I am originally a psychologist—a scientist interested in human behaviour. During my PhD at the Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands), I looked into how the human brain makes decisions. During my post-doctoral work in London and Oxford, I became increasingly interested in how our brain is different from that of other animals and, more generally, if different brains evolve to produce optimal behaviour for different animals. I am now an Associate Professor at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging where I lead a research program comparing brains—both to find out what makes different species’ brains different and how we can translate what we learn from animals to better understand our own brain.
Also, my popular science lectures on brain evolution (in Dutch) are online. A popular science book in English is coming out next year with Princeton University Press.