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Sander Nieuwenhuis

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience of Decision Making

Prof.dr. S.T. Nieuwenhuis
+31 71 527 3834


More information about Sander Nieuwenhuis


Sander Nieuwenhuis studied cognitive psychology in Groningen. He obtained his PhD in 2001 at the University of Amsterdam where he started his research line on the role of the prefrontal cortex in cognitive control. He was visiting research fellow at Cambridge University and postdoc at Princeton University and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam before he joined Leiden University as assistant professsor in 2006. At Princeton University, he started his second research line on the role of the noradrenergic system in human cognition. As of 2012 Nieuwenhuis has been full professor at Leiden University.                                                                                   


Research by Sander Nieuwenhuis

Research in The Temporal Attention Lab focuses on temporal fluctuations in non-spatial attention (or arousal) and the neural basis of temporal attention. There are 3 main themes:

  • The role of the locus coeruleus-norepinephrine system in human cognition.
  • Trial-to-trial fluctuations in cognitive control.
  • The effects of phasic and tonic alertness on information processing.

These topics are studied using behavioural methods, EEG, fMRI, pharmacology, genetics, patient studies and computational modeling.


  • Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Coordinator of the research master Psychology (research)
  • Head of Cognitive Psychology Unit


  • Coordinator and lecturer Scientific Writing
  • Coordinator and lecturer Attention: Theory and Practice
  • Coordinator and lecturer Designing an Empirical Study
  • Bachelor thesis supervision

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience of Decision Making

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Cognitieve Psychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2B13


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