My research focussses on human fear and anxiety. Specifically, I investigate how we learn from unexpected aversive and appetitive events, and form and stabilize long-term memories. In my research, I combine behavioral and psychophysiological data with pharmacological manipulations and functional MRI in humans. I have recently been awarded an ABC Talent Grant for my project: Rewriting fear: investigating the role of computationally distinct prediction-errors in the update of fear memories.
I received a Research Master in Psychology from the University of Amsterdam in 2012. After that I did a PhD in Translational Biomedicine together with Raffael Kalisch, Guillén Fernandez and Oliver Tüscher at the Johannes Gutenberg University Medical Center in Mainz, Germany. During my PhD, I was gratefully supported by a Research Fellowship from the Mainz Research School TransMed. Since September 2018, I am a postdoctoral fellow with Merel Kindt in the Amsterdam Emotional Memory Lab.