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Dr. A. (Annemie) Ploeger

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Developmental Psychology
Photographer: Ellen Buijn

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
  • Room number: 1.10
Postal address
  • Postbus 15916
    1001 NK Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    About myself

    I work as an Assistant Professor at the section of Developmental Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. 

    From January to July 2009 I was a visiting research scholar at the section of Biological Anthropology at University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA).

    I have received my PhD degree, based on the defense of my thesis 'Towards an integration of evolutionary psychology and developmental science: New insights from evolutionary developmental biology', on December 3rd, 2008.

    My research interests

    General:

    - evolutionary psychology

    - dynamic systems theory

    - evolutionary developmental (evo-devo) biology

    More specific:

    - evolution of psychiatric disorders

    - the modularity-of-the-mind debat

    - evolution of intelligence

    - evolution of sex differences

    Publications

    Honing, H., & Ploeger, A. (in press). Cognition and evolution of music: Pitfalls and prospects. Topics in Cognitive Science .

    Ploeger, A., & Galis, F. (in press). Evolutionary approaches to autism: an overview and integration. McGill Journal of Medicine .
    Penke, L., Borsboom, D., Johnson, W., Kievit, R. A., Ploeger, A., & Wicherts, J. M. (2012). Evolutionary psychology and intelligence research cannot be integrated the way Kanazawa (2010) suggests. American Psychologist, 66, 916-917 .

    Ploeger, A., & Galis, F. (2011). Evo Devo and cognitive science. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science , 2 , 429-440.

    Ploeger, A. (2010). Evolutionary psychology as a metatheory for the social sciences. Integral Review, 6, 164-174.

    Ploeger, A. (2010). Evolutionary psychology, developmental systems theory and advaita philosophy as metatheories: Are the three compatible? Integral Review, 6, 201-206.

    Ploeger, A. (2010). De evolutie van algemene intelligentie: Een paradox ontrafeld. BLIND! Digitaal tijdschrift over interdisciplinair onderzoek, nummer 24, www.ziedaar.nl

    Ploeger,A., Raijmakers, M.E.J., van der Maas, H.L.J., & Galis, F. (2010). The association between autism and errors in early embryogenesis: what is the causal mechanism? Biological Psychiatry, 67, 602-607.

    Kan, K.-J., Ploeger, A., Raijmakers, M.E.J., Dolan, C.V., & van der Maas, H.L.J. (2010). Nonlinear epigenetic variance: Review and simulations. Developmental Science, 13, 11-27.

    Ploeger, A., van der Maas, H.L.J., Raijmakers, M.E.J., & Galis, F. (2009). Why did the savant syndrome not spread in the population? A psychiatric example of a developmental constraint. Psychiatry Research, 166, 85-90.

    Ploeger,A. (2009). Autisme en lichamelijke afwijkingen: een verklaring vanuit de evolutionaire ontwikkelingsbiologie. Neuropraxis, 13, 43-46.

    Ploeger, A., van der Maas, H.L.J., & Raijmakers, M.E.J. (2008). Is evolutionarypsychology a metatheoryfor psychology? A discussion of four major issues in psychology from an evolutionary developmental perspective. Psychological Inquiry, 19, 1-18.

    Ploeger, A., van der Maas, H.L.J., & Raijmakers, M.E.J. (2008). Is evolutionary developmental biology a viable approach to the study of the human mind? (Reply to commentaries). Psychological Inquiry, 19, 41-48.

    Frankenhuis, W.E., & Ploeger, A. (2007). Evolutionary psychology versus Fodor:Arguments for and against the massive modularity hypothesis. Philosophical Psychology, 20, 687-710.

    Ploeger, A. (2007). Een bron van inspiratie: Over evolutionaire ontwikkelingsbiologie en psychologie. BLIND! Digitaal tijdschrift over interdisciplinair onderzoek, nummer 12, www.ziedaar.nl

    Wagemans, J., De Winter, J., Op de Beeck, H. P., Ploeger,A., Beckers, T., & Vanroose, P. (2008). Identification of everyday objects on the basis of silhouette and outline versions. Perception, 37, 207-244.

    Hock, H.S., & Ploeger, A. (2006). Linking dynamical perceptual decisions at different levelsof description in motion pattern formation: Psychophysics. Perception & Psychophysics, 68(3), 505-514.

    Ploeger, A. (2004). Op naar een rijkere evolutionaire psychologie. BLIND! Digitaal tijdschrift over interdisciplinair onderzoek, nummer 2, www.ziedaar.nl

    Ploeger, A., van der Maas, H.L.J., & Hartelman, P.A.I. (2002). Stochastic catastrophe analysis of switches in the perception of apparent motion. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 9(1), 26-42.

    Gilroy, L.A., Hock, H.S., & Ploeger, A. (2001). Differential activation solution to the motion correspondence problem. Perception & Psychophysics, 63(5), 847-861.

    Teaching

    - Evolutionary Psychology (Kernthema AK06 for psychology students) (February - March)

    - Animal Cognition (Kernthema AK14 for psychology students) (September-October)

    - Cognitive Psychology (BAICOP6 for artificial intelligence students) (February - March)

    - Developmental Biology, Developmental Psychology & Language (203PB for psychobiology students) (November - December)

    - Animal Cognition (PB302 for psychobiology students) (September - October)

    - Supervision of students who like to write a Bachelor thesis (Psychology) or do a Bachelor research internship (Psychobiology) on evolutionary (developmental) psychology

    - Supervision of students who like to do research for their Master thesis on evolutionary (developmental) psychology

    - Supervision of students who like to write their second year paper (VRT-2 or Miniscriptie) on evolutionary (developmental) psychology

    My daugther Meander

    Meander, six weeks old

    My daugther Meander

    Meander, six months old, with her Daddy

    My daugther Veerle

    Veerle, 1.5 years old

  • Publications

    2020

    2019

    • Badcock, P. B., Friston, K. J., Ramstead, M. J. D., Ploeger, A., & Hohwy, J. (2019). The hierarchically mechanistic mind: an evolutionary systems theory of the human brain, cognition, and behavior. Cognitive Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, 19(6), 1319-1351. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13415-019-00721-3 [details]

    2016

    2015

    2014

    2012

    2011

    • Penke, L., Borsboom, D., Johnson, W., Kievit, R. A., Ploeger, A., & Wicherts, J. M. (2011). Evolutionary psychology and intelligence research cannot be integrated the way Kanazawa (2010) suggested. The American Psychologist, 66(9), 916-917. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0024626 [details]
    • Ploeger, A., & Galis, F. (2011). Evo Devo and cognitive science. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Cognitive Science, 2(4), 429-440. https://doi.org/10.1002/wcs.137 [details]
    • Ploeger, A., & Galis, F. (2011). Evolutionary approaches to autism: an overview and integration. McGill Journal of Medicine, 13(2), 38-43. [details]

    2010

    2009

    • Ploeger, A., van der Maas, H. L. J., Raijmakers, M. E. J., & Galis, F. (2009). Why did the savant syndrome not spread in the population? A psychiatric example of a developmental constraint. Psychiatry Research, 166(1), 85-90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2007.11.010 [details]

    2008

    • Ploeger, A., van der Maas, H. L. J., & Raijmakers, M. E. J. (2008). Is evolutionary psychology a metatheory for psychology? A discussion of four major issues in psychology from an evolutionary developmental perspective. Psychological Inquiry, 19(1), 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/10478400701774006 [details]
    • Wagemans, J., De Winter, J., Op de Beeck, H., Ploeger, A., Beckers, T., & Vanroose, P. (2008). Identification of everyday objects on the basis of silhouette and outline versions. Perception, 37(2), 207-244. https://doi.org/10.1068/p5825 [details]

    2008

    • Ploeger, A., van der Maas, H. L. J., & Raijmakers, M. E. J. (2008). Is evolutionary developmental biology a viable approach to the study of the human mind? Reply. Psychological Inquiry, 19(1), 41-48. https://doi.org/10.1080/10478400701774147 [details]

    2017

    • van der Linden, M., Bosch, S., Francken, J., van Gaal, S., Manneke, A., Oosterwijk, S., & Ploeger, A. (2017). Hersenwerk: Neurowetenschappen in de 21ste eeuw. Amsterdam: Boom. [details]

    2009

    • Ploeger, A. (2009). Autisme en lichamelijke afwijkingen: een verklaring vanuit de evolutionaire ontwikkelingsbiologie. Neuropraxis, 13(2), 43-46. [details]

    Award

    • Ploeger, A. (2015). Congressubsidiefonds of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen € 3000,-.
    • Ploeger, A. (2015). ABC Vip Grant - Visiting professor or funding for a seminar, workshop or presentation (max. € 7.500 per proposal)..

    Membership

    • Ploeger, A. (2018). Board member, Cognition, Behavior and Evolution Network in the Low Countries.
    • Ploeger, A. (2018). Board member Medezeggenschapsvereniging UvA, De Amsterdamse Academie.
    • Ploeger, A. (2010). Organisation of the symposium Evolution of Developmental Systems for the Human Behavior & Evolution Society (HBES), University of Oregon, USA.
    • Ploeger, A. (2010). Collaboration with Honing, H. The evolution of music: pitfalls and prospects., Cognitive Science Center, University of Amsterdam..
    • Ploeger, A. (2010). Collaboration with Galis, F. The association between disturbances during early embryogenesis and developmental disorders., VU Medical Center, Amsterdam.

    Media appearance

    Journal editor

    • Ploeger, A. (editor) (2018). Review of General Psychology (Journal).

    Others

    • Ploeger, A. (participant) (9-7-2018). ABC workshop: The evolution of emotions (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Sauter, D. A. (participant) & Ploeger, A. (participant) (9-7-2018). ABC workshop: The evolution of emotions. Organiser (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Ploeger, A. (participant) (4-7-2018 - 8-7-2018). HBES 2018. Organisation of the 30th Annual conference of the Human Behavior & Evolution Society, Amsterdam, July 4 – 8, 2018 (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Ploeger, A. (organiser) (16-4-2015 - 17-4-2015). Conference organization with Mariska Kret: Evolutionary Psychology & Primatology in the Low Countries, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Kret, M. E. (organiser) & Ploeger, A. (organiser) (2014). Evolutionary Psychology & Primatology (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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