- Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience (OCEAN)
Our representation of our world is largely influenced by individual tendencies - a kind of 'filters' - on information processing: biases in attention allocation, interpretation, and memory define which information we observe (and ignore), how we interpret ambiguous information, and how well we remember certain information. Automatic tendencies to selectively pay attention to negative information while ignoring positive information, to interpret information as negative rather than positive, and to remember negative information better than positive information may render an individual vulnerable to depression or anxiety disorders.
My research focuses on the interplay between information processing biases, genetic factors, and mental health.
Capturing Dynamics of Biased Attention: Are New Attention Variability Measures the Way Forward?
Kruijt A-W. et al, (2016), PLoS One
The influence of worry and avoidance on the Iowa Gambling Task.
Drost J. et al, (2014), J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry, 45, 74 - 80
The 5-HTTLPR polymorphism, early and recent life stress, and cognitive endophenotypes of depression.
Kruijt AW. et al, (2014), Cogn Emot, 28, 1149 - 1163
The 5-HTTLPR polymorphism, early and recent life stress, and cognitive endophenotypes of depression
Kruijt AW. et al, (2014), Cognition and Emotion, 28, 1149 - 1163
Testosterone administration impairs cognitive empathy in women depending on second-to-fourth digit ratio (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2011) 108, (3448-3452) DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1011891108)
Van Honk J. et al, (2013), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110, 11660 - 11661