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Theme 3: Plasticity and Memory

Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology

Donders-PLASTICITY-MEMORY-screen thema 3Aim of my group is to unravel the neurocognitive mechanisms of human learning and memory adopting a system-level approach, combining behavioural studies in healthy subjects and patients with brain disorders with neuroimaging (structural/functional MRI).

Specifically we examine the:

  • interaction and overlap between executive control (incl. working memory) and episodic and/or prospective memory, with emphasis on the medial temporal lobe
  • interaction between memory encoding and retrieval
  • mechanisms underlying individual differences in lifespan-related memory decline and brain disease
  • mechanisms of plasticity and learning, and their application in cognitive rehabilitation
  • application of the above in neuropsychological assessment and neuropsychiatry
Name: Roy Kessels
Telephone: 024-3612544
Visiting address: Donders Centre for Cognition
Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 GD Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Postal address: Donders Centre for Cognition
P.O. Box 9104
6500 HE Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Key grants and prizes
  • NWO VIDI ‘Buffering our past’ €600K (Kessels)
  • NWO NIHC Quickresult Errorless learning of goal management training €175K (Fasotti/Kessels)
  • NUTS OHRA Memory training in older people with memory problems: a randomized controled study €100K (Oosterman)
  • TopTalent MAGW Graduate School €200K Prefrontal compensation in MCI (Vermeij)
  • Devon Foundation Érrorless learning: a practical guideline’ €130K (Kessels/Olde Rikkert)