Phd student working on a training program for Dutch Police incorporating Virtual Reality and Biofeedback.
Hi! I’m a Phd student at the Behavioral Science Institute of the Radboud university in Nijmegen. My project is centered on the implementation of a training program for policemen. The aim of the training is to improve decision making under stress. It will include Virtual reality, Biofeedback, electroencephalographic (EEG) measurements and potentially also neurofeedback. My main interest is in the characterization of optimal bio markers for decision making and stress regulation, and their implementation in a feedback context.
I started academia with a bachelor of Life Sciences and Technologies at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), including a bachelor project focused on the tracing of cortico/thalamic connections in rodent brain slices. I then continued with a master in Neurosciences from the University of Geneva, where I had the opportunity to design and run several projects revolving around the modulation of attentional networks with EEG neurofeedback, both in healthy subjects and stroke patients.
Fast and accurate decision making in threatening situations is vital for police officers on duty. However, under threat, people tend to react impulsively and lack cognitive control. This is why police officers need to train control over their responses to threat as much as possible. To enable this, we develop a virtual training environment with real-time biofeedback. We combine virtual reality and biofeedback to create a personalized, realistic training experience, while honing state-of-the-art technology and psychophysical theory.
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