Faculty

Athena Demertzi is a tenured researcher (FNRS Research Associate) at the University of Liege in Belgium. She directs the Physiology of Cognition Lab, where her team conducts research in cognitive and clinical neuroscience, including the study of brain-body interactions as a proxy to human sentience in health and disease by means of high- and low-tech methodologies. She performs behavioral and neuroimaging studies in physiological, and pathological conditions, uses artificial intelligence to determine neuromarkers of conscious states, and contributes to individualized patient care.

Claire Sergent is Team Leader at NeuroSpin and Professor at the Center of Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition of the University of Paris, France. Her central topic of research is the understanding of the psychological and neural mechanisms of conscious access, notably in vision and audition, in healthy human adults and in patients with disorders of consciousness. She uses experimental psychology, human electrophysiology and functional MRI as her main investigation tools. 

Cyriel Pennartz is Professor of Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences and the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His research is focused on memory, motivation, circadian rhythms, perception and consciousness. His group uses a multidisciplinary combination of techniques to understand the relationships between distributed neural activity and cognition, including in vivo electrophysiology and optical imaging, animal behavior and computational modelling.

Gustavo Deco is an ICREA Research Professor at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. He directs the Center for Brain and Cognition and the Computational Neuroscience Group. His research includes the study of the dynamics of neural circuits by means of theoretical and computational models, and in particular the analysis and modeling of whole-brain dynamics during resting-state activity.

Simon van Gaal is an Associate Professor at the Brain and Cognition Department and head of the Conscious Brain Lab at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His lab studies the neural correlates of consciousness and the role of consciousness in cognitive control and decision-making using various neuroimaging techniques (e.g., EEG, functional and structural MRI, MEG). His goal is to eventually contribute to a better understanding of the neural mechanisms and potential function of consciousness.

Wolf Singer is Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and the Ernst-Strungmann Institute for Neuroscience in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His research aim is to elucidate the neuronal processes of higher cognitive performance, such as in the case of visual perception, in memory, or in other ways of cognition. Prof. Singer is internationally known for his research and reflections on the physiological basis of attention and identification procedures, and is widely recognized and a leader in the field of cognitive neuroscience.