Everyone knows how it feels to be stressed. The ability to cope with stress has become more important over the years. Impaired stress regulation can have profound effects on health, cognition, and behaviour via its impact on the brain.
An immense curiosity for the effects of stress on the brain initialised my scientific career in 2010. To directly investigate the effects of stress on the brain the iMAST was developed. With this task we stressed people in a neuroimaging environment and investigated connectivity changes in the brain under acute stress and the recovery of it. I also became intrigued by the idea that neurofeedback can be used to change brain activity to make people more stress resilience. So we experimentally validated a paradigm in which participants learn to regulate their brain activity measured with EEG.
The effects of stress, especially the time-dependent physiological reaction to a stressor, on memory and the control of memory is my third research interest. During my postdoctoral research period, the NWO Rubicon provided me with the exceptional opportunity to work together with internationally leading (neuro)scientist Prof. Schwabe at Hamburg University, to enriched my experimental research background in the field of stress-timing and habitual behaviour.