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Jeroen Benjamins is trained in psychology with a specialization in psychonomics and neuro/biopsychology and received a PhD in psychology from the faculty of social sciences at Utrecht University on the spatio-temporal-limits of attention. After a short employment as researcher/programmer at Intomart GfK in Hilversum, the Netherlands, he started a post-doc fellowship in the Department of Sleep and Cognition at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. For a while he continued this work employed at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Currently employed as an assistant professor both at the Social, Health and Organisational Psychology as well as the Experimental Psychology department of Utrecht University.

Research interests include using different (statistical) techniques to get a more complete and full understanding of clusters in heterogeneous patient populations as well as individual patterns of symptoms, individual differences and measurements over time. Furthermore, a strong affinity with programming (proficient in multiple languages) software and website design. Lastly, interests also include academic education and, more generally, communication of research results to the public.

Previous work mainly focused on insomnia. A major part of activities were maintaining surveys and computerized tasks in a web-based assessment system, the Netherlands Sleep Registry (NSR, www.sleepregistry.nl) through which a large group of good and poor sleepers (currently around 13000 people participate) are assessed. This thus created a large database of sleep phenotypes. Classifying these insomnia phenotypes is a first step towards further research on finding biomarkers for this condition. Currently the focus of research is on measuring and modifying behavior in different environments, nudging and mobile eye-tracking techniques.

Skills: Psychometric assessment, eye tracking and neuroimaging techniques with a strong (web) programming and design capability (HTML, PHP, MySQL, Javascript, CSS, Photoshop, Illustrator, Matlab, Python).


Mobile eye-tracking in the media:

Item in Galileo - 24 april 2017



Item NOS op 3 - december 2016



Item NRC - november 2016

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All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Vogel, Suzan W.N., Bijlenga, Denise, Benjamins, Jeroen S., Beekman, Aartjan T.F., Kooij, J. J.Sandra & Van Someren, Eus J W (01.12.2017). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptom severity and sleep problems in adult participants of the Netherlands sleep registry. Sleep Medicine, 40, (pp. 94-102) (9 p.).
Vermeulen, Marije C M, van der Heijden, Kristiaan B, Benjamins, Jeroen S., Swaab, Hanna & Van Someren, Eus J W (01.06.2017). Memory effects of sleep, emotional valence, arousal and novelty in children. Journal of Sleep Research, 26 (3), (pp. 309-317) (9 p.).
  2017 - Popularising publications
Benjamins, J.S. (27.11.2017) Invited speaker Science Cafe Utrecht (15.01.2016) Science Café, thema Slaap
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Benjamins, J.S., Migliorati, Filippo, Dekker, Kim, Wassing, Rick, Moens, Sarah, Blanken, Tessa, Lindert te, Bart H.W., Sjauw Mook, Jeffrey & van Someren, Eus (2016). Insomnia heterogeneity: the Sleep Registry approach towards data-driven multivariate subtyping. Sleep Medicine Reviews
Wassing, Rick, Benjamins, J.S., Dekker, Kim, Moens, Sarah, Spiegelhalder, Kai, Feige, Bernd, Riemann, Dieter, van der Sluis, Sophie, van der Werf, Ysbrand, Talamini, Lucia, Walker, Matthew, Schalkwijk, Frans & van Someren, Eus (2016). Slow dissolving of emotional distress contributes to hyperarousal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113 (9), (pp. 2538-2543).
Vermeulen, Marije C M, Astill, Rebecca G, Benjamins, Jeroen S, Swaab, Hanna, Van Someren, Eus J W & van der Heijden, Kristiaan B (2016). Temperament moderates the association between sleep duration and cognitive performance in children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 144, (pp. 184-98) (15 p.). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved..
van Someren, Eus, Dekker, Kim, te Lindert, Bart, Benjamins, J.S., Moens, Sarah, Migliorati, Filippo, Aarts, Emmeke & van der Sluis, Sophie (2016). The Experienced Temperature Sensitivity and Regulation Survey. Temperature, 3 (1), (pp. 59-76).
Benjamins, J.S. (2016). The importance of sleep as a direct and indirect factor in eating behavior. The European Health Psychologist, 18 (2), (pp. 86-90) (5 p.).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Dekker, Kim, Benjamins, Jeroen S, Van Straten, Annemieke, Hofman, Winni F & Van Someren, Eus J W (2015). Effectiveness of internet-supported cognitive behavioral and chronobiological interventions and effect moderation by insomnia subtype - study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 16 (1), (pp. 1-12) (12 p.).
Van Schalkwijk, Frank, Benjamins, J.S., Migliorati, Filippo, de Nooijer, Jacqueline A., Someren, E.J.W., van Gog, Tamara & van der Werf, Y.D. (2015). The role of sleep timing in children’s observational learning. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 125, (pp. 98-105) (8 p.).
Colombo, Michele, Ramautar, Jennifer, Wei, Yishul, Gomez-Herrero, German, Wassing, Rick, Benjamins, J.S., van der Werf, Ysbrand, Cajochen, Christian & van Someren, Eus (2015). Wake high-density EEG spatiospectral signatures of insomnia. Sleep, 39 (5), (pp. 1015-27) (12 p.).
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