Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher on an ABC Talent grant at the University of Amsterdam, examining the relationship between expectations in time and rhythm and beat perception in the brain. I am supervised by Prof. Dr. Heleen Slagter. In June 2016, I obtained my PhD in the music cognition group at the UvA, supervised by Prof. Dr. Henkjan Honing. I hold both a Master of Science in Psychology (cum laude, 2011, University of Amsterdam) and a Master of Music (with distinction, 2009, Amsterdam Conservatory). In my research, I combine my fascination for the human brain and my passion for music in examining the neural underpinnings of rhythm and beat perception.
At the age of ten, I started to play the clarinet and from 2000 till 2009 I was a student at the Amsterdam Conservatoire, studying with Herman Braune and Antony Pay (with a lot of thanks to the Prince Bernhard Culture foundation). After my graduation, I continued my clarinet lessons with Yehuda Gilad. As a clarinettist, I won several prizes (like in the Princess Christina Competition 2001) and I was elected Dutch Young Musician of the year 2001. I was a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands (JON), the National Youth Orchestra (NJO) and the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO). I worked as a freelance clarinettist for several years, appearing on stage as a soloist, chamber musician and in several Dutch orchestras.
During my studies and career as a clarinettist, I became more and more fascinated by the workings of the human brain. After my graduation in psychology in 2011, I got the chance to start a PhD in the neuroscience of music with professor Henkjan Honing. In my PhD research, I aimed to uncover some of the processes involved in the perception of rhythm and beat. During my PhD, I spent four months as a visiting PhD student at Western University in London (ON, Canada), working with my co-supervisor, Dr. Jessica Grahn.
In addition to my work as a researcher, I am an enthusiastic educator. I taught courses at the bachelor and master level at the University of Amsterdam and I am asked as a public speaker on a regular basis to bring the science about the exceptional bond between humans and music to the public.