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Johanna van Schaik

Dr. J.E. van Schaik Ph.D.
+31 71 527 2727

Short CV

Jo studied cognitive neuroscience, biology, and psychology at University College Utrecht (BSc, 2010) and went on to study cognitive neuroscience in the research master of Radboud University Nijmegen (MSc, 2012). She was awarded the Donders Institute‚Äôs Toptalent PhD grant to continue her master thesis research on the development and mechanisms of behavioral mimicry under the supervision of Dr. Sabine Hunnius, Prof. Harold Bekkering, and Prof. Ivan Toni (PhD, 2017). Jo was awarded a grant from the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO), a part of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), to join the programme group Educational Science as a postdoctoral researcher.  


Working with Prof. Maartje Raijmakers, Jo investigates how young children form and update science concepts (i.e. conceptual change) during hands-on experimentation and how we can best scaffold their experimentation to be most effective for concept learning. She utilizes both EEG and behavioral methods in her research.


  • 2016: Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO) Postdoc in Educational Sciences Grant
  • 2014: Federation of European Neuroscience Societies NENS Exchange Grant for a research collaboration abroad
  • 2012: Donders Institute TopTalent PhD Grant

Relevant link

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen
  • Onderwijswetenschappen

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden



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