Dr Sunčica Zdravković

  • Department of Psychology
  • Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad
  • Dr Zorana Đinđića 2, 21000 Novi Sad
  • suncica.zdravkovic@ff.uns.ac.rs
  • szdravko@f.bg.ac.rs
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Post doctorate, Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy
Mentor: Tiziano Agostini


PhD in Visual Perception and Psychophysics, Rutgers University, Newark NJ, USA
Thesis supervisor: Alan Gilchrist
Thesis title: An investigation of lightness of an object under two illumination levels.


MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, Rutgers University, Newark NJ, USA
Thesis supervisor: Ben Martin Bly
Thesis title: Motion and depth pathways interaction.



Affiliated professor at Department of Cogitive Science, Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences, Malta University


Full professor for Perception, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Novi Sad Novi Sad, Serbia


Associate professor for Perception, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Novi Sad Novi Sad, Serbia


Assistant professor for General Psychology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Novi Sad Novi Sad, Serbia


Assistant professor for General Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Novi Sad Novi Sad, Serbia


Consultant, NEC laboratory, Princeton, USA.

Specializations, scholarships, awards and academic visits

Visiting professor at Swansea University, Wales, UK.


“Ljuba Stojić” award, from Serbian Psychology Association (DPS)


Visiting scientist at Max Planck Institute, Tübingen, Germany


“Young scientist scholarship from Italian Ministry of science


Scholarship from Rutgers University (for doctoral training)


Gifted Young Scientist Fellowship, Institute for Psychology, Belgrade, Serbia.

Research Interests


Lightness and multiple illumination levels

Perception of colors and light

Lightness Constancy and Object Identity


PhD studies:

Lightness and color perception
Selected topics from psychological research methodology

Graduate studies:

Visual perception

Experimental psychology

Cognitive Neuroscience

Undergraduate studies:

Cognitive neuroscience
Learning and Memory

Other study programs:

General Psychology

Selected Publications

Nedimović, P., Zdravković, S., & Domijan, D. (2022). Empirical evaluation of computational models of lightness perception. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 22039.
Hermens, F., & Zdravković, S. (2022). Visual attention in change blindness for objects and shadows. Perception, 51(9), 605-623.
Nedimović, P., & Zdravković, S. (2021). Lightness contrast & assimilation: testing the hypotheses. Primenjena psihologija Vol. 41, No. 3, pp. 98-114.
Thornton, I. M., Tagu, J., Zdravković, S., & Kristjánsson, Á. (2021). The Predation Game: Does dividing attention affect patterns of human foraging?. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 6(1), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41235-021-00299-w
Childs, M. J., Jones, A., Thwaites, P., Zdravković, S., Thorley, C., Suzuki, A., ... & Tree, J. J. (2021). Do individual differences in face recognition ability moderate the other ethnicity effect?. Journal of Experimental Psychology: human perception and performance. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-019-01750-3
Jonauskaite, D., Abu-Akel, A., Dael, N.,... Zdravković, S., Meng Zhang, & Mohr, C. (2020). Universal patterns in color-emotion associations are further shaped by linguistic and geographic proximity. Psychological Science, 31(10), 1245-1260. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797620948810
Thornton, I.M. & Zdravković, S. (2020). Searching for illusory motion. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 82(1), 44-62. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-019-01750-3
Reid, I., Appleby-Arnold, S., Brockdorff, N., Jakovljev, I., & Zdravković, S.(2020). Developing a model of perceptions of security and insecurity in the context of crime. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. https://doi.org/10.1080/13218719.2020.1742235
Appleby-Arnold, S., Brockdorff, N., Jakovljev, I., & Zdravković, S.(2020). Disaster preparedness and cultural factors: a comparative study in Romania and Malta. Disasters. https://doi.org/10.1111/disa.12433
Jonauskaite, D., Abdel-Khalek, A., Abu-Akel, A., Al-Rasheed, A. S., Antonietti, J. P., Ásgeirsson, Á. G., ... Zdravković, S., & Mohr, C. (2019). The sun is no fun without rain: Physical environments affect how we feel about yellow across 55 countries. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 101350. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101350
Jakovljev, I., & Zdravković, S. (2018). The color lexicon of Serbian language – a study of dark blue and dark red color categories Part 1: Color-term elicitation task. Psihologija.
Jakovljev, I., & Zdravković, S. (2018). The color lexicon of Serbian language – a study of dark blue and dark red color categories Part 2: Categorical effects for teget and bordo in the Serbian language. Psihologija.
Callus, C., Brockdorff, N., Zdravković, S (2018) Chapter 3. Attitudes Towards Using a Community Policing App. In Changing Communities, Changing Policing. Eds. Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici & Joseph Cannataci.
Appleby-Arnold, S., Jakovljev, I., Zdravković, S.,& N. Brockdorff (2018). Applying cultural values to encourage disaster preparedness: lessons from a low-hazard country. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.
Toscani, M., Zdravković, S., & Gegenfurtner, K. R. (2016). Lightness perception for surfaces moving through different illumination levels. Journal of Vision, 16(15), 21-21.
Zdravković, S. (2015). Chapters: Ganzfeld, Mach bands. Encyclopedia of Color Science and Technology. Springer, New York. DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27851-8_348-1, ISBN: 978-3-642-27851-8 (Online).
Economou, E., Zdravković, S., & Gilchrist, A. (2015). Grouping Factors and the Reverse Contrast Illusion. Perception. doi: 0301006615607118
Hermens, F., & Zdravković, S. (2015). Information extraction from shadowed regions in images: an eye movement study. Vision Research, 113, 87-96. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2015.05.019
Vejnović, D., & Zdravković, S. (2015). Side flankers produce less crowding, but only for letters. Cognition, 143, 217-227. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.07.003
Blanuša, J., & Zdravković, S. (2015). Horizontal-vertical illusion in mental imagery: quantitative evidence. Frontiers Human Neuroscience, 9:33.
Todorović, D., Kostić, A., Zdravković, S., & Marković, S. (2014). 40 godina Laboratorije za eksperimentalnu psihologiju. Filozofski fakultet, Beograd, Srbija.
Todorović, D., & Zdravković, S. (2014). The roles of image decomposition and egde curvature in the ‘snake’ lightness illusion. Vision Research. Vol 97: 1-15.
Filipović Đuđević, D., & Zdravković, S. (2013). Uvod u kognitivne neuronauke. Zrenjaninska biblioteka, Zrenjanin.
Milin, P., & Zdravković, S. (2013). Bi-dimensional semantic scales: the embodied maps of meaning [Special issue: Cognitive science]. Universitas Psychologica, 12(5).
Barzut, V., & Zdravković, S. (2013). Discrimination of faces of the same and other race and gender modulated by familiarity. Psihologija, 46(1): 45-59.
DOI: 10.2298/PSI1301045B
Zdravković, S. (2012). Percepcija, II izdanje. Zrenjaninska biblioteka, Zrenjanin.
Zdravković, S., Economou. E., Gilchrist, A., (2012). Grouping illumination frameworks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. Vol. 38 (3): 776-784.
DOI: 10.1037/a0026335
Ćirović, I., Zdravković, S. (2011). Verbal vs. visual coding in modified mental imagery map exploration task. Psihologija, 44(1): 39-60.
DOI: 10.2298/PSI1101039C
Vidaković. V., Zdravković, S. (2010). Influence of depth cues on multiple objects tracking in 3D scene. Psihologija, 43(4): 389-409.
DOI: 10.2298/PSI1004389V
Vejnović. D., Milin, P., Zdravković, S. (2010). Effects of proficiency and age of language acquisition on working memory performance in bilinguals. Psihologija, 43(3): 219-232.
DOI: 10.2298/PSI1003219V
Popović, M., Zdravković, S. (2009). Can deployment of attention be strategically controlled? Psihologija. Vol. 42, 1. (67-79).
DOI: 10.2298/PSI0901067P
Vidaković, V., Zdravković, S. (2009). Colour influences identification of the moving objects more than shape. Psihologija. Vol. 42, 1: 79-95.
DOI: 10.2298/PSI0901079V
Zdravković, S. (2008). Percepcija. Zrenjaninska biblioteka, Zrenjanin.
Zdravković, S. (2008). Lightness constancy: object identity and temporal integration. Psihologija. Vol. 41, 1:19-37.
DOI: 10.2298/PSI0801005Z
Zdravković, S. (2007). Efekat boje pozadine i osvetljenja na opaženu svetlinu. Psihologija. Vol. 40, 4: 543-565.
Economou, E., Zdravković, S., Gilchrist, A. (2007). Anchoring versus spatial filtering accounts of simultaneous lightness contrast. Journal of Vision, 7(12): 2, 1-15.
DOI: 10.1167/7.12.2
Zdravković, S., Economou, E, Gilchrist, A. (2006). Lightness of an object under two illumination levels. Perception. Vol. 35 (1185-1201).
Zdravković, S., Milin, P. (2006). The underlying distribution of lightness matches. Fechner’s days Proceedings (581-588).