My research is embedded within the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour of Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I am Principal Investigator in the Centre for Cognition and affiliated with the Centre for Neuroscience at Radboudumc and Vincent van Gogh Institute for Psychiatry in Venray. Below are my main research topics.
Cognitive determinants of Alzheimer's disease, VCI and MCI
Studies on the underlying cognitive processes of ageing, dementia and MCI, relation between (working)memory, moderator variables and outcome measures, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Marcel Olde Rikkert and Dr. Jurgen Claassen, MD. Also, I collaborate on projects with Dr. Frank-Erik de Leeuw on VCI in young and older adults, including RUNDMC, FUTURE and ODYSSEY. These studies integrate behavioural and cognitive measures with neuroimaging (structural and functional MRI, near-infrared spectroscopy)
Memory and amnesia
Studies focusing on memory deficits after brain damage, alcohol-related cognitive disorders, including Korsakoff's syndrome, spatial memory, confabulation and memory function in healthy individuals, in collaboration with Dr. Arie Wester, Dr. Paul Eling, Dr.Joukje Oosterman and Dr. Marc Hendriks.
Studies focusing on the role of implicit and explicit memory in compensatory mechanisms in brain-injured patients and dementia (e.g., errorless learning), in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Luciano Fasotti.
Development and validation of new neuropsychological and experimental test procedures, mainly in the domain of human memory and learning (e.g. the Location Learning Test-Revised, the Dutch translation and validation of the Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test - Third Edition and the Wechsler Memory Scale-IV, the Emotion Recognition Test). Here, I collaborate with Dr. Marc Hendriks and Pearson and Hogrefe Test Publishers, as well as Metrisquare.