Lotte Stemerding

PhD candidate

Research Interests

I am a first year PhD student in the Emotional Memory Lab. In a broad sense, I am interested in how our memories shape and affect our behaviour, decisions, and mental health. Related to this, I am also interested in the possibilities of updating those memories through memory reconsolidation. In my current research, I am looking at the role of prediction error (PE) in memory reactivation, where my aim is to understand and potentially predict the PE necessary to destabilise the engram. Next to this, I currently am learning more about (Bayesian) modelling and its applications in reinforcement learning and conditioning.


Previously, I completed a bachelor degree in liberal arts and sciences at the Amsterdam University College (2015, cum laude), where I majored in human biology, but also took various courses in different disciplines. After, I moved to London to start an MSc programme in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, which I completed in 2017 (distinction). For my thesis project, I conducted research at the UCL clinical psychopharmacology unit, where I looked at the potential use of memory updating through reconsolidation for the treatment of alcohol addiction.

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