Members

MEMBERS


Principal Investigators
Jan De Houwer

Post-Doctoral Researchers
Yannick Boddez, Martin Finn, Sean Hughes, Marine Rougier, Pieter Van Dessel, Jamie Cummins

Doctoral Students
Femke Cathelyn, Sarah Kasran, Matthias Raemaekers, Marie Delabie

Affiliated Members
Prof. Agnes Moors

Principal Investigator

Prof. dr. Jan De Houwer

Head of the LIP lab research group





Research Interests


My research concerns the manner in which spontaneous (automatic) preferences are learned and can be measured. Regarding the learning of preferences, I focus on the role of stimulus pairings (evaluative conditioning). With regard to the measurement of preferences, I developed new reaction time measures and examined the processes underlying various measures. Other research interests include associative learning, learning via instructions, and stimulus-response compatibility. I am also interested in meta-theoretical issues such as the relation between cognitive and functional psychology (i.e., behaviorism).


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Post-Doctoral Researchers

Prof. Dr. Yannick Boddez






Research Interests


My research concerns learning principles and their application. I have, for example, studied the role of learning in (the reduction of) psychological suffering (e.g., anxiety, grief, insomnia / fatigue) and in art appreciation. Generalization and extinction are recurrent topics in this work. 


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Dr. Martin Finn





Research Interests


My research interests include analyses of complex behavior, relational responding, and how exploring these issues informs our understanding of applied domains. Other areas that contribute to forwarding my primary research interests include the procedural features of implicit measures, measurement and experimental manipulation of implicit attitudes, functional psychology and learning psychology.


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Prof. Dr. Sean Hughes



Research Interests


  • ​Attitude Formation and Change
  • Learning and Behavior Modification
  • Open Science
  • Chronic Pain
  • Misconceptions and Misinformation
  • Measurement and Validation


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      Dr. Marine Rougier





      Research Interests


      My research interests are mainly about the measure of spontaneous preferences (such as approach and avoidance reactions) as well as on the modification of these preferences, that is, learning effects (e.g., approach/avoidance training, evaluative and attribute conditioning) and impression formation (e.g., spontaneous trait inferences). Relying on the feature transformation effect framework, my current research focuses more on how previous conceptual beliefs about features (and how they relate; e.g., trustworthiness and intelligence) can determine future learning effects.



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      Dr. Pieter Van Dessel





      Research Interests


      My research primarily concerns the manner in which spontaneous (implicit) preferences are learned and can be changed. I investigate effects of mere exposure, evaluative conditioning, and approach-avoidance training as well as effects of instructions and persuasive arguments. In each of these research lines, I focus on the role of propositional and inferential learning. 
      My work also aims at elucidating the mental mechanisms that underlie (implicit) evaluation. I focus on the relation between evaluation and memory processes. Other empirical interests include implicit cognition, learning psychology, cognitive control, and psychopathology.


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              Dr. Jamie Cummins






              Research Interests


              My research focuses on developing and using computerised training procedures, based on basic principles of learning, to train relational reasoning skills in children, typically-developed adults, and older adults with cognitive impairment and dementia. I examine whether training these skills can offer clinically-meaningful improvements in the cognitive performances of these groups (e.g., better performance at school for children, reduced cognitive decline in older adults). I am also interesting more generally in the psychology of learning, implicit measures, and the philosophy of science and language. I am a strong proponent of Open Science.



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                      Doctoral Students

                      Femke Cathelyn







                      Research Interest


                      Within psychological research and real world contexts, the most commonly used type of measure to examine and predict psychological attributes in individuals, are self-report measures (e.g. questionnaires). Yet, these types of measures have a few important limitations. Over the past twenty years, different kinds of  implicit measures have been developed to overcome these limitations. Even though these implicit measures are used in a wide variety of studies and have provided valuable contributions to theory-driven research, it seems that there are hardly any instances in which these measurement procedures have proven their utility outside the academic world. Nevertheless, there are different reasons to assume that certain real world contexts could benefit from the use of implicit measures. This is why I am examining the utility of implicit measures in a wide variety of real world settings, ranging from smartphone use to road safety behaviour. 

                      Other research interests include psychopathology and couple and family psychology. 



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                              Sarah Kasran






                              Research Interests


                              My research focuses on social learning, a broad term that refers to the many ways in which a person’s behavior can change as a result of observing other people when they interact with the environment.

                              Specifically, I study how and when observing the reactions of another person to a stimulus can influence your own response to that stimulus (e.g., whether you like or dislike it, fear it, or want to avoid it).

                              My doctoral project investigates the idea that this type of effect is mediated by propositional processes. Testing the predictions of this theoretical account can help us discover important moderators of the effects of observational learning (i.e., tell us under which conditions an observer’s behavior will or will not be influenced by the reactions of others). My other research interests include implicit cognition and the effects of persuasive arguments.


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                                      Matthias Raemaekers





                                      Research Interests


                                      My work at the LIPLab involves the study of learning from a functional psychological perspective. Currently, we are investigating complex learning effects (i.e., changes in behavior that are due to the joint effect of multiple regularities, or regularities in the presence of regularities, in the environment), including the functions that relations can have in relational learning effects and the moderators of these functions. I am also interested in the possible practical applications of this work on relational learning (e.g., relational training to increase scholastic aptitude or symbolic thinking in ASD), as well as implications for research in cognitive psychology. Furthermore, for my doctoral project, we aim to interface functional learning psychology with computational reinforcement learning models, to address the limitations of these models as well as suggest improvements, additions and predictions from a functional perspective.


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                                              • ResearchGate



                                              Marie Delabie





                                              Research Interests


                                              My research will focus on the use of relational training as a tool for the rehabilitation of cognitive impairment due to acquired brain injury (ABI). Many ABI patients experience several limitations in daily life, but most available cognitive training methods produce only limited improvements in functioning. Relational training has already shown promising effects on cognitive functioning in other contexts, so I will explore whether this approach may provide novel utility in the context of ABI.


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                                                      • ResearchGate



                                                      Interns

                                                      Maura Nevejans




                                                      Research Interests


                                                      My internship at the LIPlab will focus on the effectiveness of training relational skills to enhance cognitive performance. Although so-called “brain trainings” are quite popular, there is still a lot of debate about whether these methods can actually increase intellectual capacities. I’ll be involved in Dr. Jamie Cummins’ research on the use of SMART (Strengthening Mental Abilities with Relational Training) training to reduce cognitive decline in older adults and I’ll explore the benefits of relational training in typically-developing adults.


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                                                              • ResearchGate



                                                              Leonard Severin Heusler





                                                              Research Interests


                                                              During my research internship my project will be placed within the context of the feature transformation effect framework. Specifically, I will deal with the question of whether spontaneous trait transference effects can be moderated by truth values and relational information and could therefore be understood as being mediated by propositions about stimulus relations instead of associations. Otherwise, my interests include complex learning and the relation between functional and cognitive psychology.


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                                                                      • ResearchGate



                                                                      Former members of the LIP lab


                                                                      Senne Braem

                                                                      Evelien Bossuyt
                                                                      Evelyne Debey
                                                                      Mieke De Clercq

                                                                      Maarten De Schryver

                                                                      Jeffrey De Winne 
                                                                      Tom Everaert
                                                                      Anne Gast
                                                                      Niclas Heider

                                                                      Ian Hussey

                                                                      Ariane Jim

                                                                      Baptist Liefooghe
                                                                      Valerie Maresceau 

                                                                      Simone Mattavelli
                                                                      Gaetan Mertens 

                                                                      Agnes Moors

                                                                      Tal Moran
                                                                      Lies Notebaert 

                                                                      Sarah Opsomer

                                                                      James Schmidt
                                                                      Colin Smith

                                                                      Adriaan Spruyt
                                                                      Kristina Suchotzki
                                                                      Helen Tibboel
                                                                      Marijke Theeuwes
                                                                      Jolien Vanaelst

                                                                      Katrien Vandenbosch
                                                                      Julia Vogt 
                                                                      Dorit Wenke 
                                                                      Riccardo Zanon

                                                                      Visiting scholars


                                                                      2007: Matt Field
                                                                      2008: Jorg Huijding 
                                                                      2009: Helena Matute, Robert Balas
                                                                      2011: Miguel Vadillo
                                                                      2012: Bertram Gawronski 
                                                                      2013: Marco Perugini
                                                                      2013: Mandy Hütter 
                                                                      2013-2014: Ayumi Tanaka
                                                                      2015: Brian O'Shea
                                                                      2015: Benedek Kurdi
                                                                      2016: Juliane Scheill
                                                                      2017: Christina Ffeuffer

                                                                      2018: Marco Perugini

                                                                      2019: Niels Kukken

                                                                      2021: Catalina Bunghez, Florina Huzoaica, and Cristina Zogmaister