Cognitive Aspects of Psychopathology

Current facets (Pre-Master)

Prof. dr. Ingmar H.A. Franken  - Programme coordinator of Cognitive Aspects of Psychopathology

"The human mind and brain is very complex, we understand only very little of it. My drive is to understand it a little bit more in order to explain why some people can’t control their behavior. I am fascinated by the question why some people pursue short-term rewards that are clearly bad for them on the longer run. For example, excessive alcohol and drug use - including smoking - but also aggressive and criminal behaviors.  To understand this in full detail, we have to include the neurobiology and cognition: how do these things work in the brain? I think it is important to bridge the gap between these basic neurocognitive research and daily clinical practice. 

An important question in my work is how neurocognitive insights can be applied in clinical practice, helping people to overcome their problems. Furthermore, also developmental aspects are of paramount importance: all these problem behaviors clearly have their roots in childhood and adolescence. So we need knowledge on all these levels in order to understand, prevent and treat these problems. Both patients themselves and society will benefit from this knowledge."




The mission of our research program “Cognitive Aspects of Psychopathology” is to conduct research on the (neuro)cognitive factors that contribute to the etiology and maintenanceof psychopathology.


  • Denktas, S.
  • Dongen, S. van
  • Franken, I.
  • Heiden, C. van der
  • Hoppenbrouwers, S.
  • Jansen, P.
  • Littel, M.
  • Marissen, M.
  • Mayer, B.
  • Nijs, I.
  • Rassin, E.
  • Remmerswaal, D.
  • Rijen, S. van
  • Smeets, G.
  • Tibboel, H.
  • Veen, F. van der
  • Wals, M.
  • Wieser, M.

Publications of this Programme

  • Strien, J.W. van, Eijlers, R., Franken, I.H.A. & Huijding, J. (2014). Snake pictures draw more early attention than spider pictures in non-phobic women: Evidence from event-related brain potentials. Biological Psychology, 96, 150-157.
  • Veen, F.M. van der, Molen, M.W. van der, Sahibdin, P.P. & Franken, I.H.A. (2014). The Heart-Break of Social Rejection Versus the Brain Wave of Social Acceptance. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
  • Euser, A.S., Greaves-Lord, K., Crowley, M.J., Evans, B.E., Huizink, A.C. & Franken, I.H.A. (2013). Blunted feedback processing during risky decision-making in adolescents with a parental history of substance use disorders. Development and Psychopathology, 16(3), 409-427.