Prof. Dr. Gyula Kovács
My research is about how the cerebral cortex mediates cognitive experiences. The main focus is on object recognition, face, shape and object processing of the central visual pathways in humans. 
The major question i study is how our brain represents objects independently of their physical properties. 
The other major question I study is how the temporal context modifies the stimulus representation. 
Finally, my work regards multisensory integration of visual, somatosensory and olfactory infos.

HI: 24, Cumm.IF: cca 310, Indep.Cit: cca 1600
Name Gyula Kovács, Habil, DSc.
Date of Birth July 11, 1965
   
Education Dipl.-Biol., 1990, University of Szeged
  Doctor Univ, 1992, Univ. Szeged, Medical School
  Ph.D. in Medical Biology, 1996, Univ. Szeged, Medical School
  Habilitation from Psychology, 2003, Univ. Pécs, Hungary
  Doctor of Sciences, 2009, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
   
Honors and awards 1999-2001 „Bolyai” Scholarship of the Hungarian National Academy of Sciences
  2000 Award of the Soros foundation
   
Professional societies and activities Federation of European Neuroscience Societies
  Society for Neuroscience, USA
  Vision Sciences Society, USA
  Regular reviewer for Vision Res., Neuroreport, J. Vision, Int J Psychophysiol., Neuropsychologia, Q.J.Exp. Psychol., Psychol. Sci.,Hung. Psychol. Rev.
   
Positions 2003-2013
 Assoc. Prof., Deputy head, Dept. of Cognitive Sciences, Budapest Univ. Techn. and Econ., Budapest (BUTE), Hungary
  2006-present. Res. Fellow, Dept. Psychol., Univ. Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
  2002-2003 Research fellow, Center for Cognitive Sciences, BUTE, Budapest, Hungary
  2000-2002, Research fellow, Dept. Electrophysiology, Institute of Pharmacology, Gedeon Richter LTD, Budapest, Hungary
  1990-2000 Assistant Professor, Vision Lab., Dept. Physiology, Univ. Szeged, Medical School, Szeged, Hungary
   
Teaching experience Undergraduate level:
  2009 Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience (ECN) MSc internship project leader, Univ. Regensburg
  2009 Practices from fMRI, ECN MSc, Univ. Regensburg
  2009- Praktikums, Psychology MSc, Univ. Regensburg, Inst. Psychology
  2007- Psychophysiology (PPKE, Psychology MSc, BUTE, Budapest, Hungary)
  2005- Vision, language, memory: introduction to cognitive sciences BUTE, Budapest, Hungary
  2002- Sensation and perception, BUTE, Budapest, Hungary
  2002- Introduction to the functions of the central nervous system, BUTE, Budapest, Hungary
  (All previous are accomplished when at the Dept. of Physiology, Univ Szeged Medical School)
   
  1990-2000: (alltogether cca 1200 hours)
  Medical Physiology for Students of Medicine, Laboratory Class part I and part II, (both in Hungarian and in English; 30 students annually)
  Medical Physiology for Students of Medicine, small group teaching seminars part I and part II, (both in Hungarian and in English, 15 students annually)
  1992-1994 (alltogether cca 100 hours)
  Medical Physiology for Students of Pharmacy, Laboratory Class part I and part II, (both in Hungarian and in English 30 students annually)
  Medical Physiology for Students of Pharmacy, small group teaching seminars part I and part II, (both in Hungarian and in English 30 students annually)
  1994-2000 (alltogether cca 200 hours)
  Medical Physiology for Students of Medicine, Lecture Course contributor to both Part I and Part II, (also in English, cca 100 students, annually)
  Medical Physiology for Students of Pharmacy, Lecture Course contributor to both Part I and Part II, (also in English, cca 50 students annually)
   
  1996-2000 (cca 100 hours alltogether):
  Human Physiology for students of Psychology, Lecture Course, 20-30 students
  The Human Central Nervous System for students of Psychology, Lecture Course, 20-30 students
  Human Physiology for students of Psychology, Laboratory class and teaching seminar, 20-30 students
  The Human Central Nervous System for students of Psychology, Laboratory Course and teaching seminar, 20-30 students
   
  Graduate level:
  2004- Introduction to fMRI and its analysis methods, BUTE
  2004- Psychophysical methods, BUT
  2004- Basic neurosciences - Neural bases of cognitive neurosciences BUTE
  2004- Neural bases of visual perception BUTE
  2004- Object and shape perception BUT
  Face perception, 2003, Pécs, 2004 Szeged
  Studying the cognitive capacities of the newborn, 2002, Univ Budapest, Medical School
  Fundamentals of visual perception 2002 Univ. Fine Arts, Budapest
  Introduction to the human visual system 2002 C3 Center for Culture & Communication Foundation
  The neurobiology of higher mental processes 1999 Univ. Of Debrecen Medical School
  Brain and consciousness 2000, Univ of Szeged Medical School
  The human visual system 2000-2001 Univ Budapest Medical School
  Neurobiological and computational bases of cognitive sciencesUniv. Szeged, 1999, 2000, 2001
  The human visual system, 1999 Univ. of Szeged Medical School
   
Activities in course development 2004-2007 Head of Phd Program „Cognitive Neurosciences” in the School „Cognitive Sciences”, BUTE
  2004-2007 Departmental organizer of educational activity at the BUTE
  1996-2000 Departmental organizer of the written exams of medical physiology (Szeged)
  1994-2000 Departmental organizer of the courses Human physiology and The human central nervous system for students of Psychology (Szeged)
   
Supervisions Approximately 12 graduate diplomas, 3 PhD dissertations
   
Major techniques used Single cell recordings in anesthetised rats, cats, guinea pigs and in awake cats and rhesus monkeys.
  Visual event related potential recordings in human subjects
  Standard human psychophysical methods
  rCBF measurements for Human Brain Imaging studies with Positron Emission Tomography.
  BOLD measurements with fMRI
  Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
The temporal context of face perception

Predictive processes in the brain

vMMN mechanisms

Number processing in the brain

The hierarchy and parallelity of the visual face processing network

Body processing

The role of visual noise in perception 

BDNF and memory

Implicit learning in the brain
 
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