The central theme in my research is the development and application of computational models of brain and behavior, especially in the context of emotional face perception. More specifically, my research involves comparing different models of facial features that underlie inferences about faces (such as attractiveness, dominance, and trustworthiness) and facial expressions (such as categorical emotions and general affect). More methodologically, I am interested in how techniques and models from machine learning can complement more traditional methods in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. In this context, I have done research into how “confounds” affect predictive models and how we can adjust for them.

For a complete list of publications, please see my Google Scholar page.

I have written a couple of blogs for Faces of Science (in Dutch), which summarize my view on neuroimaging in the context of psychology research quite well.