Nadia Hutten is a PhD student at the Department of Neuropsychology & Psychopharmacology at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Her main research topic is cognition enhancement with ‘illicit’ drug use.
She was involved in two studies examining the acute effects of cocaine of memory, attention and creativity. Furthermore, she aims to understand the effects of microdosing with psychedelics on mood, cognition, and mental well-being. She uses survey studies to examine the practice, the motives, side-effects and the potential therapeutic purposes. In addition, placebo-controlled studies are used to experimentally asses the acute and sub-acute effects of microdosing.
Nadia has a B.A. degree in Health Sciences (mental health) and Msc degree in Neuropsychology. Prior to her PhD research, she worked as a research assistant for two years on studies examining the safety profile of Novel Psychoactive Substances, including the subjective and cognitive effects in Phase 1 studies. Furthermore, she was involved in a study examining the acute effects of opioids on cognitive functioning and driving performance.