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Congressen en symposia

Deadline abstract submission NVP extended to 15 October!

The deadline for submitting your abstract is 15 October. To submit your abstract, go to:


You can request either a poster or an oral presentation. Compared to last year posters presentations will receive more time (longer presentations) and space (sessions will take place in two separate rooms).

NVP Winter Conference 2015

Dear all,
We are pleased to announce the 15th NVP Winter Conference that will take place in Hotel Zuiderduin, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands from December 17-19, 2015.

This 3-day meeting brings together Dutch and international scientists working on cognition, behavior and the brain, and features plenary sessions, member initiated symposia, poster sessions, four keynote lectures, the awarding of the NVP Disseration Prize, and a social programme.

Call for Abstracts
Registration for the conference is now open. To secure your place and/or to submit an abstract go to:
You can request either a poster or an oral presentation. Compared to last year posters presentations will receive more time (longer presentations) and space (sessions will take place in two separate rooms).

The deadline for abstract submission is October 15th, 2015.
Keynote speakers

The NVP Winter Conference will feature the following keynote speakers:

• Pieter Roelfsema (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience)

• Daniel Wolpert (Cambridge University)
• Heidi Johansen-Berg (Oxford University)
• Eric-Jan Wagenmakers (University of Amsterdam)

The NVP Winter Conference will feature the following symposia:

• Opportunities and Applications of Ultra High-Field MRI in Cognitive Neuroscience
• Predicting human actions: specialized and general mechanisms
• Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
• Knowledge representation and concept learning
• The brain in control
• Towards a cognitive account of human creativity
• Neural Network Profiles and Dynamics Begin to Shed Light on Neurocognitive Aging

NVP Winter Conference – Call for Symposia


The Scientific committee invites proposals for symposia on any topic relevant to the study of cognition, behavior and the brain. These symposia will be the centerpiece of the meeting.

NVP has a strong preference for symposia proposals to focus on specific questions rather than a set of loosely related talks. Proposals that integrate multiple methodologies around common questions are particularly welcome. Symposia will feature 4 speakers. Deadline for symposia proposals is June 30, 2015. Symposia proposals can be sent by e-mail to Floris de Lange (, the chair of the Scientific Committee.

A symposium contains four speakers who present during a two-hour session. It is important that the agreement of the chair and speakers has already been obtained before submission. Provide the following information (all character limits include spaces):

  • Contact information of all speakers (institutions, emails, addresses, positions, gender).
  • Title of the symposium and the individual presentations.
  • Short description of the symposium for use in the NVP program book (500 characters).
  • The overall objectives for the symposium (1500 characters).
  • Why the proposal is timely (500 characters) .
  • One recent citation of a published work for each speaker

Please note that the Program Committee does not permit the inclusion of chairs or speakers to participate in more than one symposium.

The 15th NVP Winter Conference

We are pleased to announce the 15th NVP Winter Conference that will take place in Hotel Zuiderduin, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands from December 17-19, 2015.

This 3-day meeting brings together Dutch and international scientists working on cognition, behavior and the brain, and features plenary sessions, poster sessions, four keynotes, the awarding of the NVP Disseration Prize, and a social programme including our traditional pub quiz.

Keynote speakers:

  • Pieter Roelfsema (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience)
  • Daniel Wolpert (Cambridge University)
  • Heidi Johansen-Berg (Oxford University)
  • Eric-Jan Wagenmakers (University of Amsterdam)

Boek Kees Brunia “Het Brein: Van Farao tot fMRI” vanaf heden verkrijgbaar

boek bruniaOp 29 januari presenteert prof. dr. Kees Brunia zijn boek “Het Brein: Van Farao tot fMRI” in Den Bosch. In dit boek beschrijft Brunia de geschiedenis van de neurowetenschap, vanaf het oude Egypte tot op heden. Het boek is verkrijgbaar via de website van prof. Brunia:, waar ook meer informatie te vinden is.

EPOS Expert Workshop on Working Memory

We are pleased to announce the EPOS Expert Workshop on Working Memory, held 11 & 12 December 2014 in Amsterdam.

The workshop broad range of experts from within the EPOS network and from abroad (in no particular order):

Prof. Dr. Andrew Conway (Princeton University) Individual differences in working memory

Prof. Dr. Torkel Klingberg (Karolinska Institute) Training and plasticity of working memory

Prof. Dr. Klaus Oberauer (University of Zurich) Cognitive models of working memory

Dr. Nancy Carlisle (University of Leicester) EEG markers of visual memory

Dr. Lorenza Colzato (Leiden University) Pharmacological underpinnings of working memory and cognitive control

Prof. Dr. Pieter Roelfsema (Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience) Neurocomputational modelling of visual memory

Dr. Mariette Huizinga (VU University of Amsterdam) Development of working memory and executive control in children and young adults

Prof. Dr. Steve Majerus ( University of Liège) Working memory interactions with language and attention

Dr. Ilja Sligte (University of Birmingham) Different stages of visual working memory

The full line-up and programme can be found here.

The goal of EPOS expert workshops is to educate PhD students of the EPOS Research School on the latest developments in the field. The workshop features a wide range of conceptual topics, from visual memory to executive functioning, from individual differences to plasticity. But the meeting is no doubt also interesting to (and therefore open to) a wider audience, from students to seniors. Registration will be limited to about 75 people in total.

Registration is free for PhD students with an EPOS membership, and they will receive 1 ECTS.

Registration will be 250 euro for non-EPOS members. This will include the two-day programme, lunch and drinks (borrel).

Inquiry – Please indicate your interest

For practical purposes, at this stage we like to count the number of people who plan to attend the workshop. By indicating your interest you are not committing, registering or paying for anything. Please indicate your interest here.

Registration will open later, on

Looking forward to seeing you at this fantastic meeting,

The organizing team,
Chris Olivers
Anouk van Loon

4th Neurovation symposium in Utrecht

The 4th Neurovation symposium will be held on October 6-7, 2014 in the conference center of het Muntgebouw in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The theme of Neurovation 2014 is “Technological applications in neurocognition” and it concerns the measurement and influencing of the brain using non-invasive or invasive technologies.

The symposium intends to gather people with a variety of backgrounds who are active in the field of Brain and Cognitive Science on topics as diverse as brain stimulation, healthy aging, mental wellbeing, new technology for measuring brain signals, fundamental and applied research, clinicians, policy makers, as well as those looking for business opportunities. Invited presentations of distinguished scientists and business visionaries will fuel discussion on the applications that are relevant for society at large, and foster the formation of an innovation community.


The program comprises two days of single-track keynotes and lectures and an evening session with interaction over dinner. Neurovation 2014 strives for a good balance between presentations and interaction with, for instance, poster presentations during breaks between the four sessions:

  • Measuring the brain’s electrical signals
  • Electrically stimulating the brain
  • Measuring brain signals using light
  • Stimulating the brain using light


The aim of the symposium is to provide a bridge between fundamental and applied research and to create opportunities for the application of research findings in products that will benefit people’s health and wellbeing. It does so by enabling interaction across research disciplines and methods and by stimulating collaborations between industry and academia.

Posters and demos

For those interested there is an opportunity to present posters and demos. Proposed posters and demos will be reviewed for relevancy regarding the four main topics. Please send your poster abstract via the appropriate form that will be published in due course on our website.


For more information, e.g. regarding registration, we refer you to our website:

Early registration is encouraged because of a limited number of seats and early birds will get a discount.

Brain & Emotion Pre-Conference

***Interested in the neuroscience of emotion?***

Join us for the Brain & Emotion Pre-Conference on 8 July 2014!

On 8 July 2014 we organize an exciting 1-day pre-conference to the European Association of Social Psychology General Meeting addressing the question “What can the brain tell us about emotion?” The Brain & Emotion pre-conference will highlight cutting edge research that aims to understand the biological underpinnings of a great variety of emotion processes, such as the subjective experience of emotion, emotion regulation, emotional learning, and the understanding of emotion in other people. Our program features key note addresses by Karin Roelofs and Lawrence Barsalou, and five additional talks by Andreas Olson, Kristen Lindquist, Katerina Fotopoulou, Eliza Bliss-Moreau, and Suzanne Oosterwijk. The meeting will also feature a “Data Blitz” session comprised of 5-minute talks in which researchers of all levels present their “most interesting” and “hot off the press” finding.

More information, including registration details and instructions on how to submit abstracts for the Data Blitz, can be found at:  Registration is restricted to the first 80 people to register and pay the registration fee (45 euro). Data Blitz submissions are due by 15 May 2014.

Hot cognition: how emotions shape information processing

NVP Mini Symposium
23rd October 2014
University of Amsterdam

Influential theories have argued that affective processing is fundamentally different from cognitive processing. Where and on what basis should theorists draw the line between cognition and emotion, and when is it useful to do so? This symposium compiles different viewpoints on fundamental issues in the relationship between affect and cognition.

  1. If you want to attend the symposium, register here. Limited seats are available.
  2. Are you a Master or PhD student and do you want to give a poster presentation? Submit your abstract here before September 23d, 2014 and then also register via the link above. The best poster will be awarded with 100 euro!
  3. All attendants and presenters need to be members of NVP. If you want to become a member, register here.

13:00-13:15 Welcome and NVP research popularization award
13:15-14:00 Bruno Bocanegra
14:15-15:00 Agneta Fischer
15:00-15:45 Coffee break/Poster Presentation
15:45-16:30 Beatrice de Gelder
16:30-17:15 Nico Frijda
17:15-17:30 Concluding notes
17:30-18:00 Drinks and poster prize

Locatie: REC-M zaal 1.01/ Plantage Muidergracht 12, Amsterdam.

Organizing Committee: Lorenza  Colzato and Mariska Kret



1. Bruno Bocanegra

A Kuhnian Perspective on the Emotion-Cognition Interface

In his seminal work “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”, Kuhn developed a theoretical account of the mechanisms underlying scientific progress. This publication was a landmark event in the sociology of science and marked the beginning of social epistemology. In the present talk I will argue that the core mechanism proposed by Kuhn may not only be relevant for explaining scientific progress on a societal level, but may also explain the dynamics of emotion-cognition interactions within an individual. Although this proposal is too abstract to account for specific examples of emotion-cognition interactions, it may be useful for conceptualizing general properties of the overall interface between the two domains.

2. Agneta Fischer

How emotional faces influence information processing

Faces often send emotional signals and observers may automatically react with similar emotional expressions, referred to as emotional mimicry. Emotional mimicry has two major social functions: (1) it facilitates affiliation with others, and (2) it helps us understand how others feel. I will review evidence for these functions, but I will also show that both functions depend on the context in which the emotion is displayed and can be regulated in order to meet other than affiliative goals.

3. Bea de Gelder

After decades of sidestepping the body in favor of only investigating face perception, neuroscientists in this last decade have begun to investigate also body perception. Most studies have focused on how the visual system recognizes the body shape and whether there exists one, two or many brain areas dedicated to the representation of the human body.  After a brief review of this research we will present current studies on the perception of the body as the medium of emotional expressions.  We will argue that the affective, communicative and interactive dimensions of bodies suggest a different blueprint of the perceptual and neural underpinnings of bodies than what is provided by studies of how the body is represented.  The contrast between these two perspectives can then be viewed as one between the body as presence vs. the body as an object of neural representation.

4. Nico H. Frijda

Whence emotions?

Terms like ”emotion” and its near equivalents in languages other than English  (e.g. affectiobhava, pathemaemocion, Gemütsbewegung) appear not to allow of a coherent and consistent definition. So far, no general agreement has been reached on them in the relevant literature.
It appears that words like those mentioned are designations of personal experiences and perceived behaviors of other individuals that strike the perceiver’s eye or ear as being out of the run of the mill experiences and behaviors.
These experiences and behaviors that strike the eye or ear appear to be the variable outcomes of variable sets of a finite number of basic processes that allow the organism’s abilities and sensitivities and that characterize healthy members of a given animal species, notably the human species.

Workshop “Color in Concepts: Representation and Processing of Color in Language and Cognition”

Workshop: “Color in Concepts: Representation and Processing of Color in Language and Cognition”
Date: June 2-3, 2014
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Workshop website:

We invite presentations for our upcoming workshop on “Color in Concepts: Representation and Processing of Color in Language and Cognition”. The workshop will take place in Düsseldorf on June 2-3, 2014, and is supported by the DFG Collaborative Research Centre 991.

We seek to provide a platform to discuss and share ideas about, among other things, the following questions:
– Are color features involved in conceptual representations?
– What is the influence of color and color knowledge on processing in language production and comprehension?
– How does color contribute to early visual perception and object recognition?
– And how does the phenomenon of synesthesia relate to the conceptual representation of color?

We hope the workshop will provide an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss recent empirical findings in a highly interdisciplinary scientific environment.

Abstracts are welcome for 20-minute presentations (excluding discussion time) and poster presentations addressing theoretical or empirical issues connected to color representation and processing, be it from a (neuro-)psychological, linguistic, or philosophical perspective.

Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:
– Cognitive representation of color and color features
– Processing of color features in language production and comprehension
– The contribution of color to object recognition
– Synesthetic experiences related to color
– Philosophy of color perception, epistemology and representation

Please submit anonymous abstracts of max. 500 words (including references) to All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by at least two reviewers. The submission deadline is April 10, 2014.

We are looking forward to receiving your abstracts, and hope you will join us in Düsseldorf! Kind regards, Organising Committee Alexandra Redmann, Ian FitzPatrick, Peter Indefrey