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Registration for Symposium ‘Dialogues on the role of top-down factors in sensory processing’ is now open!

posted Feb 20, 2014, 1:30 AM by Floris de Lange

Symposium ‘Dialogues on the role of top-down factors in sensory processing

When: 21 May 2014

Where: Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Exact location to be announced.


  • Karl Friston (University College London, UK)
  • Pieter Roelfsema (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam)
  • Kia Nobre (Oxford Universtiy, UK)
  • Chris Summerfield (Oxford Universtiy, UK)
  • Moshe Bar (Leslie and Susan Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Israel)
  • Tobias Donner (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Organization: Peter Kok, Jolien Francken, Floris de Lange

What we see is not just determined by our eyes. Perception is modulated by what we expect, as well as what is relevant to us. This topic has garnered a lot of interest in recent years, and research on the neural substrates of such perceptual modulations has been on the increase. We have learned a lot, but many questions remain. In particular, controversy abounds when it comes to the neural mechanisms underlying these top-down modulations, and whether there is one mechanism or several.

This symposium brings together a group of internationally renowned neuroscientists in the field of top-down modulation of sensory processing, each with a unique take on the role of top-down mechanisms in perception. They will present their respective views on this topic, and take part in discussions on topics such as 'are expectation and attention the same thing?', and ‘what is the “top” in top-down?'. The aim of this symposium is to make clear the differences and commonalities between the different views on top-down modulation of sensory processing, thereby providing an overview of our current knowledge of this topic.

We aim to have a focussed group of junior and senior researchers who will engage in an open dialogue about top-down factors in sensory processing. If you are interested in this topic, we invite you to register for the symposium. Registration fee is € 27,50 and includes coffee/tea, lunch and drinks. The number of seats is limited and we'll be following a First-Come, First-Served principle.

For more information please follow this link to the symposium website or contact Jolien Francken ( or Peter Kok (

 We hope to see many of you there.
Peter Kok, Jolien Francken, Floris de Lange