4th Training Workshop on Valence and Arousal Systems

Host: UCLouvain – Psychological Sciences Research Institute (IPSY)

Platform: Teams

November 10-12, 2021

  • The workshop is organized in hybrid form via Teams combined with Discord or Miro platforms.
  • Additional tools are used for Notes and Questions (Jamboard), Roundtable Discussion (Padlet), Engaging participants (Padlet).
  • Sessions are 70 minutes long, including 40 mins talk followed by 20 mins breakout group discussion (3 groups of 5 ESRs) and 10 mins wrap-up.
  • The schedule is set at the CET time zone.

Invited Speakers

Christopher Bartlett Ph.D.

Ohio State University

Christopher Bartlett, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Mathematical Medicine at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at the The Ohio State University, in USA. His long-term goal is to understand the molecular neurobiology of human language. However, more so than any other cognitive neuroscience topic, the neurobiology of language is quite resistant to use of animal models except in extremely circumscribed ways. Christopher’s approach is to use “forward genetics” whereby we map language and related traits into the human genome in language impaired patient and family studies using a mix of statistics and genomics. This work entails three levels of basic research and experimentation that feed into the larger project. 1) Statistical genetics research where we develop the statistical methods necessary to directly model and thereby answer our specific research questions. This work involves both analytical and computational methods. 2) Molecular genetic methods and assay development to generate the raw data used in our analyses. 3) Studies of gene expression in the human brain using methods that are similar to those for mapping cognitive traits, but these research questions involve finding directly functional genomic elements that are active in the human brain, such polymorphisms are good candidates’ biomarkers and mediators of cognitive performance.


Erika Wauthia, PhD

Université de Mons (UMons), Belgium

Erika Wauthia Ph.D. is a Post-Doctoral researcher in the Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology department at the University of Mons, in Belgium.  Her research mainly focuses on the understanding of the electrophysiological correlates of the cognitive mechanisms underlying pediatric anxiety disorders. She is particularly interested in the preferential attentional processing of threatening cues from the perspective of attentional control deficits in this population, through the use of event-related potentials (ERPs). However, given that the ongoing development of the brain in this age range may lead to changes in ERPs temporalities or topographies, she uses a data-driven approach to analyse children’s brain signals and determine which ERPs components can be treated as potential neuromarkers of anxiety disorders and of anxiety treatment efficacy.

Julia Eberlen, PhD

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Julia Eberlen first heard about the so-called “replication crisis” during her master’s in Neuropsychology at  the Université libre de Bruxelles and became seriously interested in the movement aiming to increase transparency and replicability in the psychological sciences and beyond. She pursued this interest as a side topic during her thesis on stereotype learning, under the supervision of Prof. Olivier Klein and Dr. Matteo Gagliolo at the ULB. She is particularly interested in the practicalities of the methods proposed by open science advocates, including tools to support theory development and how to keep up the line between the necessary protection of participants’ privacy and the demand for openly accessible research data. As part of her current role as the research manager of the faculty of psychological and educational sciences at the ULB, she supports researchers in their pursuit of robust, replicable science.


All times are in the Central European Timezone (CET, GMT +1)


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Travel Information

Covid-related rules for Belgium

Last update: 29/10/2021

  • Workshop-specific rules:

A “Covid Safe Ticket (CST)” must be used for access to certain events or places in Belgium. The CST resembles the European Covid certificate. It is intended to protect people’s health and keep economic and social life going. 

We would like to kindly request all participants to apply one of the three options of the CST for participating in the workshop. This will allow us to meet without wearing masks. The rooms in which the workshop lectures and meetings will take place are large. Thus, it will be possible to keep a distance from other participants. The rooms are ventilated.

Please make sure that one of the following 3 options of the CST applies to you: 

  • A certificate of complete vaccination with a recognized vaccine over 13 days old
  • A certificate of a negative PCR test in the last 48 hours or an antigen test (rapid test) in the last 24 hours. (see test centers below).
  • A recovery certificate of up to 180 days old. 

The CST must also be used in restaurants, bars and other inside activities. More information on: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/covidsafeticket/

  • Travel restrictions

What to do when you arrive in Belgium?: 


  • You are allowed to travel to Belgium except if you have stayed in a “very high-risk” country during the last 14 days. For the moment, no countries are classified as “very-high-risk”
  • Complete the Passenger Locator Form : everybody who travels to Belgium
  • Check the colour of the country you are leaving/any country you have stayed in during the last 14 days. This determines the applying rules on testing/quarantine etc.

Please find the mentioned information on the following websites:

Passenger Locator Form: https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/public-health-passenger-locator-form

Very high-risk countries:


Colour codes by country: 


Please also consult the following website which allows you to fill in your travel plans and to get “personalized” information on currently applying travel restrictions: 

Official European Website on Travel restrictions:


  • Covid tests 

Test centers: 

In Brussels: 


In Louvain-la-Neuve (you need to make an appointment):


Opening hours: Monday-Saturday, 9-17h

LIMS LLN (labo):
Avenue Jean Monnet 1
1348 Louvain-la-neuve (BE)

+32(0)10 870 970


  • General rules

Information about general covid-related rules: