About my research

"Knowledge is power" (Francis Bacon) 

Memories shape our lives more than we can ever imagine. They make us who we are. This is why the memory system in our brains is so fascinating to me.

My research is strongly influenced by my honest belief that understanding more about how memories get stored in our brains can help us to better remember information that is important to us. 

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the VU University Amsterdam's department of Educational Neuroscience. My research aims to help students to learn well, people to remember what is valuable to them, and elderly to keep their precious memories for as long as possible!


August 23rd 2018: I was interviewed by Roelof Hemmen at BNR newsradio about my latest research. The interview was in Dutch and can be found here.

June 25th 2018: Our new paper Integrating educational knowledge: reactivation of prior knowledge during educational learning enhances memory integration is now available online (Open Access) at Nature Science of Learning!

June 4th- June 22nd 2018: In June, I attended both Earli SIG 22 in London and LA School 2018 in Chile. Both these meetings focused on linking Neuroscience and Education, and it was a great experience to share my new data with all these amazing people!

April 26th 2018: I am nominated to become New Scientist Science Talent (Wetenschapstalent) 2018. From 25 constestants, the public and a committee will vote for the best candidate. If you want to do so, you can vote  here! (page is in Dutch)

April 17-22 2018:  I attended the UC Irvine International Conference for Learning & Memory 2018 in Huntington Beach, USA. I enjoyed it a lot and came back with a lot of new ideas. I presented a lightning talk and poster, which can be found under publications.