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Dietsje Jolles

Assistant Professor

Dr. D.D. Jolles
+31 71 527 6683

Short CV

Dietsje Jolles is Assistant Professor at the programme group of Educational Sciences and a 2019-2021 Jacobs Foundation Research Fellow. In her research Dietsje takes a developmental cognitive neuroscience approach to better understand learning and skill acquisition across development. 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 at Stanford - for which she received a Rubicon fellowship - she examined the cognitive and neural mechanisms that contribute to math learning in childhood. Currently, she is a visiting research associate at the Department of Psychology of the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), where she studies individual differences in academic achievement in relation to the efficiency of underlying functional brain circuits.

CV Dietsje Jolles (2019)


The central theme in Dietsje’s work involves the dynamic interplay between learning and neurocognitive development. She is particularly interested in the extent to which academic performance and cognitive skill acquisition are influenced by brain maturation, individual differences in cognition, and prior experience. By creating a better understanding of the underlying cognitive and neural mechanisms that support learning across development and in different individuals, the ultimate goal of her research is to inform educational programs that ameliorate children’s weaknesses and strengthen their talents.


Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship (2019-2021)

Rubicon Fellowship, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) (2012)


Organization for Human Brain Mapping

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Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen
  • Onderwijswetenschappen

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 4B07



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