I am an assistant professor Language and Communication at Utrecht University (UU), the Netherlands.
The research I conducted to obtain my PhD, focused on decision making in a legal context: How do we process and weigh information presented in a police file (e.g., testimonies, expert accounts)? How does this information influence our thinking of a crime and our judgment regarding a suspect? To address these questions properly, I needed to know more about the processing of information. I started conducting studies on language comprehension outside of a legal context. I am interested in how linguistic cues (e.g., grammatical aspect) influence our perception of a described event. My current research combines this interest with my earlier, more applied, research in a legal context and was awarded with a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
I am also interested and engaged in improving science (e.g., open science practices, pre-registration, replication studies). In 2014, I initiated a Registered Replication Report (RRR; Eerland et al., 2016) for a study on the influence of grammatical aspect on perceived intentionality. I am an ambassador of the Center for Open Science and member of the steering committee of PsyArXiv, an open access preprint service for the psychological sciences. In November 2016, I was elected as member of the executive committee of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS).
In the beginning of 2018, Loek Brinkman and I founded the Open Science Community Utrecht (OSCU), a bottom-up initiative open to all UU employees to learn and talk about open science. We organize bi-monthly workshops on a variety of topics (e.g., open access publishing, making your data FAIR, being open and successful) and open science cafés. Also, we help others to set up their own open science communities (see our step-by-step tutorial).