John Van Opstal's Home Page

<- Ready for the NYC marathon, 11/2005
The day after Lake Placid marathon, 5/2009 (3rd place 50+) ->

Zie verder ook de rubriek "in de Media"
New position: postdoc on OtoControl 2.0 project (NWO-TTW (2023 - 2028)):
"Towards Optimal Fitting of Cochlear Implants"
We are looking for a Postdoc (appointment for up to 4 yrs (1.0 fte)) for our OTOCONTROL 2.0 project: see the RU advertisement and our recent paper on the project's research objectives in Frontiers in Neuroscience: Neurotechnology If you are interested, and have the necessary background (Machine Learning; Psychophysics; Medical Technology; NeuroTechnology, or equivalent), please contact me for more information.
2 PhDs and 4 Postdocs were appointed on my ERC advanced Grant project ORIENT, which has come to an end as of Jan 01, 2023; see the ORIENT Website

My CV can be found here (12/2023)
My ORCID QR code:
My Google-Scholar Citation Analysis is found here

Complete list of peer-reviewed publications via PubMed.
Two new papers stemming from my monkey research have just been published:
  1. Superior Colliculus responses of single neurons in monkey during head-unrestrained eye-head gaze saccades in Communications Biology (and its Supplemental Material)
  2. A thorough comparative study on spectral-temporal sound sensitivity of monkeys vs. humans, obtained from reaction times, which appeared in the Journal of Neurophysiology
Our two major ORIENT papers on our 6-DOF biomimetic eye have been accepted (March/April 2024) for
  1. IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems and in
  2. Frontiers in Robotics and AI (with Supplemental Materials )!

I discovered some interesting aspects about the number 11, divisibility of arbitrary numbers by 11, 111, 1111, etc., and some special properties of birthday numbers (which I dubbed the G8 number).
See my WikipediA page (under construction) for some number funfacts.

Here you may download some of our research papers

November 2017 I became a member of the Academia Europaea. Above: "Building Bridges" event, Nov 2018, Barcelona

Master specialisation Neurophysics at DCN - FNWI:
Information on the Master specialisation Neurophysics
More detailed information on this specialisation, in this Brochure


My book appeared on April 23, 2016 at Elsevier's Academic Press (AP), ISBN 978 0-12-801529-2

The book has its own homepage.
Please, preview its contents here (14 chapters, 436 pages)

A Sneak Preview of the introductory chapter is available here.

Order the book at Elsevier's book store at 30% discount for only €63! Discount code: NEURO30

Further info at the book's flyer

Research: Auditory System, Multisensory Integration, and Gaze Control
My ERC advanced Grant "ORIENT" (2017-2021) has started January 1, 2017.
More information about this project: see above (Jobs)
14 PhD positions on our Donders Institute's Marie-Curie FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IDP project (started Jan 1, 2014, ended Dec 31, 2017).
Lees hier over de achtergronden van mijn onderzoek
We proudly present Report Year 2017 of our successful Donders Hearing and Implants collaboration (Biophysics-Otolaryngology)!
Check out our new two-axis Vestibular Stimulator on this Movie!
Current and recently finished research projects in my lab (under construction)

Verder..... in de media
Optreden in Doornroosje op 13 mei, 2023, met een uitleg over pitch perception (via YouTube te zien, op Radboud100 Sounds)
Publicatie van Panasonic Industry met een uitleg over onze vestibulaire stoel en ons nieuwe auditory motion lab (Mei 2023, zie YouTube filmpje met Roy en Roel (Pan), en Gunter en Snandan (DCN))
Uitzending van "TV Gelderland van 21 maart 2017", met tussen 6:07 tot 11:41min een leuke demo van onze twee-assige vestibulaire stoel (via YouTube te zien, of op mijn website Trots op Gelderland )
Uitzending van "VPRO's Noorderlicht", met daarin (tegen het eind) ons onderzoek naar Auditieve Plasticiteit ('Uilenoren') (via Uitzending gemist nog steeds is te zien op Noorderlicht Nieuws 13-08-2009 )
Op 15 april 2010 een mooi artikel in de NRC (download)
Op 29 mei 2010 een heel aardig vervolgartikel in de NRC (Alledaagse Wetenschap) (download) met als resultaat van de oproep van Karel Knip het volgende mooie artikel in JARO (2013)! (Zie ook hieronder, de NRC van 16-2-2013 n.a.v. dit artikel!)
Volkrant artikel (15-02-2011) over ons apenonderzoek. Dit item is later dunnetjes overgedaan in een 'discussiestuk' in de NRC Next van 28-04-2011
Op 16 februari 2013 wederom in Alledaagse Wetenschap van de NRC door Karel Knip over ons JARO 2013 artikel (vervolg op '29 mei 2010). Leuk toch?
Op 16 mei 2018 een radiobijdrage aan BNN (NOS op 3) over "Laurel" vs. "Yanny". Luister zelf hier
Op 1 december 2018 leverde ik een bijdrage aan de Nationale Wetenschapsquiz (VPRO: vraag 7 over 'pitch' perceptie). Zie hier de VPRO Uitzending op NPO-2 van 29-12-2018 (49:36 - 55:28)
(yours truly: front row, on the right)
In September 2019 I was interviewed for the Instituto Superior Tecnico de Lisboa about our Orient project
In October 2020 the Donders Institute made a nice promo video about our experimental setups, see our Vestibular-Auditory Labs
On April 19, 2021 our eNeuro paper on moving sounds received world-wide attention!
See a nice account in the American institute of Physics news service InsideScience
Also the Australians were interested! Here's their quite amusing 6:30 am breakfast show on 3AW Radio Melbourne ("Golden Earring?? He must be eighty?!")
The Dutch radio, of course, could not stay behind! Listen to the BNR NieuwsRadio interview with Marc
And the Society for Neuroscience spread the word on Twitter.
In November 2023 verscheen een artikel over ons OtoControl 2.0 project in ComputerIdee Implantaat of Maat
In Februari 2024 verschijnt een artikel over ons OtoControl 2.0 project op MT-Integraal Op weg naar een betere CI fitting (de officiele website van het artikel is hier) \

YES to animal research!

NL: Waarom onze maatschappij het Proefdieronderzoek dient te steunen: Zie hier.
en verder een boel achtergrondinformatie met vragen over dit onderwerp: Zie hier.
ENG: Why our Society should be Pro Animal Research: See here.