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
Telephone: 024-3611562
Fax: 024-3616066
Visiting address: Donders Centre for Cognition
Montessorilaan 3
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
  • Brandman T, Peelen MV (2017). Interaction between scene and object processing revealed by human fMRI and MEG decoding. Journal of Neuroscience 37:7700-7710
  • Stein T, Peelen MV (2015). Content-specific expectations enhance stimulus detectability by increasing perceptual sensitivity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 144:1089-1104
  • Hickey C, Peelen MV (2015). Neural mechanisms of incentive salience in naturalistic human vision. Neuron 85:512-518
  • Kaiser D, Stein T, Peelen MV (2014). Object grouping based on real-world regularities facilitates perception by reducing competitive interactions in visual cortex. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 111:11217-222
  • Peelen MV, Kastner S (2014). Attention in the real world: Toward understanding its neural basis. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 18:242-250