St John's College Oxford
Dr Dejan Draschkow

Dr Dejan Draschkow

Stipendiary Lecturer in Psychology

Biography

After gathering some experience at LMU Munich, Harvard Medical Schools’ Visual Attention Lab and  the Active Vision Lab at the University of Dundee, I completed my PhD at the Scene Grammar Lab. I followed this up with an Interim Professorship at the Goethe University Frankfurt. I have taught introductory and advanced lectures and seminars in Cognitive Psychology and Experimental Methods & Statistics.

Teaching

I will be teaching the Statistical Theory & Methods core module for the MSc in Psychological Research.

I will also give tutorials to Experimental Psychology (EP), Psychology and Philosophy (PP), Biomedical Science (BMS) and Medical students. I will likely be teaching Cognitive Psychology prelims (first years), Cognitive Neuroscience and Behavioural Neuroscience Part 1 (second years)

Research Interests

My work focuses on the way memory representations are incidentally formed, modulated, and used in a predictive/preparatory fashion when guiding perception and attention in naturalistic behaviour. To investigate this I use psychophysics, eye-tracking, EEG, and Virtual Reality. I am based at the Brain & Cognition Lab where l investigate how we learn and exploit spatial and temporal regularities during natural tasks, and how these regularities generalize in order to enable efficient perception.

What Inspired You To Pursue Your Subject?

During my first year of undergrad I was completely baffled by the realization that what we see is more than what meets the eyes. Or maybe not “more”, but “different”. This was news to me. Afterwards I spent a lot of time trying to gain an understanding on experimental methods, as this seemed like the perfect way to look into this. Plus, it is a lot of fun. What I found is that previous experiences have a profound impact on our perception, so I kind of zoomed in on that. Turns out that the past effects the present, because you store memories for exactly that purpose. Doing research all the time can be quite exhausting and the best way for me to recharge is to be around motivated and energetic students in lectures and workshops.

Find out more about the things I am interested in at https://www.draschkow.com/ and https://virtualdatalab.github.io/.

Awards and Distinctions

2018: 1822 Teaching Prize – one of the oldest interdisciplinary teaching prizes in Germany, nominated by students and voted by a jury

2017: YAVIS Teaching Prize of the Goethe University Psych. Department – voted by students

Societies: British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychonomic Society, Vision Science Society

Recent Publications

Võ, M. L.-H., Boettcher, S. E. P., & Draschkow, D. (2019). Reading Scenes: How Scene Grammar Guides Attention and Aids Perception in Real-World Environments. Current Opinion in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2019.03.009   

Sassenhagen, J. & Draschkow, D. (2019). Cluster-based permutation tests of MEG/EEG data do not establish significance of effect latency or location. Psychophysiology. 2019;e13335. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.13335

Draschkow, D., Heikel, E., Võ, M. L.-H., Fiebach, C., & Sassenhagen, J. (2018). No evidence from MVPA for different processes underlying the N300 and N400 incongruity effects in object-scene processing. Neuropsychologia, 120, 9-17. link

Draschkow, D., & Võ, M. L.-H. (2017). Scene grammar shapes the way we interact with objects, strengthens memories, and speeds search. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 16471. link

Draschkow, D., Wolfe, J. M., & Võ, M. L.-H. (2014). Seek and you shall remember: Scenesemantics interact with visual search to build better memories. Journal of Vision, 14(8):10, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1167/14.8.10