Control of attention and action
We are interested in the links between emotion, attention and action. How does emotion influence attention? To what extent are perception and action dependent on each other? How do automatic processes and intentions interact with each other? And what is the neural basis underlying these relationships?

PIs: Guido Band, Szilvia Biro, Lorenza Colzato, Bernhard Hommel, Sander Nieuwenhuis, Frank van der Velde

Neuromodulation of cognition
As their name suggests, neuromodulators such as dopamine, acetylcholine and norepinephrine modify the effects of neurotransmitters—the molecules that allow communication between neurons. Neuromodulator systems are implicated in almost every mental function, including attention, learning, and emotion, and they are disturbed in major neurological and psychiatric disorders. In our research we try to specify the specific contributions of (normal and disturbed) neuromodulatory processes to human cognition.

PIs: Lorenza Colzato, Bernhard Hommel, Sander Nieuwenhuis