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Theme 3: Plasticity and Memory

Systems Approach to Maladaptive Behaviour & Antisociality (SAMBA)

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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.
  • the impact of yoga and meditation on cognition and epigenetic expression in offenders.
Contact
Name: Inti Brazil
Telephone: 024-3611387
Email: i.brazil@donders.ru.nl
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
  • 2015 NWO VENI grant. Modelling decision-making in violent antisocial offenders. Principal Investigator (PI) (€250.000).
  • 2015 DCC feasibility grant. Structural brain morphology in offenders. Co-PI (€28.000).
  • 2012 Subjective reward in antisocial forensic offenders. Co-PI (€250.000).
  • 2011 WODC grant. Project title: “The role of the Freeze-Fight-Flight system in violent terrorist attacks”. Co-PI (€75.000).
  • 2009 NWO Mosaic Grant. Project title: “Neurophysiological correlates of action monitoring in violent psychopathic offenders”. PI (€200.000).
Key awards
  • 2015 Science Pearl award of the Dutch Caribbean
  • 2014 Teacher of the Year award for teaching excellence in the Health Psychology Master program
  • 2014 Dissertation award from the Dutch Society for Neuropsychology (NVN)
  • 2011 Koningsheide award for outstanding and innovative scientific contribution to Dutch forensic psychiatry
Key publications
  • 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 and Biobehavioral Reviews, 21, 259-277. *shared last authors

  • Hoppenbrouwers, S. S., Bulten, B. H., Brazil, I. A. (2016). Psychological Bulletin, 142, 573-600
  • Brazil, I. A., Maes, J. H. R., Scheper, I., Bulten, B. H., Kessels, R. P. ., Verkes, R. J., & De Bruijn, E. R. A. (2013). Reversal deficits in psychopathy in explicit but not implicit learning conditions. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 38 (4), E13-20
  • Brazil, I. A., Mars, R. B., Bulten, B. H., Buitelaar, J. K., Verkes, R. J., & De Bruijn, E. R. A. (2011). A Neurophysiological Dissociation Between Monitoring One’s Own and Others’ Actions in Psychopathy. Biological Psychiatry, 69, 693–699.
  • 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.

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Plasticity and Memory

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

Principal Investigator
Dr. Inti Brazil

Group members

Postdoc
Dr. Macià Buades Rotger

PhD students
Dimana Atanassova
Ivana Buric
Tineke Dillien
Josi Driessen
Johanna Glimmerveen
Michelle Jansen
Inge Scheper