Current projects

1. How implicit beliefs and goals influence the development of error & feedback processing and educational outcomes

Why do some adolescents avoid challenges, while others thrive at challenging school tasks? Why are some students more resilient to setbacks at school than others? In this ERC-funded project, we investigate the effects of students’ implicit beliefs about the nature of their abilities and their dominant goal orientation (learning vs performing, approach vs avoidance) on their learning behavior. The research team includes Tieme Janssen (post-doc researcher), Smiddy Nieuwenhuis (PhD student), Sibel Altikulac (PhD student) and Krista Oplaat (research assistant). In collaboration with Emmy de Kraker-Pauw, Lydia Krabbendam, Martijn Meeter (VU Amsterdam) and Sandra van Aalderen (University of Twente/Saxion Hogeschool).

2. Neuroscience in society: translation & communication

Neuroscience research and neuro-imaging in particular is popular in the media and in diverse daily-life settings such as the educational practice. This makes it very important to safeguard accurate and realistic communication about neuroscience results, and to investigate the public impact of neuroscience. In 2015, we published  the book “Kijken in het brein” (with Sandra van Aalderen and Meike Grol) to help the (Dutch) general public to separate myths from the promising directions in our field. In addition, I investigate neuroscience communication (in collaboration with Nel Ruigrok, Nieuwsmonitor) and the impact of developments in neuroscience on society (in collaboration with the Athena Institute).

3. How literacy transforms speech processing

In this research line, I’m continuing a series of fMRI studies started during my PhD research. Current ongoing studies include investigating how bilingualism shapes speech-script processing in superior temporal cortex (collaboration with Dr. Milene Bonte, Maastricht University and Prof. Daniel Ansari, University of Western Ontario), unraveling the fine-scale organization of letter-speech sound representations using 7T fMRI (collaboration with Dr. Francesco Gentile, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and Prof. Rainer Goebel, Maastricht University), and the early development of letter-speech sound integration during literacy acquisition (collaboration with Dr. Katarzyna Jednoróg, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology)