Grants & Publications

Below is a selection of recent large grants and recent representative publications of our research school.

Utrecht

  • 2016 – Iris Engelhard – NWO VICI (1.500.000) – A new approach to fear reduction by disrupting reconsolidation of threat memories.
  • 2013 – Marcel van den Hout & Iris Engelhard – ZONMW TOP subsidy (690.000) – Clinical and neurobiological aspects of Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing.

Leiden

  • 2016 – Bernet Elzinga – NWO VICI (1.5000.000) – Unravelling the impact of emotional maltreatment on the developing brain.
  • 2015 – Andrea Evers – ERC proof of concept grant (150.000) – Empowering expectations for health and disease: Development of a pioneering training tool.
  • 2015 – A. van Laarhoven – NWO-Veni (250.000) – Itch: Even harder to ignore than pain. A psychophysiological approach to attentional processing of somatosensory sensations.
  • 2014 – Bart Verkuil – NWO-VENI (250.000) – Effects of transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation on perseverative cognition.
  • 2013 – Ellen de Bruijn – NWO VIDI (799.920) – Me, myself, and… you: a social cognitive neuropsychiatry perspective on performance monitoring.
  • 2013 – Peter Putman – NWO VIDI (800.000) – Anxiety and cognitive performance: better insights and new treatments.
  • 2013 – Andrea Evers – ERC Consolidator grant (2.000.000) – Empowering expectations for health and disease: Training of the immune and endocrine system.
  • 2012 J. Brosschot  – ZonMW TOP Grant (675.000) – Stress-related  prolonged cardiovascular activity: The  impact and changeability of stressful cognition without awareness.

Rotterdam

  • 2007– Ingmar Franken – NWO VIDI (600.000). Neurobiological correlates of biased cognitive processing in addiction.

Amsterdam

  • 2010 – Elske Salemink – NWO VENI (250.000) – Triple A: Anxiety, Alcohol and Automatic cognitive biases.
  • 2008 – Reinout Wiers – NWO VICI (1.250.000) – Implicit Cognition and Addiction.
  • 2007 – Merel Kindt – NWO VICI (1.250.000) – Plasticity of fear memories.

Groningen

  • 2015 – Klaske Glashouwer – NWO VENI (250.000) – Too ‘fat’ to eat? The influence of body image disturbances on food restriction in Anorexia Nervosa.
  • 2014 – DFG – Judith Daniels (121.000) – Double-blind placebo-controlled fMRI study of pharmacological challenge of dissociation in PTSD.
  • 2013 – NWO – Marieke Pijnenborg & Jooske van Busschbach (598.000) – Beat victimization.

Maastricht

  • 2016 – Anne Roefs – NWO VIDI (800.000) – Mindset matters: How mindset, body weight, and dietary restraint influence neutral representations of food.
  • 2015 – Rilana Cima – NWO VENI (250.000) – Facing tinnitus: A fear-conditioning approach to chronic tinnitus suffering.
  • 2014 – Tom Smeets – NWO VIDI (800.000) – Understanding why old habits die hard under stress: Dopaminergic modulation and neural substrates of stress-induced habitual behavior.
  • 2012 – Henry Otgaar – NWO VENI (250.000) – TITLE
  • 2011 – Anita Jansen – NWO VICI (1.500.000) – When losing is winning: beating ‘obese genes’ through extinction training.
  • 2011 – Ewout Meijer – NWO VENI (000) – TITLE
  • 2011 – Anne Roefs – STW/NIHC/Philips (585.000) – Train your brain, think slim!” – Project on the development of a self-learning E-Coach.

Ghent

  • 2016-2022 – Jan de Houwer – Flemish Government – Methusalem (3.600.000) – New directions in research on the acquisition and generation of attitudes.
  • 2016-2020 – Rudi de Raedt et al. – Flemish Government – Concerted Research Action (1.200.000) – Improving resilience and well-being in depression: The development of innovative  neurocognitive interventions.

Leuven

  • 2015-2022 – Johan Vlaeyen – FWO Methusalem (2.800.000) – Research program “Asthenes”: From acute aversive sensations to chronic bodily symptoms.
  • 2015-2020 – Tom Beckers – ERC Consolidator Grant (2.000.000) – How the brain learns to forget: The neural signature of fear memory erasure.
  • 2010-2017 – Dirk Hermans – KU Leuven Centre for Excellence Funding (3.150.000) – Generalization research in ill health and psychopathology: Transdiagnostic processes and transfer of knowledge.

Utrecht

  • Toffolo, M. B. J., van den Hout, M. A., Hooge, I. T. C., Engelhard, I. M., & Cath, D. C. (2013). Mild uncertainty promotes checking behaviour in subclinical obsessive-compulsive disorder. Clinical Psychological Science, 1, 103-109.
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  • Van den Hout, M. A., Engelhard, I. M., Rijkeboer, M. M., Koekebakker, J., Hornsveld, H., Leer, A., Toffolo, M. B. J., & Akse, N. (2011). EMDR: Eye movements superior to beeps in taxing working memory and reducing vividness of recollections. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 49, 92-98.
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Leiden

  • Berende, A.M.D., ter Hofstede, H.J.M,  Vos, F.J., van Middendorp, H., Vogelaar, M.L., Tromp, M., van den Hoogen, F., Donders, A.R.T., Evers, A.W.M., Kullberg, B-J. (2016). Randomized trial of longer-term therapy for symptoms attributed to Lyme disease. New England Journal of Medicine, 374, 1209-1220.
  • Evers, A. W. M., Gieler, U., Hasenbring, M. I., van Middendorp, H. (2014). Incorporating biopsychosocial characteristics into personalized healthcare: A clinical approach. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 83, 148-157.
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  • Van Harmelen, A., van Tol, M., Demenescu, L. R., van der Wee, N. J. A., Veltman, D. J., …, & Elzinga, B. M. (2012). Enhanced amygdala reactivity to emotional faces in adults reporting childhood emotional maltreatment. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8, 362-369.
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  • Molendijk, M.L., Bus, B.A.A., Spinhoven, Ph., Penninx, B.W.J.H., Kenis, G., Prickaerts, J., Oude Voshaar, R.C., & Elzinga, B.M. (2010). Serum Levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor in Major Depressive Disorder: State – Trait Issues, Clinical Features, and Pharmacological Treatment. Molecular Psychiatry, 16, 1088-1095.
  • van Harmelen, A.L., van Tol, M-J, van der Wee, N., Veltman, D.J., Spinhoven, Ph., Penninx, B.W.J.H. & Elzinga, B.M. (2010). Childhood emotional abuse is associated with reduced Medial Prefrontal Cortex volume. Biological Psychiatry, 68, 832–838.

Rotterdam

  • Strien, J.W. van, Eijlers, R., Franken, I.H.A. & Huijding, J. (2014). Snake pictures draw more early attention than spider pictures in non-phobic women: Evidence from event-related brain potentials. Biological Psychology, 96, 150-157.
  • Veen, F.M. van der, Molen, M.W. van der, Sahibdin, P.P. & Franken, I.H.A. (2014). The Heart-Break of Social Rejection Versus the Brain Wave of Social Acceptance. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
  • Marhe, R., Waters, A. J., van de Wetering, B. J. M., & Franken, I. H. A. (2013). Implicit and explicit drug-related cognitions during detoxification treatment are associated with drug relapse: An ecological momentary assessment study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81(1), 1-12.
  • Field, M., Munafo, M. R., & Franken, I. H. A. (2009). A meta-analytic investigation of the relationship between attentional bias and subjective craving in substance abuse. Psychological Bulletin, 135, 589-607.

Amsterdam

  • Korucuoglu, O., Gladwin, T. E., & Wiers, R. W. (2015). Alcohol-induced changes in conflict monitoring and error detection as predictors of alcohol use in late adolescence. Neuropsychopharmacology, 40(3), 614-621.
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  • Sevenster, D., Beckers, T. & Kindt, M. (2013). Prediction error governs pharmacologically induced amnesia for learned fear. Science, 339, 830-833.
  • Wiers, R. W., Eberl, C., Rinck, M., Becker, E. & Lindenmeyer, J. (2011). Re-training automatic action tendencies changes alcoholic patients’ approach bias for alcohol and improves treatment outcome. Psychological Science, 22, 490-497
  • Kindt, M.,Soeter, M., & Vervliet, B. (2009). Beyond extinction: Erasing human fear responses and preventing the return of fear. Nature Neuroscience, 12, 256-258.

Groningen

  • Bosman, R. C., Borg, C., & de Jong, P. J. (2016). Optimising extinction of conditioned disgust. PLOS ONE.
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  • Borg, C., & de Jong, P. J. (2012). Feelings of disgust and disgust-induced avoidance weaken following induced sexual arousal in women. PLOS ONE, 7, e44111.
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Maastricht

  • Otgaar, H., Howe, M.L., Brackmann, N., & Smeets, T. (2016). The malleability of developmental trends in neutral and negative memory illusions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145, 31-55.
  • Frankort, A., Roefs, A., Siep, N., Roebroeck, A., Havermans, R., & Jansen, A. (2014). The craving stops before you feel it: Neural correlates of chocolate craving during cue exposure with response prevention. Cerebral Cortex, 24, 1589–1600.
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  • Cima, R. F., Maes, I. H., Joore, M. A., Scheyen, D. J., El Refaie, A., Baguley, D. M., Anteunis, L. C., van Breukelen, G. J., & Vlaeyen, J. W. (2012). Effectiveness of stepped tinnitus care; CBT-based treatment versus care as usual. The Lancet, 379, 1951-1959.
  • Van der Kloet, D., Merckelbach, H., Giesbrecht, T., & Lynn, S. J. (2012). Fragmented sleep, fragmented mind. The role of sleep in dissociative symptoms. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 159-175.
  • Roefs, A., Huijding, J., Smulders, F. T. Y., MacLeod, C. M., de Jong, P. J., Wiers, R. W., & Jansen, A. T. M. (2011). Implicit measures of association in psychopathology research. Psychological Bulletin, 137, 149–193.
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Ghent

  • De Raedt, R. & Hooley, J. M. (2016). The role of expectancy and proactive controll in stress regulation: A neurocognitive framework for regulation expectation. Clinical Psychology Review, 45, 45-55.
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  • Mertens, G., & De Houwer, J. (2016). Potentiation of the startle reflex is in line with contingency reversal instructions rather than the conditioning history. Biological Psychology, 113, 91-99.
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  • De Raedt, R., Vanderhasselt, M., & Baeken, C. (2015). Neurostimulation as an intervention for treatment resistant depression: From research on mechanisms towards targeted neurocognitive strategies. Clinical Psychology Review, 41, 61-69.
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  • De Houwer (2011). Why the cognitive approach in psychology would profit from a functional approach and vice versa. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 202-209.
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Leuven

  • Moseley, G. L., & Vlaeyen, J. W. S. (2015). Beyond nociception: The imprecision hypothesis of chronic pain. Pain, 156, 35-38.
  • Struyf, D., Zaman, J., Vervliet, B., Van Diest, I. (2015). Perceptual discrimination in fear generalization: Mechanistic and clinical implications. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 59, 201-207.
  • Vervliet, B., Craske, M. G., & Hermans, D. (2013). Fear extinction and relapse: State of the art. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 9, 215-248.