I am currently working as a PhD-student within the Police-in-Action project. My thesis revolves around the neural dynamics underlying emotional action control and its potential in predicting (sub)clinical stress-related symptoms. Employing the approach-avoidance joystick task combined with functional MRI, I aim to measure neural and behavioral effects reflecting our (in)ability to control approach and avoidance tendencies in response to social-emotional stimuli. This control mechanism over approach-avoidance tendencies may serve as an exemplar of emotional action control in general, a highly understudied aspect of emotion regulation.
Before, I completed my bachelor of medicine and research master in cognitive neuroscience at Utrecht University (the Netherlands). I am mainly interested in how interactions between cortical and subcortical brain regions underlie cognition and behaviour, with a special focus on emotional processing in (sub)clinical and healthy populations.
Vink*, M., Kaldewaij*, R., Zandbelt, B. B., Pas, P., & du Plessis, S. (2015). The role of stop-signal probability and expectation in proactive inhibition. The European Journal of Neuroscience, 41(February), 1086–1094. doi:10.1111/ejn.12879
Kaldewaij, R., Koch, S.B.J., Volman, I., Toni, I., Roelofs, K. (2016). On the control of social approach-avoidance behavior: neural and endocrine mechanisms. In: M. Wöhr, S. Krach (eds.) Social Behaviour from Rodents to Humans: Neural Foundations and Clinical Implications.