Zsuzsika Sjoerds

Postdoc, partly funded by the European Research Council, partly funded as Assistant Professor by the Cognitive Psychology Unit, Institute of Psychology, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands

    Zsuzsika Sjoerds studied Clinical Neuropsychology at the VU University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2013 she obtained her PhD at the VU University Medical Center / VU University Faculty of Medicine under the supervision of Prof. Dick J. Veltman, Prof. Wim van den Brink and Prof. Brenda W.J.H. Penninx. Thesis title: “Alcohol dependence across the brain; from vulnerability to compulsive drinking”. During her PhD project she studied habit formation and cognitive control and its neural correlates using MRI in alcohol dependence and vulnerable individuals.

In the summer of 2013 she was a visiting scientist at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Boston, MA, USA, a collaboration between Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital. At the lab of Dr. Steven Stufflebeam, she worked with Dr. Linda Douw on Resting State fMRI data analyses looking at complex brain networks according to the graph theory in alcohol dependence.

From November 2013 until August 2016 she worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany at the Max-Planck Fellow-group of Dr. Florian Schlagenhauf “Cognitive and Affective Control of Behavioral Adaptation”​. There she focused on flexible behavioral adaptation by using computational modeling on decision making processes. She applied her research in healthy samples as well as psychiatric disorders such as addiction, binge-eating, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She was awarded a Rubicon grant by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to study the influence of acute stress on behavioral adaptation and cognitive control in alcohol dependent patients.

Currently she is Assistant Professor at the section Cognitive Psychology of Leiden University, The Netherlands. There she studies metacontrol states of persistent and flexible behavior at the ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Prof. Bernhard Hommel. She also teaches Bachelor and Master courses in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience and Decision Making / Action Control at the Institute of Psychology, Leiden University.


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