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Student Best Poster Award Winners

The poster award winners were announced during the closing session:

  1. Stella Guldner for th poster titled Neural mechanisms of socio-emotional trait expression in voices, co-authored by S. Guldner, F. Nees, H. Flor and C. McGettigan
  2. Claudia Massaccesi for the poster titled Effect of cooperative and non-cooperative social interactions on personal space regulation in adults with autism spectrum disorders: An fMRI study, co-authored by C. Massaccesi, A. Grössing, M. Hubinger, L. Rosenberger, H. Hartmann, G. di Pellegrino, M. Candini, F. Frassinetti and G. Silani
  3. Rachele Pezzetta for the poster titled EEG indices of error monitoring in immersive virtual reality, co-authored by R. Pezzetta, V. Nicolardi and E. Tidoni

ESCAN Conference of the Future Award

Science communication is a dynamic process. Tomorrow's conference should be even more attractive than today's. Which format for scientific meetings would meet the demands of 21st century PhD students? The organizers of ESCAN Leiden 2018 challenge you to submit a format for an innovative science-related activity to take place during ESCAN Leiden 2018. We chose the best idea, which will be rewarded with a €300 travel grant, and will be adopted in this ESCAN meeting in Leiden.

The winning format is the “Rapid Research Jam” by Lilla Hodossy

We invite young researchers (MSc & PhD students, Post Docs) to join this event. There will be drinks and bites served



Young Scientist Award 2018

The European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience announces its Young Scientist Award 2018. This award honors the early achievements of scientists working in the area of Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience and is meant to encourage the further ascendance of a research star. Scientific excellence should be represented in high-impact publications. The reward includes a Euro 1000,-honorarium and provides resources to fund travel to the annual ESCAN meeting (max. Euro 500), where they are expected to provide a research presentation.

The two ex-aequo winners of the ESCAN Young Scientist Award 2018 are:


Laura Steenbergen (University of Amsterdam)

Mind the microbes! Toward an understanding of the human microbiota-gut-brain-axis

Biographical sketch: Laura Steenbergen studied Psychology at Leiden University, where she also obtained her PhD degree in Cognitive Psychology in 2016. In 2017, she moved to the University of Amsterdam to further investigate the microbiota gut-brain axis, its mechanisms, and implications with regard to (cognitive) psychology. In 2018, she is visiting Ohio State University to study the involvement of the vagal nerve in microbiota-gut-brain interactions.


Patricia Lockwood (University of Oxford)

Neural basis of empathy and prosocial behavior

Biographical sketch: Patricia Lockwood studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Bristol before completing her PhD at University College London. She is now a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford, and Medical Research Council Fellow at the University of Oxford and University of Zurich. Her work focuses on social learning and decision-making, and how these processes are related to individual differences in health, disease and ageing.