For my doctoral project, carried out at UvA and at NYU, I work with Prof. David Amodio on explaining the mechanisms of stereotypes. I investigate how explicit information about a social group influences the way we learn about its members in the future. Furthermore, I conduct research on the impact of economic competition on stereotypes. In times of economic recession, minority group members experience disproportionate disadvantages. While structural inequalities in the labor market are important, psychological factors play a role as well, perhaps by drawing our attention to threatening cues. I investigate questions like these using behavioral experiments, neuroimaging and computational models, a multitude of methods I have found useful during my previous work with Dr. Wouter van den Bos at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.
I am also interested in issues in neuroeconomics & behavioral economics, such as fairness, cooperation and investigate how individuals choose to explore their environment.