Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
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Theme 2: Perception, Action and Control

Visual Cognitive Neuroscience

Our research focuses on the question of how the brain makes sense of our natural daily-life environments; how it so rapidly creates - from the vast amounts of information received by the sensory systems - sparse conceptual-level representations of objects that are currently relevant to the individual. To address this question, we investigate the nature of object and scene representations in visual cortex, the role of experience in shaping these representations, as well as top-down (attention, memory, expectation) and crossmodal influences on visual processing. We use behavioral and neuroimaging measures to study these topics, with a strong fMRI focus.

The group is funded by an ERC Consolidator grant “Characterizing neural mechanisms underlying the efficiency of naturalistic human vision.”

Name: Marius Peelen
Visiting address: Donders Centre for Cognition
Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 HR Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Postal address: Donders Centre for Cognition
P.O. Box 9104
6500 HE Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Key grants and prizes
  • ERC Consolidator grant (Peelen): €2000k
Key publications
  • Gayet S, Peelen MV (2022). Preparatory attention incorporates contextual expectations. Curr Biol 32:687-692 Full text
  • Wischnewski M, Peelen MV (2021). Causal neural mechanisms of context-based object recognition. eLife 10:e69736 Full text
  • Stein T, Peelen MV (2021). Dissociating conscious and unconscious influences on visual detection effects. Nat Hum Behav 5:612-624 Full text
  • Kaiser D, Quek GL, Cichy RM, Peelen MV (2019). Object vision in a structured world. Trends Cogn Sci 23:672-685  Full text
  • Thorat S, Proklova D, Peelen MV (2019). The nature of the animacy organization in human ventral temporal cortex. eLife 8:e47142 Full text


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Research Theme 2:
Perception, Action and Decision-making

Research Group
Visual Cognitive Neuroscience

Principal Investigator
Dr. M.V. Peelen

Group members

Assistant Professor
Eelke Spaak

Dr. Marco Gandolfo
Dr. Simen Hagen
Lu-Chun Yeh
Dr. Yuanfang Zhao

Giacomo Aldegheri
Charlotte de Blecourt
Qiu Han
Maelle Lerebourg
Linlin Shang