Theme 2: Perception, Action and Decision-making
Research in Donders Theme 2: Perception, Action and Decision-making investigates the neural and cognitive mechanisms that allow us to perceive the world, to translate these sensations into action plans, and to decide how to enact these plans.
At the level of perception and action, researchers examine how sensory processing and motor performance operate and interrelate. At the level of regulation, researchers study how choice options are selected, and subsequently controlled, on the basis of cognitive, motivational, and affective factors. At the level of social interaction, researchers study how these processes are implemented when engaged with other agents.
Across each of these levels of investigation, research examines the relationship between the brain and the respective cognitive processes that guide behavior. Research within this theme also has a clear clinical focus, with active investigations of neurological, psychiatric, and otorhinolaryngological populations.
The multidisciplinary and multi-level approach within Theme 2 creates the opportunity to employ varied analytical and theoretical perspectives, providing a fertile ground for effective interactions between fundamental and clinical neuroscientists. Overall therefore, the effort is to understand perception, action, and decision-making in both healthy and impaired organisms, and to explore and develop the potential societal implications of the fundamental discoveries.
Each of the four research themes of the Donders Institute has a Theme Leader. They coordinate discussions on subjects, host theme meetings and take part in the Research Platform to discuss strategic policy aspects. Contact theme leader Marius Peelen or secretary Marliese van Tilborg if you want to know more. Esther Aarts and Rick Helmich are panel members of this theme.