Babet Halberstadtonline

Short bio

PhD candidate with a background in neuroscience, now combining her love of gaming with her interest in the brain and human behaviour. Collector of useless skills, photographer, illustrator, and ukulele player.

Top-3 games
  1. Half-life 2
  2. Dwarf Fortress
  3. This War of Mine
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And when we're in game worlds, I believe that many of us become the best version of ourselves — the most likely to help at a moment's notice, the most likely to stick with a problem as long as it takes, to get up after failure and try again.

Jane McGonigal - Gaming can make a better world (TED Talk)

About me

I am a researcher with a background in biology. I received my research master's degree in Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Groningen. I have always had a broad-range of interests, having worked on topics such as chronobiology, cell biology, neurodegeneration, the nature of consciousness, brain lateralization, depression and behavioural biology.

I started my PhD at the Behavioural Science Institute at the Radboud University in 2017. I am planning on focusing on how social interaction in online games is experienced, what elements are needed to achieve a feeling of social presence, and how social games can help lower stress.

Projects I’ve worked on

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    Reducing Stress Through Virtual Social Support

    About the project

    People with large social networks on average live longer, happier, less stressed lives. We can potentially leverage video games and virtual spaces to increase the experience of social support and impact daily stress and anxiety. Therefore, this project aims to show that virtual social support can lower stress, and potentially impact stress coping behaviours.

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My updates

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    About the event

    Indigo 2017


    De Lik, Utrecht

    Dutch Game Garden invites you to INDIGO, the showcase for the finest, most outstanding games by independent developers.

My publications

Worked together with

Isabela Granic

Professor and Chair of the Developmental Psychopathology department in the Behavioural Science Institute; writer; voracious podcast consumer; mother of two upstanding little gamers


Director of GEMH Lab

Maaike Verhagen

Assistant Professor within the Developmental Psychopathology group of the Behavioural Science Institute


Assistant Professor

Marieke van Rooij

Assistant prof. and data geek at the GEMH lab, dynamical modelling, personalisation, wants to put the I back into AI, news junkie, cat lover.


Assistant Professor

Anouk Tuijnman

I am a passionate researcher interested in improving the well-being of young people with the use of innovative interventions.




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