PhD submitted!

PhD submitted!

Yesterday, the deed was one: I finally submitted my PhD! The manuscript is titled ‘Practicing the Plastic Brain: valuing popular neuroscience across the lifespan’. I have worked on it for six years and one month, and I’m quite happy with…

Upcoming talk at Worlding the Brain conference (Amsterdam)

Upcoming talk at Worlding the Brain conference (Amsterdam)

After months and months of writing, I finally can go outside and play again! Next week, I’ll present at the wonderful Worlding the Brain conference, at the University of Amsterdam. Great interdisciplinary program, including art, tech & much more. Check…

New publication: "Being a Good External Prefrontal Lobe: parenting teenage brains"

New publication: “Being a Good External Prefrontal Lobe: parenting teenage brains”

In 2015 I presented at the conference ‘The Human Sciences After the Decade of the Brain’, at the University of Mainz. The conference has resulted in an edited volume by Elisabeth Hildt and Jon Leeflang, which has just been published…

Game on Granny? Some notes on gaming the ageing brain

Game on Granny? Some notes on gaming the ageing brain

Tomorrow is World Alzheimer’s Day. Normally this day would pass me by without notice. This year is different. Not because I experienced Alzheimer in my family lately – my grandma, who did suffer from dementia, died a long time ago….

New publication: Can we "remedy" neurohype? And should we?

New publication: Can we “remedy” neurohype? And should we?

For the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, I wrote (together with colleague Jenny Slatman and my promotor Tsjalling Swierstra) an open peer commentary. We respond to the article of Grubbs (2016): The Arts and Sciences of Reading: Humanities in The…

Talk at The University of Edinburgh, June 8/9th

Talk at The University of Edinburgh, June 8/9th

I’m thrilled to be part of the symposium Minds and brains in everyday life: Embedding and negotiating scientific concepts in popular discourses, at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The University of Edinburgh (UK).   From the website: “This…

Good Times in Science: the Human Brain Project

Good Times in Science: the Human Brain Project

A student of mine is writing about the controversy surrounding the Human Brain Project. We stumbled upon this hilarious spoof (already from April, so old in meme-terms). Especially funny if you can’t understand Spanish. BTW: in the original clip, the…

Book review Rose & Abi-Rached's Neuro

Book review Rose & Abi-Rached’s Neuro

For the Journal of New Genetics and Society, I wrote a book review about Nikolas Rose & Abi-Rached’s Neuro. It’s online available here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14636778.2014.892822. If you can’t access it, please drop me a line!