Dana van Son
Dana graduated at the University of Amsterdam. Currently she works as a PhD student focusing on anxiety, cognitive performance and EEG.
Ttitle: Anxiety and cognitive performance, better insights and new treatments.
Project description Acute stress, especially fear of cognitive performance and the evaluation of others or the demanding-self, has a negative effect on cognitive functioning in general. The executive functions (attention(control) and working memory) are in that case suffering from the directly harming effects of nor-adrenaline on the prefrontal cortex and indirectly by distractive negative thoughts which influence these functions and so reduce their efficiency. This impairment of cognitive functioning is burdensome to all anxiety disorders and perhaps mostly recognized in cognitive performance anxiety (e.g. anxiety to tests etc. in a school setting). Improving attentional control can be beneficial for these issues. The project mainly aims to have a closer look at a certain EEG biomarker for impaired attentional control in these processes, and, based on this maker, to develop an effective neurofeedback training to further reinforce attentional control.
- Son D. van, Van der Does A.J.W., Band G.P.H. & Putman P. (2020), EEG Theta/Beta Ratio Neurofeedback Training in Healthy Females, Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback : 1-16.
- Van Son D.M.E., De Rover M., De Blasio F.M., Van der Does A.J.W., Barry R.J. & Putman P.L.J. (2019), Electroencephalography theta/beta ratio covaries with mind wandering and functional connectivity in the executive control network, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1452(1): 52-64.
- Son D. van (24 April 2019), EEG theta/beta ratio: a marker of executive control and its relation with anxiety-linked attentional bias for threat (PhD thesis. Klinische Psychologie, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden). Supervisor(s): Does A.J.W. van der, Putman P.L.J.
- Van Son D., De Blasio F.M., Fogarty J.S., Angelidis A.,Barry R.J. & Putman P. (2019), Frontal EEG theta/beta ratio during mind wandering episodes, Biological Psychology 140: 19-27.
- Son D. van, Angelidis A., Hagenaars M.A., Does A.J.W. van der & Putman P. (2018), Early and late dot‐probe attentional bias to mild and high threat pictures: Relations with EEG theta/beta ratio, self‐reported trait attentional control, and trait anxiety, Psychophysiology 55(12): e13274.
- Son D. van, Schalbroeck R., Angelidis A., Wee N.J.A. van der, Does W. van der & Putman P. (2018), Acute effects of caffeine on threat-selective attention: Moderation by anxiety and EEG theta/beta ratio, Biological Psychology 136: 100-110.
- Angelidis A., Hagenaars M., Son D. van, Van der Does A.J.W. & Putman P. (2018), Do not look away! Spontaneous frontal EEG theta/beta ratio as a marker for cognitive control over attention to mild and high threat, Biological Psychology 135: 8-17.
- Van Son D., Wiers R. W., Catena A., Perez-Garcia M. & Verdejo-García A. (2016), White matter disruptions in male cocaine polysubstance users: Associations with severity of drug use and duration of abstinence, Drug and Alcohol Dependence 168: 247-254.
- Moreno‐López L., Perales J.C., Van Son D., Albein‐Urios N., Soriano‐Mas C., Martinez‐Gonzalez J.M. & Verdejo‐García A. (2015), Cocaine use severity and cerebellar gray matter are associated with reversal learning deficits in cocaine‐dependent individuals, Addiction Biology 20(3): 546-556.
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