The most complex systems on earth


Charlotte Roelofs

Works on Master Thesis at Research Institute Brainclinics, since February 2019

Where did you study?
I gained my bachelor’s degree in Medical Biology at the Radboud University of Nijmegen in 2017. During my Bachelor Medical Biology at Radboud University Nijmegen my interests in Neurosciences grew. Currently I am finishing a Master Neuroscience. I did a few varied internships, at the Behavioral Science Institute and at the Donders Institute.

How did you get acquainted with the EEG, and did it end there?
That must have been during my first internship at the Behavioral Science Institute, and that was just the beginning, my second internship was very explorative and more about fundamental neurobiology, which was very interesting.

What do you do?
Currently, I am working on my master thesis at Brainclinics, where I carry out research on EEGs and treatment of depression with rTMS. I focus on the association between individual alpha frequency and clinical outcome after rTMS. It’s a very interesting topic in a field that, in itself, is tremendously fascinating.

Why do you do what you do?
Initially, I thought solving the problem of how the brain works would be the most interesting but during my previous internship I missed the clinical aspects and working with patients. I really like the idea of bringing biology and psychology together, like the writer Kurt Vonnegut who famously said “I tend to think of human beings as huge, rubbery test tubes, with chemical reactions seething inside.” I am interested to see where neuroscience can take us in understanding the complexities of the human brain and how it works. Our brains are the most complex systems on earth, and every human brain is different. It’s like navigating a maze inside a maze, with new avenues to explore and new opportunities to learn at every corner.