Peter De Weerd

Short bio:

I got my PhD in Louvain in 1991 with Eric Vandenbussche and Guy Orban on the neural mechanisms of orientation discrimination with real and illusory contours, and figure ground segregation. Soon after obtaining my PhD I moved to the USA (first as a postdoc and visiting associate at the NIH with Leslie Ungerleider and Robert Desimone, and later as an assistant professor at the University of Arizona), where my interest expanded to include attention, as well as (visual) skill learning, and I got exposed to neurophysiology and fMRI. These interests persisted upon my return to Europe, and in Maastricht I did psychophysical and fMRI studies on the topics of attention and learning, while in Nijmegen we did work in monkeys with the human paradigms to get more detailed insight in the neurophysiological basis of selective attention and learning. In collaborative work with Astrid Valles and Gerard Martens (RU Nijmegen), we also investigated cellular aspects of neural plasticity using both EE and somatosensory learning paradigms in rats. Currently, with Vincent van de Ven, we are getting quite interested in various forms of hippocampal memory, such as memory for time.