N A S T A S I A G R I F F I O E N
Research Assistant | PhD Student
After having completed my Bachelor's education in Psychology in Nijmegen at the Radboud University, I ventured to the other end of the country in pursuit of a Master's degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at Leiden University. During my education I developed especial interest in different behavioural aspects of human functioning, working on projects investigating efficiency-development in infants (Bachelor's honours programme project) linguistic relativity and the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (Bachelor's thesis) and visual perception and awareness (Master's thesis). As reflected in the variety of research subjects I have worked on, my interests are widespread and lie in different fields of cognitive science.
At DNL, I'm able to combine many interests of mine into a couple of research projects investigating how scarcity (versus abundance) affects cognition in general and visual perception/attention in particular. An important aspect - for me - characterising many of my interests is a certain degree of applicability, or recognisability, if you will. I have always been most drawn to research subjects that address or investigate phenomena that we deal with on a regular basis in our daily lives.
Apart from helping out with others' research projects and starting up my own, I also carry the somewhat off-record title of 'lab manager'. This means that, wherever I can, I help organise any lab-general meetings and information, including social media and creating and maintaining the lab's website.
In my spare time, I'm a bit of a geek - you'll find me either working overtime on some code I want to program, playing videogames, watching loads of series and films, and reading (ranging from non-fictional educational lit about art, science and history to fantasy novels such as Martin's famous Song of Ice and Fire series). I also enjoy baking, everything to do with Britain, dogs (I'm an incorrigible dog-person), and music (my own specialty being classical piano, but I enjoy most everything barring contemporary music, from Iron Maiden and AC/DC, to the Carpenters and Graham Central Station, to Aretha Franklin, to Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett.
Nastasia has not yet published any peer-reviewed papers.