Three researchers FPN awarded funding by NWO Open Competition - SSH
NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities has awarded funding to three UM researchers in the NWO Open Competition – SSH. This instrument makes funding available for the best research proposals in the humanities and social sciences, without any thematic limitations. All three UM laureates conduct their research at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN): Prof. Dr Anita Jansen (dean of FPN), Prof. Dr Sonja Kotz and Prof. Dr Johannes Ramaekers.
Prof. Dr Anita Jansen: Fear and avoidance in Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa is a very serious mental illness and treatments are in general not very successful. More insight in the acquisition, avoidance and extinction of anxiety in patients with anorexia nervosa might pave the way for better treatments.
Prof. dr. Sonja Kotz: Motor-auditory oscillatory coupling in human beat and rhythm perception
This project aims to test whether the interaction between motor- and auditory brain systems is crucial for musical ‘beat’ perception. This may enhance understanding of language development. Furthermore, the project will investigate how a novel rhythmic percept emerges in the brain, and how this is influenced a.o. by the cardiac cycle.
Prof. dr. Johannes Ramaekers: A targeted imaging-metabolomics approach to classify harms of novel psychoactive substances (NPS)
NPS are non-scheduled drugs (‘legal highs’) that mimic the effects of traditional drugs of abuse. NPS threaten public health because health risk evaluations are slow. This project proposes a targeted imaging metabolomics approach in humans that allows fast classification and prediction of the impact of NPS on brain function.
About NWO Open Competition – SSH
The aim of the Open Competition – SSH is to facilitate excellent, non-programmed, curiosity-driven research that primarily addresses a social sciences or humanities research question and research problem. Researchers can apply for funding for different types of research: small or large research projects, and for individual projects or for research groups. Research can have a disciplinary, interdisciplinary or cross-domain character. The research can be aimed at international collaboration between researchers and/or research groups.
Each proposal could have a maximum budget of 750,000 euros. NWO received pre-proposals from 279 researchers, of which 138 applicants submitted a full proposal. Forty-one project proposals were eventually awarded funding.