The consciousness and decision-making lab

The consciousness and decision-making lab is based at the University of Amsterdam (Psychology department) and is headed by Dr. Simon van Gaal. In the lab we study 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). Hopefully, this will eventually contribute to a better understanding of the neural mechanisms and potential function of consciousness. 

Here you can find information about ongoing research projects, open positions (jobs/training) people in the labalumni of the lab, and you can download publications.


Paper accepted in J. Neuroscience!
Correa, C.M.C., Noorman, S. , Jiang, J. Palminteri, S., Cohen, M.X, Lebreton M., van Gaal, S. How the level of reward awareness changes the computational and electrophysiological signatures of reinforcement learning. Journal of Neuroscience.

Paper accepted in Neuroimage!
Jiang, J. Correa, C.M.C., Geerts, J. & van Gaal, S. The relationship between conflict awareness and behavioral and oscillatory signatures of immediate and delayed cognitive control.

Paper accepted in J. Neuroscience!
Meijs, Slagter, de Lange, van Gaal. Dynamic interactions between top-down expectations and conscious awareness

Johannes Fahrenfort joins the lab on October 1 2017!

Nutsa Nanuashvili joined the lab as a research assistant!

Lola Beerendonk received an NWO talent grant and joins the lab as a PhD student at the beginning of 2018

PhD student Stijn Nuiten joined the lab!

Paper accepted in
Paper accepted in 
Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews

Postdoc Andres Canales-Johnson joins the lab soon!

Simon van Gaal received an ERC Starting Grant (1.5 millon euros)

Postdoc Jolien Francken joins the lab soon!

Postdoc Matthew Weaver joins the UvA/Vu team from May 2016.

Paper accepted in Neuroimage