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On 27 May 2016, Jeannette Lorteije (Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience) received the 'Brain Award for Scientific Excellence' from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience for her publication: 'The Formation of Hierarchical Decisions in the Visual Cortex' (Neuron, 2015). Besides a sculpture, both dr Lorteije and shared-first author dr Ariel Zylberberg received €500 prize money.

The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience came into being on 1 July 2005 as the result of the merger of the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research and the Netherlands Ophthalmic Research Institute. Their mission is to understand how networks of neurons enable the cognitive functions of the brain, including consciousness, perception, movement, learning and social interaction, in health and disease.