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Donders Institute

The Donders Institute is a research centre devoted to understanding human cognition and behavior in health and disease. Hundreds of international researchers aim at the advancement of brain-, cognitive and behavioral science and improving health, education and technology.

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Understanding mind and brain

100,000,000,000 neurons with 100,000 kilometers of con­nections between them, with a storage capacity exceeding that of a supercomputer. To understand this amazing human brain, we focus on 4 research themes:

VoorkantLanguage and Communication

Perception, Action and Decision-making

Development and lifelong plasticity

Natural Computing & Neurotechnology


Even though preparing words and sentences takes a long time, people usually respond very quickly in conversation. How is that possible? Find the answer in How to respond lightning-fast during a conversation

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Participate in our research!

Research participants wanted at DondersDo you want to learn more about your brain and contribute to science? Then sign up as a research participant and make some money along the way!

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Npo Radio 1 Erno Hermans Wikipedia lerenHas Wikipedia influenced the way we learn things? Erno Hermans during a radio show at Npo1.

Donders in the media


The coronavirus outbreak has implications for the Donders Institute. For the latest news and updates on coronavirus policies, see the websites of Radboud University or Radboudumc.
For employees: Instructions on how to work from home, can be found here for RU-employees or UMC-employees. Join us at the Donders Mattermost community here.