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.
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).
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