Eliana Vassena

Senior Researcher

My work combines neuroscience with computational psychiatry, aiming at characterizing the neural mechanisms that underlie psychiatric disorders such as depression. I am particularly interested in the neural mechanisms of motivation, decision-making and control in healthy people and psychiatric patients. I use neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, EEG-fMRI, TMS, PET, fNIRS), computational modelling and behavioural measures (in the lab and online) to understand the cognitive underpinnings of motivational deficits.

Using neurobiological models of prefrontal cortex and neuromodulatory systems (noradrenaline, dopamine, serotonin) my work tries to better explain amotivation symptoms across psychiatric disorders with the goal of developing computational phenotyping methods for precision psychiatry (better diagnosis and treatment selection).


  • Montessorilaan 3
    6525 HR Nijmegen
    Postal Adress: Postbus 9104
    6500 HE Nijmegen
    The Netherlands
  • Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
    Radboud University Medical Center
    P.O. Box 9101
    6500 HB Nijmegen
    The Netherlands
  • e.vassena@donders.ru.nl
  • @ElianaVassena