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Theme 2: Perception, Action and Control

Adaptive behaviour in a multisensory world

Research in the lab investigates how the brain enables us to perceive, understand and interact effectively with the multisensory world around us. When crossing a busy road our senses are bombarded with myriad signals: a sparkling bike passing by, the looming noise of a truck, the smell of traffic fumes. The effortless ease with which we merge these signals into a seamless percept masks the complexity of the computations and neural mechanisms involved.

Adaptive behaviour in a complex, dynamic and multisensory world poses some of the most fundamental computational challenges for the brain, notably inference, probabilistic/statistical computations, decision making, learning, binding and attention. To define the underlying computations and neural mechanisms in typical and atypical (e.g. neuropsychiatric disorders) populations my lab combines behavioural, computational modelling (Bayesian, neural network) and neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, EEG, TMS).

Contact
Name: Uta Noppeney
Telephone: 024-3617924
Email: uta.noppeney@donders.ru.nl
Visiting address: Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
Kapittelweg 29
6525 EN Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Postal address: Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
P.O. Box 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Key grants & prizes:

2018 Turing Fellowship

2013 ERC starting grant

2013  YIA; Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Key publications

Noppeney U (2021) Perceptual inference, learning and attention in a multisensory world. Annual Review of Neuroscience. 44:449-473.

Ferrari A, Noppeney U (2021) Attention controls multisensory perception via two distinct mechanisms at different levels of the cortical hierarchy. Plos Biology. 19(11):e3001465. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3001465.

Rohe T, Ehlis AC, Noppeney U (2019) The neural dynamics of hierarchical Bayesian causal inference in multisensory perception. Nat Commun. 10(1):1907. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09664-2.

Aller M, Noppeney U (2019) To integrate or not to integrate: Temporal dynamics of hierarchical Bayesian Causal Inference. Plos Biology. 17(4): e3000210. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000210.

Gau R, Trampel R, Bazin PL, Turner R, Noppeney U (2020) Resolving multisensory and attentional influences across cortical depth in sensory cortices. eLife. e46856.

Rohe T, Noppeney U (2015) Cortical hierarchies perform Bayesian Causal Inference for multisensory perception. PLOS Biology. 13(2):e1002073.

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Research Theme 2:
Perception, Action and Decision-making

Donders
Research Group
Multisensory perception, learning and attention


Principal Investigator
Prof. Uta Noppeney

Group members

PostDocs
Giulio Degano (external)

PhD students
Yuhui Cheng
Xin Weng
Danting Meng
Rao Xie
Kun Dong
Claire Pleche
Wenshu Lou
Alex Murphy (external)
Michael Joannou (external)

Trainees
Jochem Beurskens
Monica Vargas