Research interests

My current research is concerned with the statistical modeling of neurocognitive ageing. I apply a range of psychometric techniques to try and get a handle on theinterplay of and concurrent changes in brain structure, brain function and cognition during ageing. For some current projects, see my CBU project pages

During my PhD I studied how to model reductive theories. In cognitive neuroscience, we commonly study data from two explanatory levels, namely brain activity and behavioral measurements. My PhD project is aimed at developing conceptual and statistical tools to examine the relationship between these two types of measurements. I attempt to reformulate the reduction problem as measurement problem, by focusing on the question how we should combine physical and psychological indicators in a single measurement structure. To do so I draw on work from structural equation modeling, philosophy of mind, theoretical psychology and cognitive neuroscience. The purpose is to examine new statistical and theoretical approaches to study behavior and the brain simultaneously, and by doing so better understanding the explanatory, causal, statistical and conceptual links between the two.

In addition, I am interested in several empirical fields. Previous and future research includes research on mental rotation, mental imagery, deception, consciousness, philosophy of science and intelligence.