Playing games to control emotions How cognitively demanding tasks can affect emotion regulation19 April 2022
Cognitive reappraisal can help us to control our emotions. It involves recognizing negative thought patterns, and gradually changing them to more effective patterns. A new study shows how the cognitive load of reappraisal, rather than the reappraisal itself, affects our emotional processing.
The effects of dopamine levels on reward responsivity25 November 2021
To adapt to the ever-changing context in which we live, we are constantly deciding how much effort to put into performing our behavior, or how fast to perform our actions. How do people decide how fast to act and how does the brain compute this? Our researchers set out to investigate this.
Adverse effects of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in bipolar disorder18 November 2021
Mindfulness is often described as “being aware of our present moment experience, in a friendly and non-judgmental way”. As research into mindfulness, and psychotherapy in general, has mainly been focused on positive outcomes, not much is known about the possibility of adverse effects.
Dutch institutions sign agreement about their research using animals11 November 2021
Radboudumc, Radboud University and 13 other organisations involved in animal testing in the Netherlands have signed the Dutch Transparency Agreement on Animal Testing. The institutes commit themselves to communicate in a more open way about how animals are used in research.
Why we are curious about 'useless' information A neurocognitive explanation13 October 2021
In our daily lives, we are exposed to an overload of information. We found ourselves to be curious about both 'useful' information such as weather forecasts, and 'useless' information such as the infinite content on social media. A new study provides us a cognitive explanation to such curiosity.
Donders Medal for Aart Schene14 September 2021
Aart Schene received the Donders Medal from Indira Tendolkar, who presented it on behalf of the Donders Institute. This newly instituted prize to honor Aart's contribution to the Donders Institute had already been virtually awarded to him during his farewell.
Increasing stress resilience through neurofeedback training13 September 2021
Stress-related mental illnesses are amongst those with the highest disease burden, and efforts to reduce their prevalence have remained largely unsuccessful. A recent study from Florian Krause and colleagues investigated the possibility of regulating your brain networks away from a “stressed” state.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic not only impacts physical healthcare20 May 2021
Arnt Schellekens, in collaboration with the international Network of Early Career Professionals working in Addiction Medicine published results of an international inventory in Frontiers in Psychiatry, in order to identify the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on addiction care at a country level.
Sleep researcher Martin Dresler new member FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence22 April 2021
Martin Dresler has been appointed member of the prestigious FENS-Kavli Network of excellence. The sleep researcher will be one of the 30 members of the network, of which 15 members are newly selected every 2 years.
Research on treatment for therapy-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder1 April 2021
The Radboudumc is participating in a study, led by Amsterdam UMC, into a new, promising treatment for therapy-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder. A sum of 2.8 million euros has been made available, with several other hospitals and mental healthcare institutions also participating.
Memory training makes the brain more efficient10 March 2021
Memorizing items by visually putting them in a familiar environment is a known technique that successfully helps people to memorize things, or even big data sets during memory championships. This so-called ‘memory palace’ even improves longer term memory. Findings are published in Science Advances.
Aart Schene appointed honorary member Dutch Psychiatric Association3 March 2021
Aart Schene, theme Stress-related disorders, has received the honorary membership of the Dutch Association for Psychiatry (NVvP). The Professor of Psychiatry received the award because of his extraordinary efforts throughout his career to improve the quality of care for psychiatric patients.
Real-time dialogue with a dreaming person is possible25 February 2021
Dreams take us to what feels like a different reality. They also happen while we're fast asleep. So, you might not expect that a person in the midst of a vivid dream would be able to perceive questions and provide answers to them. But a new international study shows that, in fact, they can.
Should we prepare for a corona-related depression wave? Indira Tendolkar and Eric Ruhé talk about their research projects13 January 2021
Since the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2, many of us have been staying at home in order to limit our social interactions, to keep ourselves and others safe from the virus. Yet, there’s also concern about what social distancing and anxiety generated by media reports are doing to people's mental health.
Learning disorders and Parkinson’s disease: tremor predicts effects of medication12 November 2020
The effect of dopaminergic medication on the learning abilities of patients with Parkinson’s disease turns out to be linked to the presence of tremor symptoms. In patients who do not experience tremor, dopaminergic medication improves the ability to learn from rewards (reinforcement learning)
600.000 euro to improve Precision Electroconvulsive therapy for depression4 November 2020
Depression researchers at the Radboudumc and Donders Institute receive 600.000 euro from the Dutch organisation for health research ZonMw. With the grant, the clinical scientists will improve knowledge and reputation of precision electroconvulsive therapy for patients with a depression.
Research should facilitate discontinuation of antidepressants29 October 2020
How do you reduce the use of antidepressants safely and without major problems? That is a question that concerns many patients and physicians. Radboudumc and Amsterdam UMC in the Netherlands are going to investigate this with a ZonMw grant of 1.5 million euros.
Ritalin enhances your ability to do tasks by making you more motivated26 March 2020
A new study uncovers how stimulants like Ritalin work in the brain, and it challenges some misconceptions for its recreative use. The collaboration between Radboudumc and Brown University (USA) was published in the journal Science.
Mechanism exposed for increased stress sensitivity17 December 2019
Approximately seventy percent of the population carries a genetic variant of the so-called serotonin transporter gene. This genetic variant makes people more sensitive to stress and increases the risk of stress-related disorders, such as depression.
Two DCMN researchers in top 1 percent by citations28 November 2019
Jan Buitelaar and Christian Beckmann made it to this year’s list of highly cited researchers. Researchers in this list are selected for their exceptional research performance and are regarded to have had a major impact on fellow scientists.
Careful prescription of addictive painkillers still necessary19 September 2019
Although the use of opioid painkillers in the Netherlands has risen over the past ten years, it is nowhere near the degree to which they are used in the United States, say Arnt Schellekens and his colleagues in an article published in The Lancet Public Health.
Awarded KWF grants for Radboudumc researchers2 July 2019
The Dutch Cancer Society (KWF) has awarded 25.5 million euros to 50 new research projects in 16 different institutes. 8 grants are awarded to Radboudumc researchers. We congratulate our researchers with this funding and wish them success with their great work.
Impulsivity and infectious diseases among female prisoners in Indonesia Knowledge transfer alone not sufficient for controlling infectious diseases28 March 2019
Unprotected sexual contact and intravenous drug use are important routes of infection for infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and C and syphilis.
Ultrahigh-resolution MRI reveals structural brain differences in serotonin transporter knockout rats after sucrose and cocaine self-administration20 February 2019
In Addiction Biology Peter Karel and Judith Homberg showed that rats lacking the serotonin transporter show increased cocaine, but unaltered sucrose, self-administration.
Stress hormone may improve exposure therapy for patients suffering from PTSD7 February 2019
Exposure therapy is effective in about half of the patients with PTSD. This percentage may possibly increase due to the targeted use of cortisol in the right patients. Benno Roozendaal received a TOP subsidy from ZonMw to investigate this.
3 DCMN researchers among most cited scientists10 December 2018
Christian Beckmann, Jan Buitelaar and Barbara Franke made it to this year’s list of highly cited researchers. Scientists in this list are selected for their exceptional research performance and are regarded to have had a major impact on fellow scientists.
Researchers and industry join forces to unravel and treat autism Public-private project AIMS-2 receives 110 million euros from IMI12 July 2018
In a large public-private project, supported by 110 million euros by the IMI, a large consortium of researchers will search for biomarkers with which people with autism can be divided into clear subgroups.
Save the date for Radboud New Frontiers 2018: Betere zorg, netwerkzorg?17 January 2018
After standard care, standardized care, and personalized care, network care will be care 4.0. But how exactly do you do that? Should we create new structures for it or is it just a matter of trust and ability to step back?
Save the date for Radboud New Frontiers 2018: Big data, better healthcare?17 January 2018
How is big data influencing healthcare and healthcare research? How will it help us and what are the limitations? The first day of the 12th edition of the Radboud New Frontiers symposium, on 1 November 2018, will give you all the answers (and raises new questions).