The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NOW) has awarded a Rubicon grant to three UvA researchers who recently obtained their doctorates. This will allow them to conduct research at a leading institute abroad.
For many researchers, international experience marks an important step in their careers. A total of 121 researchers applied for a Rubicon grant, of which 18 were awarded. The funds from the Rubicon grant will allow researchers to do research for up to 24 months. The amount of funding depends on the chosen destination and duration of stay.
Listeners recognise speech sounds within their language on the basis of multiple acoustic features. Nevertheless, they only focus on one such feature in unknown speech sounds. Chládková will investigate how people eventually learn how to listen to multiple acoustic auditory sounds simultaneously. She will conduct her research at the University of Leipzig (Germany).
While sleeping, our brains are busy reorganising themselves. The day’s experiences are re-processed during the night and thereby contribute to an optimal functioning memory. Cox will study how certain brain waves, ‘sleep spindles’, help us to remember. He will conduct his research at Harvard Medical School (US)
In our daily lives, we move about freely. However, to do so we use a complex brain network which processes important visual information from our surroundings. Groen will map this network by temporarily interfering with regions of the brain by means of brain stimulation. Her project will take place at the National Institutes for Health, Bethesda (US).