Welcome to the Time in Brain and Behaviour Laboratory at the University of Melbourne.

Welcome to the Time in Brain and Behaviour Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, led by Dr Hinze Hogendoorn as Principal Investigator.

The lab investigates time in the brain, from a neural, cognitive, and behavioural perspective. We use computational methods and neuroimaging techniques, particularly multivariate EEG decoding, as well as psychophysical and behavioural approaches, to study how the brain works over time.

We investigate questions such as how time is encoded in the brain, and how the brain keeps track of time. We are especially interested in how the brain solves the computational problems that result from the brain itself needing time to process information. Have a look at our Projects page to see what we are currently working on!

Lab News

Update (27-06-2021): We are recruiting! We have an open postdoc position for someone eager to work on how we perceive the world in real-time. More details here!

Update (20-06-2021): Did the pandemic lockdown mess with your experience of time? Hinze wrote an article for Pursuit about how the COVID-19 pandemic (and lockdown specifically) influenced our sense of time last year. Check it out here.

Update (01-04-2021): We are very excited that the neural modeling project that Tony and Hinze have been working on has just been accepted in Journal of Neuroscience. In this study, we show that spike-timing-dependent plasticity is sufficient to spontaneously cause a layered neural network to learn to extrapolate the position of a moving object, and what's more, the pattern mimics the perceptual flash-lag effect (preprint here).

Update (08-02-2021): Congratulations to Tessel for getting her most recent EEG project accepted in Cortex! In this project, we investigated how quickly predictive motion signals build up during motion processing, and how quickly they are revised when predictions don't come true (spoiler: very quickly!).

Update (21-10-2020): Congratulations Philippa and Sidney for your paper about extrapolation in the High-Phi illusion, accepted today in Journal of Vision! A very cool project, including a whole experiment with psychophysics-from-home due to COVID-19!

Update (05-10-2020): We are very happy to be able to announce that soon-to-be-Dr Will Turner will be joining us in early 2021 as the first TimingLab postdoc! Looking forward to working with you Will!

Update (29-09-2020): I am honoured to be awarded the Young Investigator Award from the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society this year! Come join us at the virtual meeting on Oct 14, 2020.

Update (04-08-2020): I am very grateful to have been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship to continue our work on predicting the present during the coming four years.

Update (01-04-2020): We welcome Tim Cottier and Charlie Sexton as new PhD students in the lab!

Update (17-03-2020): We are very proud of Tessel's latest paper, just out in PNAS, using EEG to show that our brains predict the present!

Update (01-03-2020): We are very happy to welcome Caoimhe Moran as a new PhD student in our lab, co-supervised by Dr. Ayelet Landau as part of a collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel