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mw. dr. H.A. (Heleen) Slagter

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Brain & Cognition
  • Bezoekadres
    REC G
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 129  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: 0.13
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15915
    1001 NK  Amsterdam
    T: 0205256807
    T: 0205256840

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology (section Brain and Cognition) of the University of Amsterdam, and teach and do research in the domain of Cognitive Neuroscience. 


My research focuses on (the neural basis of) core cognitive capacities, such as attention, and methods that may enhance these capacities. What are the mechanisms that allow us to perceive, select, suppress, and become aware of information in the environment? Can these mechanisms that adaptively control information processing be optimized through e.g., training? The overall aim is to understand the (brain) processes that allow people to excel at certain behaviors, and how these processes may be facilitated.

Research methods include: ERP/EEG, fMRI, DTI, MRS, PET, tDCS and behavioral testing. For more information and my publications, please visit my lab's website:

Cognition and Plasticity Laboratory



  • Master in Biological Psychology, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands (2000)

  • PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Amsterdam (2000-2005)

  • Visiting Research Fellow Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University, USA (2002)

  • Postdoc, Waisman Center for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (2005-2007)

  • Assistant Scientist, Waisman Center for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (2007-2009)

  • Assistant Professor (UD), Dept of Psychology, University of Amsterdam (2009-2011)

  • Associate Professor (UHD), Dept of Psychology, University of Amsterdam (2011-present)



  • Marie Curie Reintegration grant (2009; €75.000)

  • VIDI (2010; €800.000)

  • Spinoza Junior Investigator Grant (2010; €11.250)

  • Aspasia (2011; €100.000)

  • Onderzoekstalent (2012; €168.000).

  • Early Career Award 2014 by the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)

  • ABC Project Grant (2015; €250.000)

  • ABMP Project Grant (2015; €250.000; co-PI)

  • ERC starting grant (2015; €1.500.000)


Student opportunities: internship or thesis

If you are interested in doing your internship or thesis in mylab, please send an email with your CV and a transcript of your grades to:


  • Band, G. P. H., Basak, C., Slagter, H. A., & Voss, M. W. (2016). Editorial: Effects of Game and Game-Like Training on Neurocognitive Plasticity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, [123]. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00123 [details] [PDF]
  • Slagter, H. A., Vissers, M. E., Talsma, L. J., & Ridderinkhof, K. R. (2016). Cognitive enhancement: it's about time. Cognitive Neuroscience, 1-2. DOI: 10.1080/17588928.2016.1205576 [details]
  • Vissers, M. E., van Driel, J., & Slagter, H. A. (2016). Proactive, but Not Reactive, Distractor Filtering Relies on Local Modulation of Alpha Oscillatory Activity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28(12), 1964-1979. DOI: 10.1162/jocn_a_01017 [details]
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