Linda de Voogd


My interest in affective neuroscience started with working on aggression. This was mostly motivated by my experience working as a Social Worker and High School teacher working with clinical populations having anger issues. In 2012 I completed a masters Neuroscience and Cognition from the Utrecht University. As part of my master program I worked at the Pieter Baan Center (Utrecht, The Netherlands) and I worked at the National Institute of Health (Bethesda, USA) with Prof. Dr. James Blair where my research was focused on reinforcement learning.

The research I conducted during my PhD was focused on the formation and consolidation of memory for threatening events which I conducted at the Donders Institute (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) with Dr. Erno Hermans and Prof. Dr. Guillén Fernández. We investigated how offline processes during early consolidation following threatening events were predictive of memory for such events.

After my PhD I worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Elizabeth Phelps at the New York University. During my time there I investigated whether behavioral interventions (e.g. cognitively demanding tasks, imaginary rescripting) can potentially enhance treatment of fear and anxiety-related disorders and understand the (neural) mechanism that may underly their effectiveness.

In the EPAN lab I am part of a team in which we will study approach and avoidance behavior under threat. More specifically, we aim to get a better mechanistic understanding of how approach and avoidance decisions are computed. We furthermore want to understand how physiological responses, that occur during threat, underlie or bias approach and avoidance decisions.



de Voogd, L. D., Hermans, E. J., Phelps, E. A. (2018) Regulating survival circuits through cognitive demand via large-scale network reorganization. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.

de Voogd, L. D., Kanen, J., Neville, D. A., Roelofs, K., Fernández, G., Hermans, E. J. (2018). Eye-movement intervention prevents fear recovery via amygdala deactivation. The Journal of Neuroscience.

de Voogd L. D., Klumpers F, Fernández G, Hermans E. J. (2017) Intrinsic functional connectivity between amygdala and hippocampus during rest predicts enhanced memory under stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology 75:192–202

de Voogd L. D., Fernández G, Hermans E. J. (2016) Disentangling the roles of arousal and amygdala activation in emotional declarative memory. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience 11:1471–1480

de Voogd L. D., Fernández G, Hermans E. J. (2016) Awake reactivation of emotional memory  traces through hippocampal–neocortical interactions. Neuroimage 134:563–572

Roozendaal, B., Luyten, L., de Voogd, L. D., Hermans, E. J. (2016). Importance of amygdala noradrenergic activity and large-scale neural networks in regulating emotional arousal effects on perception and memory, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31(0), 1–10.

Hermans, E. J., Battaglia, F. P., Atsak, P., de Voogd, L. D., Fernández, G., & Roozendaal, B. (2014). How the amygdala affects emotional memory by altering brain network properties. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 112, 2–16.