Specific neurophysiological markers and the use of serious gaming for diagnosing SLI and dyslexia

Researcher: Camila Martinez Rebolledo, MSc (PhD student) Expected thesis defense: 2018 First promotor: Prof. Ben Maassen, PhD Funding: Conicyt Despite decades of intensive research, relatively little is known about specific markers of dyslexia and SLI. In clinical practice the differentiation among developmental language disorders at the behavioral level relies on the discrepancy criterion, most notably in the diagnosis of […]

Visualization of brain connectomics data

Researcher: Chengtao Ji, MSc (PhD student) Expected thesis defense: 2018 First promotor: Prof. Jos Roerdink, PhD (Computer Sciences, RuG) Collaborators: Jasper van de Gronde, PhD Funding: CSC An electroencephalography (EEG) coherence network is a representation of functional brain connectivity, and is constructed by calculating the coherence between pairs of electrode signals as a function of frequency. Visualization […]

Serious gaming for early identification and prevention of dyslexia

Researcher: Toivo Glatz, MSc (PhD student) Expected thesis defense: 2018 First promotor: Prof. Ben Maassen, PhD (Linguistics, RuG) Collaborators: Wim Tops, PhD Funding: NWO Graphogame – a game-based intervention developed in Finland at the University of Jyväskylä – is used to provide additional training for beginning readers and gain understanding of how learning to read proceeds both at behavioral, as […]

Visualization and quantification of exergame data

Researcher: Venustiano Soancatl Aguilar, MSc (PhD student) Expected thesis defense: 2018 First promotor: Prof. Jos Roerdink, PhD (Computer Sciences, RuG) Collaborators: Jasper van de Gronde, PhD, Claudine Lamoth, PhD, Mike van Diest, PhD, Prof. Ben Maassen, PhD, Toivo Glatz Funding: Conacyt Recently, digital games controlled by real-time body movements (exergames) have been proposed as an innovative method […]

Neurophysiological studies of reading fluency

Researcher: Rui Qin, PhD Thesis defense: 2016 First promotor: Prof. Ben Maassen, PhD (Linguistics, RuG) Collaborators: Martijn Wieling, PhD Funding: CSC Developmental dyslexia is a neurobiologically based learning disorder that impairs a child’s ability to read and write. To minimize the detrimental effects of dyslexia, it is important to provide optimal intervention at the youngest possible […]

Quantification of symptoms of movement disorders employing motion sensors

Researcher: Octavio Martinez Manzanera, MSc (PhD student) Expected thesis defense: February 8, 2017 Copromotor: Jan Willem Elting, MD, PhD Collaborators: Prof. Marina de Koning-Tijssen, MD, PhD, Han van der Hoeven, MD, PhD, Martijn Beudel, MD, PhD, Robert Borgemeester, MD, Prof. Teus van Laar, MD, PhD, Tinka Lawerman, Ineke Lunsing, MD, Rick Brandsma, MD, Deborah Sival, MD, PhD,  Andrea Mannini, PhD […]

DiPAR: Diagnosing Parkinson’s Disease by neuromuscular function evaluation

Researcher: Esther Smits, PhD Thesis defense: 2016 Second promotor: Prof. Marina de Koning-Tijssen, MD, PhD Collaborators: Prof. Nico Leenders, MD, PhD, Rutger Zietsma, PhD (Manus Neurodynamica LtD, Newcastle, UK), Mark van Gils (VTT, Tampere, Finland), John Watt (University of Glasgow, UK), Olaf Schroeder (Pattern Expert, Borsdorf, Germany), Heinrich Grüger (Fraunhofer Institute, Dresden, Germany), Harald von […]

Neurolinguistic profiles of developmental dyslexia in a longitudinal perspective

Researcher: Ellie van Setten, MSc (PhD student)  Expected thesis defense: 2017 First promotor: Prof. Ben Maassen, PhD (Dyslexia, RuG) Collaborators: Prof. Aryan van der Leij, PhD (UvA, Amsterdam), Titia van Zuijen, PhD (UvA, Amsterdam), Britt Hakvoort, PhD (UvA, Amsterdam) Funding: NWO-GW Children from the Dutch Dyslexia Programme will be further studied with respect to phonological and […]