Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC)

Photographer: Ellen Buijn

dr. A. (Annemie) Ploeger


  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group Developmental Psychology
  • Visiting address
    REC G
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 129  Room number: 1.10
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15916
    1001 NK  Amsterdam
  • A.Ploeger@uva.nl
    T: 0205256082

About myself

I work as an Assistant Professor at the section of Developmental Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. 

From January to July 2009 I was a visiting research scholar at the section of Biological Anthropology at University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA).

I have received my PhD degree, based on the defense of my thesis 'Towards an integration of evolutionary psychology and developmental science: New insights from evolutionary developmental biology', on December 3rd, 2008.

My research interests

General:

- evolutionary psychology

- dynamic systems theory

- evolutionary developmental (evo-devo) biology

More specific:

- evolution of psychiatric disorders

- the modularity-of-the-mind debat

- evolution of intelligence

- evolution of sex differences

Publications

Honing, H., & Ploeger, A. (in press). Cognition and evolution of music: Pitfalls and prospects. Topics in Cognitive Science .

Ploeger, A., & Galis, F. (in press). Evolutionary approaches to autism: an overview and integration. McGill Journal of Medicine .
Penke, L., Borsboom, D., Johnson, W., Kievit, R. A., Ploeger, A., & Wicherts, J. M. (2012). Evolutionary psychology and intelligence research cannot be integrated the way Kanazawa (2010) suggests. American Psychologist, 66, 916-917 .

Ploeger, A., & Galis, F. (2011). Evo Devo and cognitive science. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science , 2 , 429-440.

Ploeger, A. (2010). Evolutionary psychology as a metatheory for the social sciences. Integral Review, 6, 164-174.

Ploeger, A. (2010). Evolutionary psychology, developmental systems theory and advaita philosophy as metatheories: Are the three compatible? Integral Review, 6, 201-206.

Ploeger, A. (2010). De evolutie van algemene intelligentie: Een paradox ontrafeld. BLIND! Digitaal tijdschrift over interdisciplinair onderzoek, nummer 24, www.ziedaar.nl

Ploeger,A., Raijmakers, M.E.J., van der Maas, H.L.J., & Galis, F. (2010). The association between autism and errors in early embryogenesis: what is the causal mechanism? Biological Psychiatry, 67, 602-607.

Kan, K.-J., Ploeger, A., Raijmakers, M.E.J., Dolan, C.V., & van der Maas, H.L.J. (2010). Nonlinear epigenetic variance: Review and simulations. Developmental Science, 13, 11-27.

Ploeger, A., van der Maas, H.L.J., Raijmakers, M.E.J., & Galis, F. (2009). Why did the savant syndrome not spread in the population? A psychiatric example of a developmental constraint. Psychiatry Research, 166, 85-90.

Ploeger,A. (2009). Autisme en lichamelijke afwijkingen: een verklaring vanuit de evolutionaire ontwikkelingsbiologie. Neuropraxis, 13, 43-46.

Ploeger, A., van der Maas, H.L.J., & Raijmakers, M.E.J. (2008). Is evolutionarypsychology a metatheoryfor psychology? A discussion of four major issues in psychology from an evolutionary developmental perspective. Psychological Inquiry, 19, 1-18.

Ploeger, A., van der Maas, H.L.J., & Raijmakers, M.E.J. (2008). Is evolutionary developmental biology a viable approach to the study of the human mind? (Reply to commentaries). Psychological Inquiry, 19, 41-48.

Frankenhuis, W.E., & Ploeger, A. (2007). Evolutionary psychology versus Fodor:Arguments for and against the massive modularity hypothesis. Philosophical Psychology, 20, 687-710.

Ploeger, A. (2007). Een bron van inspiratie: Over evolutionaire ontwikkelingsbiologie en psychologie. BLIND! Digitaal tijdschrift over interdisciplinair onderzoek, nummer 12, www.ziedaar.nl

Wagemans, J., De Winter, J., Op de Beeck, H. P., Ploeger,A., Beckers, T., & Vanroose, P. (2008). Identification of everyday objects on the basis of silhouette and outline versions. Perception, 37, 207-244.

Hock, H.S., & Ploeger, A. (2006). Linking dynamical perceptual decisions at different levelsof description in motion pattern formation: Psychophysics. Perception & Psychophysics, 68(3), 505-514.

Ploeger, A. (2004). Op naar een rijkere evolutionaire psychologie. BLIND! Digitaal tijdschrift over interdisciplinair onderzoek, nummer 2, www.ziedaar.nl

Ploeger, A., van der Maas, H.L.J., & Hartelman, P.A.I. (2002). Stochastic catastrophe analysis of switches in the perception of apparent motion. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 9(1), 26-42.

Gilroy, L.A., Hock, H.S., & Ploeger, A. (2001). Differential activation solution to the motion correspondence problem. Perception & Psychophysics, 63(5), 847-861.

Teaching

- Evolutionary Psychology (Kernthema AK06 for psychology students) (February - March)

- Animal Cognition (Kernthema AK14 for psychology students) (September-October)

- Cognitive Psychology (BAICOP6 for artificial intelligence students) (February - March)

- Developmental Biology, Developmental Psychology & Language (203PB for psychobiology students) (November - December)

- Animal Cognition (PB302 for psychobiology students) (September - October)

- Supervision of students who like to write a Bachelor thesis (Psychology) or do a Bachelor research internship (Psychobiology) on evolutionary (developmental) psychology

- Supervision of students who like to do research for their Master thesis on evolutionary (developmental) psychology

- Supervision of students who like to write their second year paper (VRT-2 or Miniscriptie) on evolutionary (developmental) psychology

My daugther Meander

Meander, six weeks old

My daugther Meander

Meander, six months old, with her Daddy

My daugther Veerle

Veerle, 1.5 years old

2016

  • Ploeger, A., & Galis, F. (2016). Evo-devo and cognitive science. In L. Nuno de la Rosa, & G. Müller (Eds.), Evolutionary developmental biology: A reference guide Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-33038-9_44-1  [details] 

2015

  • Kret, M. E., & Ploeger, A. (2015). Emotion processing deficits: A liability spectrum providing insight into comorbidity of mental disorders. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 52, 153-171. DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.02.011  [details] 
  • Ploeger, A., & van der Hoort, B. (2015). Evolutionary psychology as a metatheory for the social sciences: How to gather interdisciplinary evidence for a psychological adaptation. Review of General Psychology, 19(3), 381-392. DOI: 10.1037/gpr0000052  [details] 

2014

  • Raijmakers, M. E. J., Kan, K. J., Ploeger, A., & van der Maas, H. L. J. (2014). Nonlinear epigenetic variance in developmental processes. In P. C. M. Molenaar, R. M. Lerner, & K. M. Newell (Eds.), Handbook of developmental systems theory and methodology (pp. 171-187). New York: Guilford Press. [details] 

2012

2011

  • Ploeger, A., & Galis, F. (2011). Evo Devo and cognitive science. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Cognitive Science, 2(4), 429-440. DOI: 10.1002/wcs.137  [details] 
  • Ploeger, A., & Galis, F. (2011). Evolutionary approaches to autism: an overview and integration. McGill Journal of Medicine, 13(2), 38-43. [details] 
  • Penke, L., Borsboom, D., Johnson, W., Kievit, R. A., Ploeger, A., & Wicherts, J. M. (2011). Evolutionary psychology and intelligence research cannot be integrated the way Kanazawa (2010) suggested. The American Psychologist, 66(9), 916-917. DOI: 10.1037/a0024626  [details] 

2010

  • Kan, K. J., Ploeger, A., Raijmakers, M. E. J., Dolan, C. V., & van der Maas, H. L. J. (2010). Nonlinear epigenetic variance: review and simulations. Developmental Science, 13(1), 11-27. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2009.00858.x  [details] 
  • Ploeger, A. (2010). Evolutionary psychology as a metatheory for the social sciences. Integral review, 6(3), 164-174. [details] 
  • Ploeger, A. (2010). Evolutionary psychology, developmental systems theory and advaita philosophy as metatheories: are the three compatible? Integral review, 6(3), 201-206. [details] 
  • Ploeger, A., Raijmakers, M. E. J., van der Maas, H. L. J., & Galis, F. (2010). The association between autism and errors in early embryogenesis: what is the causal mechanism? Biological Psychiatry, 67(7), 602-607. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.10.010  [details] 

2009

  • Ploeger, A., van der Maas, H. L. J., Raijmakers, M. E. J., & Galis, F. (2009). Why did the savant syndrome not spread in the population? A psychiatric example of a developmental constraint. Psychiatry Research, 166(1), 85-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2007.11.010  [details] 

2008

  • Ploeger, A., van der Maas, H. L. J., & Raijmakers, M. E. J. (2008). Is evolutionary developmental biology a viable approach to the study of the human mind? Reply. Psychological Inquiry, 19(1), 41-48. DOI: 10.1080/10478400701774147  [details] 
  • Ploeger, A., van der Maas, H. L. J., & Raijmakers, M. E. J. (2008). Is evolutionary psychology a metatheory for psychology? A discussion of four major issues in psychology from an evolutionary developmental perspective. Psychological Inquiry, 19(1), 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/10478400701774006  [details] 
  • Wagemans, J., de Winter, J., Beeck, H., Ploeger, A., Beckers, T., & Vanroose, P. (2008). Identification of everyday objects on the basis of silhouette and outline versions. Perception, 37, 207-244. DOI: 10.1068/p5825  [details] 

2009

  • Ploeger, A. (2009). Autisme en lichamelijke afwijkingen: een verklaring vanuit de evolutionaire ontwikkelingsbiologie. Neuropraxis, 13(2), 43-46. [details] 

Award

  • Ploeger, A. (2015): Congressubsidiefonds of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen € 3000,-.
  • Ploeger, A. (2015): ABC Vip Grant - Visiting professor or funding for a seminar, workshop or presentation (max. € 7.500 per proposal)..

Scientific position

  • Ploeger, A. (2010): Organisation of the symposium Evolution of Developmental Systems for the Human Behavior & Evolution Society (HBES), University of Oregon, USA.
  • Ploeger, A. (2010): Collaboration with Honing, H. The evolution of music: pitfalls and prospects., Cognitive Science Center, University of Amsterdam..
  • Ploeger, A. (2010): Collaboration with Galis, F. The association between disturbances during early embryogenesis and developmental disorders., VU Medical Center, Amsterdam.

Media appearance

  • Ploeger, Annemie (01-10-2016): In je eentje. Interview in Flow.
  • Ploeger, Annemie (27-07-2016): Lof der Luiheid Viva. Interview in Viva.

Others

  • Ploeger, A. (organiser) (16-4-2015 - 17-4-2015): Conference organization with Mariska Kret: Evolutionary Psychology & Primatology in the Low Countries, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Kret, M.E. (organiser) & Ploeger, A. (organiser) (2014): Evolutionary Psychology & Primatology (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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