What is CogniTalks?

Millions of euros of public funding go into exploring the great frontier of cognition, yet most scientists never translate their research to the society that has made their work possible. 

CogniTalks is built on the notion that scientists must do better in communicating their groundbreaking research to society. For this reason, once a year we invite some of the most exciting and inspiring cognitive (neuro)scientists to share their latest research with the general public in bite sized 20 minutes presentations.


Given that we unfortunately had to cancel last year’s Cognitalks due to Covid-19, we’re making up for it by having two Cognitalks events this year! The first of these will be taking place this January to get the year off to a good start.

The event will take place on January 20th, 2021, from 18.00 – 19.30, NL time.

As with past Cognitalks, the aim is to have scientists working at the frontiers of cognitive science communicate some of their most exciting findings to a wider audience. Thankfully most of our original line-up of speakers from 2020 is able to present again this year, and they’ll cover range of topics that include morbid curiosity, the brain’s processing of music, and predictive capacities of neural processes on consumer behavior.

Our speakers for CogniTalks January 2021:

  • Suzanne Oosterwijk, Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on morbid curiosity, the desire to explore highly negative stimuli.
  • Alexander Genevsky, Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research focuses on the social and emotional influences that shape consumer decisions and behavior.
  • Fleur Bouwer, Postdoctoral Researcher in the cognitive neuroscience of music at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on how the human brain can make sense of music.

Given present circumstances, all lectures will be held online. The exact platform that will be used for streaming the lectures will be announced as soon as possible.

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