Visual Neuroscience


In the lab of Richard van Wezel we study how activity of groups of neurons results into behaviour. We investigate how visual perception can be explained in terms of electrical activity in networks of communicating neurons. Our goal is to study these processes from the level of single neurons to large brain networks. To cover these levels of neural processing we rely on neurophysiological methods like neural recordings, imaging and behavioural measurements. Findings are translated into clinical applications with a focus on Parkinson’s Disease and the application of smart glasses.


Professor in Neurophysiology

Biomedical Signals and Systems

MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine

University of Twente

Phone:     +31 (0)53 489 2786  (secr. 2760)

Fax:         +31 (0)53 489 2287


Key Publications

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Zhao, Y., Nonnekes, J., Storcken, E.J.M., Janssen, S., van Wegen, E.E.H., Bloem, B.R., Dorresteijn, L.C.A., van Vugt, J.P.P., Heida, T., van Wezel, R.J.A. (2016) Feasibility of external rythmic cueing with the Google Glass for improving gait in people with Parkinson’s Disease. J. Neurology, 263, 6, 1156-1165. [link]

Schwab, B.C., Heida, T.H., Zhao, Y., van Gils, S.A. and van Wezel, R.J.A. (2014). Pallidal gap junctions - triggers of synchrony in Parkinson’s Disease? Movement Disorders, 29, 12, 1486-1494. [link]

Krekelberg, B. and van Wezel, R.J.A.. (2013). Neural mechanisms of speed perception: transparent motion. Journal of Neurophysiology, 110 (9), 2007-2018. [link]

Klink, P.C., Brascamp, J.W., Blake, R., and van Wezel, R.J.A. (2010). Experience-driven plasticity in binocular vision. Current Biology, 20, 1464-1469 [link][pdf]

Raemaekers, M., Lankheet, M.J.M., Moorman, S., Kourtzi, Z., and van Wezel, R.J.A. (2009). Directional anisotropy of motion responses in retinotopic cortex. Human Brain Mapping, 30, 3970-3980. [pdf]

Kourtzi, Z., Krekelberg, B., and van Wezel, R.J.A. (2008). Linking form and motion in the primate brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12, 6, 230-236. [link] [pdf]

Noest, A.J., van Ee, R., Nijs, M.M. and van Wezel, R.J.A. (2007). Percept choice sequences driven by interrupted ambiguous stimuli: A low level neural model. Journal of Vision, 7(8):10, 1-14 , DEMO [link] [pdf]

Krekelberg, B., Boynton, G.M. and van Wezel, R.J.A. (2006). Adaptation: from single cells to BOLD signals. Trends in Neurosciences, 29, 250-256. [link] [pdf]

van Wezel, R.J.A., and Britten, K.H. (2002). Motion adaptation in area MT. Journal of Neurophysiology, 88: 3469-3476. [link][pdf]

Britten, K.H. & van Wezel, R.J.A. (1998). Electrical microstimulation of extrastriate area MST biases heading perception. Nature Neuroscience, 1, 59-63. [link][pdf]

Professor in Visual Neuroscience

Director, Donders Centre for Neuroscience

Biophysics, Faculty of Science

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

Radboud University Nijmegen

Phone:    +31 (0)24 3614247 (secr. 3652428)

Fax:         +31 (0)24 3653450