We at the Affect Motivation and Action lab are fascinated by feelings and motivational states and how they link to our actions. We aim to answer questions such as:

How do people stay motivated to finish a boring task on a Blue Monday?


Why do people experience the world as a safer place when they are in a happy mood? 

In our research, we cross traditional borders and are inspired by work from colleagues from various disciplines including cognitive neuroscience, social psychology, clinical psychology, affective neuroscience, psychopharmacology, and (digital) humanities. Our ambition is to do robust research that is rooted in this fertile grounds using all relevant tools available in the toolkit of the cognitive neuroscientist.

On a more associative note, AMA is also the acronym for

Ask Me Anything

This refers to how we want to do science. In our lab we aim to be open in our data and methods, are driven by curiosity, and have the attitude to always learn new things. We love to ask questions and to be asked questions. Our lab focuses on curiosity-driven, basic science.

Lastly, did you know that the word “AMA” means “love” in Latin? The philosopher Augustine of Hippo once famously introduced the following principle:


meaning “Love, and do what you like”.

We believe this attitude is also important for our scientific work. In our lab, we aim to foster individual freedom and creativity and hope to make our contribution to a kinder science.