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Position Professor Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, Head of the Section Cognitive Neuroscience Center
Research fields apathy, alexithymia, psychosis, hallucinations, psychiatric disorders
  • Research Profile
  • Selected Publications
  • André Aleman studied psychology (neuropsychology and psychophysiology) at Utrecht University, where his research was focused on understanding the cognitive basis of hallucinations. He received his PhD cum laude in 2001. In 2006, Aleman was appointed Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry at the University Medical Centre Groningen. Currently, he is Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Center of the Department of Biomedical Sciences of Cells and Systems . In 2015, he was appointed Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Shenzhen, China. He received a European Young Investigator Award in 2006 from the European Science Foundation. In 2011 and 2012, he received grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-VICI) and the European Research Council (ERC Starting/Consolidator Grant).

    Professor Aleman was elected as a member of the Young Academy of the KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences) and is a member of the Dutch Health Council. He serves as an academic editor for PLoS ONE and is a member of the editorial board of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, NPJ, and Schizophrenia Research: Cognition.

    He published two popular science books. The most recent, Our ageing brains, was translated into eight languages. Aleman published articles on memory impairment in schizophrenia, neural basis of auditory verbal imagery, cognitive ageing and insight into psychosis. His current research interest is related to the neural basis for cognitive and affective disorders in psychosis and depression with an emphasis on apathy, emotion regulation and treatment with non-invasive electromagnetic neurostimulation.

    • All Publications: mepa page or  pdf Selected Publications:
      1. Aleman A, Denys D. (2014) Mental health: A road map for suicide research and prevention. Nature.
      2. Curcic-Blake B, Liemburg E, Vercammen A, Swart M, Knegtering H, Bruggeman R, Aleman A. (2012) When Broca goes uninformed: reduced information flow to Broca's area in schizophrenia patients with auditory hallucinations. Schizophr Bull.
      3. Vercammen A, Knegtering H, denBoer JA, Liemburg EJ, Aleman A.(2010) Auditory Hallucinations in Schizophrenia Are Associated with Reduced Functional Connectivity of the Temporo-Parietal Area. Biol Psychiatry
      4. Vercammen A, Knegtering H, Bruggeman R, Westenbroek HM, Jenner JA, Slooff CJ, Wunderink L, Aleman A. (2009). Effects of bilateral repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on treatment resistant auditory-verbal hallucinations in schizophrenia: a randomized controlled trial. Schizophr Res.
      5. Allen, P., Larøi, F., McGuire, P.K., Aleman, A. (2008). The hallucinating brain: A review of structural and functional neuroimaging studies of hallucinations. Neurosci Biobehav Rev
      6. Van’t Wout M, Kahn RS, Sanfey A, Aleman A. (2006). Affective state and decision making in the Ultimatum Game. Exp Brain Res.
      7. Aleman A, E Formisano, H Koppenhagen, P Hagoort, EHF de Haan, RS Kahn (2005). The functional neuroanatomy of metrical stress evaluation of perceived and imagined spoken words. Cerebral Cortex
      8. Aleman A, Kahn RS. (2005) Strange feelings: do amygdala abnormalities dysregulate the emotional brain in schizophrenia? Progress in Neurobiology
      9. Aleman A, De Haan EHF. (2000). Antipsychotics and working memory in schizophrenia. Science
      10. Aleman, A., Hijman, R., De Haan, E.H.F., & Kahn, R.S. (1999) Memory impairment in schizophrenia: a meta-analysis. American Journal of Psychiatry
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