Michelle Achterberg, PhD.

I am a developmental neuroscientist with an interest in social emotional development. In my studies, I focus on the underlying mechanisms of social emotion regulation in childhood.


The brain is prone to signal for socially relevant information and the network of social saliency is already present in childhood, indicating that this might be a core social mechanism. My studies additionally show that social rejection is often followed by behavioral aggression, and regulation of these retaliation emotions is related to control mechanisms of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.

In addition to scientific research, I aim to build bridges between science and society by communicating scientific findings to the broader society as well as incorporating the society in setting up new studies, using citizen-science.