Podcast #9: The SCIENCE of cognitive control and motivation – Roshan Cools

Our guest today is Roshan Cools. Roshan is a Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry at the Radboud University Medical Center and Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. 

Roshan is interested in Willpower. How does it work and how do underlying factors such as cognitive control and motivation influence it? Her research goes even further and looks into how these factors are modulated by dopamine and serotonin. 

In this conversation we talk about her research and how many of the topics of cognitive control overlap with memory and decision making.

We cover many topics ranging from reward and the role of dopamine as well as cognitive enhancers such as ritalin or adderall and if they are actually effective or not. 

We also touched upon how UX design could impact cognitive control and how you should think about it.

Show Notes

Reach out to Roshan Cools at:

Twitter: @CoolsControl
Website: www.roshancools.com

Articles / Books:

Thinking fast and slow – Daniel Kahnemann

On Task – David Badre

Videos / Movies / Documentaries:

The Marshmallow Test

1 reply
  1. John Wren
    John Wren says:

    Cognitive control is the outward and visible manifestation of inner processes that have been greatly impacted in most by the fast pace and anxiety triggered by technology and modern life. The deep unconscious has become an enemy rather than a friend for many, that’s why Robert Langs (see Wikipedia) thought it was important to make what he called self-analysis and later self-processing widely available.


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