Marius Peelen
Marius Peelen

Marius Peelen appointed professor of Visual and cognitive neuroscience

From 1 March, Marius Peelen has been appointed professor of Visual and cognitive neuroscience at Radboud University's Faculty of Social Sciences.

Peelen’s research investigates the neural mechanisms underlying conscious visual perception. Using neuroimaging and behavioural measures, he studies how objects and scenes are perceived and represented in the brain, and how cognitive processes such as memory and attention shape neural representations in visual cortex. His recent work investigated the neural mechanisms underlying the efficiency of naturalistic vision.

In the coming years, his work will focus on the interaction between external (sensory) and internal (thought) information, with the aim to provide a neural mechanism for why we sometimes succeed and sometimes fail in simultaneously processing external and internal visual information.

About Marius Peelen

Peelen (Wageningen, 1979) studied Cognitive Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, graduating in 2003. He received his PhD in 2007 at the University of Wales, Bangor. During this period he specialized in conducting functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) research, investigating the representation of objects in the visual system, with a focus on the representation of the human body and the development of multivariate pattern analysis. His thesis was titled ‘Body selectivity in human visual cortex'.

Following his PhD, Peelen completed postdoctoral positions at University of Geneva, Princeton University, and Harvard University. In 2011, he started his own group at the University of Trento, Italy. In 2017, he moved back to The Netherlands, taking up a position as principal investigator at the Donders Institute and associate professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, heading the Visual Cognitive Neuroscience group. He received an ERC Consolidator grant in 2017, and an NWO Vici grant earlier this year. Peelen is also an editor at eLife and at Science Advances and is the leader of the Donders Institute's Perception, Action and Decision-making theme.