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Aleman, Prof. André

André Aleman
André Aleman


Neuroimaging, neurosciences, hallucinations, hearing voices

Curriculum Vitae

André Aleman (1975) is professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry at the Department of Neurosciences of the UMCG and the Department of Psychology of the University of Groningen. Shortly after having gained his PhD cum laude, he was awarded a Vidi grant by NWO to conduct research into emotional disorders in schizophrenia. In 2006 he was awarded a European Young Investigator Award by the European Science Foundation for research into decreased illness awareness in psychotic disorders. His research into psychiatric disorders of perception, such as hallucinations in schizophrenia, is internationally renowned. His current research aims to map the brain functions involved in perceiving and dealing with emotions and disruptions of these in psychiatric problems. Aleman was a member of the KNAW Young Academy and of the Health Council of the Netherlands and Academic Editor of the international journal PLoS ONE.

In 2011 Aleman wrote the book Hersenspinsels, in which he shows how subtly our brain can fool us.  In late 2011, Aleman received a EUR 1.5 million Vici grant from NWO. Vici academics are among the top researchers in the Netherlands and only three or four grants are awarded every year in each academic field. Aleman received the grant for his research into the underlying mechanisms of apathy in schizophrenia. Apathy is a common problem in other psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as depression and early dementia, as well. NWO expects the knowledge gained in this project to be widely applicably in further research into the normal and abnormal brain.  

In October 2012, Aleman's book Het Seniorenbrein (The Older Brain) was published, in which Aleman addresses the question of what is going on inside our head as we age. When does the decline set in? How quickly does it happen? And does an older brain have any advantages? Aleman demonstrates that the decline is often less serious than we tend to believe.


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