Protocol paperThe Healthy Brain Study will result in a unique and accessible resource for the scientific community and its public and private partners. Data are collected through cognitive, affective, behavioral, and physiological testing, neuroimaging, bio-sampling, questionnaires, ecological momentary assessment, and real-world assessment using wearable devices. Read more
The Healthy Brain Study will result in a unique and accessible resource for the scientific community and its public and private partners. Data are collected through cognitive, affective, behavioral, and physiological testing, neuroimaging, bio-sampling, questionnaires, ecological momentary assessment, and real-world assessment using wearable devices. We believe that the HBS complements other studies – small and large –, which together enable the scientific community to take the next step in understanding the human brain and how it dynamically and individually operates in its bio-social context.
Read here the publication of the paper describing the rationale and the design of the Healthy Brain Study.
Roshan Cools receives ERC advanced grant3 May 2022
"In my ERC project, we will study how the brain computes when effortful control is required and when it is not, and how we decide when to prioritize which behavioral strategy. In this context we will focus on behavioural control in the context of stressors".read more
Erno Hermans receives NWO Vici grant21 March 2022
Hermans uses a dataset from the Healthy Brain Study. Hermans: ‘In this study we follow a thousand people for a year. We measure how people react physiologically to stressors in everyday life with wearables, such as smartwatches. What do they experience and how does that change their mental...read more
The Healthy Brain Study resource will also be used for citizen science. Different forms of citizen science exist. Projects can be led by experts, community-led or co-created with different aims and levels of participation. HBS participants and other citizens generate research topics and questions to be answered with the HBS resource. In traditional designs, scientists test hypotheses that are often based on previous findings within their research domain or their own intuitions. However, people living in or with specific conditions (i.e., being in their thirties and going through key life events) may have additional insight on top of existing expert-knowledge. These insights are uncovered in the citizen science platform. The essence of the platform is to leverage collective intelligence from a large group of participants versus a smaller number of experts. This can reveal topics and research questions that have a significant influence on people’s behavior in the real world and their health status, which experts may have left untouched. By giving citizens a voice in scientific research, it can contribute considerably to the valorization of research results.
A citizen science platform is used to involve participants as well as other citizens in generating research topics and questions that can be investigated with the Healthy Brain Study resource. We ‘crowdsource’ lists of research topics and/or research questions that participants and citizens think are useful for examining with the Healthy Brain Study resource. At the same time, they also rate the importance of the crowd-generated suggestions by other participants and citizens resulting in an overview that reflects the relevance and prioritization of their overall input.
Take a look at Crowdience - Healthy Brain Study (ikonderzoekmee.nl)