Dietsje Jolles is an Assistant Professor at the programme group of Educational Science. After receiving her Ph.D. from Leiden University in 2011, she has spent 2,5 years as a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University. In her research Dietsje takes a developmental cognitive neuroscience approach to better understand learning and skill acquisition in children. Her doctoral research focused on the development and acquisition of foundational cognitive abilities like working memory, in relation to changes in the underlying brain mechanisms. During her postdoctoral work - for which she received a Rubicon fellowship - she examined the cognitive and neural mechanisms that contribute to math learning in childhood.
Currently, Dietsje examines plasticity in functional brain networks associated with the acquisition of fundamental math abilities in primary grade school children. She is also interested in individual differences in training gain, and the influence of cognitive abilities including working memory. In her research studies, Dietsje uses cognitive training paradigms as well as neuroimaging techniques including functional MRI.
Rubicon Fellowship, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) (2012)
Organization for Human Brain Mapping