S.A.M.B.A. : Systems Approach to Maladaptive Behaviour & Antisociality
Our main interest is studying (mal)adaptive behavior and decision-making and their link to psychopathic/antisocial tendencies in community and offender samples. To achieve this, we examine and try to integrate multiple levels of description by combining behavioral methods, electrophysiology, computational modelling and epigenetics. Our current projects and collaborations are focused on:
- how personality constructs are related to cognitive control, affective processing and social decision-making.
- how individuals vary in the extent to which different types of social information (e.g. advice, observed outcomes of others’ actions) are processed and used to inform own behavior.
- profiling of antisocial individuals using biological and cognitive measures.
- reinforcement-based learning and decision-making in different types of offender populations.
- subjective preferences for reward in offender populations.
- the impact of yoga and meditation on cognition and epigenetics in offenders.
- the potential of computer-based interventions in (ambulant) forensic populations.