Website of Ruth J. van Holst
Welcome to my website

I am fascinated by how certain behavior can spiral out of control and how this is reflected in the human brain. Current projects that I am working on are: 

1) Neuroimaging study in disordered gambling and alcohol dependence

2) Neurostimulation as treatment for alcohol dependence

3) Meta-cognitions in compulsive behaviours

4) Neuroimaging study in patients with orexin deficiency investigating the role of orexin in food-related motivation

5) PET study investigating dopamine in disordered gambling


I participated as neuroscientist in a documentary about extreme sports by HUMAN and NPO3 see here

New accepted papers:  

Hooked on gambling: a problem of human or machine design? The Lancet Psychiatry 5 (1), 20-21 by M Yücel, A Carter, K Harrigan, RJ van Holst, C Livingstone

Compulsivity-related neurocognitive performance deficits in Gambling Disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2017 by Tim van Timmeren, Joost Daams, Ruth J van Holst*, Anna Goudriaan*

Differential effects of left and right prefrontal high frequency rTMS on resting state fMRI in healthy individuals in Brain Connectivity 2017 by Renee S. Schluter, Jochem M Jansen, Ruth J van Holst, Wim van den Brink, Anna Goudriaan


Meet my great team: 

From left to right, up to down: Tim van Timmeren (PhD-student), Nina de Boer (Research Assistent), Renee Schluter (PhD-student), Monja Hoven (Research Assitent)