Eliana Vassena

Post-doctoral researcher

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour


January 2015 Highest Degree

Field of Research
Brain Area
  • Region
  • Whole Brain
  • Cognition (general)
  • Electrophysiology (EEG, MEG, ECoG)
  • MRI
  • PET
  • Behavioural
  • Univariate
  • Multivariate
  • Predictive Models
  • Connectivity
  • Computational Modeling
Other keywords

Motivation, Prefrontal Cortex, Anterior Cingulate Cortex, Neuromodulators, Neurotransmitters, Depression, Parkinson's disease, Dopamine, Serotonin, Noradrenaline, Motivation & decision making

  • Doris Pischedda (Post-doctoral researcher - Charit√©-Universit√§tsmedizin Berlin) Feb 17, 2021

    I saw Eliana's presentation at the EPFL Neuro Symposium "Surprise, curiosity and reward: from neuroscience to AI" (2021). Not only does she interesting research, but she also is an excellent presenter. Her slides were extremely clear and rich in captivating visuals, her speech was engaging, and her arguments were easy to grasp even for a diverse interdisciplinary audience.

  • Silvia U. Maier (Post-doctoral researcher - University of Zurich) Jun 13, 2019

    I have seen Eliana present at the Society for Neuroeconomics meeting as well as other conferences (such as the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 2018). She is an engaging speaker who is well-versed in topics of cognitive control, motivation, effort and their neural prerequisites. On top, she also cares a lot about science communication, so I could see her be an interesting speaker for both science as well as lay audiences.