Laura Wesseldijk


Room: MF-B555


After a Bachelor's degree in Biological Psychology at Maastricht University, I completed the Research Master Neuropsychology in Maastricht University, including a scientific research internship in Eldoret, Kenya on traumatic brain injury. I did my PhD at the department of Biological Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on the genetic and environmental influences on the development of childhood psychopathology and how psychopathology clusters within families with a child with psychopathology. Since obtaining my PhD, I work four days per week as a post-doc for the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm investigating the genetic and environmental interplay underlying musicality and mental health problems. One day per week I work at the Social Psychology department of the Vrije Universiteit on the genetics of disgust sensitivity.

Post-doc project

As of October 2018 I started with the post-doc project “The genetics of disgust sensitivity” under the supervision of Dr. Josh Tybur.

Research Interests

  • Childhood psychopathology
  • Parental psychopathology
  • Behavioral genetics
  • Musicality
  • Cultural engagement


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Recent publications

LW Wesseldijk, RL Gordon, MA Mosing & F Ullén (2021) Music and verbal ability—A twin study of genetic and environmental associations.. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
RE de Vries, LW Wesseldijk, AK Karinen, P Jern & JM Tybur (2021) Relations between HEXACO personality and ideology variables are mostly genetic in nature. European Journal of Personality, 08902070211014035
A Karinen, L Wesseldijk, P Jern & JM Tybur (2021) Sex, drugs, and genes: Illuminating the moral condemnation of recreational drugs. PsyArXiv
LW Wesseldijk, MA Mosing & F Ullén (2021) Why Is an Early Start of Training Related to Musical Skills in Adulthood? A Genetically Informative Study. Psychological Science 32 (1), 3-13
JM Tybur, LW Wesseldijk & P Jern (2020) " Genetic and environmental influences on disgust proneness, contamination sensitivity, and their covariance": Corrigendum.. Sage Publications
JM Tybur, LW Wesseldijk & P Jern (2020) Genetic and Environmental Influences on Disgust Proneness, Contamination Sensitivity, and Their Covariance (vol, 2020). CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE 8 (6), 1069-1069
JM Tybur, LW Wesseldijk & P Jern (2020) Genetic and environmental influences on disgust proneness, contamination sensitivity, and their covariance. Clinical Psychological Science 8 (6), 1054-1061
C Kandler, D Bratko, A Butković, TV Hlupić, JM Tybur, LW Wesseldijk & ... (2020) How genetic and environmental variance in personality traits shift across the life span: Evidence from a cross-national twin study.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
LW Wesseldijk, F Ullén & MA Mosing (2020) Does listening to music increase your ability to discriminate musical sounds?. Personality and Individual Differences 161, 110001
L Wesseldijk, M Mosing & F Ullen (2019) Is there a sensitive period for musical skill acquisition during development? A genetically informative study. BEHAVIOR GENETICS 49 (6), 498-498
L Wesseldijk, F Ullén & MA Mosing (2019) T8THE EFFECTS OF PLAYING MUSIC ON MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES. European Neuropsychopharmacology 29, S223-S224
LW Wesseldijk, F Ullén & MA Mosing (2019) The effects of playing music on mental health outcomes. Scientific reports 9 (1), 1-9
LW Wesseldijk, MA Mosing & F Ullén (2019) Gene–environment interaction in expertise: The importance of childhood environment for musical achievement.. Developmental psychology 55 (7), 1473
LW Wesseldijk, GC Dieleman, FJA van Steensel, M Bartels, JJ Hudziak & ... (2018) Risk factors for parental psychopathology: a study in families with children or adolescents with psychopathology. European child & adolescent psychiatry 27 (12), 1575-1584
L Wesseldijk, M Mosing & F Ullen (2018) Gene-environment interplay and music ability. BEHAVIOR GENETICS 48 (6), 521-522
LW Wesseldijk, GC Dieleman, FJA van Steensel, EJ Bleijenberg & ... (2018) Do parental psychiatric symptoms predict outcome in children with psychiatric disorders? A naturalistic clinical study. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 57 (9), 669 …
LW Wesseldijk, M Bartels, JM Vink, CEM van Beijsterveldt, L Ligthart & ... (2018) Genetic and environmental influences on conduct and antisocial personality problems in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. European child & adolescent psychiatry 27 (9), 1123-1132
LW Wesseldijk (2018) Risk factors for the development and outcome of childhood psychopathology.
LW Wesseldijk, IO Fedko, M Bartels, MG Nivard, CEM van Beijsterveldt & ... (2017) Psychopathology in 7‐year‐old children: Differences in maternal and paternal ratings and the genetic epidemiology. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics 174 …
IO Fedko, LW Wesseldijk, MG Nivard, JJ Hottenga, CEM van Beijsterveldt & ... (2017) Heritability of behavioral problems in 7-year olds based on shared and unique aspects of parental views. Behavior genetics 47 (2), 152-163

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