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Meriem Manaï

PhD candidate

M. Manaï MSc
+31 71 527 3739


My research focuses on implicit and explicit learning mechanisms that can mediate conditioned placebo effects in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The aim of my research project is to optimize treatment effects by means of pharmacological conditioning and an online health training in this patient group. Furthermore, special focus is directed at understanding the psychological and neurobiological determinants of these learning mechanisms. This research project is part of the ERC Consolidator Grant entitled ‘Empowering expectations for health and disease: Training the immune and endocrine system’ (PI: prof. dr. Andrea W.M. Evers).


  • Research Master Cognitive Neuroscience, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 2013
  • Bachelor Psychology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, United States of America, 2010

PhD candidate

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Gezondheids, Medische- Neuropsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2A20



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