Joram van Driel


Room: 1D-22


I am working together with prof. dr. Chris Olivers on his ERC-project “Template 2.0: Depicting the picture in your head”.


I studied Psychology at the University of Amsterdam (2004-2010), where I obtained my bachelor and master degree, with a specialization in Brain & Cognition (and a minor in Philosophy of Mind). During my masters I did an internship in UC Berkeley in the lab of prof. Rich Ivry where I studied cross-modal integration of audiovisual time perception. I graduated with a master thesis on executive functions in grapheme-color synesthesia, under supervision of Romke Rouw. I stayed at the UvA and did my PhD under supervision of Mike X Cohen (promotor: prof. dr. Richard Ridderinkhof), studying brain oscillations in cognitive control. Here I learned to use state-of-the-art analysis techniques that I applied on EEG and MEG data, including time-frequency decomposition, beamforming (source localization), and transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS). Topics involved, amongst other things, error processing, (cueing of) response conflict, sensory integration in time perception, and perceptual interference in synesthesia. Currently I am a postdoc in the group of prof. Chris Olivers, where I will apply similar techniques to study the electrophysiological dynamics underlying the use of a template in visual working memory and selective attention.

Research interests

Oscillations are a fundamental property of nature. Brain activity is also strongly oscillatory, and from more and more research within cognitive neuroscience a picture is emerging that the brain uses the time-varying property of oscillatory activity as a basis for interareal communication as well as local representation. I find “time as a neural code” a fascinating hypothesis, and my main research interest concerns the role that neural oscillations play in adaptive and flexible control of behavior. In the ERC project with Chris Olivers, I will mainly focus on the top-down control of the template in visual search, and how this is supported by large-scale interregional phase synchronization. Apart from that, other research topics that I find particularly interesting—and that will come as no surprise by now—are synesthesia (e.g. perceiving a certain color upon hearing a particular sound), and time perception (our notion of a duration, the present, temporal order, and temporal predictibility).


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Recent publications

J van Driel, E Gunseli, M Meeter & CNL Olivers (2017) Local and interregional alpha EEG dynamics dissociate between memory for search and memory for recognition. NeuroImage 149, 114-128
IEJ de Vries, J van Driel & CNL Olivers (2017) Posterior α EEG Dynamics Dissociate Current from Future Goals in Working Memory-Guided Visual Search. Journal of Neuroscience 37 (6), 1591-16033
ME Vissers, J van Driel & HA Slagter (2016) Proactive, but Not Reactive, Distractor Filtering Relies on Local Modulation of Alpha Oscillatory Activity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience4
J van Driel, JC Swart, T Egner, KR Ridderinkhof & MX Cohen (2015) (No) time for control: Frontal theta dynamics reveal the cost of temporally guided conflict anticipation. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience 15 (4), 787-80711
J van Driel, R Cox & MX Cohen (2015) Phase-clustering bias in phase–amplitude cross-frequency coupling and its removal. Journal of neuroscience methods 254, 60-7212
J van Driel, IG Sligte, J Linders, D Elport & MX Cohen (2015) Frequency Band-Specific Electrical Brain Stimulation Modulates Cognitive Control Processes. PLOS ONE 10 (9), e013898410
J van Driel (2015) Brain oscillations and synchrony in neurocognitive systems. Universiteit van Amsterdam [Host]
R Cox, J van Driel, M de Boer & LM Talamini (2014) Slow oscillations during sleep coordinate interregional communication in cortical networks. Journal of Neuroscience 34 (50), 16890-1690115
J van Driel, T Knapen, DM van Es & MX Cohen (2014) Interregional alpha-band synchrony supports temporal cross-modal integration. NeuroImage 101, 404-41519
R Rouw, J van Driel, K Knip & KR Ridderinkhof (2013) Executive functions in synesthesia. Consciousness and cognition 22 (1), 184-20210
J van Driel, KR Ridderinkhof & MX Cohen (2012) Not all errors are alike: theta and alpha EEG dynamics relate to differences in error-processing dynamics. Journal of Neuroscience 32 (47), 16795-1680680
TL van Zuijen, A Plakas, BAM Maassen, P Been, NM Maurits, E Krikhaar & ... (2012) Temporal auditory processing at 17 months of age is associated with preliterate language comprehension and later word reading fluency: An ERP study. Neuroscience letters 528 (1), 31-3522

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