomedical Imaging centre. His current work is focused on the negative effects of attention, the link between attention and conscious perception, and the influence of attention on biological motion perception.

Affiliations and Memberships 

  • Vision Science Society
  • Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
  • Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • Research interests
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Attention
  • Consciousness
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders 

Selected publications

1. van Boxtel. J.J.A., Dapretto, M., Lu, H. Intact recognition, but attenuated adaptation, for biological motion in youth with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research (2015)
2. van Boxtel, J.J.A., Lu, L. A biological motion toolbox for reading, displaying, and manipulating motion capture data in research settings. Journal of Vision 13(12): 7, 1-16 (2013).
3. van Boxtel, J.J.A., Lu, H. Impaired global, and compensatory local, biological motion processing in people with high levels of autistic traits. Frontiers in Psychology 4:209 pp. 1-10 (2013).
4. van Boxtel, J.J.A., Lu, L. A predictive coding perspective on autism spectrum disorders. Frontiers in Psychology 4:19, pp. 1-3 (2013).
5. van Boxtel, J.J.A., Koch, C. Visual rivalry without spatial conflict. Psychological Science 23(4):410-418 (2012).
6. van Boxtel, J.J.A., Tsuchiya, N. & Koch, C. Consciousness and Attention: On sufficiency and necessity. Frontiers in Psychology 1:217 pp. 1-13 (2010).
7. van Boxtel J.J.A., Tsuchiya, N., & Koch, C. Opposing effects of attention and consciousness on afterimages. Proc. Nat. Acac. Sci. USA 107(19):8883-8 (2010).
8. Brascamp JW, van Boxtel JJ, Knapen T, & Blake R. A Dissociation of Attention and Awareness in Phase-sensitive but Not Phase-insensitive Visual Channels. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 22(10) 2326-2344 (2010).
9. Raymond van Ee, Jeroen J.A. van Boxtel, Amanda L. Parker, & David Alais Multisensory congruency as a mechanism for attentional control over perceptual selection. Journal of Neuroscience 2009 29(37):11641-11649.
10. van Boxtel, JJ, van Ee R, & Erkelens, CJ. A single system explains human speed perception. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 2006, 18(11):1808-1819.
11. Wexler M, van Boxtel JJ. Depth perception by the active observer. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 2005 Sep;9(9):431-8.