Unravelling how the human brain carries forward the past to prepare for the future

The human brain is a fundamentally proactive organ – continuously anticipating the (potential) future and preparing accordingly to enable and optimise goal-directed behaviour. In the Proactive Brain Lab – a cognitive neuroscience lab in Amsterdam headed by Principal Investigator Freek van Ede – we investigate how the human brain uses working memory to anticipate and prepare for behaviour. We develop experimental approaches to track the dynamic nature and neural basis of human cognition, integrating research on working memory, selective attention, timing, decision making, vision, and action.


We are based at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), where we are affiliated with the Institute for Brain and Behavior Amsterdam (iBBA), as well as with the department of Experimental and Applied Psychology within the Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences.