The main aim of the ‘Cognition, Behavior, and Ecology’ (CoBE) lab @UGent is to provide novel insights into an age-old problem, namely how and why human and non-human animals differ in their ability to adapt and control their behavior in ever-changing environments.
Our research approach is interdisciplinary at theoretical and methodological levels.
Our research team is embedded in local, national and international collaborative networks.
Our research team aims to be at the forefront of good research practices and Open Science.
Please consult our lab guide for further information on the mission, values, and practices of the lab.
(main supervisor: Wendt Mueller)
(main supervisor: Eric Stienen)
Across projects, we aim to provide answers to four questions:
(1) What are the underlying neurobiological and cognitive mechanisms that enable individuals to adapt their behavior in response to unexpected or sudden changes in the environment?
(2) How do these mechanisms and the resulting behavior develop during an individual's lifetime?
(3) What are the consequences if individuals are better (or just less) able to adapt their behavior?
(4) How has the ability to adapt behavior evolved (and are there species that are better or less able to adapt their behavior)?
PI: Frederick Verbruggen (see CV for a full list)
Click on the title for further information on the individual projects
2021–2027: Inhibition of impulsive and inappropriate actions: A novel eco-devo approach (Methusalem Funding, Ghent University/Flemish government)
For all team members, you can find an overview of UGent publications of all team, and in most cases, a pdf of the publication, on biblio,ugent.be (enter the name of one of the authors to find the publications)
UGent publications of Frederick Verbruggen can be accessed here.
The general lab rule is that data should be as open as possible, as closed as necessary.
For most projects, you can find the data on the Open Science Framework.
We also share our analysis scripts and other software (including STOP-IT) via this platform.
Pdf’s of presentations can be found on the Open Science Framework.
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All lab members can be found using the Ghent University phone book
Most team members have an office at the:
Department of Experimental Psychology
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
H. Dunantlaan 2
(You can find us on the 4th floor)
Our avian research facilities are part of the:
Wildlife Rescue Centre