A warm welcome to our new colleague Sarah Knot!

Sarah has just completed her Research Master in Brain & Cognition at the UvA, and this week she has started her PhD on the topic of strategic automaticity through implementation intentions. She will investigate whether these simple if-then plans can accelerate the formation of stimulus-response habits, as reflected both in increased efficiency but also reduced behavioral flexibility. To this end, she will develop experimental models for both behavioral and f/rMRI investigation. The practical relevance of this research concerns the improvement and individual tailoring of interventions aimed at changing maladaptive habits.