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 - amygdalae damage - neuroimaging - virtual reality - brain stimulation - reaction times

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Last update: March 21 2017

*Join us and the robots for a workshop on the Emerging Social Neuroscience of Human-Robot Interaction in Bangor this August. It is organized by Emily Cross and yours truly and will feature an amazing and truly diverse line-up of speakers. Registration and abstract submission is now open!

*New article accepted in eNeuro. In this study we describe the impact of basolateral amygdalae damage on the frontotemporal network during threat perception.

*New review article with long-time collaborators Nick Kelley, Dennis Schutter and Eddie Harmon-Jones on manipulation of frontal asymmetry.

*Sofía Seinfeld and I organized a symposium entitled ‘Real Worlds for Virtual Humans: Changing Perspectives’ at ICPS 2017. It will include talks by Antonia Hamilton, Giorgia Silani, Sofía and yours truly, and with Beatrice de Gelder as a discussant.