The conference program included seven tours of the premier behavioral
research facilities in and around the University of Nijmegen.
- Nijmegen Institute of Cognition and Information. The NICI
is a research institute for cognitive science, neuroscience, and information
technology. It is affiliated with the University of Nijmegen. The
NICI conducts interdisciplinary research and provides training in
cognitive psychology and its neighbouring disciplines. Psychological
and neurobiological principles of information processing are jointly
studied by scientists from various disciplines. During the conference,
The Department of Motor Control and Rehabilitation will provide a
demonstration of combined 3D motion tracking and EMG recording in
the study of graphic motor performance under varying task demands
and conditions of stress. For more information about the NICI, click
- Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. The institute
carries out fundamental research to better understand the mental processes
involved in language production, comprehension and acquisition, and
to get a deeper insight in the relation between language and cognition.
In this area of research the institute is one of the most well-known
places in the world. The research is carried out by applying many
different sorts of methodologies and paradigms and makes extensive
use of modern technology. To be mentioned are here audio/video observations
which are later annotated by web-based multimedia tools, many different
types of experiments ranging from measuring reaction times to audio/visual
stimuli to measuring eye movements, gestures, and brain images, and
running complex simulations of human behaviour on computers. The excursion
will include a general tour of the institute as well as demonstrations
in some of the labs mentioned above. For more information about the
institute, click here.
- Department of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, University
of Nijmegen. Part of the Cognitive Neuroscience group of the NICI
has its laboratories at the Department of Comparative and Physiological
Psychology. It is the strength of this group to combine human and
animal research. The guided tour will lead you to some of the most
frequently used experimental set-ups such as a human psychophysiological
unit (EEG and ECG, ERP), a set-up where physiological recordings (mainly
EEG and EMG) in freely moving rats (sleep, epilepsy, various types
of evoked potentials) can be made, human and animal classical conditioning
(role of the context) Skinner boxes and a set-up with recently developed
Skinner boxes in which EEGs can be recorded (ERP). The latter set-up
allows us to study brain activity during learning tasks.
- Department of Psychoneuropharmacology, University of Nijmegen.
The Department of Psychoneuropharmacology is part of the Medical Faculty
and has strong research connections with several departments of the
academic hospital such as Neurology, Medical Psychology and Psychiatry,
as well as with the Central Animal Laboratory. The department is a
cornerstone of the Nijmegen Institute for Neurosciences, and forms
an integrated part of the Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and Information.
The department's approach is to work with highly validated animal
models for fundamental and applied research on centrally acting drugs.
We analyze the resulting behavioral effects in terms of programming
disorders, translate these into human cognitive and/or motor tasks,
and validate these in the clinic. The guided tour will include a demonstration
of various behavioral pharmacological approaches, including stereotyped
gnawing and open field behavior. Special attention will be given to
the analysis of open field behaviour using sophisticated neural networks
to analyze different kinds of behaviors. For more information about
the department, click here.
- Department of Medical Physics and Biophysics, University of Nijmegen.
The Department of Medical Physics and Biophysics is related to the
Faculty of Science (Subfaculty of Physics) and the Faculty of Medical
Sciences. It has three major research lines: (1) Bioelectricity, which
investigates various aspects of volume conduction in biological media
and the reconstruction of sources based on signals obtained using
non-invasive techniques. (2) Brain and Behavior, which investigates
the information processing in the nervous system underlying perception
and motor control. (3) Neural Networks, which investigates theoretical
aspect of neuronal information processing and applications of neural
networks in various industrial areas. A guided tour will be given
to the Nijmegen Motor Unit (NMU). In this laboratory, fundamental
and clinical research is done on gait and postural behavior in normal
subjects and patients. The tour includes an overview of the experimental
techniques and methods used in these fundamental human behaviors.
For more information about the department, click here.
- Central Animal Laboratory, University Medical Center St. Radboud.
The Central Animal Laboratory (Centraal Dierenlaboratorium, CDL) is
affiliated to the University of Nijmegen, the University Medical Centre
St. Radboud. The CDL breeds and supplies laboratory animals, provides
animal accommodation, assists in experiments, provides the necessary
equipment and facilities and gives advice, education and information
on animal experiments. Researchers of all faculties of the university
can make use of the services of the CDL. During the visit an overview
will be given of how animal experiments are performed in the CDL.
Also a guided tour is given in which surgery rooms, facilities (also
NMR) and animals are shown.
- Biomedical Engineering Department, University of Nijmegen.
The Biomedical Engineering Department delivers dedicated solutions
for behavior measurement. The department is able to incorporate mechanics,
electronics and software into its integrated solutions.
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