Psychologist interested in cognitive neuroscience (mostly learning and attention, mostly using ERPs). I am working at Madrid thanks to a generous grant from the Madri+d Science Foundation. Previously at UMA (Málaga, Spain) and UNSW Sydney (Australia).

 @DavLuque, OSF, GitHub.

research interests

My research interests are related to how humans learn new habits and how/when habits interfere with goal-directed actions and attention . If your are interested in these topics, and want to work with me or just chat about them, you can contact me by email (david.luque -at-


recent invited talks

  • Chair and organizer of the symposium ‘The Psychology of Human Habits’ – ESCoP
  • Invited speaker in the Second Ghent Symposium on Habits – Ghent University.
  • Invited speaker in the Barcelona Lecture Series in Brain, Cognition and Behavior: ‘Investigating changes in stimulus processing during reinforcement learning’ [video]

ongoing grants (as PI)

  • Programme for Talent Attraction (Senior modality). Funding agency: Madri+d Science Foundation. 2017-T1/SOC-5147.
  • Attention, Habits and Attentional Habits: How reward learning and attention affects each other. Funding agency: Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. PGC2018-094694-B-I00.

papers (last 5 years)

(the full list in Google Scholar) (if you want a nice pdf copy of one of these, please write me an email)

2021 / in press

Giménez‐Fernández, T., Luque, D., Shanks, D. R., & Vadillo, M. A. (in press). Is probabilistic cuing of visual search an inflexible attentional habit? A meta-analytic review. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Pavlov, Y. G., Adamian, N., Appelhoff, S., Arvaneh, M., Benwell, C. S., Beste, C., … Luque, D., … & Mushtaq, F. (in press). #EEGManyLabs: Investigating the replicability of influential EEG experiments. Cortex.

Ciria, L. F., Quintero, M. J., López, F. J., Luque, D., Cobos, P. L., & Morís, J. (2021). Intolerance of uncertainty and decisions about delayed, probabilistic rewards: a replication and extension of Luhmann, C. C., Ishida, K., & Hajcak, G. (2011). PloS ONE , 16, e0256210.

Luque, D., Beesley, T., Molinero, S., & Vadillo, M. A. (2021). Contextual cuing of visual search does not guide attention automatically in the presence of top-down goals. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 47, 1080-1090.

Ciria, L. F., Watson, P., Vadillo, M. A., & Luque, D. (2021). Is the habit system altered in individuals with obesity? A systematic review. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 128, 621-632.

Vadillo, M. A., Giménez-Fernández, T., Beesley, T., Shanks, D. R., & Luque, D. (2021). There is more to contextual cuing than meets the eye: Improving visual search without attentional guidance toward predictable target locations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 47, 116–120.

Luque, D., & Molinero, S. (2021). A critical assessment of the goal replacement hypothesis for habitual behaviour. Psicológica Journal, 42, 53-56.

Molinero, S., Giménez‐Fernández, T., López, F. J., Carretié, L., & Luque, D. (2021). Stimulus–response learning and expected reward value enhance stimulus cognitive processing: An ERP study. Psychophysiology58, e13795.


Luque, D., Molinero, S., Jevtović, M., & Beesley, T. (2020). Testing the automaticity of an attentional bias towards predictive cues in human associative learning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology73, 762-780.

Luque, D., Molinero, S., Watson, P., López, F. J., & Le Pelley, M. E. (2020). Measuring habit formation through goal-directed response switching. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 149, 1449-1459.

Giménez-Fernández, T., Luque, D., Shanks, D. R., & Vadillo, M. A. (2020). Probabilistic cuing of visual search: Neither implicit nor inflexible. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 46, 1222-1234


Le Pelley, M. E., Pearson, D., Porter, A., Yee, H., & Luque, D. (2019). Oculomotor capture is influenced by expected reward value but (maybe) not predictiveness. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology72, 168-181.

Jack, B. N., Le Pelley, M. E., Griffiths, O., Luque, D., & Whitford, T. J. (2019). Semantic prediction-errors are context-dependent: an ERP study. Brain Research1706, 86-92.

*Gutiérrez-Cobo, M. J., *Luque, D., Most, S. B., Fernández-Berrocal, P., & Le Pelley, M. E. (2019). Reward and emotion influence attentional bias in rapid serial visual presentation. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology72, 2155-2167. *joint first author

Walker, A. R., Luque, D., Le Pelley, M. E., & Beesley, T. (2019). The role of uncertainty in attentional and choice exploration. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review26, 1911-1916.


Luque, D., Vadillo, M. A., Gutiérrez-Cobo, M. J., & Le Pelley, M. E. (2018). The blocking effect in associative learning involves learned biases in rapid attentional capture. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology71, 522-544.

Cobos, P. L., Vadillo, M. A., Luque, D., & Le Pelley, M. E. (2018). Learned predictiveness acquired through experience prevails over the influence of conflicting verbal instructions in rapid selective attention. PloS ONE13, e0200051.


Luque, D., Beesley, T., Morris, R., Jack, B. N., Griffiths, O., Whitford, T., & Le Pelley, M. E. (2017). Goal-directed and habit-like modulations of stimulus processing during reinforcement learning. Journal of Neuroscience, 37, 3009-3017.

Luque, D., Vadillo, M. A., López, F. J., Alonso, R. & Shanks, D. R. (2017). Testing the controllability of contextual cuing of visual search. Scientific Reports, 7, 39645.

Cobos, P. L., Gutiérrez-Cobo, M. J., Morís, J., & Luque, D. (2017). Dependent measure and time constraints modulate the competition between conflicting feature-based and rule-based generalization processes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 43, 515–527.

Luque, D., Vadillo, M. A., Le Pelley, M. E., & Beesley, T. (2017). Prediction and uncertainty in associative learning: Examining controlled and automatic components of learned attentional biases. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology70, 1485-1503.

Luque, D., Morís, J., López, F. J., & Cobos, P. L. (2017). Previously acquired cue–outcome structural knowledge guides new learning: Evidence from the retroactive-interference-between-cues effect. Memory & Cognition45, 916-931.

Oyarzún, J. P., Morís, J., Luque, D., de Diego-Balaguer, R., & Fuentemilla, L. (2017). Targeted memory reactivation during sleep adaptively promotes the strengthening or weakening of overlapping memories. Journal of Neuroscience37, 7748-7758.

Whitford, T. J., Jack, B. N., Pearson, D., Griffiths, O., Luque, D., Harris, A. W., Spencer, K. M., & Le Pelley, M. E. (2017). Neurophysiological evidence of efference copies to inner speech. eLife6, e28197.


López, F. J., Alonso, R., & Luque, D. (2016). Rapid top-down control of behavior due to propositional knowledge in human associative learning. PloS ONE11, e0167115.

Griffiths, O., Le Pelley, M. E., Jack, B. N., Luque, D., & Whitford, T. J. (2016). Cross‐modal symbolic processing can elicit either an N2 or a protracted N2/N400 response. Psychophysiology53, 1044-1053.

Vadillo, M. A., Orgaz, C., Luque, D., & Nelson, J. B. (2016). Ambiguity produces attention shifts in category learning. Learning & Memory23, 134-140.