The nominating institution DAAD on the breakthrough:
Treating your vagus nerve can help to break walls between people. It controls how our heart is beating, and is responsible for many phenomena ensuring a positive social functioning. Laborde started his research career because of the headbutt of Zidane in 2006, willing to understand what happened, and how to prevent it. With his research, he is investigating how to best activate the vagus nerve, with in particular slow breathing techniques, handtouch, sport, or electrical stimulation.