I am a Postdoctoral Fellow Language and Communication at Utrecht University, 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 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 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).