Harold Bekkering

Img Harold Bekkering

Principal Investigator

Donders Centre for Cognition


What do you want to learn?

Understanding motivation and HOW TO support people to learn more during life.

What motivates you?

Working in a team with nice people who really see me and who I get to know better during our learning experience.


Grants & Awards
  • 2020 Team-science prize, Science Faculty Radboud University, European University Neurocognition
  • 2020 Donders Cube, Donders Diversity and Sustainable Science (portfolioholder 2010-20)
  • 2017 Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion
  • 2017 Elected member to the Academia Europaea
  • 2016 Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW)
  • 2015 Visiting Scientist, Harvard University (sabbatical)
  • 2012 Language in Interaction. Work-package leader Gravitation program
    27,6M Euro, NWO
  • 2012 How the integration of sensorimotor simulation and mentalizing allows for human action understanding. Highest group subsidy in the Netherlands, TOP programme
    750k Euro, NWO
  • 2005 Conceptual knowledge in goal-directed Action. Highest personal grant in competition in the Netherlands
    1.25M Euro, NWO-VICI
  • 2004 Joint Action System Technology. IP-Coordinator together with Ruud Meulenbroek. Integrated Project, 6th Framework Programme “Information Society Technologies”
    6M Euro
  • 2001 Artifact structural learning through Imitation. WP-leader., STREP, 5th Framework Programme “Information Society Technologies”
    3M Euro
  • 2002 - now Professor in Psychology & Principal Investigator
    Donders Institute
  • 2012 - 2019 2x as Chair, Board of Directors
    Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
  • 2008 - 2011 Director
    Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Donders Centre for Cognition
  • 2007 - 2008 Vice-Dean
    Faculty of Social Science, Radboud University Nijmegen