Address: Dept of Experimental Psychology
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Phone: (01865) 271302
Fax: (01865) 310447
Email: edita.poljac <at> psy.ox.ac.uk
After receiving my MA in Experimental Psychology in 2001, I completed my PhD project at the Donders Institute, Centre for Cognition and defended my PhD thesis at the Radboud University Nijmegen. From 2007, I held an assistant professor position in Nijmegen, where I lectured various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology departments. During this period, I was also a postdoctoral fellow in the Action and Neurocognition Group at the Donders Centre for Cognition and at the Sint Maartenskliniek. Just recently, I received a Rubicon award from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) allowing me to join the ACC lab in Oxford from August 2010 for two years, where I am currently carrying out my postdoctoral research project “The adaptive nature of human intentional behaviour”.
All of my research so far has been focused at understanding how it is that people control their behaviour in rapidly changing environments. In particular, I am interested in the way that our brain organizes itself allowing for flexible, goal-directed behaviour, which most of us would acknowledge experiencing in our daily lives. In my attempt to understand human behavioural control, I also look at different patient populations experiencing difficulties with adaptive behaviour.
Poljac, E. & Yeung, N. (in press). Dissociable neural correlates of intention and action preparation in voluntary task switching. Cerebral Cortex.
Poljac, E., Poljac, E., & Yeung, N. (in press). Cognitive control of intentions for voluntary actions in individuals with a high level of autistic traits. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Poljac, E., Simon, S., Ringlever, L., Kalcik, D., Groen, W.B., Buitelaar, J.K., & Bekkering, H. (2010). Impaired task switching performance in children with dyslexia but not in children with autism. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63, 401-416.
Poljac, E., & Bekkering, H. (2009). Generic cognitive adaptations to task interference in task switching. Acta Psychologica, 132, 279-285.
Poljac, E., Koch, I., & Bekkering, H. (2009). Dissociating restart cost and mixing cost in task switching. Psychological Research, 73, 407-416.
Poljac, E., Van Schie, H.T., & Bekkering, H. (2009). Understanding the flexibility of action-perception coupling. Psychological Research, 73, 578-586.
Poljac, E., De Haan, A., & Van Galen, G.P. (2006). Current task activation predicts general effects of advance preparation in task switching. Experimental Psychology, 53, 260-267..