About me

Research interests

  • Social cognition and person perception (e.g., face perception, social categorization)
  • Social behavior (e.g., cooperation, competition, non-verbal behavior)
  • Research methods (e.g., reverse correlation image classification, computational models, agent-based models)

More specifically, current research projects include:

  • Visualisation of mental representations using reverse correlation
  • How statistical properties of faces shape social perception
  • Strategic display of social signals


2017 – Now: Senior Research Scientist at Philips Research
2015 – 2017: Associate professor at Utrecht University
2014 – 2015: Assistant professor at Utrecht University
2012 – 2014: Assistant professor at Radboud University Nijmegen
2011 – 2012: Post doctoral fellow at Princeton University (in the Todorov lab)


2006 – 2011: PhD in Social Psychology at Radboud University Nijmegen (cum laude, download dissertation)
2000 – 2006: MSc in Social Psychology at University of Amsterdam (cum laude)
1998 – 2000: Artificial Intelligence at University of Amsterdam

Honors and awards

2016 – Member of Utrecht Young Academy
2016 – Designated APS Rising Star
2014 – EASP Jos Jaspars Award for early career scientific achievement
2012 – SESP Dissertation Award
2012 – NWO Open Research Area grant
2011 – ASPO Dissertation Award
2011 – NWO Rubicon grant

Post-doctoral researchers

  • Loek Brinkman (with Neeltje van Haren and Henk Aarts)

PhD students

  • Lin Jansen (website, with Ad van Knippenberg and Daniël Wigboldus)
  • Rik van den Brule (website, with Pim Haselager, Gijs Bijlstra, and Daniël Wigboldus)
  • Manuel Oliveira (with Teresa Garcia Marques and Leonel Garcia Marques)

Former PhD students

  • Andre Klapper (website, with Iris van Rooij and Daniël Wigboldus)
  • Carmel Sofer (website, received PhD March 17, 2016)


Courses I taught at Utrecht University and Radboud University Nijmegen

I teach R and Python programming and data analysis courses and workshops, varying from one day to eight weeks. For instance, I  taught a workshop for PhD students: An introduction to R at the Kurt Lewin Institute