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I am interested in autism spectrum disoders (ASD) and how everyday behavior and symptoms are related to changes in the brain. To investigate this relationship, I am working together with the Nederlands Autisme Register (NAR, https://www.nederlandsautismeregister.nl/).

I am focussing on one specific aspect of sensory processing: sensory sensitivity. Individuals with ASD are often very sensitive for certain sensory inputs (such as light or sounds) or not very sensitive at all.

Therefore, I am researching how individuals with and without ASD are processing sensory inputs, how their brains react to these inputs and how this relates to hyper- or hypo-sensitivity. Specifically, I am testing a large group of people with and without ASD that are either hyper- or hypo-sensitive, using psychophysical tests for sensory sensitivity. At the same time, I am recording their brain activity using electroencaphalography (EEG).

Results from this will have multiple uses: we will enhance our understanding of both sensory processing in ASD and how this relates to hyper- and hypo-sensitivity. Additionally, we hope to identify sub-groups within the ASD. Finally, results from this study will used to contact participants to ask for a skin biopt donation. From these skin cells, neurons (brain cells) will be grown to further enhance our understanding of the relationship between brain and behavior.

Academic qualification

Cognitive Neuroscience, Master, Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen

Award Date: 31 Aug 2017

Psychology, Bachelor, Ruhr Universität Bochum

Award Date: 13 Nov 2015


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