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Chemistry of the Adaptive Mind

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Contributors

  • Roshan Cools, PhD., Radboud University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry & Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging

    Dr. Cools studies the chemistry of the adaptive mind: the motivational and cognitive control of human behaviour and its modulation by the major ascending neuromodulators (in particular dopamine and serotonin). She is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academia Europaea. She completed her undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, in 1998. She then moved to Trevor Robbins’ lab at the University of Cambridge, UK, for an M Phil degree (1999), a PhD degree (2002), a St John’s College Junior Research Fellowship (2002-2006) and a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship (2002 – 2006). She spent two post-doc years at UC Berkeley working with Mark D’Esposito from 2003, before moving back to Cambridge in 2005, where she obtained a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2006 -2007). In November 2007 she returned to The Netherlands, where she is now Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry at the Radboud university medical center in Nijmegen, holding several prestigious awards, e.g. from the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (a Vici), the James McDonnell foundation (a scholar award) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (a KNAW Ammodo award). She serves as active editor for the Journal of cognitive Neuroscience and the Journal of Neuroscience and is a member of the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (to the Dutch government) and the Board of the Rathenau Institute.