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Rob van Lier, PhD
Associate Professor


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Major Publications

Van der Helm, P., Van Lier, R., & Leeuwenberg E. (1992). Serial Pattern Complexity: Irregularity and hierarchy. 
Perception, 21, 517-544. (pdf)

Van Lier, R., Van der Helm, P., & Leeuwenberg, E. (1994). Integrating global and local aspects of visual occlusion. 
Perception, 23, 883-903. (pdf)

Leeuwenberg, E., Van der Helm, P., & Van Lier, R. (1994). From Geons to Structure: A note on object representation. 
Perception, 23, 505-515. (pdf)

Van Lier, R., Van der Helm, P., & Leeuwenberg, E. (1995). Competing global and local completions in visual occlusion. 
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 21, 571-583. (pdf)

Van Lier, R., Leeuwenberg, E., & Van der Helm, P. (1995). Multiple completions primed by occlusion patterns. 
Perception, 24, 727-740. (pdf)

Van Lier, R. (1996) Simplicity of visual shape: A structural information approach, PhD-Thesis, University of Nijmegen (ISBN 90-9009021-5).

Van Lier, R., Leeuwenberg E., & Van der Helm P. (1997). In support of hierarchy in object representations. 
Psychological Research, 60, 134-143. (pdf)

Van Lier, R., & Wagemans J. (1997). Perceptual grouping measured by color assimilation: Regularity versus Proximity. 
Acta Psychologica, (Special issue: ‘Higher-level cortical processing of color’) 97, 37-70. (pdf)

Van Lier, R., & Wagemans, J. (1998). Effects of physical connectivity on the representational unity of multi-part configurations. 
Cognition, 69, B1-B9. (pdf)

Van Lier, R. (1999). Investigating global effects in visual occlusion: From a partly occluded square to the back of a tree trunk. 
Acta Psychologica (Special issue: ‘Object perception and memory’) 102, 203-220. (pdf)

Van Lier, R., & Wagemans, J. (1999). From images to objects: Global and local completions of self-occluded parts. 
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 25, 1721-1741. (pdf)

Van Lier, R. (2000) Separate features versus one principle: A comment on Shimaya (1997). 
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 26, 412-417. (pdf)

Van Lier, R. (2001). Visuo-cognitive disambiguation of occluded shapes (commentary). 
Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24, 1135-1136. (pdf)

Van Lier, R. (2001). Simplicity, Regularity, and Perceptual interpretations: A Structural Information Approach. 
In T. Shipley & P. Kellman (eds.), From Fragments to Objects: Segmentation in Vision. New York: Elsevier, 331-352. (pdf)

Van Lier, R.(2002). A double neon colour illusion. 
Perception. 31, 31-38. (pdf)

De Wit, T., & Van Lier, R. (2002). Global visual completion of quasi-regular shapes. 
Perception, 31, 969-984. (pdf)

Koning, A. & Van Lier, R. (2003). Object-based connectedness facilitates matching. 
Perception & Psychophysics, 65, 1094-1102. (pdf)

Van der Helm, P. Van Lier, R. & Wagemans J. (2003). On Visual Gestalt formation [special issue]. 
Acta Psychologica, 114, 211-213. (Editorial ) (pdf)

Van Lier, R. (2003). Differential effects of object orientation on imaginary object/viewer transformations. 
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 10, 455-461. (pdf)

Van Lier, R. & De Weert, Ch. (2003). Intra- and Interocular activations during dichoptic suppression. 
Vision Research, 43, 1111-1116. (pdf)

Koning, A. & Van Lier, R. (2004). Mental rotation depends on the number of objects rather than on the number of image fragments. 
Acta Psychologica, 117, 65-77. (pdf)

De Wit, T., Mol, K. & Van Lier, R. (2005). Investigating Metrical and Structural Aspects of Visual Completion: Priming versus Searching. Visual Cognition, 12, 409-429. (pdf)

De Wit, T., De Weert, Ch., & Van Lier, R. (2005). Luminance edges are not necessary for visual completion. 
Perception & Psychophysics, 67, 1280-1288. (pdf)

Koning, A., & Van Lier, R. (2005). From interpretation to segmentation. 
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 12, 917-924. (pdf)

Leeuwenberg, E., & Van Lier, R. (2005). Symmetry cues for matching objects. 
Spatial Vision, 18, 1-23. (pdf)

Koning, A., & Van Lier, R. (2006). No symmetry advantage when object matching involves accidental viewpoints. 
Psychological Research, 70, 52-58. (pdf)

Van Lier, R., & Csatho, A. (2006). Dancing shapes: a comparison between luminance induced distortions. 
Perception, 35, 775-798. (pdf)

Van Lier, R., de Wit, T.,  & Koning, A.  (2006). Con-fusing contours & pieces of Glass. 
Acta Psychologica, 123, 41-54. (pdf)

Wagemans, J., Van Lier, R., & Scholl, B. (2006). Introduction to Michotte's heritage in perception and cognition research. 
Acta Psychologica, 123, 1-19. (pdf)

De Wit, T.C.J. , Bauer, M., Oostenveld, R., Fries, P., Van Lier, R. (2006). Cortical responses to contextual influences in amodal completion. Neuroimage, 32, 1815-1825. (pdf)

Koning, A. & Van Lier, R. (2007)  3D processing in the Poggendorff illusion. 
Acta Psychologica, 126, 46-58. (pdf and pdf)

Vergeer, M.L.T., & Van Lier, R. (2007). Grouping effects in flash-induced perceptual fading. 
Perception, 36, 1036-1042. (pdf)

De Wit, T.C.J., Schlooz, W., Hulstijn, W., & Van Lier, R. (2007). Visual Completion and Complexity of Visual Shape in Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder. European Child & Adolescent Psychology, 16, 168-177. (pdf)

Koning, A., De Weert, Ch., & Van Lier, R. (2008). At first glance, transparency enhances assimilation. 
Perception, 37, 1434 -1442. (pdf)

De Wit, T.C.J. Vrins, S. Dejonckheere, P., & Van Lier, R. (2008). Form perception of partly occluded shapes in 4-month-old infants. 
Infancy, 13, 660-674. (pdf)

Lommertzen, J. , Van Zuijlen, A., Meulenbroek, R., & Van Lier, R.,  (2009). Differential effects of the rod-and-frame-illusion on the timing of forearm rotationsMotor Control, 13, 54-68. (pdf)

Vrins, S., De Wit, T.C.J., & Van Lier, R. (2009). Bricks, Butter, and Slices of Cucumber: Investigating semantic influences in amodal completion. Perception, 38, 17-29. (pdf)

Lommertzen, J. ,Van Lier, R., & Meulenbroek, R. (2009). Grasping partly occluded objects: effects of global stimulus information on Action. Perception, 38, 200-214. (pdf)

Van Lier, R., Vergeer, M., & Anstis, S. (2009). Filling-in afterimage colors between the lines. 
Current Biology, 19(8), R323-R324 (pdf) (pdf-2; Supplementary)

Vergeer, M., & Van Lier, R. (2010). Feature-based activation and suppression during binocular rivalry. 
Vision Research, 50,  743–749. (pdf)

Ter Horst, A.,  Van Lier,  R., & Steenbergen, B.  (2010).  Mental rotation task of hands: differential influence number of rotational axes. Experimental Brain Research, 203, 347-354. (pdf)

Vergeer, M., & Van Lier, R. (2010). Capturing lightness between contours.
Perception 39(12), 1565 – 1578. (pdf)

Vrins, S., Hunnius, S., & Van Lier, R. (2011). Volume completions in 4.5- Month old infants.
Acta Psychologica, 138, 92-99. (pdf)

Ter Horst, A., Van Lier,  R., & Steenbergen, B.  (2011).  Spatial dependency of action simulation. 
Experimental Brain Research, 212, 635-644. (pdf) 

Vergeer, M., & Van Lier, R. (2011). The effect of figural manipulations on brightness differences in the Benary Cross.
Perception, 40, 392-408. (pdf)

Ter Horst, A., Jongsma, M, Janssen, L., & Van Lier, R., & Steenbergen, B. (2012). Different mental rotation strategies reflected in the rotation related negativity.  Psychophysiology, 49, 566-573. (pdf)

Ter Horst, A., Cole, J., Van Lier, R., & Steenbergen, B. (2012). The effect of Chronic Deafferentitation on Mental Imagery: A case study. PLoS ONE 7(8): e42742. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone0042742. (pdf)

Anstis, S., Vergeer, M., & Van Lier, R. (2012). Looking at two paintings at once: Luminance edges can gate colors. I-Perception, 3, 515-518. (pdf).

Anstis, S., Vergeer, M., & Van Lier, R. (2012). Luminance contours can gate afterimage colors and 'real' colors. Journal of Vision, 12(10):2, 1–13,, doi:10.1167/12.10.2. (pdf)

Atsma, J., Koning, A., & Van Lier, R. (2012).  Multiple Object Tracking: Anticipatory Attention doesn't "Bounce". Journal of Vision. 12 (13):1, 1-11,, doi:10.1167/12.13.1. (pdf)

Ter Horst, A., van Lier, R., & Steenbergen, B. (2013). Mental Rotation Strategies Reflected in Event Related (De)Synchronization of Alpha and Mu Power. Psychophysiology, 50, 858-863. (pdf)

Lommertzen, J., Koning, A., Van Lier, R., & Meulenbroek, R. (2013). Perceptuomotor Rules as Prediction Tools in (Joint) Action: the Case of Orientation Perception. New Ideas in Psychology. (pdf)

Hazenberg S.J., & van Lier, R. (2013). Afterimage watercolours: an exploration of contour-based afterimage filling-in. Frontiers in Psychology: Perception Science  4,707. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00707. (pdf)

Hazenberg S.J., Jongsma, M., Koning, A., & van Lier, R. (2014). Differential familiarity effects in amodal completion: Support from behavioral and electrophysiological measurements. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 40, 669-684.

Van Lier, R., & Koning, A. (2014). The more-or-less morphing face illusion: A case of fixation-dependent modulation. Perception, 43, 947-949.

Ekkel, M., Van Lier, R. & Steenbergen (2014). 70 jaar onderzoek naar echolokalisatie: welke lessen zijn er te leren voor de praktijk? Neuropraxis, 18(5), 162-172.

Vergeer, M, Anstis, S., Van Lier, R. (2015). Flexible color perception depending on the shape and positioning of achromatic contours. Frontiers in Psychology: Perception Science, 6, 620. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00620

Van Lier, R. & Gerbino, W. (2015). Perceptual completions. In J. Wagemans (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Perceptual Organization. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

Yun, X., Hazenberg, S., Jacobs R., Qiu, J. & van Lier R. (2015). The neural signature of the Fraser illusion: an explorative EEG study on Fraser-like displays. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 9:374. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00374

Hazenberg, S., & van Lier, R. (In Press). Disentangling effects of structure and knowledge in perceiving partly occluded shapes: An ERP study. Vision Research.

Van Lier, R. (In Press). Filling-in between contours. In A. Shapiro, & D. Todorovic (eds.), Compendium of Visual Illusions. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

Güclütürk, Y., Jacobs, R.,  & van Lier, R. (In Press). Liking versus Complexity: Decomposing the inverted U-curve. Frontiers in human Neuroscience, 10, 112. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00112 

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