The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to Aishwarya Parthasarathy for her research studying how our brain encodes action in different situations. She will receive a maximum of 250,000 euros.
We know that humans naturally pursue rewarding experiences actively but choose to be passive in order to avoid aversive stimuli. Through her research, Parthasarathy aims to identify how and why our brain biases our action choice differently in rewarding and aversive situations, a phenomenon that is also highly relevant in psychiatric disorders.
Together with Vidi and Vici, Veni is part of NWO’s Talent Program. Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate. The grant provides the laureates with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years. A total of 1,127 researchers submitted an admissible research proposal for funding. 161 of these have now been granted.