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Research interests

Overview
The common denominators in my work are cognitive control functions, life-span development, psychophysiology and optimizing performance.

1990-1992 
For my master's degree (actually doctorandus), I specialized in developmental psychology and psychophysiology. My theses were on development of interference control and parallel information processing. 

1992-1997 
During my PhD project (finished), I specialized in response inhibition and the stop signal paradigm. I applied this approach to childhood development, methodology, and the neural mechanism. 

1997-2000 
In my post-doc project, I studied how older adults handle errors. I approached this question with an analysis of speed-accuracy tradeoffs and psychophysiological signatures of performance monitoring.

2000-2007  
As a KNAW fellow, I explored dual-task performance and parallel processing, as reflected in the psychological refractory period paradigm, attentional blink paradigm and working memory interference paradigms.

2007-current 
In recent years, the increasing number of supervised PhD projects and collaboration with external parties have further broadened my research interest. The current interests include:
- The modulating role of affect and performance feedback on cognitive control
- Interactions between emotions and cognition
- Improving cognitive performance through lifestyle interventions, such as brain-training games, meditation, and physical activity
- Optimizing work performance through reduction of interference and maintaining a healthy mind
- Stimulation of traffic safety through the application of cognitive psychology insights, simulation, and psychophysiological measurements
- Education research based on cognitive and experimental approaches

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