The Brain and Emotion Laboratory consists of senior and junior researchers as well as young PhD-students. Extensive collaborations exist with several laboratories.


Beatrice de Gelder

Group Leader


Professor Beatrice de Gelder holds degrees in both Philosophy and Psychology, and received her PhD in 1972 from the University of Louvain, Belgium. She began her academic career teaching Philosophy of Science, first in Leiden and then in Tilburg. In the mid nineties de Gelder changed her field of interest to Cognitive Science. She is currently professor in the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of Neuroscience and Psychology, Maastricht University. Her main interests lies in the 4 topics below:

  1. Non-conscious recognition in patients with cortical damage.
  2. Emotional expression in whole bodies.
  3. Face recognition and its deficits.
  4. Multisensory perception and the interaction between auditory and visual processes.

More information can be found here and here.


Tel. +31 43 3881437.

E-mail: b.degelder@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Room 3.009, Oxfordlaan 55, 6229 EV Maastricht, The Netherlands.



  • European Research Council (ERC) Synergy grant (Grant agreement 856495; Relevance)
  • Industrial Leadership Program H2020-EU.1.2.2 (Grant agreement 825079; MindSpaces)
  • Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Proactive Program H2020-EU.1.2.2 (Grant agreement 824160; EnTimeMent)
  • Research and Innovation Program H2020-EU.1.3.1 (Grant agreement 721385; Socrates)
  • Horizon 2020 programme H2020-FETPROACT-2020-2 (grant agreement 101017884; GuestXR)
  • Previous

  • Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • European Research Counsel: FP7/2007-2013, ERC grant agreement number 295673 July 2012- March 2018
  • European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant 514 agreement No 645553, ICT DANCE (IA, 2015-2017)
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship grant (no. 703493) to J.Katsyri from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme


Lab members


Aline de Borst

Aline de Borst

Jari Kätsyri

Jari Kätsyri

Maarten Vaessen

Maarten Vaessen


PhD students

Minye Zhan

Minye Zhan

Tahnée Engelen

Tahnée Engelen

Marta Poyo Solanas

Marta Poyo Solanas


Lab Manager

  • Jeannette Boschma


Research Visitors

  • Adriano Acciarino, PhD


Student Research Assistants and Internship Students

  • Lennie Dupont
  • Caoimhe Moran
  • Emma Hermsen
  • Elif Sena Ergin






Internship / Thesis Oppotunities

There are opportunities to complete a thesis or an internship. Students who are interested can contact Beatrice de Gelder.