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Former Donders Lectures


Glyn Humphreys (23 January 2014)

Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University

"The salient self: Explorations of self-bias in mind and brain"

Elizabeth Phelps (27 March 2014)

Director of lab studying neuroscience of affect, learning and decisions at New York University

"Changing fear"

9 October 2014 Prof. Dr. Sabine Kastner Professor of Psychology, Princeton University

"Neural network dynamics for attentional selection in the primate brain"


Dora Angelaki (28 March)
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Optimal integration of sensory evidence: Building blocks and canonical computations

Jeffrey Binder (25 April)
Medical College of Wisconsin
Semantic cognition and the human angular gyrus

Anthony Wagner (5 September)
Stanford University
The cognitive neuroscience of remembering

Susan Gathercole (3 October)
MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK
Working memory and its' disorders: causes, consequences and treatment

Rainer Goebel (28 November)
University of Maastricht
Decoding fMRI brain activity patterns in real-time: from basic research to clinical applications and back


The Donders Lectures take place on the campus of the Radboud University: Linnaeus Building , Heyendaalseweg 137, Nijmegen and start at 4.00 pm.

Svante Pääbo (April 7)
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
"A Neandertal perspective on human origins"

Sarah Blakemore(June 9)
UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
"The social brain"

Peter Dayan (September 22)
UCL, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit
"When good decisions go bad: Reinforcement learning and computational psychiatry"

Paul Glimcher (November 10)
New York University, Center for Neural Science
"Neuroeconomics: The neurobiology of decision"


Ray Jackendoff (February 4)
Tufts University and Santa Fe Institute, Medford MA, USA
"The Cognitive Structure of Value, Fairness, and Reciprocity"

Charles Schroeder (April 1)
Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, Orangeburg NY, USA
Title to be announced

Eleanor Maguire (June 3)
Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London, London, UK
"Decoding memories in the human hippocampus"

John Gabrieli (September 2)
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Cambridge MA, USA
"Development of Perception, Memory, and Language in the Human Brain"

Matthew Rushworth (October 7)
Department of Experimental and Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging the Brain (FMRIB), University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
"The role of the prefrontal cortex in changing behaviour"

Tobias Bonhoeffer (December 2)
Max-Planck-Institute for Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany
"How experience changes the circuitry of the brain"


Wolfgang Maass (November 27)
Technische Universität Graz, Austria
"Understanding Neural Computation from the Perspective of the Brain as a Learning Machine"

Nicky Clayton (September 25)
University of Cambridge, UK
"The evolution and development of mental time travel"

Bob Knight (July 3)
University of California, Berkeley, USA
"Cortical Function in Humans: Insights from Neurosurgical Patients"

Nancy Bonini (May 29)
University of Pennsylvania, USA
"Human neurodegenerative disease: Insights from Drosophila genetics"

Eric Mick (May 4)
Harvard Medical School
"Examining the Genetic Basis of ADHD and its Associated Impairments"

Doug Crawford (March 20)
York University, Canada
"Neural Mechanisms for Donders' law in 3-D Gaze Shifts"


Anthony T. Barker (September 23)
University of Sheffield
"The interaction between electromagnetic fields and the human body: the birth and the development of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation"


No Donders Lectures were scheduled.


Geraint Rees(January 27)
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London
"Neural correlates of human consciousness"

Dan Wegner(June 30)
Harvard University, Cambridge (MA)
"Authorship processing in the experience of agency: How do you know your actions are your own?"

Daphne Bavelier (Tuesday August 29)
University of Rochester
"Brain Plasticity: Effects of altered experience on visual and language functions "

Edvard Moser(September 22)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
“Grid cells and spatial representation in entorhinal cortex and hippocampus”

Patrick Haggard(November 17)
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London
"Voluntary action and conscious experience"


Jonathan Cohen(April 29)
University of Princeton, Princeton
"The vulcanization of human decision making."

Bruce McNaughton(July 1)
University of Arizona, Tucson
"What sets the scale of the hippocampal code."

Hans-Jochen Heinze(October 7)
University of Magdeburg, Magdeburg
"'Flexibility of perceptual control: Temporal, spatial, and operational aspects."

Marta Kutas(November 25)
University of California at San Diego
"An electrophysiological view of prediction and integration in language."


Jim Haxby(28-5)
Princeton University
"Spatial and temporal distribution of face and object representations."

Edmund T. Rolls(24-1)
Oxford University, Oxford
"Understanding how the brain implements vision and emotion."

Colin Blakemore(21-3)
Oxford University, Oxford
"The myth of nature versus nurture."

Tomas Paus(23-5)
McGill University, Montreal
"Exploring sensori-motor interactions by imaging and
stimulating the human brain."

Sharon Thompson-Schill(26-9)
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
"Broca's area revisited: selection, language, and the inferior frontal gyrus."

Eleanor Maguire(28-11)
University College London, Londen
"The human hippocampus, and spatial and episodic memory."

Niels Birbaumer(18-1)
University of Tübingen, Tübingen
"Unlocking the locked-in: neuroplastic behavioral mechanisms underlying brain-computer interfaces."

Marcus E. Raichle(15-3)
Washington University, St. Louis
"The resting brain."

Fernando H. Lopes da Silva (24-5)
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam
"Dynamics of brain signals of cognitive processes."

Cognitive neuroscience beyond the image given (19-9)
"Opening conference of the F.C.Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (Location : KUN Congress Centre)"

Earl K. Miller(15-11)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston
"The prefrontal cortex: catogories, concepts, and cognition."

Cornelius Weiller (26-1)
University of Hamburg, Hamburg
"Learning, plasticity and recovery in the central nervous system."

Michael D.Rugg (16-3)
University College London, London
"The cognitive neuroscience of human memory: a functional imaging perspective."

Alex Martin (18-5)
National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda
"Objects, concepts, and the brain."

Nancy Kanwisher (21-9)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston
"FMRI Investigations of human visual perception: people, places, and things."

John Marshall (16-11)
University of Oxford, Oxford
"Where next in cognitive neuropsychiatry."

Nikos K. Logothetis (21-1)
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen
"Activity in striate and extrastriate cortex during binocular rivalry."

Onur Güntürkün (17-3)
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum
"The neuronal machinery of cerebral asymmetries: Lessons from the avian visual system."

M.-Marsel Mesulam (19-5)
Northwestern University, Chicago
"Spatial cognition and neglect: A large-scale network approach."

Michael A. Arbib (15-9)
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
"Beyond mirror neurons to the evolution of whatever made language possible."

Ray J. Dolan (17-11)
Wellcome Departement of Cognitive Neurology, London
"The neurophysiology of human emotion and its relation to executive and attentional systems."

Jean-Pierre Changeux (22-1)
Pasteur Institute, Paris
"Neural development; genetics and epigenesis."

Giovanni Berlucchi (26-3)
University of Verona
"The body in the brain: The neural basis of corporeal awareness."

A. David Milner (28-5)
University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews
"Visual guidance of action: Teasing apart the neural mechanisms."

Dick E. Passingham (24-9)
University of Oxford, Oxford
"How do visual cues influence movement ?"

Stanislas Dehaene (26-11)
"The cerebral basis of number sense."

Stephan M. Kosslyn (23-1)
Harvard University, Cambridge MA
"If brain scanning is the answer, what is the question ?"

Karl Zilles (20-3)
Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf
"Cortical architecture and transmitter receptors: Toward a
probability map of the structural constraints of functional imaging."

Leslie G. Ungerleider (29-5)
National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda
"Neural mechanisms of human cognition: Insights from
brain imaging studies."

Jon Driver (2-10)
University of London, London
"Crossmodal links in spatial attention."

Jacques Mehler (13-11)
Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitive et Psycholinguistique (CNRS), Paris
"Cognitive development and domain specificity: A model
for cognitive neuroscience."

David Perrett
University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews
"Reading minds from faces: Physiological and computer graphic studies."

Mortimer Mishkin
National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda
"Parallel cerebral memory streams."

Alan Cowey
University of Oxford, Oxford
"The neuronal events underlying awareness."

Chris Frith
Wellcome Department of Cognitive Neurology, London
"Brain imaging of 'higher' cognitive functions."

Joseph LeDoux
New York University, New York
"Emotion, memory, and the brain."

Richard S.J. Frackowiak
Wellcome Department of Cognitive Neurology, London
"The functional anatomy of cognitive processes."

Giacomo Rizzolatti
University of Parma, Parma
"Understanding motor actions."

John O'Keefe
University College London, London
"The hippocampus and cognitive maps."

Patricia S. Goldman-Rakic
Yale University, New Haven
"Cortical cells, circuits and neurotransmitter receptors engaged in working memory."

Susan D. Iversen
University of Oxford, Oxford
"Neuropsychological studies of schizophrenia."

David Caplan
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
"The functional neuroanatomy of syntactic processing."

Michael M. Merzenich
University of California, San Francisco
"Distributed neural representations of learned stimuli and behaviors: Some theoretic and pragmatic implications."

Steven P.R. Rose
Open University, Milton Keynes
"The cellular cascade of memory: Anti-connectionist paradoxes of space and time."

Michael S. Gazzaniga
University of California at Davis
"On neural circuits and cognition."

Alain Berthoz
College de France, CNRS, Paris
"The neural basis of gaze control: Towards a dynamic theory of perception and action."

Larry Weiskrantz
University of Oxford, Oxford
"Sensory and cognitive processing without awareness."

George Kostopoulos
University of Patras, Greece
"Epileptic activity and cognitive processing."

Barry E. Stein
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
"Merging of the senses."

Semir Zeki
University College London, London
"The representation of visual motion in the human brain."

George R. Mangun
University of California at Davis
"The functional architecture of human brain attention systems."

Marc Jeannerod
Université Claude Bernard, Lyon
"The hand and the object: Neural and cognitive approach to grasping movements."

Hermann Wagner
Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik, Tübingen
"Representation of auditory space in the owl's brain."

Michael G.H. Coles
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"To err (partially) is human: Cognitive psychophysiology and the study of human information processing."

Wolf Singer
Max-Planck-Institut für Hirnforschung, Frankfurt
"Coherence as organizing principle of cortical functions."