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Election results

New members of the board since the last conference in Dortmund (2014):

Bernhard Hommel
Artur Marchewka
Annekathrin Schacht
Frank Van Overwalle

Bernhard Hommel

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.


Artur Marchewka

Artur Marchewka is a cognitive and affective neuroscientist, who investigates the effects of emotions on attention and memory processes in healthy and clinical (patients with unilateral neglect) populations. In his work he uses behavioral and neuroimaging methods (functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI and MRI) and event-related potentials (ERPs)). Recently he developed a database of emotionally charged images called Nencki Affective Picture System (NAPS,, freely available for scientific community. He is the head of Laboratory of Brain Imaging (LOBI, at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology.




Annekathrin Schacht (PhD)

Göttingen University, Courant Research Centre Text Structures,

Scientific Education

2011 Habilitation (Facultas docendi), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2008 Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2001 Diploma, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Professional Experience

  • 2010... Junior Professor, Göttingen University, CRC Text Structures, Germany
  • 2010 Visiting Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2010 Invited Junior Professor of Affective Neuroscience, Swiss Center of Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2009 Visiting Professor of Psychology of Motivation and Emotion (Substitution), University of Potsdam, Germany
  • 2008-09 Research Scientist / Assistant Professor, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany


Frank Van Overwalle

Given my interest in the neuroscientific study of social cognition, as board member of ESCAN, I would like to contribute to the position of social cognitive neuroscience in ESCAN. Since De Molenaar, as first president of ESCAN, mentioned that social cognition is somewhere between cognition and affect, it is also an intrinsic part of ESCAN. I would also like to contribute to the growth of the neuroscientific approach of psychology at large in Europe, both as a fundamental science as well as in resolving societal/clinical problems.

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