K.T. van der Zee (Kenneth) MSc

PhD candidate - Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
PhD candidate - Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
PhD candidate - Behavioural Science Institute

K.T. van der Zee (Kenneth) MSc
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Kapittelweg 29
6525 EN NIJMEGEN

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Postbus 9101
6500 HB NIJMEGEN

Kenneth van der Zee earned his research master's degree in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience and his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Maastricht University. His bachelor’s thesis focused on the feasibility of transcranial ultrasound stimulation (TUS) as a non-invasive alternative to deep brain stimulation. Kenneth completed his research internship, supervised by Dr. Teresa Schuhmann, at the Brain Stimulation and Cognition lab. He joined a clinical research group investigating dual-site transcranial alternating current stimulation as a treatment for visuospatial hemineglect after stroke. Kenneth’s contribution included data acquisition and analysis of behavioural and EEG data. Subsequently, Kenneth joined Dr. Lennart Verhagen's Cognitive Neuromodulation lab at the Donders Institute in Nijmegen as a research assistant. He contributed to developing the acoustic simulation package to optimise TUS parameters, trained new lab members in setting up their own simulation pipeline, facilitated training sessions for TUS equipment and supported data acquisition for ongoing projects.

During his PhD, Kenneth will investigate the influence of neural activity on approach/avoidance behaviour in response to a dynamically changing environment. He will stimulate the amygdala and other nodes of this neural network with TUS. To quantify the resulting neural and behavioural changes, Kenneth will combine functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging data with a series of behavioural paradigms. Kenneth’s doctoral thesis is supervised by Prof. Karin Roelofs, Prof. Ivan Toni and Dr. Lennart Verhagen, who are principal investigators of Donders’ Experimental Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience lab, the Intention and Action lab and the Cognitive Neuromodulation lab respectively.

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