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dhr. dr. B.D. (Bram) van Bockstaele

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Programmagroep: Developmental Psychology
Fotograaf: Lieven Trio

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
  • Postbus 15916
    1001 NK Amsterdam
  • 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 the Republic of South Africa. Upon my return to Belgium, I had a few brief post-doctoral appointments at Ghent University, and on 01/01/2014, I started a four-year appointment at the University of Amsterdam. As a post-doctoral researcher of the research priority area Yield, I work at the departments of developmental psychology and pedagogical and educational sciences. I collaborate closely with Reinout Wiers (ADAPT lab), Susan Bögels (UvA minds), and Elske Salemink. 


    Research interest 

    Most of my past research concerned the relation between attentional bias for threat and fear and anxiety. More specifically, through the use of attentional bias modification (ABM) training, I investigated whether attentional bias for threat is a cause of fear and anxiety. If attentional bias causally influences fear and anxiety, then reducing attentional bias through training should reduce fear and anxiety. Although there are some encouraging findings in this field, my research has also revealed that there are certain limitations to ABM in the context of fear and anxiety. At the University of Amsterdam, I work mainly on the interplay between cognitive bias modification and emotion regulation (focussing on reappraisal and distraction), both in adolescents and young adults, in collaboration with Lies Notebaert and Colin MacLeod (both at the University of Western Australia) and Yair Bar-Haim (Tel Aviv University). 

    Besides my main focus on cognitive biases and emotion regulation, I have an interest in the psychology of lying and lie detection (in collaboration with Bruno Verschuere), and I have ongoing research collaborations with Helen Tibboel (Erasmus University Rotterdam) on cognitive processes in addiction. 

  • Publicaties



    • 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). Chichester: 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). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190499037.003.0008 [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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbtep.2017.02.003 [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. https://doi.org/10.1037/bul0000087 [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. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2015.1092418 [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. https://doi.org/10.3109/09553002.2014.860252
    • 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). London [etc.]: Academic Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-394427-6.00025-X [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. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0034834 [details]


    • Tibboel, H., de Houwer, J., van Bockstaele, B., & Verschuere, B. (2013). Is the diminished attentional blink for salient T2 stimuli driven by a response bias? The Psychological Record, 63(3), 427-439. [details]
    • van Ryckeghem, D. M. L., de Houwer, J., van Bockstaele, B., Van Damme, S., De Schryver, M., & Crombez, G. (2013). Implicit associations between pain and self-schema in patients with chronic pain. Pain, 154(12), 2700-2706. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pain.2013.07.055



    • 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2010.524192
    • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2010.10.003 [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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbtep.2010.12.004


    • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2010.04.001


    • 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).
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