Born from a journalist and architect I learned to observe the world and dream about the future.

During a Masters and PhD in Experimental Psychology I investigated the brain mechanisms of visual perception. I discovered the clear perspective that exact science can offer and learned how limited our perception of reality is. Future projects became increasingly interdisciplinary, combining psychology, human movement sciences and design. Following postdoc projects on visual control of reaching movements and serious games, I now work as an assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. There, I study how rewards drive motivation and motor learning. For instance: do frequent rewards increase motivation while they hamper learning?

As a former board member of the Amsterdam Young Academyand coordinator of Wetenschapsknooppunt Amsterdam, I have set up several outreach projects that either show how science works or address how science should work.

Check out my Google Scholar page for scientific publications.