Henk van Steenbergen, PhD




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Henk van Steenbergen is an assistant professor at the Cognitive Psychology Unit, University of Leiden (The Netherlands). His research focuses on understanding the role of emotion and motivation and related neurotransmitters in the regulation of goal-directed behavior by employing behavioral, physiological, and neuroimaging methods, such as EEG, facial EMG, pupillometry, and fMRI.





·         New blog post "Important changes in E-Prime version 2.0.10.x" on


·         Our article "Reduced cognitive control in passionate lovers" is one of the most frequently discussed articles via Social Media and other online platforms over the course of the last year in Motivation and Emotion.


·         We recently published the QRTEngine, a method to run online RT studies using the survey program Qualtrics:


·         Check out our E-Prime introduction book The E-Primer:


Featured recent publications


Rondeel, E.W.M., van Steenbergen, H., Holland, R.W., & van Knippenberg, A. (2015). A closer look at cognitive control: Differences in resource allocation during updating, inhibition and switching as revealed by pupillometry. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9:494. pdf


van Steenbergen, H., Band, G.P.H., & Hommel, B. (2015). Does conflict help or hurt cognitive control? Initial evidence for an inverted U-shape relationship between perceived task difficulty and conflict adaptation. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:974. pdf


van Steenbergen, H., Haasnoot, E, Bocanegra, B.R., Berretty, E.W., & Hommel, B. (2015). Practice explains abolished behavioural adaptation after human dorsal anterior cingulate cortex lesions. Scientific Reports, 5:9721. pdf


Watson, P., van Steenbergen, H., de Wit, S., Wiers, R.W., & Hommel, B. (in press). Limits of action-outcome acquisition. Brain Research. pdf


Barnhoorn, J., Haasnoot, E., Bocanegra, B.R., & van Steenbergen, H. (in press). QRTEngine: An easy solution for running online reaction time experiments using Qualtrics. Behavior Research Methods. pdf


van Steenbergen, H. (2015). Affective Modulation of Cognitive Control: A Biobehavioral Perspective. In G. Gendolla, M. Tops, S. Koole (Eds.) Handbook of Biobehavioral Approaches to Self-Regulation. (pp. 89-107). Springer. pdf





If you're a Cognitive Neuroscience or Affective Neuroscience master student with good programming skills and you're looking for an internship (e.g. EEG, fMRI, physiology), please send me a mail.


Contact information

Dr. Henk van Steenbergen

Leiden University Institute of Psychology

Wassenaarseweg 52

Room 2B11

2333 AK Leiden

The Netherlands

T +31 (0)71 527 3655

F +31 (0)71 527 3783