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Thomas Carsten

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Thomas coThomasCarstenmpleted his PhD in Psychology in 2019 at the University of Gent. As part of his doctoral dissertation, he investigated the motivational properties of rewards and losses on response facilitation. Drawing from his experience with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Electroencephalography (EEG), he joined the CoActions Lab in 2019. His goal is to investigate the integration of sensory evidence into motor plans. 




Representative Publications

  1. Carsten, T., Hoofs, V., Boehler, C. N., & Krebs, R. M. (2019). Are losses more effective than rewards in improving performance in a cognitive task? Motivation Science, 5(3), 257–268.
  2. Carsten, T., Desmet, C., Krebs, R. M., & Brass, M. (2018). Pupillary contagion is independent of the emotional expression of the face. Emotion. Advance online publication.
  3. Kostandyan, M., Bombeke, K., Carsten, T., Krebs, R. M., Notebaert, W., & Boehler, C. N. (2019). Differential effects of sustained and transient effort triggered by reward–A combined EEG and pupillometry study. Neuropsychologia, 123, 116-130.


  1. Carsten, T., Bundt, C., Verbruggen, F., Krebs, R. (2018). Go for it: Effects of reward and loss targets on motor excitability. Psychonomic Society (Psychonomics), New Orleans, USA.
  2. Carsten, T., Hoofs, V., Böhler, N., & Krebs, R. (2017). Reward- and loss-related target features improve performance in the Stroop task. European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCOP), Potsdam, Germany.


Institute of Neuroscience
Université catholique Louvain
Ave Mounier 53 - Bte B1.53.04
1200 Bruxelles, Belgium

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