NWO grants 780,000 euro for research on Naturalistic Neuroscience

Date of news: 25 August 2022

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded a grant of 780,000 euro for research on Naturalistic Neuroscience. Understanding the brain of the human individual and how it determines idiosyncratic real-life sensorimotor behaviour is the cornerstone of future innovations in health and technology. Yet, current research approaches in neuroscience laboratories are typically too reductionistic by studying sensorimotor phenomena in isolation. By ignoring the complex factors that shape the individual human brain through its interactions within real-life environments, these approaches are necessarily confined to the ‘one size fits all’ population mean, not able to account for individual differences. This project will use virtual reality and wearable technology, and methods from data science and artificial intelligence, to connect the laboratory and the real-world, and utilize the new Neuroscience knowledge for clinical practice. The project is embedded in the Donders Institute, Radboud’s Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (ICIS), and the SintMaartenskliniek (SMK). The research is led by Pieter Medendorp (DI), and involves Tom Heskes (ICIS), Noel Keijsers (SMK/DI), Leonie Oostwoud Wijdenes (DI), Janny Stapel (UM), and John van Opstal (DI).