Sander van Bree
My work is aimed at figuring out how a dynamic brain achieves cognition. I see brain oscillations as a promising piece of the puzzle—they are the common thread across my projects.
I spend time reading up across a variety of disciplines, as I believe in the cross-pollination of ideas from distant topics. You might find me reading up on foraging behavior in bees during one week, and on radio astronomy during the next! Most of my attention however goes to neuroscience, cognitive science, and philosophy.
Outside of science, my main passion is art. I'm a sucker for experimental film and music. Think peace and quiet alternated with noise and bursts of colored light. I'm also an advocate of workplace climate activism, which I believe can be surprisingly effective.
I'm outspoken and I'll generally take a critical yet constructive stance. I resonate with people who favor big picture thinking. I value candidness and I'd rather give/receive no compliment than an inauthentic one. I strive to write and speak pointedly and concisely, and I hope to keep all my work publicly and freely accessible.
If you’re in a room with neuroscientists and somebody brings up philosophy, you can expect at least a few scoffs and eye rolls. I can see where this sentiment comes from. We’re strained from trying to make sense of our data as it stands, so to hear tha...
Clock time: a foreign measure to brain dynamics (link) In this paper, we argue clock time (milliseconds, seconds) is generally inappropriate for neuroscience. The brain uses its own dynamics to coordinate cognitive processes, rather than a time format...