Excerpts of my PhD thesis: Practicing the Plastic Brain

Excerpts of my PhD thesis: Practicing the Plastic Brain

In a few weeks, I will defend my PhD thesis titled Practicing the Plastic Brain: popular neuroscience and the good life, at Maastricht University. Below, you can already find a few excerpts of my thesis: Chapter 1, a Dutch summary,…

Wiebe Bijker’s Valedictory Lecture and Liber Amoricum

Wiebe Bijker’s Valedictory Lecture and Liber Amoricum

Yesterday, our colleague Wiebe Bijker gave his valedictory lecture, titled ‘Constructing Worlds: Reflections on science, technology and democracy”. Wiebe is not only one of the founding fathers of Science Technology and Society studies (STS), he’s also one our faculty’s most…

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…

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…

Interview on my ‘academic hero’ by Observant

Interview on my ‘academic hero’ by Observant

The paper of our University Observant asked me about my academic hero. While I shamefully came to the conclusion that for years I haven’t had a real hero, there is a scholar who inspired me in unexpected ways. You can…