Dr Loes Koelewijn

Research Associate

Research group:
Cognitive science
029 208 70365
CUBRIC, Maindy Road

Research summary

My research focuses on human brain functioning in healthy and abnormal states. During my PhD, I investigated visual processing in the healthy brain, and how we accomplish the challenging task of balancing things in the visual world that we voluntary wish to attend to, and things that involuntarily attract our attention. I explored the time courses of these processes in the brain using magnetoencephalography (MEG). My research had a particular focus on how the earliest areas of the brain that deal with processing visual stimuli are involved in balancing attentional demands, and what the role of oscillatory brain activity is in these processes. I now work on projects investigating brain functioning in clinical populations, such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. We employ MEG, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion MRI to study brain activity, structure, and connectivity in these populations and compare their brain functioning to that of age-matched non-clinical controls.

Teaching summary

I teach the Doctoral Academy course ‘MATLAB: An Introduction’, and I also teach Matlab to our Neuroimaging MSc students.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)


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Research collaborators

Professor Krish Singh
Dr Khalid Hamandi
Dr Suresh Muthukumaraswamy
Dr Lisa Brindley
Associate Professor Anina Rich (Macquarie University, Sydney)

Undergraduate education

BSc in Psychobiology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Postgraduate education

PhD in Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Australia
Department of Cognitive Science & ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders
Thesis title: ‘Balancing stimulus and goal-driven attentional demands: Investigating the role of gamma oscillations in human early visual cortex using magnetoencephalography’
Supervisors: A/Prof Anina Rich (Primary), Prof Krish Singh (Adjunct), Dr Paul Sowman (Associate)

MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, Utrecht University, The Netherlands