March 31st, 2017: EPP Day
EPP Symposium

Every year, the EPP board commissions the organization of an annual EPP-day, in collaboration with the EPP educational committee. It is strongly recommended that all EPP researchers attend this special event. Main aim of the conference is to facilitate a platform where EPP members (both juniors and seniors) can meet and exchange ideas in an inspiring atmosphere. The program provides an up-to-date overview of the most exciting new research that is being conducted within the school. A prominent keynote speaker from outside the school is invited, who presents on a broad theme related to experimental psychopathology. In addition, the annual price for the best academic paper (“de artikelprijs”) is handed out to a promising young researcher.

March 31, 20017

In de Driehoek Utrecht The Netherlands

Willemsplantsoen 1C, 3511 LA Utrecht


Bart Verkuil (LEI), Marieke Dewitte (UM)




09.30 – 10.00 Battle of Brains
10.00 – 11.00 Coffee/Tea for senior members / PhD Students who do not participate in the Battle of Brains
11.00 – 11.15 Opening & introduction ( by Peter Muris)
11.15 – 11.35 What about the predictive validity of our lab models? A fear generalization study as a case example – D. Hermans ( University of Leuven)
11.35 – 11.55 Meaning in life as a transdiagnostic intervention – B. Ostafin ( University of Groningen)
11.55 – 12.10 EPP Article Award
12.10 – 12.30 Transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation to promote the extinction of fear – B. Verkuil (Leiden University)
12.30 – 12.50 Scared stiff: Non-movement in psychopathology – M. Hagenaars ( Utrecht University)
12.50 – 14.00 Lunch


14.00 – 14.20 Trait rumination moderates the effects of anodal tDCS over the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex on cognitive processing of emotional information – M. Vanderhasselt ( Ghent University)
14.20 – 14.40 Fear vs anxiety; What’s the difference? Using EEG to disentangle attentional mechanisms during predictable an unpredictable threat – M. Wieser ( University of Rotterdam)
14.40 – 15.00 the Battle of The Brains
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee & Tea Break
15.30 – 15.50 Preferring habitual behavior following stress; Is the proof of the pudding in the eating? – T. Smeets ( Maastricht University)
15.50 – 16.10 Enhancing motivation in Cognitive Bias Modification – M. Boffo ( University of Amsterdam)
16.10 – 16.30 Announcement Winner of the Battle of the Brains, Closing and Drinks ( by Peter Muris)
16.30 …… Drinks