Felix Klaassen

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Felix earned his BSc in Psychology and MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. For his Master research, he joined the Donders Institute’s Predictive Brain lab headed by Dr. Floris de Lange, where he investigated whether bottom-up attention could be explained by a prediction error. After completing his Master’s, Felix went to broaden his horizon and joined Prof. Alan Sanfey’s Decision Neuroscience lab as a Research Assistant (RA) and Lab Manager (also at the Donders). Importantly, here he developed an interest in decision-making and became familiar with incorporating a variety of research methods, such as threat of shock and psychophysiological measurements. Now, he has joined the EPAN lab (still at the Donders!) as an RA to set up the new ‘Dare to Approach’ ERC project. The general aim of this project is to develop a novel neurocognitive model that better explains approach/avoidance (AA) behavior by incorporating the freeze response as a modulatory factor. Specifically, we anticipate that increased parasympathetic freezing consequently biases sympathetic AA-decisions towards a passive (compared to active) response.