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Dr. H.R. (Henk) Cremers

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Clinical Psychology

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
  • Room number: 1.40
Postal address
  • Postbus 15933
    1001 NK Amsterdam
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    I study the neurobiological basis of personality and psychopathology. I am particularly interested in the behavioral control of stress as an underlying resilience and vulnerability mechanism of different manifestations of psychopathology. Regarding the brain, I focus on the connectivity patterns between cortical and subcortical brain regions. Along the way, it has also become clear to me that the progress in this type of biological psychiatry research is slow, and I would argue much slower than expected one or two decades ago. I am also interested in the interrelated theoretical, methodological and clinical questions as to why this is the case.

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    • Blythe, J. S., Mansueto, A. C., Duken, S. B., & Cremers, H. R. (2023). The generalization of behavioral control over physical threats to social stressors in humans: A pilot fMRI study. Psychiatry Research. Neuroimaging, 329, Article 111598. Advance online publication. [details]




    • Munafò, M. R., Cremers, H. R., Wager, T. D., & Yarkoni, T. (2019). Power and design considerations in imaging research. In A. Raz, & R. T. Thibault (Eds.), Casting Light on the Dark Side of Brain Imaging (pp. 73-78). Academic Press. [details]
    • Paul, E. R., Farmer, M., Kämpe, R., Cremers, H. R., & Hamilton, J. P. (2019). Functional Connectivity Between Extrastriate Body Area and Default Mode Network Predicts Depersonalization Symptoms in Major Depression: Findings From an A Priori Specified Multinetwork Comparison. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 4(7), 627-635. [details]




    • Cremers, H. R., & Roelofs, K. (2016). Social anxiety disorder: a critical overview of neurocognitive research. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 7(4), 218-232. [details]
    • Cremers, H., Lee, R., Keedy, S., Luan Phan, K., & Coccaro, E. (2016). Effects of Escitalopram Administration on Face Processing in Intermittent Explosive Disorder: An fMRI Study. Neuropsychopharmacology, 41(2), 590-597. Advance online publication. [details]


    • Cremers, H. R., Veer, I. M., Spinhoven, P., Rombouts, S. A. R. B., & Roelofs, K. (2015). Neural sensitivity to social reward and punishment anticipation in social anxiety disorder. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8, Article 439.
    • Cremers, H. R., Veer, I. M., Spinhoven, P., Rombouts, S. A. R. B., Yarkoni, T., Wager, T. D., & Roelofs, K. (2015). Altered cortical-Amygdala coupling in social anxiety disorder during the anticipation of giving a public speech. Psychological Medicine, 45(7), 1521-1529. Advance online publication. [details]
    • Hagenaars, M. A., Mesbah, R., & Cremers, H. (2015). Mental Imagery Affects Subsequent Automatic Defense Responses. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 6, Article 73. [details]


    • Demenescu, L. R., Kortekaas, R., Cremers, H. R., Renken, R. J., van Tol, M. J., van der Wee, N. J. A., Veltman, D. J., den Boer, J. A., Roelofs, K., & Aleman, A. (2013). Amygdala activation and its functional connectivity during perception of emotional faces in social phobia and panic disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47(8), 1024-1031.


    • Cremers, H., van Tol, M. J., Roelofs, K., Aleman, A., Zitman, F. G., van Buchem, M. A., Veltman, D. J., & van der Wee, N. J. A. (2011). Extraversion is linked to volume of the orbitofrontal cortex and amygdala. PLoS ONE, 6(12), Article e28421.


    • Cremers, H. R., Demenescu, L. R., Aleman, A., Renken, R., van Tol, M-J., van der Wee, N. J. A., Veltman, D. J., & Roelofs, K. (2010). Neuroticism modulates amygdala-prefrontal connectivity in response to negative emotional facial expressions. NeuroImage, 49(1), 963-970. Advance online publication.
    • van Wingen, G. A., van Eijndhoven, P., Cremers, H. R., Tendolkar, I., Verkes, R. J., Buitelaar, J. K., & Fernández, G. (2010). Neural state and trait bases of mood-incongruent memory formation and retrieval in first-episode major depression. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 44(8), 527-534. Advance online publication. [details]
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