Tops, Dr M. (Mattie)

  • Assistant professor

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Academic Career

  • Assistant professor at the University of Leiden, Centre for Child and Family Studies and Data Theory (2007-2009)
  • Post-doc at the University of Oregon, department NeuroInformatics Center. Collaborations with prof. dr. D.M. Tucker (2006-2007)
  • Post-doc at the University of Groningen, section Experimental and Work Psychology. Research on cortisol, oxytocin, EEG/ERPs and approach-avoidance (2003-2006)
  • PhD. student at the Biological Psychiatry department of the University of Groningen, in collaboration with the section Experimental and Work Psychology. Supervisors: prof. dr. J. Korf, prof. dr. J.A. den Boer, prof.dr. T.F. Meijman. Doctoral thesis: Inhibition of approach: Cortisol-mediated mechanisms in affect and depression (1998-2003)
  • Researcher at Philips Lighting, Eindhoven, as part of the research project HILightS (Human Interactive Lighting Systems). Topics included influences of artificial and natural light on humans and human circadian rhythms (1995-1996)
  • MA. Cognitive Psychology, Radboud University Nijmegen (1994) 

Teaching activities

  • Neurobiologische achtergronden van opvoeding en ontwikkeling (Neurobiological background of upbringing and development)
  • Data-analysis in child and family studies

Research areas and interests

  • Measurement and administration studies of cortisol and oxytocin. EEG/ERP measurement. Cognitive tasks employing emotion stimuli. Theoretical integration. Attachment, approach-avoidance, psychopathology.
  • Present interest focuses on the way early experiences and mother-infant interactions relate to psychophysiological adaptations and predispositions to the development of certain psychopathological syndromes.

Selected publications

  • Tops, M., van Peer, J.M., Korf, J., Wijers, A.A., & Tucker, D.M. (2007). Anxiety, cortisol and attachment predict plasma oxytocin levels in healthy females. Psychophysiology, 44, 444-449.
  • Tops, M., van Peer, J.M., & Korf, J. (2007). Individual differences in emotional expressivity predict oxytocin responses to cortisol administration: Relevance to breast cancer? Biological Psychology, 75, 119-123.
  • Tops, M., Boksem, M.A.S., Wester, A.E., Lorist, M.M., & Meijman, T.F. (2006). Task engagement and the relationships between the error-related negativity, agreeableness, behavioral shame proneness and cortisol. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 31(7), 847-858.

Full publication & presentation list (pdf).

Last Modified: 31-01-2013