Lotte Brinkhof

After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology in 2017, I have started with a unique master track in Psychology at the University of Amsterdam: Brain & Cognition in Society. Throughout the Master’s programme, I have learned how to integrate and apply theoretical and methodological knowledge from the field of brain and cognition in real-world settings. Currently, I am doing my master thesis at the Habit Lab, in which I am focusing on the development of an intervention aiming to improve education by promoting sustained, frequent and automated learning among high-school students. Here, practices from research into
dual-processing, operant conditioning and implementation intentions are used.

Michèle van de Lande

Last October I joined the Habit Lab, where I will write my masterthesis in clinical psychology. I am curious to know more about the role of ageing in adherence to medication. In my work in homecare I meet a lot of elderly people who take multiple medications, but often find it difficult to take them the right way or at the right time. Therefore I will write my thesis about the role of ageing in the effectiveness of implementation intentions on adherence to medication. Also, I will be looking at the role of daily structure of life in forming a daily habit to take medication.

Julie Langås

I am a first year Research Master’s Psychology student at the University of Amsterdam. I received my BSc: Psychology at Leiden University. My major is Brain and Cognition, but my interests also go towards Clinical psychology, public health, and stress. In my bachelor thesis we attempted to find a biomarker for vagus nerve stimulation, and I have long been fascinated with the relationship between mind and body. My current interest is in the neural correlates of habit formation and implementation intentions.

Joy Langeweg

This year I started with the master track Health & Development psychology after receiving my bachelor’s degree in psychobiology. This master is focusing on changing maladaptive cognitive processes in health behavior through intervention and prevention. I always will have an interest in the neurobiological side of behavior, yet I also wanted to learn more about helping people how to achieve more healthy behaviour. Currently, I am working on my master thesis project about age-related changes in habit formation at Habit Lab.

Suhaavi Kochhar

I’m a second-year research master’s in Psychology student at the UvA, prior to which I did my bachelor’s in Psychology at Ashoka University, India. My research interests include addiction, urban mental health, and body image.
I’m thrilled to be part of the Social Media Stop project at the Habit Lab. We are investigating the effects of a digital detox from a habit perspective. Specifically, I’m interested in whether the effects of a week-long detox are sustainable, and if there are individual differences that indicate its effectiveness.
Through the research master’s courses and my thesis in the Habit Lab, I am working toward a teaching and research career in Clinical Psychology

Sterre Theunissen

After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University, I started my Master in Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. I joined the Habit Lab to work on the Social Media Stop project while writing my master thesis on this topic. In my thesis I will focus on the effects of a seven day social media detox on sleep quality, and explore mechanisms underlying the relationship between social media use and sleep. I have always been extremely interested in sleep psychology and I am excited to be able to research this topic while working on such a relevant and topical project.

Abdallah Al-Janabi

I finished my psychology Bachelor in Groningen in 2020 and enrolled in the Research Master at UvA, focusing on clinical psychology and statistics/methods. At the habit lab, I am currently working on a project examining the effects of a digital detox on habits and well-being. I found it to be a highly relevant topic in our current time. I am also interested in mindfulness and experiential avoidance and like to think of digital addiction/digital habits as a form of escaping the present emotions, thoughts and moment. Stay conscious!