John-Dylan Haynes

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John-Dylan Haynes (2018)

John-Dylan Haynes (born 1971 in Folkestone, Great Britain) is a British-German brain researcher.

Haynes studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Bremen from 1992 to 1997. In 2003 he received his doctorate from the Institute of Biology in Bremen. After research stays in Magdeburg, Plymouth (Plymouth Institute of Neuroscience, 2002-2003) and London (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, University College London, 2002-2005) he became head of a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Neurosciences in Leipzig in 2005.[1]

Since 2006 he has been professor of theory and analysis of long-range brain signals at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience and at the Berlin Center for Advanced Neuroimaging (BCAN) of the Charité and the Humboldt University of Berlin. In 2007 his research group was able to predict volitional decisions up to 7 seconds before they became conscious,[2] thus improving the time bound of 0.5 seconds found in the 1980s by Benjamin Libet. In 2008 he was a member-at-large of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness's executive committee. In 2016, he got a Brain-Computer Interface Award for the work Brain-Computer Interfaces based on fMRI for Volitional Control of Amygdala and Fusiform Face Area: Applications in Autism with the TU Berlin's Neurotechnology Group.


  • Haynes, J.D.; G. Roth; M. Stadler; H.J. Heinze (2003). "Neuromagnetic Correlates of Perceived Contrast in Primary Visual Cortex". Journal of Neurophysiology. 89: 2655&mdash, 2666.
  • John-Dylan Haynes; Katsuyuki Sakai; Geraint Rees; Sam Gilbert; Chris Frith; Richard E. Passingham (Feb 2007). "Reading Hidden Intentions in the Human Brain" (PDF). Current Biology. 17 (4): 323&mdash, 328.
  • Chun Siong Soon; Marcel Brass; Hans-Jochen Heinze; John-Dylan Haynes (Apr 2008). "Unconscious determinants of free decisions in the human brain". Nature Neuroscience. 11: 543&mdash, 545.


  1. ^ Home page, includes a brief Curriculum Vitae
  2. ^ Kerri Smith (Sep 2011). "Taking Aim at Free Will". Nature. 477: 23&mdash, 25.