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I am trained as a developmental psychologist, with a focus on experimental (neuro-)psychology. I am associate professor at the 'LEARN!' Institute (Department of Educational Science), at the VU University of Amsterdam. 

The main focus of my research is on the development of executive functions, between childhood and young-adulthood. Executive functions are brain processes allowing someone to show goal-directed behavior, by flexibly adjusting to the changing circumstances in the environment. In doing so, we are, for example, able to show up on time, suppress outbursts for little reason, plan homework, or come up with alternative solutions. 

Together with Dr. Diana Smidts, I developed the Dutch adaptation of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) for children between ages 5 and 18. In addition, we co-authored a book on the development of executive function for the general audience: 'Gedrag in uitvoering'. 

My research interests include self- and emotion regulation, peer influence, working memory, cognitive flexibility, inhibition, complex task performance, strategy application, risk-taking behavior, social development - in relation to school performance.


I am Director of Education of the Bachelor Program at the Department of Family and Educational Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

 In the academic year 2018-2019, I teach in the following courses:

  • Inleiding in de Pedagogiek (B1; in Dutch)
  • Leerling, Onderwijs en Begeleiding (B1; in Dutch)
  • Mind, Brain and Education (B3 and Research Master)

I coordinate of (and teach in) the course 'Passend Onderwijs' (B3)

Finally, I supervise several clinical internships and master's theses.

Ancillary activities

  • Commissariaat voor de Media | Hilversum | Adviseur | 2012-12-01 - present
  • Commissariaat voor de Media | Hilversum | Adviseur | 2016-12-01 - present
  • Kinderpsy Educatie | Hilversum | Directeur/eigenaar | 2017-04-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Research Output 2001 2018

Editorial: Executive function and education

Huizinga, M., Baeyens, D. & Burack, J. A., 3 Aug 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, AUGUST, p. 1-3 3 p., 1357.

Research output: Contribution to JournalEditorialAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Executive Function and Education

Huizinga, M. (ed.), Baeyens, D. (ed.) & Burack, J. A. (ed.), Sep 2018, Lausanne: Frontiers Media. 184 p. (Frontiers Research Topics)

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingAcademic

Open Access
academic success

Heterogeneity in cognitive and socio-emotional functioning in adolescents with on-track and delayed school progression

Vandenbroucke, L., Weeda, W., Lee, N., Baeyens, D., Westfall, J., Figner, B. & Huizinga, M., 24 Aug 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, AUGUST, p. 1-16 16 p., 1572.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Executive Function
Social Support

Kinderen met een licht verstandelijke beperking in het passend onderwijs: visie op ondersteuning in de klas

Bexkens, A., Petry, K., Graas, D. & Huizinga, M., Mar 2018, In : Zorgbreed. 15, 3, p. 8-14 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleProfessional


Neural substrates of the influence of emotional cues on cognitive control in risk-taking adolescents

Lee, N. C., Weeda, W. D., Insel, C., Somerville, L. H., Krabbendam, L. & Huizinga, M., 1 Jun 2018, In : Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 31, p. 20-34 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Prefrontal Cortex

Activities 2013 2015

  • 11 Lecture / Presentation
  • 2 Conference
  • 2 Membership

Publiekssymposium Hersenen en Cognitie: implicaties voor het onderwijs

Mariëtte Huizinga (Organiser), E.A.M. Crone (Organiser)
18 Sep 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Spatial Reasoning in Early and Middle Childhood

K.M. Vander Heyden (Speaker), Mariëtte Huizinga (Speaker), J.J. Jolles (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Symposium moeilijk lerende kinderen in het passend onderwijs

Mariëtte Huizinga (Organiser), A. Bexkens (Organiser), D. Graas (Organiser)
9 Dec 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic


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