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Theme 3: Plasticity and Memory

Systems Approach to Maladaptive Behaviour & Antisociality (SAMBA)


Our main interest is studying (mal)adaptive behavior and poor decision-making, and their links to psychopathic/antisocial tendencies in community and offender samples. To achieve this, we integrate multiple levels of description by combining behavioral methods, electrophysiology, s/fMRI, and various types of latent variable modeling. Some of our current projects and collaborations are focused on:

  • how antisocial personality constructs are related to cognitive control, affective processing and social decision-making
  • how pain distorts decision-making as a function of psychopathic traits
  • the impact of mind-body interventions on social functioning
  • how hostility biases are acquired
  • ethical and philosophical examinations of the use of neuroscientific methods to tackle clinical challenges in forensic settings
Name: Inti Brazil
Telephone: 024-3611387
Visiting address: Donders Centre for Cognition
Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 GD Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Postal address: Donders Centre for Cognition
P.O. Box 9104
6500 HE Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Key grants and prizes
  • Templeton World Charity Foundation (Co-PI, €446.000): “From the heart: Testing the efficacy of heart-centered contemplation”.
  • 2019   DCC grant (PI, €205.000): “Pain experience, psychopathic traits and exploitative decision-making”.
  • 2015  NWO VENI grant (PI, €250.000): “Modelling decision-making in violent antisocial offenders”.
  • 2011   WODC grant (Co-PI, €75.000). “The role of the Freeze-Fight-Flight system in violent terrorist attacks”.
  • 2009   NWO Mosaic Grant (PI, €194.000): “Neurophysiological correlates of action monitoring in violent psychopathic offenders”.
Key awards
  • 2022   Jevon S. Newman Early Career Contribution Award. Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy
  • 2015 Science Pearl of the Dutch Caribbean award for outstanding academic achievements. OCAN Foundation
  • 2014  Teaching Excellence Award. Health Psychology master program, Radboud University.
  • 2014  Dissertation award. Dutch Society for Neuropsychology.
  • 2011  Koningsheide award for innovative scientific contribution to Dutch forensic psychiatry. Koningsheide Foundation
Key publications
  • De Brito, S.A., Forth, A.E., Baskin-Sommers, A.R., Brazil, I.A., Kimonis, E.R., Pardini, D., Frick, P.J., Blair, R.J.R. & Viding, E. (2021). Psychopathy. Nature Reviews Disease Primers, 7, 54.
  • Jurjako, M., Malatesti, L., Brazil, I.A. (2020). Biocognitive classification of antisocial individuals without explanatory reductionism. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 15, 957-972.

  • Brazil, I. A., van Dongen, J. D. M., Maes, J. H. R., Mars, R. B.* & Baskin-Sommers, A. R.* (2018). Classification and treatment of antisocial individuals: From behavior to biocognition. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 91, 259-277.
  • Kreplin, U.*, Farias, M.*, Brazil, I.A. (2018). The limited prosocial effects of meditation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Scientific Reports, 8, 2403. *shared first authors
  • Hoppenbrouwers, S. S., Bulten, B. H., Brazil, I. A. (2016). Psychological Bulletin, 142, 573-60.
  • Brazil, I. A., De Bruijn, E. R. A., Bulten, B. H., Von Borries, A. K. L., Van Lankveld, J. J. D. M., Buitelaar, J. K., & Verkes, R. J. (2009). Early and late components of error monitoring in violent offenders with psychopathy. Biological Psychiatry, 65(2), 137–143.


EL update 3/2019

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Theme 3:
Plasticity and Memory

Research Group
Systems Approach to Maladaptive Behaviour & Antisociality (SAMBA)

Principal Investigator
Dr. Inti Brazil

Group members

Josi D

PhD students

Amy Abelmann
Dimana Atanassova
Michelle Jansen
Pieter Molleman
Faye Ng
Inge Scheper
Micha van de Vorst