Macro, micro and feature based recognition of whole body images

Professor Beatrice de Gelder
Lecturer's institute: 
Maastricht University, The Netherlands
1.5.2019 (All day)

(Date: to be defined)


The course is about the study of emotion and cognition in humans. It includes investigations of emotion and cognition in neurologically intact participants, but also in patients with focal brain lesions, and prosopagnosia, neuropsychiatric populations such as people with schizophrenia, autism and Williams syndrome. Behavioral methods, electrophysiology, EMG, as well as functional imaging which are used for study will be introduced.


Beatrice de Gelder is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University in Maastricht, The Netherlands, and a member of the Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre (M-BIC).   Prior to her current assignments, she was a Senior Scientist at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Harvard University. She received an MA in Philosophy, an MA in Experimental Psychology and a PhD in Philosophy from Louvain University in Belgium. Her current research focuses on face and body recognition and, recently, on the neuroscience of art. She has received various research grants and in 2012 was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) scientific grant for the study of  body language and emotional body expression.  Her research has resulted in over 220 peer-reviewed articles and 22 invited chapters in professional books. Scientific American published an invited article expanding on the broad impact of her work on unconscious vision (2010, updated in 2017) and in July 2011, Discovery Science broadcast an episode covering her work as part of the US science program “Through the Wormhole.” She has authored or co-authored three professional books covering her work.  Her book on “Emotions and the Body” was recently been published by Oxford University Press (2016). She serves on the editorial board of several professional journals and is currently Editor in Chief of Frontiers in Emotion Science.   She is/has been a member of several advisory panels of the European Commission for FET, ICT programs of FP6, FP7, ESF and ERC and outside EU, of NIH and NSF. Extensive documentation of her work can be found at 

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