Personal Pages of Freek van Ede


Sep 2007 - Sep 2009 M.Sc. in Cognitive Neuroscience, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Specialization: Perception, Action and Consciousness

Cum laude

Sep 2003 - Aug 2007 B.Sc. in Psychology, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands Specializations: Neuropsychology, Cognitive Neuroscience


Knowledge about when and where upcoming sensory events will occur facilitates perception of these stimuli. A fundamental question pertains to how this facilitation comes about. In other words: what are the neurophysiological mechanism subserving perceptual facilitation by attentional orienting? It is this question that we aim to address in my PhD project. We study this question primarily in the human somatosensory system using magnetoencephography (MEG). Our working hypothesis holds that a spatially and temporally specific suppression of the power of ongoing oscillatory activity within contralateral sensory cortex is a central mechanism by which knowledge about the location and timing of upcoming sensory stimuli can facilitate perception.

Scientific collaborations

Besides being a member of the Neurophysiology of Cognition group (PI Eric Maris), I am also member of the Prediction and Attention group (PI Floris de Lange) and the Neuronal Oscillations group (PI Ole Jensen), which are both situated at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging within the Donders Institute.


In press

van Ede, F. & Maris, E. (in press). Somatosensory Demands Modulate Muscular Beta Oscillations Independent of Motor Demands. The Journal of Neuroscience, in press.

van Ede, F., de Lange, F.P. & Maris, E. (in press). Anticipation Increases Tactile Stimulus Processing in the Ipsilateral Primary Somatosensory Cortex. Cerebral Cortex, in press.