Principal Investigators

Richard van Wezel



Research themes:

  • Neurophysiology
  • Visual information processing and cognition
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Smart glasses


  • Bachelor Course: "Neurophysiology" (201200230)
  • Master Course: “ Master Neurophysiology” (191211350)


Prof. Richard van Wezel performed his PhD at Utrecht University under supervision of Prof. van de Grind. After a postdoc position in the lab of Prof. Britten (UC Davis, USA) he received a VIDI-grant. Besides his part-time position as a Professor in Neurophysiology at the University of Twente he is currently also Principle Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen within the Biophysics Department of the Science Faculty. See more information at:

Key Publications:

  1. Schwab, B.C., Heida, T.H., Zhao, Y., van Gils, S.A. and van Wezel, R.J.A. (2014). Pallidal gap junctions - triggers of synchrony in Parkinson’s Disease? Movement Disorders, In Press. (Impact Factor 5.6)
  2. Klink, P.C., Brascamp, J.W., Blake, R., and van Wezel, R.J.A. (2010). Experience-driven plasticity in binocular vision. Current Biology, 20, 1464-1469 (Impact Factor 9.9)
  3. Kourtzi, Z., Krekelberg, B., and van Wezel, R.J.A. (2008). Linking form and motion in the primate brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12, 6, 230-236. (Impact Factor 21.1)
  4. Krekelberg, B., Boynton, G.M., and van Wezel, R.J.A. (2006). Adaptation: From single cells to BOLD signals. Trends in Neurosciences, 29, 250-256. (Impact Factor 12.9)
  5. Britten, K.H., and van Wezel, R.J.A. (1998). Electrical microstimulation of extrastriate area MST biases heading perception. Nature Neuroscience, 1, 59-6. (Impact Factor 15.0)


Publications by Richard van Wezel

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In the Neurophysiology lab of Richard van Wezel we study how activity of groups of neurons results into behaviour. We investigate how perception and motor action can be explained in terms of electrical activity in networks of communicating neurons. Our goal is to study these processes from the level of single neurons to large brain networks. To cover these levels of neural processing we rely on neurophysiological methods like neural recordings, imaging and behavioural measurements. Our research is focused on on visual perception and Parkinson’s Disease.

Findings are translated into clinical applications, such as Smart Glasses for Parkinson’s Disease patients.


  • Yan Zhao
  • Bettina Schwab
  • Paul Wieringa

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  1. Smart glasses to improve gait of Parkinson Patients (funded by Fonds NutsOhra)
  2. HealthPAC (Marie Curie KP7)
  3. Computational modeling Parkinson’s Disease (NWO/MIRA) (Collaboration Prof. Van Gils)
  4. Parkinson’s Disease models: Whitaker Foundation personal grant to Dr. Y. Zhao
  5. iCub, Humanoid robot project (NWO/MagW)


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