Simone Meijer, MSc
Simone's PhD research is part of a VICI project focusing on the role of nocebo effects in the sensitization and desensitization of insufficiently explained somatic symptoms, such as pain, itch or fatigue. In this project, the influence of negative expectations on the onset, course, and recovery of these symptoms will be investigated. These symptoms have a great impact on daily functioning of patients, and effective treatments are limited.
The aim of my project is to develop an effective treatment for the desensitization of persistent insufficiently explained somatic symptoms, by using combined psychological and neurobiological methods. She hopes to contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in insufficiently explained symptoms and to help patients suffering from these symptoms to recover.Back to the people page
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Health, Prevention and the Human Life Cycle Spring Event 2018 Announcement: Spring Event 'Data Science for Health & Prevention'
Thursday May 31th 13:30- 18:00
APS Scholar award PhD student Aleksandrina Skvortsova was awarded with one of the APS Scholar Awards for her presentation 'Conditioning of the neuroendocrine system: Learned oxytocin responses'.
LIBC Sylvius Mini Symposium: Psychobiological factors in itch Two presentations about psychobiological factors in itch combined into an mini symposium. 1.A multisensory approach to itch by Dr. H. Holle and 2. Itching for nocebo mechanisms by Drs. M. van de Sand
Dissertation defense Kaya Peerdeman If you imagine in advance that something is not going to hurt, this could mean you experience less pain. This discovery was made by health psychologist Kaya Peerdeman during her PhD research on the placebo effect. PhD defence 7 February.