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Research interests

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

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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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