- Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience (OCEAN)
I am interested in cognitive and emotional processes in addictive behaviour. My focus is on maladaptive information processing of food and alcohol related information, so-called cognitive biases. The aim is to investigate whether those biases are different in individuals with strong preferences for food and alcohol. I’m intrigued by how these biases depend on individual traits (e.g. impulsivity) and genetics. I am using a variety of behavioural tasks that assess motivational action tendencies and reward sensitivity in combination with genetics in healthy human volunteers. I am also interested in how cognitive training can modify these cognitive biases. This research is relevant for understanding underlying mechanisms in addiction, with relevance for the development of new therapies for this disorder.
Acute effects of cocaine and cannabis on response inhibition in humans: an ERP investigation
Spronk DB. et al, (2016), Addiction Biology, 21, 1186 - 1198
MDMA, cannabis, and cocaine produce acute dissociative symptoms.
van Heugten-Van der Kloet D. et al, (2015), Psychiatry Res, 228, 907 - 912
Psychedelic symptoms of cannabis and cocaine use as a function of trait impulsivity.
van Wel JH. et al, (2015), J Psychopharmacol, 29, 324 - 334
The acute effects of MDMA and ethanol administration on electrophysiological correlates of performance monitoring in healthy volunteers.
Spronk DB. et al, (2014), Psychopharmacology (Berl), 231, 2877 - 2888
MDMA, cannabis, and cocaine produce acute dissociative symptoms
Van Heugten-Van der Kloet D. et al, (2014), Psychiatry Research