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Education philosophy

"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught" Winston Churchill.

I adhere to the principle that (life long learning) students are intrinsically motivated to acquire new knowledge. However, motivation can be lost if new knowledge does not make sense to the student. Thus, teachers should emphasize the relevance of new information. In short, my education philosophy is summarized in a personal top 10. Feel free to ask me for details:
  1. Maintain intrinsic motivation 
  2. Link to existing knowledge
  3. Use active work forms
  4. Provide feedback A.S.A.P.
  5. Feedback should clarify
  6. Keep cognitive control involved
  7. Yet, support the shift to automatic processing
  8. Focus on the hurdles for improvement
  9. Save some mental capacity for new knowledge acquisition
  10. Adapt training to the individual level

Education related training

Training trajectory for members of the board of examiners (ICLON)
Trajectory educational leadership (CEUT)
Trajectory entrepreneurship in alpha and gamma sciences (ScienceWorks)
Base level qualification English C1/C2 (Talencentrum)
Base level qualification Teaching (ICLON)
Presenting and convincing (Over het voetlicht)
Transparent leadership (De Federatie)
Thesis supervision (ICLON)
PhD supervision (Aletta Wubben)

Work forms I have used in my classes

(Web) Lectures (sounds old fashioned, but knowledge transfer sometimes can't do without it)
Individual and group presentations
Conference style poster presentations
Research proposals
Peer reviewing
Supervised peer assessment
Knowledge clips (video capture of software use explanation)
Analyzing a work place (cognitive enhancement and cognitive ergonomics)
Writing a recommendation for a work place
Creative programming assignments
Hands-on EEG data acquisition
Hands-on EEG data analysis

Current and previous coordination tasks

Overall coordination of education at the Cognitive Psychology unit
        Matching teaching and learning requirements

Director of the Graduate Research Network EPOS
        Helping PhD students in experimental psychology from five Dutch universities reach the next level

Master specialization Applied Cognitive Psychology
        Maximizing human potential and minimizing ergonomic hurdles

1st year Academic Skills Tutorial
        Mentorship and teaching academic skills: writing, presenting and conducting research

Current teaching

Human Potential: Theory
About cognitive enhancement through optimized lifestyles and training

Human Potential: Application
About applying ergonomics and enhancement techniques in traffic, at work, at school, for health old age etc. 

Neuroscientific Research Methods
About EEG, heart rate, neuro-imaging, electromagnetic brain stimulation and other neuroscience methods

Perspective on Carreer Planning
        Mentoring and the first orientation on working as a psychologist

Thesis and internship
I encourage solid research projects in applied settings, such as Philips Research, TNO, MARIN, KLM, NLR, Intergo

Previous teaching

Cognitive Neuroscience

Cognitive Aging

Programming in Authorware

Bachelor projects

Honors lecture series

Colloquium series

Grant writing