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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Research Departments Cognitive Neuroscience


We explore the development and function of the nervous system in health and disease, with a special focus on neurodevelopmental, stress-related and sensory disorders.

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At the department of Cognitive Neuroscience it is our goal to have a significant impact on health, prevention, and innovation of care. We aim to achieve this through research increasing our understanding of the development, function, and plasticity of the brain as well as through teaching the next generation of professionals on these topics. With our multidisciplinary team, we focus on neurodevelopmental and stress-related processes in brain health and disease, integrating research from molecule to man and population.

Head of department

prof. dr. Barbara Franke


  • Operations

    Managing Director: Arthur Willemsen

    Manager Business Operations: Nicolien Beld
    Assistant Business Operations : Nino Calò
    Management Assistant: Nadine Brouwer
    Management Assistant: Ellen Evers
    Management Assistant: Erna Sommer-Verploegen

    Phone number: +31 (0)24 361 42 44

Our researchers Cognitive Neuroscience

A list of researchers connected to this department.

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Getting there

Entrance: Donders Institute
Floor: 0
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
Go to Floor 0 and follow route 200


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