Neeltje Blankenstein is a post-doctoral researcher in the unit of Clinical and Neurodevelopmental Sciences of the Institute of Child and Family studies at Leiden University.
Neeltje obtained her research master’s degree in Psychology (track Cognitive Neuroscience) from Leiden University in 2014 (cum laude). During her master's internship she worked on the longitudinal Braintime study in the Brain & Development Research Center at Leiden University. Her master thesis was focused on the role of testosterone in feedback-based learning across development.
In September 2014 Neeltje started her PhD project supervised by Dr. Anna van Duijvenvoorde and Prof. Dr. Eveline Crone (Brain & Development Research Center). This project focused on decision-making under different types of risk in healthy children, adolescents, and adults, making use of behavioral modelling, functional neuroimaging, and longitudinal structural neuroimaging. Neeltje defended her PhD thesis on February 14, 2019 (title: Risky business? Behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying risky decision-making in adolescents).
Since June 2018 Neeltje works as a post-docoral researcher as part of the NeurolabNL consortium ('the academic workplace for brain, cognitive and behavioral research') where she studies neurobiological and neuropsychological contributions to antisocial behavior in adolescence. As part of this consortium she works at the unit of Clinical and Neurodevelopmental Sciences of the Institute of Child and Family studies at Leiden University (with Prof. Dr. Hanna Swaab), and at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Amsterdam Medical Center (with Dr. Lucres Nauta-Jansen).
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