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Ellen de Bruijn

Professor of Neurocognitieve Klinische Psychologie

Name
Prof.dr. E.R.A. de Bruijn
Telephone
+31 71 527 3748
E-mail
edebruijn@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Short CV

Ellen de Bruijn is professor of Neurocognitive Clinical Psychology at the department of Clinical Psychology. She studies the cognitive and neural mechanisms of action-control processes that are necessary to interact successfully with the environment and with other humans. In order to perform in a safe, efficient, and socially adequate manner, humans need to continuously monitor own and other’s behavior for errors and possible deviations from the goal. Research has identified the cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in performance monitoring in non-social contexts, but social performance monitoring has only recently begun to receive attention. The relevance of this central process becomes evident when disturbances arise. In her research line on social cognitive neuropsychiatry, she investigates disturbed social performance-monitoring processes in different psychiatric disorders. To provide an integrated view of the different processes, she makes use of various approaches and methods, such as behavioral experiments, EEG, and fMRI techniques, as well as psychopharmacological manipulations (e.g., serotonin and oxytocin). Besides the investigation of performance-monitoring processes, she also studies other relevant processes that enable social action control, e.g., approach-avoidance behavior, the formation of shared task representations, and social decision-making. Finally, she examines possible disturbances of these processes in different psychiatric disorders with evident social dysfunctions, such as psychopathy, social anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia.

Research Interest

  • Social performance monitoring (e.g., making errors in a social context, detecting other’s errors, learning from other’s errors)

  • Involvement of neurotransmitters (e.g., dopamine, serotonin) and hormones (e.g., oxytocin)

  • Disturbed performance monitoring in psychiatric disorders (e.g., psychopathy, social anxiety, depression, schizophrenia)

More information on Ellen de Bruijn's research activities available at the Social Performance Monitoring Lab

Grants

  • VIDI  (NWO 2013-2018; PI: “Me, myself, and… you: A social cognitive neuropsychiatry perspective on performance monitoring”)

  • VENI (NWO 2008-2012; PI: “Social modulations of adaptive behaviour: a neurocognitive approach”)

  • IWT (2010-2014, co-PI; “Social action control in schizophrenia”)

  • Grant from Niels Stensen Foundation (PI, 2004)

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Professor of Neurocognitieve Klinische Psychologie

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Klinische Psychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2B47

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