Anna Marzecova


Attention – Expectation – Predictive Coding – Uncertainty- EEG/ERP

Signatures of expected and unexpected uncertainty in attentional processing

promotor: Prof. Dr. Eva Van den Bussche (VUB)
co-promotor: Prof. Dr. Tom Verguts (UGent)


PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) – Institute of Psychology, Leipzig University, Germany, 2017
Doctoral dissertation: How prediction and attention jointly shape visual processing: a predictive coding view
promotor: Prof. Dr. Erich Schröger
co-promotor: Prof. Dr. Sonja A. Kotz

Master’s degree – Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland, 2009
Master thesis: Two languages in one brain: The attentional efficiency of bilingual individuals as measured by the Lateralized Attention Network Test

Academic career

2012-2017: PhD Researcher at the International Max Planck Research School on Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity (IMPRS NeuroCom), and BioCog, Institute of Psychology, Leipzig University, Germany

2016: Researcher at the Institute of Psychology, Leipzig University in the project Global and local aspects of temporal and lexical predictions for speech processing funded by the German Research Foundation (PIs: Prof. Erich Schröger, Prof. Mathias Scharinger)

2009-2012: Research assistant at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, LangUsta lab (PI: Dr. Zofia Wodniecka), and C-lab (PI: Dr. Michal Wierzchon)

Internships and research visits

Nov–Dec 2016: School of Psychology & Exercise Science, Murdoch University, Western Australia (supervised by: Dr. Robert O’Shea and Dr. Urte Roeber)

Sep–Oct 2016: Cognitive & Affective Psychophysiology Laboratory, Ghent University, Belgium (supervised by: Prof. Gilles Pourtois)

May 2011: Cognitive Neuroscience Research Lab, University of Granada, Spain (supervised by: Prof. Charo Rueda)

Oct 2010: Cognitive Neuroscience Research Lab, University of Granada, Spain (supervised by: Prof. Juan Lupiáñez)


Scientific Publications

Asanowicz, D., Marzecová, A. (2017). Differential effects of phasic and tonic alerting on the efficiency of executive attention. Acta Psychologica, 176, 58-70. [CrossRef]

Marzecová, A., Widmann, A., SanMiguel, I., Kotz, S. A., & Schröger, E. (2017). Interrelation of attention and prediction in visual processing: Effects of task-relevance and stimulus probability. Biological Psychology, 125, 76-90. [CrossRef]

Marzecová, A. (2015). Bilingual advantages in executive control – Loch Ness Monster case or an instance of neural plasticity? Cortex, 73, 364–366. [CrossRef]

Schröger, E.*, Marzecová, A.*, & SanMiguel, I.* (2015). Attention and prediction in human audition: A lesson from cognitive psychophysiology. European Journal of Neuroscience, 41(5), 641-664. [FullText, CrossRef]

Bukowski, M., Asanowicz, D., Marzecová, A., & Lupiáñez, J. (2015). Limits of control: The effects of uncontrollability experiences on the efficiency of attentional control. Acta Psychologica, 154, 43-53. [CrossRef]

Marzecová, A., Bukowski, M., Correa, Á., Boros, M., Lupiáñez, J., & Wodniecka, Z. (2013). Tracing the bilingual advantage in cognitive control: The role of flexibility in temporal preparation and category switching. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25(5), 586-604. [CrossRef]

Marzecová, A., Asanowicz, D., Krivá, L., & Wodniecka, Z. (2013). The effects of bilingualism on efficiency and lateralization of attentional networks. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16(3), 608-623. [CrossRef]

Tarlowski, A., Wodniecka, Z., & Marzecová, A. (2013). Language switching in the production of phrases. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 42(2), 103-118. [FullText , CrossRef]

Asanowicz, D., Marzecová, A., Jaskowski, P., & Wolski P. (2012) Hemispheric asymmetry in the efficiency of attentional networks. Brain & Cognition, 79(2), 117-128. [CrossRef]

Tao, L., Marzecová, A., Taft, M., Asanowicz, D., & Wodniecka, Z. (2011). The efficiency of attentional networks in early and late bilinguals: the role of age of acquisition. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 123. [FullText, CrossRef]



Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Department of Psychology
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B – 1050 Brussel
phone : +32 (02) 629 25 26
Office: 3C232
email : anna dot marzecova at vub dot be