My book 'Practicing the Plastic Brain: popular neuroscience and the good life' now available online

My book ‘Practicing the Plastic Brain: popular neuroscience and the good life’ now available online

The Book is online! My dissertation, titled Practicing the Plastic Brain: popular neuroscience and the good life, is finally available online. For free! Soon after I received my PhD at Maastricht University in 2018, I signed a book contract with…

Commissie Wetenschappelijke Integriteit Onderzoek (WIO), Zuyd Hogeschool

Commissie Wetenschappelijke Integriteit Onderzoek (WIO), Zuyd Hogeschool

In april ben ik benoemd als lid van de adviescommissie Wetenschappelijke Integriteit Onderzoek (WIO), bij Zuyd Hogeschool. Een interessante en belangrijke taak: sinds 2018 onderschrijven ook Hogescholen in Nederland de integriteitscode, zoals opgesteld door de universiteiten (VSNU, KNAW). Ethiek van…

Upcoming talk at conference 'Performing, Engaging, Knowing', Lucerne University (Switzerland)

Upcoming talk at conference ‘Performing, Engaging, Knowing’, Lucerne University (Switzerland)

Last week, I should’ve been in Prague. This week, I should’ve been in Lucerne, Switzerland for the conference Performing, Engaging, Knowing. Alas, we’ll be having the conference online, in my own living room. The conference, organised by the Studygroup for…

Interview door Observant over impact corona op klassieke muziekpraktijk

Interview door Observant over impact corona op klassieke muziekpraktijk

De Observant, het magazine van Universiteit Maastricht, interviewde me over de impact van corona op klassieke muziekpraktijken. En over ons onderzoek naar publieksparticipatie bij een symfonisch orkest. Lees het artikel hier.

New publication: Music in the Making: an open and collaborative experiment at Conservatorium Maastricht

New publication: Music in the Making: an open and collaborative experiment at Conservatorium Maastricht

Inge Pasmans, teacher at Conservatorium Maastricht, and me wrote a chapter on a research studio we did at the Conservatorium. In this educational course, Inge experimented with relevant non-musical learning skills that evolve around collaboration, creativity and engagement. In the…

Upcoming talk at 'Enough Room for Space' in Brussels, February 1st

Upcoming talk at ‘Enough Room for Space’ in Brussels, February 1st

I’m invited (by artistic researcher Antye Guenther) to join a discussion on brain alteration and enhancement, at the Enough Room for Space (ERforS) in Brussels. ERforS is an interdependent art initiative that initiates and coordinates events, residencies, research projects and…

Mahler am Tisch: the video

Mahler am Tisch: the video

There is a now a video available of our first experiment in classical music, which took in November Mahler am Tisch. In many of his symphonies and vocal music, the composer used folk music, sometimes literally, sometimes edited. In Austria,…

DJ Meneer van der Peet over muziek voor kinderen

DJ Meneer van der Peet over muziek voor kinderen

Vroeger, toen kinderen nog niet bestonden (in mijn wereld), was kindermuziek misschien wel het ergste genre dat er bestond – nog erger dan kerstmuziek. Commerciële fastfood-meuk, altijd geproduceerd als goedkope dance. De tere kinderoortjes worden als eerste maatschappelijk gecorrumpeerd. Nu…

Experiments in classical music #1: Mahler am Tisch

Experiments in classical music #1: Mahler am Tisch

The goal of my postdoc is to experiment with and reflect on innovation in classical music practices, by doing experiments with a symphony orchestra. This year, we are going to do five experiments with the Southnetherlands Philharmonic. Together with the…