Background and activities

Brain researcher and Professor of Neuropsychology at NTNU.

I hold an MSc in Human Movement Sciences (Psychology and Philosophy) from the Free University of Amsterdam (1988) and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Edinburgh (1992).

My present teaching concentrates on Biological and Developmental Psychology from bachelor to PhD level, with a main focus on the Master in Psychology - specialization Learning: brain, behaviour, and environment. I supervise many Master's and graduate students investigating the human brain from an Ecological Neuroscience perspective.

Together with my husband, Professor of Cognitive Psychology Ruud van der Weel, I am Director of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at NTNU Trondheim. Here we investigate human development from a life-span perspective. A better understanding of the underlying principles that guide development, learning, and cognitive ageing will allow us to facilitate learning and prevent problems, especially in infants and toddlers between 0-3 years of age with their fast-developing brains that show a great deal of plasticity and enormous potential for learning.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Van der Meer, Audrey. (2013) Tidlig utvikling hos de minste barn i alderen 0-1 år. Barnas Barnehage 3: Kroppslighet i Barnehagen - Pedagogisk arbeid med kropp, bevegelse og helse (2. utgave).
  • Van der Meer, Audrey; van der Weel, Frederikus. (2011) Auditory guided arm and whole body movements in young infants. Advances in Sound Localization.
  • Weel, Frederikus van der; Craig, Cathy M.; van der Meer, Audrey. (2007) The rate of change of tau. Closing the Gap: The Scientific Writings of David N. Lee.
  • van der Meer, Audrey; Weel, Frederikus van der. (2005) The continuous development of arm movements in neonates. Bilateral Spastic Cerebral Palsy: The structure underlying functions and the evidence based rehabilitation.
  • van der Meer, Audrey; Weel, Frederikus van der. (1995) Move yourself, baby! Perceptuo-motor development from a continuous perspective. The self in infancy: Theory and research.