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  • European Journal of Neuroscience | Oxford | Section Editor | 2019-04-01 - present
  • Science Advances | Washington DC | Associate Editor | 2019-04-01 - present

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Heleen Slagter is Professor of Brain, Cognition, and Plasticity at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She received a PhD in cognitive neuroscience in 2005 from the University of Amsterdam. After a 4-year postdoc at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, she returned to Amsterdam to set up her own lab. Her research focuses on (the neural basis of) core cognitive functions, such as attention, and the plasticity of these functions. What are the mechanisms that allow us to select, suppress, and become aware of information in the environment? How do past experiences or mental training as cultivated by meditation influence these mechanisms that adaptively control information processing? Dr. Slagter’s work has garnered awards and funding, including a prestigious VIDI grant by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (2010), an ERC starting grant (2015), and an early career award by the Society for Psychophysiological Research (2014).

Cognition and Plasticity Laboratory: www.heleenslagter.com


  • cognitive neuroscience
  • attention
  • perception
  • memory
  • consciousness
  • brain function
  • plasticity
  • meditation

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Attentional Blink Medicine & Life Sciences
Short-Term Memory Medicine & Life Sciences
Brain Medicine & Life Sciences
Meditation Medicine & Life Sciences
Dopamine Medicine & Life Sciences
Individuality Medicine & Life Sciences
Corpus Striatum Medicine & Life Sciences
Evoked Potentials Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2000 2020

Enhanced response inhibition and reduced midfrontal theta activity in experienced Vipassana meditators

Andreu, C. I., Palacios, I., Moënne-Loccoz, C., López, V., Franken, I. H. A., Cosmelli, D. & Slagter, H. A., 1 Dec 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, p. 1-11 11 p., 13215.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Inhibition (Psychology)
Neural Inhibition
Inhibition (Psychology)
Evoked Potentials

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Pathology of Self-Confidence?

Kiverstein, J., Rietveld, E., Slagter, H. A. & Denys, D., 1 May 2019, In : Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 23, 5, p. 369-372 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalShort surveyAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Deep Brain Stimulation
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Internal Capsule

No Evidence that Predictions and Attention Modulate the First Feedforward Sweep of Cortical Information Processing

Alilović, J., Timmermans, B., Reteig, L. C., van Gaal, S. & Slagter, H. A., 16 Mar 2019, In : Cerebral Cortex.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Visual Cortex
Automatic Data Processing
Evoked Potentials
Multivariate Analysis

Dynamic interactions between top–down expectations and conscious awareness

Meijs, E. L., Slagter, H. A., de Lange, F. P. & van Gaal, S., 28 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Neuroscience. 38, 9, p. 2318-2327 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Attentional Blink

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Lecture / Presentation

Het brein in actie

Heleen Slagter (Speaker)
15 Oct 2019

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