Saskia Heijnen is a PhD candidate at the Cognitive Psychology Unit. She studied Cognitive Neuroscience (research master, cum laude) at Leiden University. Under supervision of Prof. dr. Bernhard Hommel and dr. Roberta Sellaro, she investigates metacontrol state, the balance between persistence and flexibility, in a project funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator grant. Additionally, she has completed a pre-master in philosophy, and is pursuing a degree in Philosophy of Psychology, also at Leiden University.
Saskia studies whether and to what extent metacontrol state can be manipulated or even trained and to what cognitive domains this transfers, as well as pre-existing differences relating to factors as culture and religion. How does one acquire a tendency to be persistent rather than flexible, and vice versa? Can this tendency be reversed? If so, for how long does this reversal last? What else is affected by the reversal? These are questions Saskia is determined to answer during her appointment as PhD.
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