Development and function of the nervous systemThis 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.
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
Focus: Vision, visuo-motor integration and visual restoration following stroke; imaging, behavior, modeling.
Contact: Dr. Bert van den Berg
Focus: Environmental factors and mechanisms that shape early and long-term human development, using psychological and biological perspectives. Interdisciplinary methods and areas of interest that include stress, caregiving, health, intestinal microbiota, behavior, breast milk, and interventions.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Carolina de Weerth
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Focus: Human cognitive neuroscience studying the brain basis of memory, emotion, and their interactions. An interdisciplinary approach is applied integrating cognitive neuroimaging, genetics, pharmacology and diverse clinical disciplines.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Guillén Fernández
Focus: Cognitive, neural and genetic mechanisms involved in neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD, autism, Conduct Disorder/Psychopathy) over the lifespan; including identifying new molecular targets for treatment, and developing and testing effective non-pharma (diet and mindfulness) and biological/pharma interventions.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Jan Buitelaar
Focus: Mechanisms underlying ADHD in the context of normal and positive psychological functioning, using behavioural genetic (twin, family, molecular genetic) designs and neuroimaging. Mindfulness training as an intervention for children with ADHD and their parents. Positive mental health.
Contact: Dr. Corina Greven
Focus: Understanding the link between genetic liability for different neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders, the brain structure, and long-tern functional outcomes using neuroimaging, genome-wide statistics, longitudinal data and multivariate statistics.
Contact: Emma Sprooten
Focus: Memory enhancement by sleep and other interventions, such as mnemonic strategies and memory training. Neural basis of cognitive processes during sleep, including dreaming. Healthy subjects and patients with affective disorders.
Contact: Dr. Martin Dresler
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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
Focus: Investigation of dysfunctional prefrontal cortical control mechanisms underlying impulsive, compulsive and aggressive / antisocial disorders using translational molecular, neurochemical, imaging and behavioral techniques.
Contact: Dr. Jeffrey Glennon.