Kovács, Ilona

Dr. Ilona Kovács PhD, DSc
professor of psychology
chair, Department of General Psychology
director, Institute of Psychology
director, Laboratory for Psychological Research
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest
E-mail: kovacs.ilona@btk.ppke.hu
address: Mikszáth K. tér 1
              Budapest, H-1088 HUNGARY
tel: +361-235-3039














  • DSc in Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2004
  • CSc in Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1997
  • Dr. Habil in Psychology, University of Pécs, 2003
  • Dr. Univ. in Psychology, Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE), 1988
  • MA degree in Psychology, Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE), 1983



  • Elected member, Academia Europea, 2009
  • Research Award of the Hungarian National Academy, 2006
  • Charles Simonyi Research Award, 2005
  • Fight for Sight Research Division of the National Society to Prevent Blindness Research Award, 1991
  • Soros Foundation Research Award, 1990



  • 2013 - : Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary: DIRECTOR, Institute of Psychology (2015); HEAD, Laboratory of Developmental Neuroscience (2013); CHAIR, Department of General Psychology (2013)
  • 2012-2013: Visiting Scientist, Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception Université Paris Descartes
  • 2003-2012: Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary: VICE-DEAN, Faculty of Sciences; DIRECTOR, PhD School in Psychology; HEAD, Hungarian Academy of Sciences-BME Cognitive Science Research Group; CHAIR, Department of Cognitive Science
  • 2002: Fellow, Collegium Budapest / Institute for Advanced Study
  • 1993-2004: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA, Research Scientist, Laboratory of Vision Research
  • 1983-1998: Eötvös Lóránd University of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary: Assistant Professor, Department of General Psychology



  • member of the Hungarian national basketball team, 1975-1980
  • 4th place in basketball, Olympic games, 1980
  • Visible Science (Novartis & Daily Telegraph), category winner, 2006
  • Salon 2000, The first show of the New Millenium, Limner Gallery, NY, NY.
  • Tisza 2000, Votisky Galléria, Tiszakürt, 2000.
  • NY Arts Biennial'97, NYU and Eight Floor Gallery, 473 Broadway, NY, NY, 1997