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I received my BSc in Cognitive and Neurobiological Psychology (cum laude) and my MSc in Neuroscience and Cognition from Utrecht University. During and after my studies I worked on research projects at Utrecht University, the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Philips and TNO. In about a year, I will obtain my PhD in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at Tilburg University. My PhD thesis will be the result of a collaboration with 33 industrial partners and a range of experimental studies examining the physiological underpinnings of learning and training and related experiences in virtual environments. During the wide range of research projects I was involved in in the last 7 years I gained experience in working with different types of subjects including patient groups and in applying cutting-edge techniques such as virtual and mixed reality and multiple techniques of measuring human physiology, ranging from eye-tracking to electroencephalography.


In my research I’m especially interested in combining different cutting-edge technologies and techniques to answer relevant theoretical questions in the area of psychology and cognitive science. Within the research project in which I am currently involved as a PhD candidate I focus on behavioral, cognitive and neurophysiological processes during learning and training in virtual reality.

Additionally, I have experience in research related to perception, alertness, biofeedback, linguistics, deception and anxiety.

Recent publications

  1. Explanation versus prediction - Statistical differences in detecting …

    Tinga, A., Kuperus, W., Carvalho, M. B., & Louwerse, M. (2019). Explanation versus prediction: Statistical differences in detecting fraudulent events do not necessarily have predictive power. In Proceedings of the 41th annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2975-2980)
  2. Non-invasive neurophysiological measures of learning - A meta-analysis

    Tinga, A., de Back, T., & Louwerse, M. (2019). Non-invasive neurophysiological measures of learning: A meta-analysis. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 99, 59-89.
  3. Respiratory Biofeedback Does Not Facilitate Lowering Arousal in Medit…

    Tinga, A. M., Nyklíček, I., Jansen, M. P., de Back, T. T., & Louwerse, M. M. (2019). Respiratory Biofeedback Does Not Facilitate Lowering Arousal in Meditation Through Virtual Reality. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 44(1), 51-59.
  4. Brain Activity Reflects Sense of Presence in 360° Video for Virtual R…

    Tjon, D., Tinga, A., Alimardani, M., & Louwerse, M. (2019). Brain Activity Reflects Sense of Presence in 360° Video for Virtual Reality. In Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Information Systems Development
  5. Presence is key - unlocking performance benefits of immersive virtual…

    de Back, T., van Hoef, R., Tinga, A., & Louwerse, M. (2018). Presence is key: unlocking performance benefits of immersive virtual reality. In Proceedings of the 40th annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society

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