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Attention and attentional networks: A symposium in honor of Michael Posner

Thursday, 29 November, 2007 - 13:30
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculty: Psychology and Educational Sciences
Auditorium Q
Prof. Eric Soetens

Michael Posner can be considered as one of the foremost figures in Psychology of the last 50 years. He has been one of the driving forces behind the analysis of psychological processes in its different components and functions, in order to come to a better understanding of the relation between brain and behavior.

Posner has made (and still makes) important contributions in almost all domains of Psychology and the neurosciences in general, leading to new theoretical insights. He developed new scientific methods of research that have been applied far beyond the area of Psychology.

It is generally recognized that his research and ideas have contributed substantially to the fast expansion of research in cognitive neuroscience. His most widely recognized work lies in the area of attention research, for which he has received numerous national and international scientific awards.

On Wednesday, November 28th, Michael Posner (Prof. Em. University of Oregon, US) will receive the degree of honorary doctor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. More information... 

Symposium (29th November 2007)

The day after, Thursday, November 29th, from 13h30 to 18h00 a symposium will be held in honor of Michael Posner. He will present the central talk, entitled ‘Evolution and Development of Attention Networks’.

Additionally, G. Humphreys (University of Birmingham, UK), B. Hommel (Leiden University, The Netherlands), and representatives from 3 Flemish Universities will talk about their research and its relation to the work of Posner.


Vrije Universiteit Brussel, campus Etterbeek, building Q. If you come by car you can use entrance n° 6 (Pleinlaan) or entrance n° 13 (Triomflaan). Please note that access to the campus is limited for vehicles with a system of electrical bollards. You will receive an e-mail with a barcode that provides you acces to the campus after your registration has been reveived.

Symposium Registration

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  • FWO Flanders, Research Community: Experimental Psychology as related to Cognitive Neurosciences
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • Organising committee:
    • Eric Soetens
    • Natacha Deroost
    • David Henderickx
    • Kathleen Maetens
    • Peter Zeischka
    • Linda Van Tittelboom


From 11.00 am to 1.00 pm for faculty PE only

11.00 am - 11.30 am Meeting at Faculty PE Lab
11.30 am - 12.00 am Inauguration and visiting the Lab
12.00 am - 1.00 pm Lunch

Local chair: Natacha Deroost

1.30 pm - 1.45 pm Introduction (E. Soetens)
1.45 pm - 2.30 pm Evolution and development of attention networks 
(M. Posner)
2.30 pm - 2.45 pm Discussion
2.45 pm - 3.10 pm Break
3.10 pm - 3.30 pm Attention shifts to irrelevant information (W. Notebaert)
3.30 pm - 3.50 pm Feature binding in an endogenous and exogenous Posner orienting task (E. Soetens)
3.50 pm - 4.10 pm Beyond subtraction and localization: The use of neuroimaging methods to understand object and face representations in the human brain (H. Op de Beeck)
4.10 pm - 4.40 pm Break
4.40 pm - 5.10 pm Attention and action: How intentions shape information processing (B. Hommel)
5.10 pm - 5.20 pm Discussion
5.20 pm - 5.50 pm Putting the brain into the mind (G. Humphreys)
5.50 pm - 6.00 pm Discussion
6.00 pm - 7.15 pm Reception

More information

Prof. Eric Soetens
Tel. 02/ 629.28. 73 

For more information about the Honorary Doctorates, please visit:http://www.vub.ac.be/english/home/DHC/