I am an assistant professor at the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI), Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in the EPAN group of Prof. dr. Karin Roelofs and associated with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, in particular with the Intention & Action group headed by Prof. Dr. Ivan Toni. 

My research topics are focused on the behavioural, neural and endocrine mechanisms involved during the control of social emotional behaviour in different psychopathological disorders and in the student population. To investigate this I use several techniques, such as fMRI, brain stimulation, kinematic responses and physiological measures, such as salivary hormones and heart rate. I look at the control of emotional approach-avoidance behaviour while measuring underlying brain activity in patients with a social anxiety disorder, conversion disorder and psychopathy, and study the influence of the serotonin transporter polymorphism (5-HTTLPR) on this process.


Paper accepted in PNAS
on "How minds meet. Cerebral coherence between communicators marks the emergence of meaning". 

I am a PhD now - with highest distinction!

Download the digital version of my PhD thesis here.
I defended this thesis on the 25th of April at 15.30, Nijmegen, NL.

The symposium "In control. Regulating affective decisions and actions" on the 25th and 26th of April was a great success!

Many thanks to everybody who contributed to making it a stimulating and inspiring symposium.

The pictures are now online! click here

For more information, see the EPAN website.


Contact information 

Montessorilaan 3, room A.07.18
6525 HR Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)24 3611293 
Email: inge.volman[AT]donders.ru.nl 


Stolk A, Noordzij M, Verhagen L, Volman I, Schoffelen JM, Oostenveld R, Hagoort P, Toni I (accepted). How minds meet. Cerebral coherence between communicators marks the emergence of meaning. PNAS

Stolk A, Noordzij ML, Volman I, Verhagen L, Overeem S, van Elswijk G, Bloem B, Hagoort P, Toni I (2013). Understanding communicative actions: a repetitive TMS study. Cortex

Volman, I., Verhagen, L., Den Ouden, H.E.M., Fernández, G., Rijpkema, M., Franke, B., Toni, I. Roelofs, K. (2013). Reduced serotonin transporter availability decreases prefrontal control of the amygdala. The Journal of Neuroscience.

Volman, I., Noordzij, M. L., & Toni, I. (2012). Sources of variability in human communicative skills. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 

Von Borries, A. K. L., Volman, I., de Bruijn, E. R. A., Bulten, B. H., Verkes, R. J., & Roelofs, K. (2012). Psychopaths lack the automatic avoidance of social threat: relation to instrumental aggression. Psychiatry Research. 

Volman, I., Roelofs, K., Koch, S., Verhagen, L., & Toni, I. (2011). Inhibition of anterior prefrontal cortex reduces control of social emotional behaviour. Current Biology, 21, 1766-1770.  

Volman, I., Toni, I., Verhagen, L., & Roelofs, K. (2011). Endogenous testosterone modulates prefrontal control. Cerebral Cortex, 21, 2282-2290. 

Roelofs, K. Putman, P., Schouten, S., Lange, W. G., Volman, I., & Rinck, M. (2010). Gaze direction differentially affects avoidance tendencies to happy and angry faces in socially anxious individuals. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 290-294. 

Newman-Norlund, S. E., Noordzij, M. L., Newman-Norlund, R. D., Volman, I. A., De Ruiter, J. P., Hagoort, P., & Toni, I. (2009). Recipient design in tacit communication. Cognition, 111(1), 46-53.

Volman, I.A.C., Noordzij, M.L., Newman-Norlund, S., Toni, I. (2008). A neural and behavioural investigation of inter-subject variability in establishing communicative actions. Proceedings of the Cognitive Neuroscience Master of the Radboud University, 3(1), p73-88.