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Roshan Cools

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Roshan Cools is professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry at Radboud University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, and principal investigator of the Motivational and Cognitive Control group at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging.

We study the brain mechanisms of motivation and cognition by combining cognitive neuroscience with psychopharmacology, focusing on dopamine and serotonin.  A distinct strength of the group is the interventional nature of the work, which often involves manipulating the brain through pharmacological, electrical or psychological means in health and disease. The work is motivated by mechanistic questions about motivation and cognition. How do we motivate ourselves to exert cognitive control? How do we maximize reward? We leverage knowledge about dopamine and serotonin to resolve these.

Roshan Cools places much emphasis on the communication of research to a wider audience, as is evidenced by (the blogsite on) her website www.roshancools.com.

As a participating PI, her contribution to Language in Interaction is based on her detailed understanding of the neurobiological infrastructure of cognitive control.

 For more information on Roshan Cools, please visit her personal website.