Dana van Son, MSc

  • PhD candidate

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 4048
E-Mail: d.m.e.van.son@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Psychologie, Klinische Psychologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2B42

Dana graduated at the University of Amsterdam (Research Master of Psychology) and was involved in research projects to attention trainings and alcohol addiction in the research group ‘ADAPT’. Currently she works as a PhD student at Leiden University focusing on anxiety and cognitive performance.


Moreno-López, L., Perales, J. C., van Son, D., Albein-Urios, N., Soriano-Mas, C., Martinez-Gonzalez, J. M., ... & Verdejo‐García, A. (2014). Cocaine use severity and cerebellar gray matter are associated with reversal learning deficits in cocaine‐dependent individuals. Addiction biology [doi: 10.1111/adb.12143]


Ttitle: Anxiety and cognitive performance, better insights and new treatments.

Project description Acute stress, especially fear of cognitive performance and the evaluation of others or the demanding-self, has a negative effect on cognitive functioning in general. The executive functions (attention(control) and working memory) are in that case suffering from the directly harming effects of nor-adrenaline on the prefrontal cortex and indirectly by distractive negative thoughts which influence these functions and so reduce their efficiency. This impairment of cognitive functioning is burdensome to all anxiety disorders and perhaps mostly recognized in cognitive performance anxiety (e.g. anxiety to tests etc. in a school setting). Improving attentional control can be beneficial for these issues. The project mainly aims to have a closer look at a certain EEG biomarker for impaired attentional control in these processes, and, based on this maker, to develop an effective neurofeedback training to further reinforce attentional control.

Last Modified: 26-07-2016