Leon C. Reteig, MSc

Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam
Nieuwe Achtergracht 129B, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
lcreteig.github.io | | +31 6 18591220

Employment

2014–Present

PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam

Topic: Enhancing attention through electrical brain stimulation

Advisors: Dr. Heleen Slagter and Prof. Dr. Richard Ridderinkhof

2013–2014

Teaching and research assistant University of Amsterdam

Duties: Grading exams, time-frequency analysis of EEG data

Education

2011–2014

MSc Brain & Cognitive Sciences (cum laude) University of Amsterdam

Track: Cognitive Neuroscience

GPA: 8.8/10

2010–2011

Exchange program (1 semester) University of Toronto

Courses: Philosophy of mind, Neuroscience, Psycholinguistics

2007–2011

BSc Natural & Social Sciences (cum laude) University of Amsterdam

Majors: Psychobiology, Philosophy

GPA: 8.7/10

Grants

NWO research talent grant (€168.000, funding for current PhD project)

Research

I am interested in the neural mechanisms of attention, and how attention shapes visual perception. Currently, I am a PhD student in the Cognition and Plasticity lab of Dr. Heleen Slagter, funded by an NWO Research Talent grant. My PhD project focuses on improving various forms of attention (but mostly spatial attention) through transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). I also have extensive experience with EEG, as well as eye tracking and psychophysics. I support open science principles and strive to make my work as transparent and reproducible as possible.

Teaching

Course coordination

Responsible for all aspects of teaching, including course design, lectures/tutorials, and assessment.

2015–2017

Introduction to Programming (4 weeks, ~40 students)

MATLAB for 3rd-year BSc Psychology students with no prior experience

2015–2017

Psychophysiological Experimentation (4 weeks, ~40 students)

Introduction to measurement and analysis of EEG for 3rd-year BSc Psychology students

Supervision

Extensive experience with supervision of Bachelor- (11 students) and Master-level (5 students) written theses and research internships.

Professional activities

Administration

2016–2018

Consciousness, Attention, Perception meeting (weekly, ~50 attendees)

Co-organized weekly department meeting

2016

EPOS graduate school “PhD student day” (~30 attendees)

Co-organized ocial event for nation-wide network of psychology PhD students

2016

Brain & Cognition retreat (~50 attendees)

Co-organized two-day retreat for the department

Reviews

Reviewer for European Journal of Neuroscience, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Scientific Reports.

Skills

Programming Software Languages
MATLAB (advanced) Git, GitHub Dutch (native)
R (intermediate) Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop English (near-native)
Presentation (intermediate) German (good command)
Python (beginner) French (basic)
Bash (beginner)

Publications

2019
Reteig LC, van den Brink LR, Prinssen S, Cohen MX, Slagter HA (2019). Sustaining attention for a prolonged period of time increases temporal variability in cortical responses. Cortex, 117 16–32. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2019.02.016
2019
Alilović J, Timmermans B, Reteig LC, van Gaal S, Slagter HA (2019). No evidence that predictions and attention modulate the first feedforward sweep of cortical information processing. Cerebral Cortex, 1–19. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhz038
2018
Reteig LC, Knapen T, Roelofs FJFW, Ridderinkhof KR, Slagter, HA (2018). No evidence that frontal eye field tDCS affects latency or accuracy of prosaccades. Frontiers in Neuroscience 12:617. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00617
2018
van Schouwenburg MR, Sörensen LKA, de Klerk R, Reteig LC, Slagter HA (2018). No differential effects of two different alpha-band electrical stimulation protocols over fronto-parietal regions on spatial attention. Frontiers in Neuroscience 12:433. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00433
2017
Reteig LC, Talsma LJ, van Schouwenburg MR, Slagter HA (2017). Transcranial electrical stimulation as a tool to enhance attention. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 1, 10–25. doi: 10.1007/s41465-017-0010-y
2017
Slagter HA, Mazaheri A, Reteig LC, Smolders R, Figee M, Mantione M, … & Denys D (2017). Contributions of the ventral striatum to conscious perception: An intracranial EEG study of the attentional blink. Journal of Neuroscience, 37, 1081–1089. doi: 10.1523/jneurosci.2282-16.2016
2016
Slagter HA, Prinssen S, Reteig LC, Mazaheri A (2016). Facilitation and inhibition in attention: functional dissociation of pre-stimulus alpha activity, P1, and N1 components. Neuroimage, 125, 25–35. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.09.058

Conference presentations

2018

Brain stimulation and its applications to memory: best practice, Birmingham, UK

Invited talk: Transcranial electrical stimulation as a tool to enhance attention

2017

Dutch Psychonomic Society (NVP), Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands

Poster: Electrical stimulation over the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex during an attentional blink task: ERP and behavioral effects

2017

International Conference for Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Poster: Does transcranial direct current stimulation of the frontal eye field affect oculomotor control?

2017

Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Florida, USA

Poster: Transcranial direct current stimulation of the right frontal eye field to affect saccade execution

2016

EPOS Attention Workshop, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Poster: Transcranial direct current stimulation of the right frontal eye field to modulate eye movement control

2015

Dutch Psychonomic Society (NVP), Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands

Poster: Sustaining attention for a prolonged period of time decreases attentional control and stability: neural and behavioral evidence

2015

Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Chicago, USA

Poster: Transcranial direct current stimulation over left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex modulates the attentional blink

References

Available upon request


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