On April 13 I successfully defended my dissertation entitled “Sympathy for the Devil - On the Neural Mechanisms of Threat and Distress Reactivity”.


You can find a digital copy here. If you want to receive a physical copy, please contact me. A very short Dutch summary of the research can be read here. Please check the media page for press coverage.


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by Ronald Huiskes

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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.