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Pieter Medendorp

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Pieter Medendorp is professor of Sensorimotor Integration and director of the Centre for Cognition of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.

His research interests concern the neurocomputational coupling between perception and action. His research group actively studies how sensory information is transformed into spatial representations and motor actions and how different spatial and motor representations are learned, updated and/or maintained in dynamic environments.

Optimal control and Bayesian models are developed to guide the research. A vestibular motion platform, a haptic device (Phantom) and a robotic manipulandum (vBot), all associated with virtual reality and combined with kinematic recording techniques for eye, head and limb-movements (Eyelink, Optotrak), are used for behavioral experiments. Neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG and MEG) and perturbation techniques (TMS/tDCS/GVS) are used to identify the neural circuitry and neuronal communication for sensorimomotor integration, particularly in cerebral cortex. The groups also aims to understand the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the disorders in patients with sensorimotor deficits.

His contribution to WP4 is based on his expertise in perception and action.

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