Dr. Ineke van der Ham

  • Assistant Professor Neuropsychology

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2727
E-Mail: c.j.m.van.der.ham@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Psychologie, Gezondheids, Medische- Neuropsychologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

Personal Homepage: www.inekevanderham.com

Ineke van der Ham obtained her Bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam (2004). She continued her studies at Utrecht University where she obtained her Master’s degree in cognitive neuroscience (2006). In 2006 she started as a PhD student at the department of experiment psychology at Utrecht university. In 2009 she was a visiting research fellow at Harvard University. In 2010 she finished her dissertation entitled: Thinking left and right, neurocognitive studies on spatial relation processing (cum laude). In 2010-2015 she was employed as an assistant professor neuropsychology at Utrecht university. Since 2015 she is an assistant professor neuropsychology at Leiden University                                                                                                             

Please visit her website for an up-to-date CV


My main research interest is spatial cognition. In my PhD work I mainly focused on spatial perception and working memory and the hemispheric lateralization patterns typically found in spatial relation processing. Currently, I focus mainly on the neuropsychology of navigation ability. I find navigation impairment particularly interesting and important, as many neuropsychological patients suffer from this condition, yet very little diagnostic and treatment tools are currently in use. I am developing such tools, making use of virtual reality and serious gaming techniques.

Awards and Grants


  • Dissertation award 2009-2010, Netherlands Society for Neuropsychology



  • STW start up grant (2015) Wayfinder: Serious game voor navigatievermogen (40.000 Euro, with Michiel Claessen, Anne Visser-Meily, and Albert Postma)

  • ELS grant (2013) Selective attention and motor skills: A central mechanism in cognitive development? (15.000 Euro), co-applicant

  • Revalidatiefonds grant (2012) Ontwikkeling van training van navigatievaardigheden in CVA patiënten (20.998 Euro), co-applicant

  • Veni grant (2012) Keeping track of where you are: Order memory in spatial navigation (250.000 Euro), personal grant

  • ELS grant (2012) The early roots of developing visuospatial cognition: An embodied dynamic systems study in young children (55.000 Euro), co-applicant

  • Meerwaarde NWO grant (2011) Training navigation skills in virtual environments (40.000 Euro), primary applicant

  • NCU collaboration grant (2011) The Drum Languages of Senegal – a Neurolinguistic Perspective (68.000 Euro), co-applicant

Publications (selection)

van der Ham, I. J. M., Postma, A., & Laeng, B. (2014). Lateralized perception: The role of attention in spatial relation processing. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 45, 142-148

van der Ham, I. J. M., Kant, N., Postma, A., & Visser-Meily, J. M. A. (2013) Is navigation ability a problem in mild stroke patients? Insights from self-reported navigation measures. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 45(5), 429-433.

van der Ham, I. J. M., Oleksiak, A., van Wezel, R. J. A., van Zandvoort, M. J. E., Frijns, C. J. M., Kappelle, L. J. & Postma, A. (2012). The effect of stimulus features on working memory of categorical and coordinate spatial relations in patients with unilateral brain damage. Cortex, 48, 737-745.

van der Knaap, L. J. & van der Ham, I. J. M. (2011). How does the corpus callosum mediate interhemispheric transfer? A review. Behavioural Brain Research, 223, 211-221.

van der Ham, I. J. M., van Zandvoort, M. J. E., Frijns, C. J. M., Kappelle, L. J., & Postma, A. (2011). Hemispheric differences in spatial relation processing in a scene perception task: a neuropsychological study. Neuropsychologia, 49, 999-1005.

van der Ham, I. J. M., van Zandvoort, M. J. E., Meilinger, T., Bosch, S. E., Kant, N., & Postma, A. (2010). Spatial and temporal aspects of navigation in two neurological patients. NeuroReport, 21, 685-689.

PhD candidates

  • Michiel Claessen, MSc

  • Miranda Smit, MSc

Last Modified: 14-01-2016