Research assignment Cognitive and Biological Psychology
Experimental Clinical Psychology
Implicit learning We investigate the role of selective attention and attentional control in implicit learning processes as well as the representations (perceptual or motor) underlying implicit sequence learning. Another line of research focuses on the consolidation of implicit sequence knowledge. We also address the development of explicit knowledge during implicit sequence learning.
Cognition in Parkinson's disease: deficits in automaticity and control In collaboration with Eric Kerckhofs of the Department of Neurological Rehabilitation Our aim is to develop an integrative empirical model that predicts the development of cognitive decline in Parkinson's disease using a fine-grained analysis of cognition. More particularly, we focus on how disturbances in automaticity and control contribute to cognitive deterioration in Parkinson's disease. Our long-term goal is to identify evidence-based predictors for cognitive rehabilitation based on innovative compensation strategies and neurostimulation (tDCS).
Cognition and affective psychology: We investigate the relationship between cognitive processes and affective symptoms. One line of research determines how repetitive negative thought, such as rumination and worry, contribute to affective complaints. Another line of research, in collaboration with Renata Cserjesi of the Department of Affective Psychology of the Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest), focuses on cognitive distortions in disturbed eating, such as emotional eating.