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Gijs Plomp

Job: Professor - SNSF
Office: RM S-1.144
Rue P.A. de Faucigny 2
1700 Fribourg
Phone: +41 26 300 7634
eMail: gijs.plomp@unifr.ch
Unit: Perceptual Networks Group      



  • Visual Perception
  • Cognition
  • Action
  • Visual Neuroscience
  • EEG
  • fMRI
  • Connectivity
  • Dynamics

The perceptual network group aims to better understand visual perception through its interplay with cognition and action. We study how vision and its interrelated aspects arise from quickly coordinated activity in multiple brain areas, using a dynamic network approach that combines EEG source-imaging, fMRI and Granger-causal modeling with high temporal resolution. The lab follows three parallel research approaches: one investigates the dynamic interactions underlying vision in humans, a second systematically evaluates the performance of existing connectivity methods, and a third aims to identify the elementary cortical interactions underlying visual processes in animal models. This way we aim to link psychological theories to elementary mechanisms, and to provide a better understanding of visual functioning.


Plomp, G., Quairiaux, C., Kiss, J. Z., Astolfi, L., & Michel, C. M. (2014). Dynamic connectivity among cortical layers in local and large-scale sensory processing. European Journal of Neuroscience, 40(8), 3215–3223. (http://doi.org/10.1111/ejn.12687)

Plomp, G., Quairiaux, C., Michel, C. M., & Astolfi, L. (2014). The physiological plausibility of time-varying Granger-causal modeling: Normalization and weighting by spectral power. NeuroImage, 97, 206–216. (http://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.04.016)

Plomp, G., Roinishvili, M., Chkonia, E., Kapanadze, G., Kereselidze, M., Brand, A., & Herzog, M. H. (2013). Electrophysiological Evidence for Ventral Stream Deficits in Schizophrenia Patients. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 39(3), 547–554. (http://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sbr175)

Plomp, G., Michel, C. M., & Herzog, M. H. (2010). Electrical source dynamics in three functional localizer paradigms. NeuroImage, 53(1), 257–267. (http://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.06.037)


I am a cognitive and biological psychologist with a Master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands). During my Ph.D. at Riken BSI (Tokyo, Japan) I used psychophysics and eye-movement recordings to study context effects in vision, and located their neural correlates using MEG. As a post-doc at EPFL, Switzerland, I set up an EEG laboratory and mastered EEG source-imaging techniques to study dynamic visual processes in healthy subjects, and in aging and schizophrenic populations. I then received an SNSF Ambizione grant to work at the University of Geneva, where I improved and validated the Granger-causal modelling approaches and applied them to study sensory processing in humans and animal models. My current work is funded by an SNSF professorship grant.

Département de Psychologie / Departement für Psychologie - R. Faucigny 2 - 1700 Fribourg / Freiburg - Tel +41 26 300 7620 - Fax +41 26 / 300 9712 - psychologie [at] unifr.ch - uni