Maartje Luijten

About Maartje Luijten

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Maartje Luijten was born in Breda, The Netherlands. In 2005, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Psychology and in 2007 she received her Master’s degree (cum laude) for completing the research master ‘Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Psychopathology’. For her master thesis, she assisted in a study investigating brain functions in adolescent cannabis users at the University Medical Centre in Utrecht, where she also worked as a research-assistant after graduation. In February 2008, she started her PhD research at the Institute of Psychology, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her PhD project, supervised by Prof. dr. I.H.A. Franken and Prof. dr. D.J. Veltman, focused on neurocognitive processes involved in smoking behaviour. In 2011, she spent four months as a visiting academic at the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia. After obtaining her PhD (cum laude) in 2012, Maartje worked for one more year at the Department of Psychology, Erasmus University Rotterdam as a post-doc. During her post-doc Maartje collaborated with the Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge University. For this collaboration Maartje spent five months as visiting researcher in Cambridge. From October 2013 onwards, Maartje is working as assistant professor at the Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University in the research program Developmental Psychopathology.

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Biography and Research Interests

The neural correlates of ‘socially-oriented’ and ‘drug-oriented’ drinking behavior
Bar-lab and fMRI studies in heavy social and dependent drinkers. Co-promotor PhD student Martine Groefsema. Promotor prof. dr. Engels. Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University.

Designing and testing the effectiveness and mechanisms of change of a video game to help youth quit smoking.
RCT and pre-post fMRI for a video game to help youth quit smoking. Co-promotor PhD student Hanneke Scholten. Promotor prof. dr. Granic. Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University.

Evironmental tobacco exposure as a pathway to youth addiction
EMA, EEG and fMRI studies. Collaboration with dr. M. Kleinjan, dr. R. Otten, and prof. dr. Engels, Trimbos Insitute.

Measuring cue-reactive responses towards alcohol cues in everyday life contexts: A future for wearable technology?
Collaboration with dr. R. Hermans and dr. R. Otten, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University.

Using Self-Persuasion as Alcohol Prevention Tool in Social Media Settings
Collaboration with Dr. B. Müller Dr. E. Rozendaal and Prof. Dr. Moniek Buijzen, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University.

A meta-analysis fMRI studies investigating reward processing in addiction
Collaboration with dr. G. Sescousse, dr. A. Schellekens, dr. M. Machielse and dr. S. Kühn

Habit behaviour in smokers
Collaboration with dr. C. Gillan and dr. K. Ersche, Department of Psychiatry, the University of Cambridge and dr. S de Wit, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Neurocognitive measures as predictors for quit success in smokers
Collaboration with prof. dr. Franken, dr. M. Kleinjan and several smoking cessation programs in Rotterdam

Atomoxetine as a modulator of error-processing and attentional bias in cocaine dependent patients
(PI) Pharmacological fMRI study performed at the Department of Psychiatry, the University of Cambridge. Collaboration with dr. K. Ersche