I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2018 at Amsterdam University College, and my research master’s and clinical master’s degree in Developmental Psychology in 2020 and 2021, respectively, at Utrecht University. I started my Ph.D. in 2022 at the Research Institute of Child Development and Education at the University of Amsterdam. I participate in the longitudinal project of dr. Milica Nikolic on the development of shyness. My Ph.D. dissertation MAGIC (more about generosity in children) is centred around the development of prosocial behavior in the realm of emotions and environmental factors. I investigate the development of prosocial behavior in the first year of infants’ lives and test whether self-conscious emotions (e.g., shyness, guilt, shame) and environmental factors (e.g., parenting behaviors, peers, social norms) influence this development. I pay attention to both their unique and their additional/synergistic effects.
I’m very interested in social cognition and emotions in social situations. I’m interested in understanding how children and adults feel in social situations, how they think about other people, and how these feelings and thoughts influence their social behaviors. I'm keen to investigate how self-conscious emotions, such as shame, shyness and guilt develop in infants and young children and how these emotions guide social behavior. Additionally, I’m interested in understanding these processes by taking into account the social context - for example, how parenting behaviors, interactions with peers, and presence of (unfamiliar) others may modulate the influence of emotions on social behavior.