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NikoLAUS Steinbeis

I obtained my PhD in 2008 from the University of Leipzig. I then joined the University of Zurich as a postdoc before moving to the Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences as a Senior Researcher in 2010 and a group leader in 2014. After research visits to the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute I became Assistant Professor in the Department of Developmental Psychology in 2016 at the University of Leiden. In September 2017 I joined the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at UCL as a Principal Research Fellow. My work is funded by the Jacobs Foundation and the European Research Council.


Claire Smid

I will join the Developmental Change and Plasticity Lab in May 2018 as a PhD student. I am currently working as a Research Assistant at Birkbeck College in London on the Unlocke project. Before this, I completed an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at Utrecht University. During my graduate studies, I conducted a research project looking into the influence of comorbidities in psychiatric disorders at the Autism Research Centre of Cambridge University and investigated stress hormones and resilience at the Utrecht University Medical Centre. I am highly interested in individual predictors of learning success, and the plasticity of the developing brain.


Joshua Spowage

I joined the lab in January 2018 as a Research Assistant. Prior to this, I was a student at the Univeristy of York, where I completed a BSc in Psychology, followed by an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience. During my time in York, I also worked as a Research Assistant on a project investigating the extent to which difficulty understanding speech within a noisy enviornment can be attributed to attentional load. Beyond the work of the lab, my interests include the psychology of sleep, dreaming, and emotional disorders.



My primary interest lies in brain plasticity, how it transforms across the lifespan and potentially utilizing plasticity to improve recovery post-injury.  My previous work includes projects in molecular and cellular biology investigating autophagy and traumatic brain injury at the University of Birmingham. During my MSc at UCL, I investigated decision-making processes using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging). Prior to this I was awarded a BSc in Psychology at the University of Reading where I conducted research on reward learning and decision-making using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS), fMRI and behavioral testing measures.



Margot Schel

Former postdoctoral researcher now works as Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Leiden University.

Ferdinand Hoffmann

Former PhD student now works as postdoctoral researcher at the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit at UCL

Charlotte Grosse WiesmANN

Former PhD student now works as postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Social Neuroscience at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences