Guido Band, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology
  • Director of PhD education network EPOS
  • Coordinator master specialization Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive control, Ageing, Psychophysiology
  • Cognitive enhancement, Training

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3998
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Psychologie, Cognitieve Psychologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2B09
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Research by Guido Band Guido and his colleagues investigate how cognitive performance and control vary between age groups, between individuals and following interventions. Cognitive enhancement interventions include educative training, video games, meditation and neurofeedback.


  • Associate Professor at Leiden University, 2010/current
  • Assistant Professor at Leiden University, 2007/2010
  • Academy fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at Leiden University, 2005/2007: Executive control in dual-task performance
  • Academy fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at Leiden University, 2002/2005: Executive control in dual-task performance
  • Post doc Project in Psychonomics, Leiden University, 2000/2002: Analysis of dual-taskperformance, task load, coordination and executive control
  • Post doc Project in Psychophysiology, University of Amsterdam (UvA) 1997/2000: Psychophysiological research of cognitive aging, speed-accuracy tradeoff, and error monitoring
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology UvA 1992/'97: Promotion Cum Laude on the thesisentitled "Preparation, Adjustment, and Inhibition of Responses", with promotor prof. dr M.W. van der Molen
  • Masters Psychonomics and Developmental Psychology, UvA 1987/'92: Graduation Cum Laude
  • Thesis/Internship at University of California in San Diego 1992
  • Bachelors Psychology, UvA 1986/'87
  • Technical Physics and Philosophy, Technical University Twente 1985/'86

Supervised of PhD students

  1. Ø   (3/12/2009)  (dual-task performance, functional capacity limitations and episodic storage)
  2. Ø  Nelleke van Wouwe (3/12/2009)  (cognitive control in context processing: normal and dopamine-deviant populations) 
  3. Ø   (17/1/2012) 
  4. Ø   (2015) Sound-induced emotional brain activity
  5. Ø   (2015) 
  6. Ø   (2016) 
  7. Ø  Roderik Gerritsen (2017) Individualized enhancement of older adult cognition by meditative techniques

Currents projects

Conference organization

  • International PhD workshop / expert meeting "Error processing and adaptive responding" (October 1998)
  • International PhD workshop / expert meeting "Aging: The locus of loss" (April 2000)
  • Weekly Colloquium series of Cognitive Psychology (2000-present)
  • International PhD workshop / expert meeting "Unique and shared mechanisms of dualtask interference" (May 2004)
  • 14th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP, 2005)
  • Symposium "Affective modulation of cognitive performance" (June 2006)
  • International PhD workshop / expert meeting "Neuroscientific approaches to working memory and control" (2008)
  • PhD workshop "Comotion: the interface of cognition and emotion" (December, 2010)


  • Academy fellowship KNAW (2001) (appr. € 165.000)
  • Academy fellowship KNAW (2004) (appr. € 135.000)
  • ESCoP Congressubsidie (€ 2000)
  • PAOS Postacademisch onderwijssubsidie (€ 2000)
  • EPOS Congressubsidies (totaal € 26.000)
  • NWO Fund "Internationalisering Sociale Wetenschappen" (1998) (fl 10.200)
  • NWO Fund "Internationalisering Sociale Wetenschappen" (2000) (fl 12.000)
  • NWO Fund "Internationalisering Sociale Wetenschappen" (2004) (€ 9.000)
  • NWO Open Competition PhD project (2007) (€ 155.800)
  • NWO Open Competition PhD project (2010) (€ 155.800)
  • LUMC PhD project funding (2012) (€150.000)
  • LUF/Gratama pilot subsidie (€ 25.000)
  • Travel funds NWO and KNAW (totaal > € 6.000)
  • Travel fund IRIS-NBBS (1992) (fl 500)
  • Profileringsfonds UvA (1992) (fl 6400)


Papers and Chapters  

In Press / E-pub first

  • Spruit, E.N., Band, G.P.H., Hamming, J.F., & Ridderinkhof, K.R. (2013). Optimal training design for procedural motor skills: a review and application to laparoscopic surgery. Psychological Research. doi: 10.1007/s00426-013-0525-5
  • Van Steenbergen, H., Band, G.P.H., Hommel, B., Rombouts, S.A.R.B., & Nieuwenhuis, S. (2014). Hedonic hotspots regulate cingulate-driven adaptation to cognitive demands. Cerebral Cortex, doi:10.1093/cercor/bht416
  • Van Steenbergen, H., Langeslag, S.J.E., Band, G.P.H., & Hommel, B. (in press). Reduced cognitive control in passionate lovers. Motivation and Emotion.
  • See tab publications


Editorial articles

  • Elton, M., Band, G.P.H., & Falkenstein, M. (Eds) (2000). Biological Psychology, 51 special issue “Error processing and adaptive responding”
  • Band, G.P.H., Ridderinkhof, K.R., & Segalowitz, S. (Eds) (2002). Brain and Cognition, 49 special issue “Neurocognitive Aging”
  • Band, G.P.H. & Jolicoeur, P. (Eds.) (2006). European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 18 (4) special issue “Unique and shared mechanisms of Dual-Task Interference”
Associate Editor: Biological Psychology (2006/2012)

Reviewer: > 300 manuscripts for: Acta Psychologica, Biological Psychology, Biological Psychiatry, Brain and Cognition, Brain Research, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, British Journal of Psychology, Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, Cognition, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Science, Developmental Neuropsychology, Developmental Science, European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Experimental Psychology, International Journal of Psychophysiology, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, Journal of Psychophysiology, Memory and Cognition. Neuropsychology, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Psychological Research, Psychological Science, Psychology and Aging, Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, Psychophysiology, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Visual Cognition ... 

Last Modified: 25-02-2016