Laura Steenbergen is particularly interested in neuromodulatory effects on cognition, and focuses on the acute effect of tyrosine on cognitive control.
Laura Steenbergen completed her Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience (cum laude) at Leiden University and is now working as a postdoc in the cognitive psychology department under the NWO VIDI grant of Dr. Lorenza Colzato. As a research assistant, she has worked on several research projects, among which imaging of dopamine resources in the brain and the effect of tryptophan intake on social cognition. During her master, she completed a research internship at Maastricht University, where she worked on a project focusing on the effect of cocaine on creativity.
Laura is mainly interested in finding ways to optimize people’s cognitive functioning in healthy ways. Therefore, her research includes different methods to enhance cognitive functioning, such as food supplementation (tyrosine, tryptophan) and techniques such as transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).
- Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
- Instituut Psychologie
- Cognitieve Psychologie