Ilse Thompson



I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (specialization: neuropsychology) from the University Utrecht in 2012. Currently, I am a MSc student at the University of Utrecht, enrolled in the Neuropsychology master program. As part of my master I will do two research projects. Also, I am working as a part-time research assistant at the department of Psychiatry at the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU), and am the office manager of Brain Science Tools BV.

As part of my first research project, I am involved in the project investigating the role of fronto-striatal circuits in cognitive control of eye movements in healthy individuals, patients with schizophrenia, and healthy relatives of patients with schizophrenia under supervision of Katy Thakkar.

For my second research project I am currently examining the relationship between trait-level striatal metabolites – GABA and glutamate – and both immediate effects of reinforcement on subsequent choices and on long-term behaviour flexibility in healthy individuals. Additionally, levels of GABA and glutamate in vivo using 1-proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) in chronic schizophrenia patients and healthy controls are investigated.

Research interests

NeuroImaging, fMRI, MRS, cognitive control, reward-processing, schizophrenia, psychosis


The relationship between trait-level striatal metabolites and reinforcement learning using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) in healthy individuals and schizophrenia patients.

An fMRI study of reactive inhibition in healthy first-degree unaffected relatives of patients with schizophrenia (Cortico-basal control of action selection (NWO + NCU))


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