Research Topics

Advice-taking and decision-making capacity

We all have some insight about what we (dis)like and about what defines us as an individual. Yet when we are placed in a (social) environment these preferences can suddenly change. For example in treatment decisions, whether a clinician and patient can understand each other’s opinions will affect both the type of information that they exchange as well as how likely they are to consider each other’s viewpoints. In this research project I work together with legal and clinical experts at the Mental Health and Justice collaboration project to better understand how the ‘use or weigh’ requirement of the English and Welsh Mental Capacity Act (MCA, 2005) relates to the dilemma ‘who to trust’. We recently published a paper on this topic in International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, which can be accessed for free here.

I recently wrote my very first (!) blogpost about this paper, which you can find here.

Cultural heritage of metacognition

In a collaboration project between Peking University in Beijing, China and University College London, UK, we are isolating cultural elements of metacognition (‘thinking about thinking’). It has been proposed that metacognition facilitates social interaction and sharing of cultural values, yet empirical evidence for this claim remains limited. We build upon recent advances in metacognition research to isolate metacognitive ability from changes of mind about simple perceptual decisions.

The analysis pipeline and data for this project is available on Github.

Metacognition in autism spectrum disorder

Research on autism spectrum disorder has mostly focused on the social element of mentalising – How well do you know other people’s minds? In collaboration with King’s College London, we approach autism spectrum disorder from a different angle, one that highlights the role of metacognition – How well do you know your own mind? – and how it may interplay with mentalising to affect our decision-making. Two papers that are part of this collaboration are currently in preparation.

Certainty frames in social media

What happens when we perceive the world through the lens of overconfidence? A collaboration between Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University and the Political Science department of University of Twente, we investigated the effects of simplification frames about political issues on decision-making. Two papers that are part of this collaboration are currently in preparation.