Rachel Elsinga

Doctoral Student



In my research I aim to gain a better understanding of the cognitive and neuropsychological development of children. I am interested in both typical development and development of children at risk of developmental setback. In my research I find it important to gain insight in the development of psychological functions in their interrelation with other developing psychological functions. My PhD project concerns “the development of integrated visual processing in young children”. In this project we aim to develop two new experimental tests that assess visual processing in typically developing children aged 3 to 6 years. We will combine these tests with eye tracking measures. My supervisors are Elia Psouni, Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology, and Geoffrey Patching, Professor in Cognitive Psychology.



Before I started my PhD education I have engaged in studies in both Psychology and Medicine. I finished a BSc in Psychology, a BSc in Medicine, and a MSc in Developmental Psychology at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Besides my studies I have completed an Honours Degree in Medical Research and participated in research projects at the Division of Neonatology at the University Medical Center in Groningen, The Netherlands. My research there concerned follow-up studies of term born children at risk of developmental set-back due to their neonatal history (surgery, PPHN, anesthesia). In these studies we assessed motor, cognitive and behavioral function at school age.