Most of my research is about stimulus-response-outcome learning (see for instance this paper)

Psychologist interested in cognitive neuroscience (mostly learning and attention). I am working at Universidad de Málaga (‘profesor titular’). Previously, I have worked in Madrid (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and UNSW Sydney (Australia).

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 you 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-

ongoing grants (as PI)

  • Experimentally investigating the formation of human habits (HUMHAB). Funding agency: Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. PID2021-126767NB-I00.
  • Aprendizaje de nuevos hábitos en humanos: Una perspectiva multiproceso. Funding agency: Junta de Andalucía. ProyExcel_00287.

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)

2023 / in press / preprints

Luna, R., Vadillo, M. A., & Luque, D. (submitted). Model-free decision making resists improved instructions and is enhanced by stimulus-response associations. Preprint.

Giménez-Fernández, T., Vicente-Conesa, F., Luque, D., & Vadillo, M. A. (in press). The role of working memory in probabilistic cueing of visual search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

Vicente-Conesa, F., Fernández, T. G., Luque, D., & Vadillo, M. A. (in press). Learning to suppress a distractor may not be unconscious. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. Preprint.


Guida, P., Michiels, M., Redgrave, P., Luque, D., & Obeso, I. (2022). An fMRI meta-analysis of the role of the striatum in everyday-life vs laboratory-developed habits. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 141, 104826. Preprint.

Giménez‐Fernández, T., Luque, D., Shanks, D. R., & Vadillo, M. A. (2022). Is probabilistic cuing of visual search an inflexible attentional habit? A meta-analytic review. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 29, 521-529. Preprint.


Pavlov, Y. G., Adamian, N., Appelhoff, S., Arvaneh, M., Benwell, C. S., Beste, C., … Luque, D., … & Mushtaq, F. (2021). #EEGManyLabs: Investigating the replicability of influential EEG experiments. Cortex, 144, 213-229. Preprint.

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. Preprint.

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. Preprint.

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

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. Preprint.

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. Preprint.

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.