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- faculteit der gedrags- en bewegingswetenschappen ( sectie klinische neuropsychologie )
- PhD student
Jesse Meijers (1989) is a PhD student at the department of Clinical Neuropsychology of the VU University Amsterdam, since October 2012. His research focuses on the effects of detention (being detained in prison) on cognition. Jesse finished his Master in Clinical Neuropsychology at the VU in August 2012. For his thesis, he conducted research in the Penitentiary Psychiatric Centre (PPC) Amsterdam, where he studied the relation between sleep and aggressive behaviour in prisoners with a psychotic illness. He did his clinical internship in PI Over-Amstel, also known as the Bijlmerbajes.
His current research focuses on the effects of detention on the cognition of prisoners, in particular executive functions such as impulse control. Prison is an intentionally impoverished environment, which may have negative effects on the executive functioning of prisoners. This research currently takes place in PI Over-Amstel, but may be expanded to other locations as well. Besides cognition, he will also investigate the actual level of activity of the prisoners by means of actigraphy.
Research methods. Computerised neuropsychological tests (CANTAB), physiologic measures (VU-AMS), actigraphy (Actical)
Interventions. We are looking in to studying the effects of running therapy on cognition in prisoners.
Relevance of the research. When we consider that most prisoners will eventually return to society, we feel that a decline in executive functions is exactly the opposite of what we think is important to reduce recidivism, namely an improvement in impulse control.
Meijers, J., Scherder, F. & Harte, J.M. (2015). Disturbed sleep as a risk factor for aggression in prisoners with a psychotic illness: a brief report. Psychology, Crime and Law, 2015 (21(10)), 968-972. doi: 10.1080/1068316X.2015.1077246
Meijers, J., Harte, J.M., Jonker, F.A. & Meynen, G. (2015). Prison brain? Executive dysfunction in prisoners. Frontiers in Psychology, 2015 (6):43. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00043
Meijers, J., Harte, J.M., Meynen, G. & Cuijpers, W.J.M.J. (2015). Study protocol: The influence of running therapy on executive functions and sleep of prisoners. F1000Research, 4:152. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.6469.1