My name is Anne Marije Kaag, a cognitive neuroscientist interested in studying the neurobiological mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of mental illnesses, focussing on the role of (negative) emotions. In 2016 I finished my PhD research on emotional processes in cocaine addiction, that resulted in a dissertation titled: Are cocaine users too sensitive?
Since then I have been involved in a number of different research projects, ranging from studying the neural processes involved in emotional dysregulation in ADHD to the development of novel behavioral interventions to treat alcohol use disorder. Through this research, I have gained a special interest in studying sex differences in the development and treatment of different psychopathologies.
The aim of my current research is to unravel sex differences in how the brain processes negative emotional information, as I believe that this knowledge could pave the way to the development of individualized and sex-specific (addiction) treatment strategies.