Research institutes

Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre

The Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre (M-BIC) is a research center founded by the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience of Maastricht University. It offers research facilities that were newly established within the Brains Unlimited project, including high (3 Tesla) and ultra-high (7 and 9.4 Tesla) magnetic fields MR scanners. The research core of M-BIC is formed by the Cognitive Neuroscience field, one of the four departments through which the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience conducts its research.

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The research is divided in nine research units, that focus on (and are led by):

  • Auditory Perception and Cognition (Elia Formisano)
  • Brain and Emotion (Beatrice de Gelder)
  • Computational architecture of visual processing streams,
    Computational Brain Connectivity (Rainer Goebel)
  • Brain and Language (Milene Bonte)
  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (Lisa Jonkman)
  • Brain Stimulation and Cognition (Alexander Sack)
  • Anatomy and Physiology with MRI (Kamil Uludag)
  • Perception, Attention and Learning (Peter de Weerd)
  • Methods



M-BIC staff members contribute to teaching in the bachelor's programme in Psychology, as well as the one-year master’s programme in Psychology. They also contribute to the two-year Research Master Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, which is run by FPN, FHML, and SBE. 

M-BIC staff teaching in the M-BIC Graduate School

M-BIC staff members also do all the teaching in the M-BIC graduate school. The M-BIC graduate school is set up primarily to teach M-BIC PhD students skills and in-depth background that will facilitate and enrich their research. For M-BIC PhD students, following (part of) these courses is from now on a requirement on the way to the Maastricht University PhD diploma. However, the courses are also open to other PhD students, both from within our own university and from other universities. For more information on offered courses and contact persons, please click here.

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    Dr. Benedikt Poser and his team reel in the NWO Investment Subsidy Medium grant (MaGW)

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Last week Dr. Benedikt Poser of the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience (CN) at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN) received word from the NWO (Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research) that his team received the NWO Investment Subsidy Medium grant (MaGW) from the NWO’s division of Social Sciences and Humanities.

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M-BIC lecture series

The M-BIC lecture series has leading experts in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging methods presenting their work and ideas to a broad audience of scientists and clinicians.

The M-BIC lectures take place in the auditorium of the M-BIC (Oxfordlaan 55, Maastricht), at 16.00 CET and are followed by an informal reception.

Monday 19 February
Thomas F. Münte, Uniklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Lübeck, Germany
Deep Brain Stimulation – what can we learn for cognitive neuroscience?

Monday 19 March
Siegfried Trattnig,  Centre of Excellence “High-Field MR” of the Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Ultrahigh field MR (7 Tesla): Where does it make the difference?

Monday 16 April 2018
Gislin Dagnelie, John Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center, Baltimore, Maryland
Visual prosthesis studies and the foray into ultra-low vision

Upcoming M-BIC lectures for 2018

Monday 23 April
Blomert lecture: Stanislas Dehaene, Collège de France and INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, France
The languages of the brain: language, mathematics and human singularity

Monday 14 May
Jody Culham, Department of Psychology; Brain and Mind Institute; Western University Ontario, Canada
"The treachery of images": How the realness of objects and actions affects brain activation and behavior”

Monday 25 June (this lecture was first scheduled for December 2017) 
Birte Forstmann, Integrative Model-based Cognitive Neuroscience (IMCN) research unit, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Strategic decision-making  in the human subcortex measured with UHF-MRI

Monday 17 September (moved here from 9 April)
Hartwig Siebner, Head Research of Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen, Denmark
The state is the art: targeting and shaping functional brain networks with transcranial non-invasive brain stimulation.

Monday 22 October
Jörn Diedrichsen, Western Research Chair for Motor Control and Computational Neuroscience, Brain and Mind Institute, Department for Computer Science, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Monday 10 December
Emrah Düzel, Clinical Neurophysiology and Memory, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Magdeburg, Germany.


Monday 21 January 2019
Ingrid Johnsrude, Department of Psychology, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Western Ontario, London (ON), Canada.

Monday 11 February 2019
Jessica Dubois, CEA, NeuroSpin, Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab, Paris, France
Imaging brain development in infants


Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre