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Dr. B.D. (Bram) van Bockstaele

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Developmental psychopathology
Photographer: Lieven Trio

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 127
Postal address
  • Postbus 15776
    1001 NG Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Short bio 

    I obtained my master's degree in theoretical and experimental psychology at Ghent University in 2007. After my studies, I completed my PhD (10/2007 - 09/2011) as a member of the LipLab, under supervision of Geert Crombez and in close collaboration with Jan De Houwer and Bruno Verschuere (now at the University of Amsterdam). Between 10/2011 and 04/2013, I worked as an honorary post-doctoral fellow associated with Ghent University while living in South Africa. Upon my return to Belgium, I had a few brief post-doctoral appointments at Ghent University, followed by a four-year appointment at the University of Amsterdam as a post-doctoral researcher of the research priority area Yield, where I worked at the departments of developmental psychology (with Reinout Wiers and Elske Salemink) and pedagogical and educational sciences (with Susan Bögels). After another 6 months at the UvA at the department of developmental psychology, working with Elske Salemink, I moved to Perth for a 16-month postdoctoral contract at the University of Western Australia, working at Colin MacLeod´s Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion. In January 2021, I returned to the UvA, to work on a longitudinal project on the social and emotional development of children at the programme group of Developmental Psychopathology, with Bram Orobio de Castro. 


    Research interest 

    Most of my past research focused on the relation between attentional bias for threat and fear and anxiety, including the use of attentional bias modification (ABM) training. Over the past few years, I have become more and more interested in cognition-emotion interactions and emotion regulation, both in adolescents and young adults. 

  • Publications





    • Van Bockstaele, B., Salemink, E., Ostafin, B. D., Meijer, A. M., & Bögels, S. M. (2018). Mindfulness-based interventions. In S. G. Hofmann (Ed.), Clinical Psychology : A Global Perspective (pp. 327-345). Wiley Blackwell. [details]
    • Wiers, R. W., Anderson, K. G., van Bockstaele, B., Salemink, E., & Hommel, B. (2018). Affect, Dual-processing, Developmental Psychopathology, and Health Behaviors. In D. M. Williams, R. E. Rhodes, & M. T. Conner (Eds.), Affective Determinants of Health Behavior (pp. 158-184). Oxford University Press. [details]


    • Clarke, P. J. F., Branson, S., Chen, N. T. M., Van Bockstaele, B., Salemink, E., MacLeod, C., & Notebaert, L. (2017). Attention bias modification training under working memory load increases the magnitude of change in attentional bias. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 57, 25-31. [details]
    • Suchotzki, K., Verschuere, B., Van Bockstaele, B., Ben-Shakhar, G., & Crombez, G. (2017). Lying takes time: A meta-analysis on reaction time measures of deception. Psychological Bulletin, 143(4), 428-453. [details]
    • Van Bockstaele, B., Salemink, E., Bögels, S. M., & Wiers, R. W. (2017). Limited generalisation of changes in attentional bias following attentional bias modification with the visual probe task. Cognition & Emotion, 31(2), 369-376. [details]



    • Vandersickel, V., Beukes, P., van Bockstaele, B. D., Depuydt, J., Vral, A., & Slabbert, J. (2014). Induction and disappearance of γH2AX foci and formation of micronuclei after exposure of human lymphocytes to 60Co γ-rays and p(66)+ Be(40) neutrons. International Journal of Radiation Biology, 90, 149-158.
    • van Bockstaele, B., & Bögels, S. M. (2014). Mindfulness-based therapy for social anxiety disorder. In S. G. Hofmann, & P. M. DiBartolo (Eds.), Social anxiety: clinical, developmental, and social perspectives. - 3rd edition (pp. 729-751). Academic Press. [details]
    • van Bockstaele, B., Salemink, E., Wiers, R., & Bögels, S. (2014). Sociale angst en aandacht: klinische effecten van aandachts- en mindfulnesstraining. Gedragstherapie, 47(4), 275-295. [details]
    • van Bockstaele, B., Verschuere, B., Tibboel, H., de Houwer, J., Crombez, G., & Koster, E. H. W. (2014). A review of current evidence for the causal impact of attentional bias on fear and anxiety. Psychological Bulletin, 140(3), 682-721. [details]




    • Tibboel, H., van Bockstaele, B. D., & de Houwer, J. (2011). Is the emotional modulation of the attentional blink driven by response bias? Cognition & Emotion, 25, 1176-1183.
    • van Bockstaele, B., Verschuere, B., Koster, E. H. W., Tibboel, H., de Houwer, J., & Crombez, G. (2011). Differential predictive power of self report and implicit measures on behavioural and physiological fear responses to spiders. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 79(2), 166-174. [details]
    • van Bockstaele, B., Verschuere, B., Koster, E. H. W., Tibboel, H., de Houwer, J., & Crombez, G. (2011). Effects of attention training on self-reported, implicit, physiological and behavioural measures of spider fear. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 42(2), 211-218.


    • Vandersickel, V., Depuydt, J., van Bockstaele, B. D., Perletti, G., Philippe, J., Thierens, H., & Vral, A. (2010). Early increase of radiation-induced γH2AX foci in a human Ku70/80 knockdown cell line characterized by an enhanced radiosensitivity. Radiation Research, 51, 633-641.
    • van Bockstaele, B. D., Verschuere, B. J., de Houwer, J., & Crombez, G. (2010). On the costs and benefits of directing attention towards or away from threat-related stimuli: A classical conditioning experiment. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 692-697.


    • Salemink, E., van Bockstaele, B. D., de Jong, P., & Wiers, R. W. (2015). Invited commentary on Cristea (2015): Cognitieve Bias Modificatie: Pas op dat we het kind niet met het badwater weggooien. Nieuwsbrief - Vereniging voor Gedragstherapie en Cognitieve Therapie, 2015(1).


    • Van Bockstaele, B., Wiers, R., Salemink, E., Bögels, S., Tibboel, H. & Larsen, H. (1-1-2021). Dual processes in fear and anxiety: no effects of cognitive load on the predictive value of implicit measures. figshare Academic Research System.
    • Van Bockstaele, B., Bögels, S., Majdandzic, M., Aktar, E. & P?rez-Edgar, K. (1-1-2021). The relation between early behavioural inhibition and later social anxiety, independent of attentional biases to threat. figshare Academic Research System.


    • Bögels, S., Van Bockstaele, B., Nikolaou, K., Salemink, E., Lamens, L. & Wiers, R. (17-2-2020). Reliability and validity of measures of attentional bias towards threat in unselected student samples: seek, but will you find?. figshare Academic Research System.
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