My PhD research is focused on insufficiently explained pain symptoms. My projects involve behavioral, neuroimaging, as well as pharmacological studies, which aim to unravel the fundamental mechanisms underlying nocebo effects on pain. While I am mainly working with pain and pharmacological inductions in healthy participants, other researchers in our interdisciplinary team will be exploring nocebo effects in patient groups. I am delighted to be working with scientists who have been contributing to the knowledge-base of placebo, nocebo, pain, and pharmacological research for years. I am equally delighted about designing novel paradigms that will allow for the investigation of the neural correlates of insufficiently explained pain symptoms, by combining long-established psychology paradigms and cutting-edge neuroscience methods.
Due to my background, which combines cognitive neuroscience, neuropharmacology and psychopathology, I am driven to investigate the fundamental neural mechanisms of neurocognitive and neuropsychological disorders.
Bachelors in Science (research), with Honours:
- Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Westminster London
- Neuropharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Oxford
Masters in Science, Cum Laude:
- Clinical Neuropsychology, Leiden University
- Neuronal Oscillations and Cognition, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam