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European Society
for Cognitive and
Affective Neuroscience

The European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience aims to promote scientific enquiry within the field of human cognitive, affective and social neuroscience, particularly with respect to collaboration and exchange of information between researchers in different European countries through scientific meetings, workshops, summer schools, and such other activities.

ESCAN 2016 conference

The 2016 international conference of ESCAN was a great success with many talks in the domains of cognitive, affective and social neuroscience. Enjoy the pictures here below from the venue in Porto, Portugal.


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ESCAN now opens a new opportunity to communicate important information to all other society members.

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ESAN (European Social and Affective Neuroscientists) will organize a preconference during the EASP meeting on 4 July 2017 in Granda (Spain).

ESCAN 2018 will take place in Leiden (The Netherlands) on 19 - 22 July

ESCAN 2020 will take place in Budapest (end of June)


Matthew Apps recieved the ESCAN young researcher award during the Porto 2016 conference.

At the conference he presented a talk on "Neurocomputational basis of social signals in the anterior cingulate cortex".



Our new president

Sonja Kotz will be the president for the next 2 years, as of the 2016 meeting in Porto.

Prof. Dr. Sonja Kotz is Chair in Neuropsychology and Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at the Faculty of Psychology and Neurocience at Maastricht University Unversity, Maastricht, The Netherlands and Research Associate in the Neuropschology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.

Bernhard Hommel is our president-elect.

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hommel holds the chair of "General Psychology" at Leiden University since 1999, after having worked as senior researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Psychological Research (PhD at the University of Bielefeld in 1990; Habilitation at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich). He is a co-founder and board member of the Leiden Institute for Brain & Cognition (LIBC), secretary of the International Association for Attention and Performance, and member of the German National Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on cognitive, computational, developmental, neural, and neurochemical mechanisms of human attention and action control, and the role of consciousness therein. Recent work also addresses the role of emotion, creativity, and religion in human cognition. He is chief editor of two journals and has (co-)authored more than 230 articles in international journals and more than 40 chapters in readers and psychological textbooks, (co-)edited three books on action control and the relationship between perception and action, and (co-)edited several special issues on attention and action control

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New ESCAN board members

2016 ESCAN board

Please welcome our new board members

Lorenza Colzato, ESCAN Secretary
Fernando Ferreira-Santos
Manos Tsakiris

New functions in the board

Bernhard Hommel, ESCAN Deputy-Treasurer

Leaving the board ...

Gilles Pourtois
Pedro Montoya
Lars Nyberg