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).

Recent key publications

  • Fritsche M, Mostert P, de Lange FP (2017). Opposite Effects of Recent History on Perception and Decision. Current Biology, 27, 1-6. pdf
  • Ekman M, Kok P, de Lange FP (2017). Time-compressed preplay of anticipated events in human primary visual cortex. Nature Communications, 8:15276. pdf
  • Roelfsema PR, de Lange FP (2016). Early visual cortex as a multi-scale cognitive blackboard. Annual Reviews in Vision Science 2: 131-151. 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
  • Summerfield C, de Lange FP (2014). Expectation in perceptual decision-making: neural and computational mechanisms. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 15, 745-56. pdf


  • Paper accepted in NeuroImage Lawrence SJD, Formisano E, Muckli L, de Lange FP (2017). Laminar fMRI: Applications for cognitive neuroscience. NeuroImage, in press. pdf
    Posted Jul 17, 2017, 2:41 AM by Floris de Lange
  • Anke Marit Albers successfully defends her PhD thesis and is interviewed by de Volkskrant Anke Marit Albers has successfully defended her PhD thesis! De Volkskrant published a very nice interview with her about her PhD research. Click here for a pdf of the interview ...
    Posted Mar 23, 2017, 1:02 AM by Floris de Lange
  • Paper accepted in Trends in Cognitive Sciences de Lange FP, Fritsche M (2017). Perceptual decision-making: picking the low-hanging fruit? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, in press.
    Posted Mar 14, 2017, 12:34 AM by Floris de Lange
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