I am interested in the ways in which social interactions influence our understanding and perception of self and other. I like to approach this topic from various viewpoints, from psychology to biology and philosophy, utilizing their disparate focuses as well as their commonalities.
In September 2015, I am starting my PhD research project where I will explore the role of pupil-synchronization in trust and deception. This innovative research is the first to measure pupil dynamics in real-life interactions while employing the newest neuroscientific tools available to study these processes (e.g. pupillometry, fMRI). In this research I will investigate the impact of autonomic social signals (e.g. partner’s pupil size) on people’s neurophysiology and social behaviors, with the aim to provide implications for further clinical research in pathologies such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Social Anxieties. My research is supported by the NWO Research Talent Programme 2015.