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Dr. Y. (Yaïr) Pinto

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Brain and Cognition
Photographer: Yair Pinto

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
  • Room number: 0.07
Postal address
  • Postbus 15915
    1001 NK Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Yair Pinto focuses on consciousness in several aspects. Past research has mainly focused on “passive” consciousness such as visual perception and visual memory. Current research is more geared towards active consciousness. This includes volition, conscious comprehension and language abilities.

    Expertise and research fields

    • Consciousness
    • Free will
    • Visual perception
    • Visual memory
    • Split-brain
  • Research

    Research methods

    • Psychophysics
    • fNiRS
    • fMRI

    Current research projects

    • The role of libertarian free will in consciousness science
    • Investigating consciousness via language and large language models
    • Theoretical and empirical investigations into the existence of free will

    Research grants and honours

    • Rubicon
    • Marie Curie Grant
    • Large Templeton grant
    • Replication grant

    Current collaborations

    • ​​​​​​​Kelvin McQueen, University of Durham
    • Wolfgang Loeffler, University of Leiden
    • Anil Seth, University of Sussex
    • Adam Barrett, University of Sussex
  • Teaching & PhD supervision
    • Python course (BA)
    • Consciousness and free will course (BA and MA)
    • Supervising BA and MA theses
  • Publications


    • Pinto, Y., Villa, M. C., Siliquini, S., Polonara, G., Passamonti, C., Lattanzi, S., Foschi, N., Fabri, M., & de Haan, E. H. F. (2023). Visual integration across fixation: automatic processes are split but conscious processes remain unified in the split-brain. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 17, Article 1278025.
    • van der Reep, T. H. A., Molenaar, D., Loeffler, W., & Pinto, Y. (2023). Quantum Detector Tomography applied to the Human Visual System: A Feasibility Study. Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, Image Science and Vision, 40(2), 285-293.




    • Pinto, Y., de Haan, E. H. F., Villa, M-C., Soliquini, S., Polonara, G., Passamonti, C., Lattanzi, S., Foschi, N., & Fabri, M. (2020). Unified Visual Working Memory without the Anterior Corpus Callosum. Symmetry, 12(12), Article 2106. [details]
    • de Haan, E. H. F., Corballis, P. M., Hillyard, S. A., Marzi, C. A., Seth, A., Lamme, V. A. F., Volz, L., Fabri, M., Schechter, E., Bayne, T., Corballis, M., & Pinto, Y. (2020). Split-Brain: What We Know Now and Why This is Important for Understanding Consciousness. Neuropsychology Review, 30(2), 224-233. [details]
    • de Haan, E. H. F., Fabri, M., Dijkerman, H. C., Foschi, N., Lattanzi, S., & Pinto, Y. (2020). Unified tactile detection and localisation in split-brain patients. Cortex, 124, 217-223. [details]




    • Pinto, Y., van Gaal, S., de Lange, F. P., Lamme, V. A. F., & Seth, A. K. (2015). Expectations accelerate entry of visual stimuli into awareness. Journal of Vision, 15(8), Article 13. [details]
    • Rotteveel, M., Gierholz, A., Koch, G., van Aalst, C., Pinto, Y., Matzke, D., Steingroever, H., Verhagen, J., Beek, T. F., Selker, R., Sasiadek, A., & Wagenmakers, E-J. (2015). On the automatic link between affect and tendencies to approach and avoid: Chen and Bargh (1999) revisited. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, Article 335. [details]
    • Wagenmakers, E-J., Beek, T. F., Rotteveel, M., Gierholz, A., Matzke, D., Steingroever, H., Ly, A., Verhagen, J., Selker, R., Sasiadek, A., Gronau, Q. F., Love, J., & Pinto, Y. (2015). Turning the hands of time again: a purely confirmatory replication study and a Bayesian analysis. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, Article 494. [details]




    • Cohen, M. A., Pinto, Y., Howe, P. D. L., & Horowitz, T. S. (2011). The what-where trade-off in multiple-identity tracking. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 73(5), 1422-1434. [details]
    • Evans, K. K., Horowitz, T. S., Howe, P., Pedersini, R., Reijnen, E., Pinto, Y., & Wolfe, J. M. (2011). Visual attention. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Cognitive Science, 2(5), 503-514. [details]
    • Howe, P. D. L., Drew, T., Pinto, Y., & Horowitz, T. S. (2011). Remapping attention in multiple object tracking. Vision Research, 51(5), 489-495. [details]
    • Pinto, Y., Otten, M., Cohen, M. A., Wolfe, J. M., & Horowitz, T. S. (2011). The boundary conditions for Bohr’s law: when is reacting faster than acting? Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 73(2), 613-620. [details]
    • Wolfe, J. M., Reijnen, E., Horowitz, T. S., Pedersini, R., Pinto, Y., & Hulleman, J. (2011). How does our search engine "see" the world? The case of amodal completion. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 73(4), 1054-1064.



    • Pinto, Y., Olivers, C. N. L., & Theeuwes, J. (2008). Selecting from dynamic environments: Attention distinguishes between blinking and moving. Perception and Psychophysics, 70(1), 166-178.
    • Pinto, Y., Olivers, C. N. L., & Theeuwes, J. (2008). Static items are automatically prioritized in a dynamic environment. Visual Cognition, 16(7), 916-932.


    • Pinto, Y., Olivers, C. N. L., & Theeuwes, J. (2007). The detection of temporally defined objects does not require focused attention. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61(8), 1134-1142.


    • Pinto, Y., Olivers, C. N. L., & Theeuwes, J. (2006). When is search for a static target among dynamic distractors efficient? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 32(1), 59-72.


    • Pinto, Y., Olivers, C. N. L., & Theeuwes, J. (2005). Target uncertainty does not lead to more distraction by singletons: Intertrial priming does. Perception and Psychophysics, 67(8), 1354-1361.



    • Pool, M. O., De Vos, B. D., Wolterink, J. M., Blok, S., Schuuring, M. J., Bleijendaal, H., Dohmen, D. A. J., Tulevski, I. I., Somsen, G. A., Mulder, B. J. M., Pinto, Y., Bouma, B. J., Isgum, I., & Winter, M. M. (2020). Distinguishing sinus rhythm from atrial fibrillation on single-lead ECGs using a deep neural network. European Heart journal, 41(Supplement 2), 3442.



    • Cohen, M. A., Pinto, Y., Howe, P. D. L., & Horowitz, T. S. (2011). Erratum to: The what-where trade-off in multiple-identity tracking (Atten Percept Psychophys, 10.3758/s13414-011-0089-7). Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 73(8), 2668.



    • Pakholiuk, O., Bos, L. S., & Pinto, Y. (2019). Parafoveal preview benefit in mildly aphasic readers.


    • Pinto, Y., de Haan, E. H. F., & Lamme, V. A. F. (2017). Split-Brain, unified consciousness. Poster session presented at Annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Beijing, China.

    Media appearance

    Talk / presentation

    • Pinto, Y. (speaker) (8-6-2017). The requirements for conscious unity, Technical University of Kaiserslautern.
    • Pinto, Y. (speaker) (3-2-2017). Split-Brain, unified consciousness, Tokyo consciousness association.
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