Fachgebiet Cognitive and Developmental Psychology

Dr. Radha Nila Meghanathan


Phone+49 (0)631 / 205 4443
building57, Room 534


Curriculum Vitae

Since Jan 2020Senior Research Scientist, Center for Cognitive Science, Developmental Psychology & Cognitive Science, RPTU in Kaiserslautern (formerly TU Kaiserslautern)
Jun 2018 - Dec 2019Research Scientist, Center for Cognitive Science, Developmental Psychology & Cognitive Science, TU Kaiserslautern
2014-2019PhD, KU Leuven, Belgium
Aug 2014 - Jan 2014Predoctoral training, KU Leuven, Belgium
Aug 2011 - May 2013M.Sc. Cognitive Science, University of Allahabad, India
Dec 2008 - Oct 2010Programmer Analyst, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Bangalore, India
Aug 2003 - May 2007B.E. Bio-Medical Engineering, Anna University, India

Areas of research

  • Eye movements, dynamics of eye movements
  • Eye movements and working memory
  • Co-registration of eye movements and EEG
  • Visual Search
  • Pupil size and working memory
  • Handwriting analysis

Featured Publications

Meghanathan, R.N., van Leeuwen, C., Giannini, M. & Nikolaev, A.R. (2020). Neural Correlates of task-related refixation behaviour. Vision Research, 175:90-101. DOI. Download here

Meghanathan, RN, Nikolaev, AR, & van Leeuwen, C (2019) Refixation patterns reveal memory-encoding strategies in free viewing. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 81: 2499-2516. doi: 10.3758/s13414-019-01735-2. Download here

Nikolaev A.R., Meghanathan, R.N., van Leeuwen, C. (2018) Refixation control in free viewing: a specialized mechanism divulged by eye-movement related brain activity. Journal of Neurophysiology, 120(5):2311-2324. doi: 10.1152/jn.00121.2018. Download here

Van Humbeeck, N., Meghanathan, R.N., Wagemans, J., Nikolaev, A.R., van Leeuwen, C. (2018) Presaccadic EEG activity predicts visual saliency in free-viewing contour integration. Psychophysiology, 55(12):e13267. doi: 10.1111/psyp.13267. Download here

Seidkhani, H., Nikolaev, A.R., Meghanathan, R.N., Pezeshk, H., Masoudi-Nejad, A., van Leeuwen, C. (2017) Task modulates functional connectivity networks in free viewing behavior. NeuroImage, 159:289-301. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.07.066. Download here

Nikolaev, A.R., Meghanathan, R.N. and van Leeuwen, C. (2016), Combining EEG and eye movement recording in free viewing: pitfalls and possibilities, Brain and Cognition, 107:55-83, doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2016.06. Download here

Meghanathan, R.N., van Leeuwen, C. and Nikolaev, A.R. (2015), Fixation duration surpasses pupil size as a measure of memory load in free viewing, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8:1063. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.01063. Download here

Conference presentations


Radha Nila Meghanathan, Alessandro Solfo, Thomas Lachmann & Cees van Leeuwen. Multifractality in complex visual search. Talk presented at TeaP, 2021, Ulm, Germany.

Radha Nila Meghanathan, Andrey R. Nikolaev, Marcello Giannini & Cees van Leeuwen. Saccade-related potentials during task-related refixation behaviour. Talk presented at Neuromatch, 2020. View here

Radha Nila Meghanathan, Andrey R. Nikolaev & Cees van Leeuwen. Disentangling cognition and eye movements in EEG using generalized additive mixed models. Talk presented at the 20th European Conference on Eye Movements. Alicante, Spain, August 18-22, 2019.

Radha Nila Meghanathan, Andrey R. Nikolaev & Cees van Leeuwen. Memory accumulation across sequential eye movements and related electrical brain activity. Talk presented at the Cognitive Science Colloquium of the Center for Cognitive Science, Technical University of Kaiserslautern on April 27, 2017.

Radha N. Meghanathan, Andrey R. Nikolaev & Cees van Leeuwen. Refixation strategies for memory encoding in free viewing. Oral presentation at the 19th European Conference on Eye Movements. Wuppertal, Germany, August 20-24, 2017.


Meghanathan R N, Nikolaev A R (November, 2016) Refixation measures reveal memory processes in free viewing. Poster presented at NeuroCog 2016 in Leuven, Belgium.

Meghanathan R N, Nikolaev A R, van Leeuwen C (August, 2015), Finding Memory Load in the Eyes. Poster presented at the European Conference on Eye Movements 2015 in Vienna, Austria.

Meghanathan R N, Nikolaev A R, van Leeuwen C (August, 2014), Pupil size reflects memory load only for fixated targets. Poster presented at ECVP 2014 in Belgrade, Serbia.

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