Emmanuelle Schoonjans

I am a PhD student in Biomedical Sciences at the GHEP lab, working on a FWO-funded project. Prior to that, I completed in parallel a master’s 120 in biomedical sciences (research track – neurosciences option) and a master’s 60 in philosophy, at the UCLouvain. During my master’s, my thesis and the coupled one-year research internship focused of the effect of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) on attentional networks and I did a three-months research internship in the GHEP lab.

During my PhD, I will focus on stress recovery through some of its psychophysiological correlates (activity of the autonomous system, perseverative cognition, attentional control of the emotional information,…). In particular, I will aim at strengthening the vagus nerve which links the heart and the brain, and plays an important role in stress recovery. In that context, I will assess the respective and joint effects of top-down (tDCS) and bottom-up (physical activity) approaches.

Keywords: stress, neuromodulation, physical activity.