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Jeroen van Baar is an interdisciplinary scientist and author. He studies the ways in which psychology and the brain shape our society and vice versa. He is currently a research associate at the Trimbos Institute: the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, specializing in the social determinants of mental health.

Jeroen studied psychology and cognitive neuroscience at Utrecht and ENS Paris. He obtained his Ph.D. in January of 2019 at the Donders Institute of Radboud University Nijmegen with a thesis on the psychology and neuroscience of moral decision-making. He then moved to Brown University for a post-doc on how political polarization originates in the brain.

In Fall 2013 he was a member of the National Think Tank, researching the future of health care in the Netherlands alongside 25 other students. In January 2014, he published the book De Prestatiegeneratie on achievement anxiety in youth. And in 2016 he was a fellow of the BKB Academy, a training program on political campaigns and media.

As a societally engaged scientist, Jeroen has published articles in newspapers and periodicals including De Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad, De Groene Amsterdammer, Donders Wonders and Psychology Today. He gives general-audience talks on how scientific insights can advance our understanding of influential trends in society.

Academic publications: Google Scholar.

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