About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher and trainer.

 

As a researcher, I am currently working at the Mindfulness Center of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, studying mindful emotion regulation. Before this, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain in Germany. I have been studying self-regulation/"willpower" and its relationship to mindfulness and subjective well-being. Moreover, I am interested in the topic of sexuality and the question as to what Eastern wisdom traditions, especially Tantra, can contribute to our Western knowledge of sexuality and psychology in general. I also investigate spiritual experiences, as for example triggered by sexual experiences or meditation. For this purpose, I am currently conducting interviews with experts on sexuality, which you can watch here. Besides my research, I have also worked as a trainer, giving workshops and talks.

 

About my background: I completed my Bachelor's degree in Psychobiology in 2007 at the University of Amsterdam. I then finished my Master's degree in Human Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Edinburgh in 2008. After a research stay in Japan at Kyoto University, I joined Henrik Walter's lab in Bonn and then Berlin, Germany, in 2009. I did my PhD in Psychology from 2010-2013 at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. My PhD thesis had the title: "Impulse and Self-Control: Investigations using functional magnetic resonance imaging and hypnosis". You can find a list of my scientific publications here.

 

After my PhD, I worked as the leader of the team "Volition and Motivation" at the Charité for one year (replacing a colleague on leave). Afterwards, I focused on learning about yoga, tantra and meditation. For example, I completed my 200-hours yoga teacher training (certified by the Yoga Alliance) in Rishikesh, India, in 2017. In both my research and my trainings, I combine knowledge from Eastern Wisdom traditions with knowledge from Western psychology and neuroscience.