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Saskia Heijnen

PhD Candidate

S. Heijnen
+31 71 527 6603

Short CV

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.

Tasks support staff

  • LIBC blog web editor 
  • Cognitive Psychology Unit labmeeting coordinator 


Relevant links

Research Gate profile

PhD Candidate

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Cognitieve Psychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2B19



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