Vaibhav “Vab” Arya is a Research Master student in Cognitive Neuroscience at Radboud University. He is currently investigating the role of the prefrontal cortex in controlling automatic action tendencies in humans under the supervision of Karin Roelofs and Ivan Toni at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. He is using a modified version of the Approach-Avoidance Task (AAT) using happy/angry faces and appetitive/aversive food items in combination with functional neuroimaging.
He will start his PhD at the EPAN Lab in August 2020, working on the Dare2Approach ERC-CoG project under the supervision of Karin Roelofs and Lennart Verhagen. During his PhD, he intends to investigate how humans make approach and avoidance decisions under threat and how those decisions can be altered using a combination of neuroimaging and innovative neurostimulation techniques like focused ultrasound, and transcranial magnetic (TMS) and current (TCS) stimulation.
Before Radboud, he graduated from State University of New York in Utica, New York in 2017 with a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Psychology.