The Prediction & Attention lab is based at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Donders Institute in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
The lab is headed by Dr. Floris de Lange.

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Perception and decision-making are not automatic processes, but strongly shaped by internal brain states, which incorporate our goals, expectations, and knowledge about the world. The mechanisms by which these “top-down factors” affect perception, cognition, and behavior are still largely unknown. Where do the neuronal top-down signals come from? How do they change communication between sensory and decision-related brain regions? And how do these factors affect our perception and decision-making? These questions are the focus of investigation of the Prediction & Attention lab. We use a combination of behavioural and neuroimaging methods (MEG, fMRI, TMS) in healthy volunteers and clinical populations to examine how percepts and decisions are shaped by what we expect (prediction) and deem relevant (attention).

Key publications

  • Summerfield C, de Lange FP (2014). Expectation in perceptual decision-making: neural and computational mechanisms. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 15, 745-56. pdf
  • Kok P, Bains LJ, van Mourik T, Norris DG & de Lange FP (2016). Selective activation of the deep layers of the human primary visual cortex by top-down feedback. Current Biology, 26, 371-376. pdf
  • Albers AM, Kok P, Toni I, Dijkerman HC, de Lange FP (2013). Shared representations for working memory and mental imagery in early visual cortex. Current Biology, 23, 1-5. pdf
  • Kok P, Jehee JFM, de Lange FP (2012). Less is more: Expectation sharpens representations in the primary visual cortex. Neuron, 75, 265-270. pdf
  • Todorovic A, de Lange FP (2012). Repetition Suppression and Expectation Suppression Are Dissociable in Time in Early Auditory Evoked Fields. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 13389-95. pdf


  • Paper accepted in Journal of Neuroscience St John Saaltink E, Kok P, Lau HC, de Lange FP (2016). Serial dependence in perceptual decisions is reflected in activity patterns in primary visual cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, in ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2016, 11:58 PM by Floris de Lange
  • Two vacancies for PhD position There are two vacancies for a PhD candidate in the Prediction and Attention lab. This one will examine Brain networks of predictive perception. And this one will examine Distortions of ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2016, 4:31 AM by Floris de Lange
  • Leverhulme grant for Clare Press and Floris de Lange Clare Press and Floris de Lange obtained a Leverhulme grant to study the consequences of action for perception. Title of the grant: The paradoxical influences of prediction on perception: Do ...
    Posted Mar 15, 2016, 2:00 AM by Floris de Lange
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