Hi, I'm Ilse van de Groep, PhD candidate in Psychology & Neuroscience.
I want to understand why people behave the way they do – especially if they display behavior that is in disregard of others. Where does this antisocial behavior come from, and how does it develop over time? To answer these questions, I conduct research that is characterized by multiple levels of explanation (e.g. behavioral, neural) and the use of several complementary techniques (MRI, computer tasks, questionnaires). Throughout my current and past research experiences, I have uncovered that I am particularly passionate about finding mechanistic explanations for complex social behavior. I also greatly enjoy the most creative aspects of doing research (e.g. designing studies, writing code, scientific writing). Moreover, I like to use my creative skills to share the newly acquired knowledge with a wider audience (e.g. blogging, workshops) or to create platforms and supporting media to enable this (e.g. building websites, graphic design, photography).