Brain & Cognition Group

Shanice Janssens

Shanice PPResearch interests:

I am mainly interested in visual attention, brain stimulation, and top-down connectivity and communication within the human brain. More specifically, I would like to find out how top-down interactions are relevant for attention orienting through visual space. To investigate this, I make use of different neuroscientific methods, including psychophysics, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). To get a more complete picture of the neural mechanisms underlying visual spatial attention, I will also make use of multi-modal paradigms, combining several methods.

Brief bio:

I received my Bachelor in Psychology at Maastricht University in 2015 (BSc., summa cum laude). Afterwards I completed the 2-year Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at Maastricht University (MSc., cum laude). In 2017 I received the Research Talent personal grant from NWO to fund my PhD project. I am currently working on this project, entitled “In control of attention: teasing apart the brain’s top-down mechanisms of attention allocation”. I am supervised by Dr. Tom de Graaf and Prof. Dr. Alexander Sack.


Internship and thesis supervision

Tutor in several BSc Psychology courses (mainly research methods & statistics, consciousness, perception and attention)