I am an assistant professor at the Brain & Cognition department at University of Amsterdam (UvA) Psychology.
Research: My research focusses on the interplay between social knowledge and cognition, particularly on how pre-existing social knowledge (prejudice, stereotypes, political beliefs, etc) can directly influence basic cognitive processing, such as visual perception, consciousness, memory and language perception. I am in the board of the FMG Research Priority Area on Polarisation.
Teaching: I teach an MA course on EEG, and BA courses on psycholinguistics. I have developed a course introducting cognitive and neuroscientific research methods (B&C Toolbox),
I received my BA & MA in Cognitive and Biological Psychology from the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and received my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Amsterdam.
Following my PhD, I was awarded a NWO Rubicon Scholarship to complete a 2 year post-doc at Harvard Univerity, in Mahzarin Banaji's Social Cognition Laboratory. Here my research focused on the influence that (unconscious) stereotypical knowledge has on low-level attentional processes, memory & language perception. Subsequently, I received a Marie Curie fellowship which allowed me to work together with Anil Seth at Sussex University, exploring the theoretical underpinning of how (social) predictions shape perceptual processing.