Danique Smeijers

Danique Smeijers
Radboud University | RU · Department of Developmental Psychopathology

PhD

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October 2021 - present
Radboud University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
February 2021 - October 2021
Tilburg University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
February 2018 - present
Pompestichting Forensische Psychiatrie
Pompestichting Forensische Psychiatrie
Position
  • Senior Researcher
Education
December 2012 - December 2016
Radboud University Medical Centre (Radboudumc)
Field of study
  • Forensic psychology
September 2011 - August 2012
Radboud University
Field of study
  • Master Clinical Psychology
September 2009 - August 2011
Radboud University
Field of study
  • Research Master Behavioural Science

Publications

Publications (20)
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Individuals with hostile expectations (HEX) anticipate harm from seemingly neutral or ambiguous stimuli, and this can trigger antisocial behaviour. However, it is unclear how HEX are acquired, how the level of environmental threat affects the learning process, and to what extent HEX acquisition predicts real-world measures of antisocial thought, co...
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Background: Displaced aggression occurs when a person encounters a provoking situation, is unable or unwilling to retaliate against the original provocateur, and subsequently aggresses against a target that is not the source of the initial provocation. The displaced aggression questionnaire (DAQ) was developed to measure individual differences in...
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Prior laboratory experiments among healthy samples found that training avoidance movements to angry faces may lower anger and aggression, especially people high in trait anger. To enrich this training and make it more suitable for clinical applications, the present researchers developed it into a Virtual Reality Game for Aggressive Impulse Manageme...
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Social reward refers to the motivational and pleasurable aspects of our interactions with other people. While some people experience social encounters as pleasurable, others experience them as aversive. However, the current knowledge on individual differences in social reward valuation in relation to pro- and antisocial personality characteristics...
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Aggressive individuals are thought to process social information in such a manner that the likelihood of engaging in aggressive acts increases drastically. Additionally, emotion and emotion regulation skills are implicated in aggressive and violent behavior as well. However, little attention has been paid to the reciprocal relations between emotion...
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Previous research showed that the disposition to react with disproportionate aggression in adults is influenced by an interaction between a variant in the X-chromosomal monoamine oxidase A gene (MAOA) and early traumatic events. Such studies have often focused on a single type of trauma, whereas we know that experiencing multiple trauma types is as...
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Background: Prior laboratory findings indicate that training avoidance movements to angry faces may lower anger and aggression among healthy participants, especially those high in trait anger. To enrich this training and make it more suitable for clinical applications, it has been developed into a Virtual Reality Game for Aggressive Impulse Managem...
Research
Hostile Attribution Bias (HAB)—or the misattribution of hostile intent to others—is an important construct for the assessment and the treatment of aggressive individuals. While aggression is a multifactorial phenomenon, HAB has repeatedly been found to be associated with higher levels of aggression and to differentiate aggressive from non-aggressiv...
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Aggression Replacement Training (ART) is widely used to reduce aggression and is considered to be effective although there are also inconsistent results. Studies investigating the effectiveness of ART do not focus on neurocognitive characteristics. Focusing on these aspects would result in enhanced understanding of underlying mechanisms of ART. The...
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Anger is a difficult emotion to control, presumably because it is thought to be an approach-related affect. Recent studies suggest that it is possible to modify the motivational core of anger by training people to make avoidance movements towards angry faces. This training was successful in reducing angry feelings and aggressive impulses. Based on...
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The most studied bimodal classifications of aggressive behavior are the impulsive/premeditated distinction measured with the Impulsive Premeditated Aggression Scale and the reactive/proactive distinction measured with the Reactive Proactive Questionnaire. The terms of these classifications are often used interchangeably, assuming that reactive aggr...
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Aggression replacement training (ART) is widely used to reduce aggression. Results regarding its effectiveness, however, are inconclusive regarding adults and specific populations displaying severe aggression. The current open uncontrolled treatment study aimed at assessing the social skills and anger control modules of the ART to reduce aggression...
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Considering the enormous health, social and economic consequences of aggression, there is a critical need for a better understanding of underlying causes and maintaining factors as well as of effective treatments of maladaptive aggressive behavior. This dissertation contributes to the enhancement of this understanding by revealing several underlyin...
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Objective: Parental rejection in childhood is associated with the increased risk of aggression in adulthood and is thought to contribute to the development of inaccurate beliefs regarding own or others’ behavior (i.e., cognitive distortion) as well. Different forms of aggression are thought to be linked to different types of cognitive distortions....
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Individuals with aggression regulation disorders tend to attribute hostility to others in socially ambiguous situations. Previous research suggests that this “hostile attribution bias” is a powerful cause of aggression. Facial expressions form important cues in the appreciation of others’ intentions. Furthermore, accurate processing of facial expre...
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Background and objectives: Low self-esteem is a symptom of depression and depression vulnerability. Prior research on self-esteem has largely focused on implicit (ISE) and explicit self-esteem (ESE) as two separate constructs, missing their interaction. Therefore, the current study investigated the interaction between ISE and ESE in a depression-v...
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The Reactive Proactive Questionnaire (RPQ) was originally developed to assess reactive and proactive aggressive behavior in children. Nevertheless, some studies have used the RPQ in adults. This study examines the reliability of the RPQ within an adult sample by investigating whether reactive and proactive aggression can be distinguished at a varia...
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Background: Burnout is highly prevalent in GPs and can have a negative influence on their wellbeing, performance, and patient care. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) may be an effective intervention to decrease burnout symptoms and increase wellbeing. Aim: To gain insight into the feasibility and effectiveness of MBSR on burnout, empathy...

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In this project, we seek to understand how people manage feelings of anger and aggressive impulses. Moreover, we try to develop new kinds of interventions for promoting more effective anger management.