Research Departments Cognitive Neuroscience

Development and function of the nervous system

This department seeks to understand the development and function of the nervous system with a special focus on sensory processes, neurodevelopment, and plasticity underlying environmental adaptation.


Guillén Fernández PhD
head of department

+31 (0)24 361 42 44

Our researchers Cognitive Neuroscience

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Research groups Cognitive Neuroscience

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Animal research


  • Focus: Investigation of the role of serotonin in neurodevelopment and how it is additionally modulated by environmental factors in the context of individual differences in behaviour and risk for psychiatric disorders like anxiety, depression, autism and drug addiction. Techniques involve behaviour and in vivo brain measures and manipulations, as well as ex vivo molecular and neuroanatomical assessments.
    Contact: Prof. dr. Judith Homberg
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Human research


  • Focus: Estimating the electric activity of the heart and the brain from recorded signals at the body surface, and computing the currents inside the brain from electric or magnetic stimulation outside the head.
    Contact: Dr. Thom Oostendorp

Animal/human research


  • Focus: Investigate the primate brain from neuron to behaviour using advanced psychophysics, neuroimaging and (single-unit) electrophysiology. The focus is on visual perception, visuomotor behaviour and cognitive control in health and disease. Modeling links the levels of research.
    Contact: Dr. Jeroen Goossens
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Donders Institute for brain, cognition and behaviour

This department is affiliated with the Donders Institute. Their mission is to carry out world class research that advances our knowledge on how the nervous system develops and functions and how it is altered by disease, injury, genetic, and environmental factors like stress. institute pages

Getting there

Entrance: Donders Institute
Route: 200

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Getting there

Visiting address

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Kapittelweg 29
6525 EN Nijmegen


Enter building at: Donders Institute
Follow route 200