ruud_hortensius Researcher_In_Social_and_Affective_Neuroscience

About me

I'm a postdoctoral researcher in the Social Brain in Action Laboratory within the School of Psychology, Bangor University, Wales. My research is advised by Professor Emily Cross and part of the Social Robots project in which we study how humans perceive and interact with robots.

Prior to this I was a postdoc in the Brain and Emotion Laboratory, Maastricht University, The Netherlands and the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa (2015-2016). In 2016, I defended my Ph.D.-thesis under supervision of Professor Beatrice de Gelder on the neural mechanisms of threat and distress reactivity at Tilburg University.

Before obtaining my MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience (2011), I received a BSc in Psychology (2008) and Social Work (2005). During my MSc I worked with dr. Dennis Schutter (Utrecht University) on the combination of electroencephalography and non-invasive brain stimulation in the study of neurophysiological and emotional processes. In 2010, I was a visiting graduate student in the Social Emotive Neuroscience lab of Professor Eddie Harmon-Jones (Texas A&M University, USA), and used non-invasive brain stimulation to investigate the role of the frontal cortex in aggression.

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social interactions - empathy - threat - aggression - bystander effect - social robotics - amygdalae damage - neuroimaging - virtual reality - brain stimulation - reaction times

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Last update: August 20 2017

*The Bangor Social Robotics Workshop on the Emerging Social Neuroscience of Human-Robot Interaction that Emily Cross and I organized took place on the 17th and 18th of August!  A short summary can be found here.

*Two cultures merge! We received a ESRC Impact Acceleration Award for an artist-in-residency. Artist Merel Bekking will collaborate with Emily Cross and me on an art installation involving robots! More info soon!

*A very first preprint! Felix Hekele, Emily Cross and I wrote a review on the perception and reaction to emotions expressed by artificial agents. Read it at PsychArXiv

*My research on the bystander effect was features in an article in Psychologie Magazine.