Thomas Habekost

Thomas Habekost



9th of February 1973 (Holstebro, Denmark)



Cand.Psych. (University of Copenhagen, 2000). Ph.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2005)


Current position:

2021-        : Head of Research Cluster (Cognition & Neuropsychology), Dept. of Psychology, KU

2017-        : Full Professor in Cognitive Neuropsychology, Dept. of Psychology, KU


Previous positions:

2015-2021 : Deputy Head of Department, Dept. of Psychology, KU

2013-2017 : Professor MSO of Cognitive Neuropsychology, Dept. of Psychology, KU

2011-2013 : Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Dept. of Psychology, KU

2008-2010: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology, KU

2006-2008: Postdoc, KU Priority Area "Brain and Mind".

2005:          Postdoc, Dept. of Psychology, KU

2002-2005: Ph.D. student, Dept. of Psychology, KU.

2003:          Visiting Scholar, Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK.

2001:          Research Assistant, Dept. of Psychology, KU

2001:          Research Assistant, Neurobiological Research Unit, Danish National Hospital.


Administration and evaluation experience

2015-: Deputy Head of Department

2013-2015: Member of the Study Board at Dept. of Psychology, KU

2012-2014: Member of the local Ethical Committee at Dept. of Psychology, KU

2012-: Evaluator of applications for academic positions (PhD scholarships, postdocs, associate professorships)

2011-2016: Member of the Young Academy of the Danish Royal Society for Sciences and Letters

2010-: Research Coordinator for the International TVA network

2008-2012: Member of the Institute Council at Dept. of Psychology, KU

2008-: Member of the Steering Group at Center for Visual Cognition, KU


Ad-hoc reviewer for the European Science Foundation, the Swedish Research Council, Cognitive Psychology, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Neuropsychologia, Neuropsychology, Psychonomic Bulleting and Review, and Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.


Selected publications:

Low, A. M., Vangkilde, S., le Sommer, J., Fagerlund, B., Glenthøj, B., Jepsen, J. R. M., & Habekost, T. (in press). Effects of methylphenidate on subjective sleep parameters in adults with ADHD: a prospective, non-randomized, non-blinded 6-week trial. Nordic Journal of Psychiatry.

Low, A.-M., Vangkilde, S., le Sommer, J., Fagerlund, B., Glenthøj, B., Jepsen, J. R. M., Bundesen, C., Petersen, A., & Habekost, T. (2019). Visual attention in adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder before and after stimulant treatment. Psychological Medicine. 49(15), 2617-2625.

Petersen, A., Petersen, A.-M., Bundesen, C., Vangkilde, S., & Habekost, T. (2017). The effect of phasic auditory alerting on visual perception. Cognition, 165, 73-81.

Lunau, R., & Habekost, T. (2017). Effects of irrelevant color grouping on attentional selection in partial report. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79(5), 1323-1335.

Caspersen, I., Vangkilde, S., Plessen, K., Petersen, A., & Habekost, T. (2017). Perceptual and response-dependent profiles of attention in children with ADHD. Neuropsychology, 31(4), 349-360.

Habekost, T. (2015). Clinical TVA-based studies: a general review. Frontiers in Psychology.

Bundesen, C., Vangkilde, S., & Habekost, T. (2015). Components of visual bias: a multiplicative hypothesis. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Habekost, T., Petersen, A., Behrmann, M., & Starrfelt, R. (2014). From word superiority to word inferiority: visual processing of letters and words in pure alexia. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 31(5-6), 413-436.

Bundesen, C., & Habekost, T. (2014). Theory of Visual Attention (TVA). In S. Kastner and K. Nobre (Eds), Oxford Handbook of Attention. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Habekost, T., Vangkilde, S., & Petersen, A. (2014). Assessment of attention: ANT and TVA provide complementary measures. Behavior Research Methods, 46(1), 81-94. 

Caspersen, I. D., & Habekost, T. (2013). Selective and sustained attention in children with spina bifida myelomeningocele. Child Neuropsychology, 19(1), 55-77.

Bundesen, C., Habekost, T., & Kyllingsbæk, S. (2011). A neural theory of visual attention and short-term memory (NTVA). Neuropsychologia, 49, 1446-1457.

Habekost, T. (2010). ADHD: en neurobiologisk forstyrrelse? Psyke og Logos, 31:2, 647-667.

Vangkilde, S., & Habekost, T. (2010). Finding Wally: Prism adaptation improves visual search in chronic neglect. Neuropsychologia, 48, 1994-2004.

Starrfelt, R., Habekost, T., & Gerlach, C. (2010). Visual processing in pure alexia: a case study. Cortex, 46, 242-255.

Starrfelt, R., Habekost, T., & Leff, A. (2009). Too little, too late: reduced visual span and speed characterize pure alexia. Cerebral Cortex, 19, 2880-2890.

Bundesen, C., & Habekost, T. (2008). Principles of Visual Attention: linking mind and brain. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Habekost, T., & Rostrup, E. (2007). Visual attention capacity after right hemisphere lesions. Neuropsychologia, 45, 1474-1488.

Habekost, T., & Starrfelt, R. (2006). Alexia and quadrant-amblyopia. Reading disability after a minor visual field deficit. Neuropsychologia, 44, 2465-2476.

Habekost, T., & Rostrup, E. (2006). Persisting asymmetries of vision after right side lesions. Neuropsychologia, 44, 876-895.

Bundesen, C., & Habekost, T. (2005). Attention. In K. Lamberts & R. Goldstone: Handbook of Cognition (pp. 105-129). London: Sage Publications.

Bundesen, C., Habekost, T., & Kyllingsbaek, S (2005). A neural theory of visual attention: Bridging cognition and neurophysiology. Psychological Review, 112, 291-328.

Habekost, T. (2005). Deficits in visual attention after right side brain damage. TVA based patient studies. Doctoral dissertation. University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Habekost, T., & Bundesen, C. (2003). Patient assessment based on a theory of visual attention (TVA): Subtle deficits after a right frontal-subcortical lesion. Neuropsychologia, 41, 1171-1188.







Cand.psych., Ph.D.

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