Ricarda Weiland

PhD student
Team Member

Short CV
2017 – current PhD candidate at the Vrije University, Amsterdam
2016 – 2017 Honours Master Programme at the Radboud University Nijmegen
2015 – 2017 Master Cognitive Neuroscience at the Donders Institute Nijmegen [Cum laude]
2012 – 2015 Bachelor Psychology at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

PhD project: Measuring Sensory Processing in Autism: From Questionnaire to Neurophysiology.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by a broad range of both social and non-social symptoms. Recently, sensory sensitivity has been added as non-social symptom to the DSM-5 criteria. In a parallel development, multiple theories have proposed sensory processing as an underlying mechanism that could potentially explain the broad range of symptoms in ASD.

In this project, I am investigating sensory processing in a large sample of adults with and without ASD, using questionnaires, neuropsychological tasks, and electroencephalography (EEG). I aim to characterize sensory processing in the visual and auditory domains, using multiple tasks, and link both questionnaire scores and task performances to measures of EEG. Furthermore, I am looking to identify EEG resting state biomarkers which correlate to sensory sensitivity, and which could potentially distinguish between adults with and without ASD.

Contact info


VU University Amsterdam
MF building, Room MF-B550
Van der Boechorststraat 7
1081 BT Amsterdam
The Netherlands


+31 20 59 83168