dr. M.L. Noordzij (Matthijs)

Associate Professor

About Me

I research and design (applications of) ambulant psychophysiological measures (typically measured with wearables such as a smartwatch) related to cognitive and emotional states and events in healthcare and other professional contexts. This is captured in the following integrative research lines:

  • Research into the reliability and validity of new wearable bio-sensor technology. To what extent are physiological measurements from wearables comparable to State-of-the-Art physiological measurements in the lab?
  • Studying physiological and psychological processes “in the wild” using experience sampling methods. Can this knowledge help to advice or even intervene more effectively (just in time) in the professional and care context?
  • Design research in which information, advice or interventions on the basis of real-time physiological and psychological parameters is designed to reduce risks, inefficiency and suffering in patients and professionals in healthcare.



Spatial Processing
Spatial Memory
Imagery (Psychotherapy)
Parietal Lobe
Sympathetic Nervous System


Recent Articles
van Lier, H. G., Oberhagemann, M., Stroes, J. D., Enewoldsen, N. M., Pieterse, M. E., Schraagen, J. M. C., ... Noordzij, M. L. (2017). Design decisions for a real time, alcohol craving study using physio- and psychological measures. In Persuasive Technology: Development and Implementation of Personalized Technologies to Change Attitudes and Behaviors - 12th International Conference, PERSUASIVE 2017, Proceedings (Vol. 10171 LNCS, pp. 3-15). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 10171 LNCS). Springer Verlag. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-55134-0_1
Noordzij, M. L., Dorrestijn, S. M., & van den Berg, I. A. (2017). An idiographic study into the physiology and selfreported mental workload of learning to drive a car. In D. de Waard, A. Toffetti, R. Wiczorek, A. Sonderegger, S. Rottger, P. Bouchner, T. Franke, S. Fairclough, M. Noordzij, ... K. Brookhuis (Eds.), Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Europe Chapter 2016 Annual Conference (pp. -). Prague: HFES Europe Chapter.
van Broekhoven, R., Siegel, A. W., Schraagen, J. M. C., & Noordzij, M. L. (2016). Comparison of real-time relative workload measurements in rail signallers. In B. Milius, & A. Naumann (Eds.), Rail human factors: proceedings of the 2nd German workshop on rail human factors (pp. 30-40). Braunschweig.
Other Contributions

Selection of publications

  • Derks, P. M. J., De Visser, T., Bohlmeijer, E. T., & Noordzij, M. L. (in press). mHealth in Mental Health: How to efficiently and scientifically create an ambulatory biofeedback e-coaching app for patients with Borderline Personality Disorder. International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics.
  • Nelson, E. C., Verhagen, T., & Noordzij, M. L. (2016). Health empowerment through activity trackers: An empirical smart wristband study. Computers in Human Behavior, 62, 364–374.
  • Noordzij, M. L., & Laroy-Noordzij, M. E. (2014a). MoodRadar-DAVID: Facilitating Insightful Care by Combining Caretaker Expertise and Real Time Insight in Electrodermal Fluctuations  . In A. J. Spink, L. W. S. Loijens, M. Woloszynowska-Fraser, & L. P. J. J. Noldus (Eds.), Measuring Behavior. Wageningen, The Netherlands.
  • Stolk, A., Noordzij, M. L., Verhagen, L., Volman, I., Schoffelen, J.-M., Oostenveld, R., Schoffelen, Jan-Mathijs, Oostenveld, Robert, Hagoort, Peter Toni, I. (2014). Cerebral coherence between communicators marks the emergence of meaning. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences111(51), 18183–18188.
  • Van Lier, H. G., Pieterse, M. E., Schraagen, J. M. C., Postel, M. G., Vollenbroek-Hutten, M. M. R., de Haan, H. A., & Noordzij, M. L. (2017). Identifying viable theoretical frameworks with essential parameters for real-time and real world alcohol craving research: a systematic review of craving models. Addiction Research & Theory, 1–17.

UT Research Information System


  • Advanced Research Methods for Research Methods in Psychology, Health and Technology
  • eMental Health
  • Supervision of Master theses
  • Supervision of Bachelor theses



Research projects

In all below projects I have the role of co-promoter.

  • SENSE-IT: Aiming for the improvement of emotional awareness in patients with severe borderline personality disorder.

    Cooperation with Prof. Bohlmeijer and Prof. Westerhof (university of Twente) and GGNet.

    In his doctoral research Youri Derks focuses on the question how wearablebiosensor technology and mobile coaching can improve psychotherapeutic clinical treatment of mental health patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD).
  • Real-time tele-monitoring of physiological processes and self-reported craving to reduce relapse rates in alcohol addiction.

    Cooperation with Prof. Schraagen, Prof Vollenbroek-Hutten, Dr. Pieterse, Dr. Postel (University of Twente) and Dr. De Haan (Tactus addiction care).

    In her Doctoral Research Hendrika van Lier examines the experience and physiology of people receiving treatment for alcohol addiction. In addition, she tests the validity of the wearable bio-sensors she uses, and provides a comprehensive literature review on viable theoretical frameworks with essential parameters for real-time and real world alcohol craving research.

  • If we know better, do we do better: self efficacy through wearable technologies.

    Cooperation with Prof. Vollenbroek-Hutten (University of Twente), Dr. Tibert Verhagen (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) and CBRE.

    Elizabeth Nelson studies how information from wearable technology empowers people in maintaining healthy behavior. In addition, the effects of healthy office interventions is studied longitudinally in her doctoral research. Finally, a new embodiment scale will be developed for wearable technologies.

  • Biofeedback for aggression regulation problems in the forensic ambulatory care

    Cooperation with Prof. Popma (VUmc, De Bascule), Arkin and the Ministery of Security and Justice.

    The question whether real-time biofeedback can be a relevant support factor in aggression regulation treatments for adolescents and young adults is the main topic of the doctoral research of Annemieke ter Harmsel. In a Randomised Controlled Trial she will examine both Treatment as Usual (TAU) as well as TAU with real time biofeedback added to answer the question whether biofeedback can be seen as a relevant adjuvans.

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room B 112B
De Zul 10
7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus  B 112B
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands