De Loef loves to talk about adolescents
and their curious brain.

Aletta Smits speaking on stage about the pubescent brain

Where can you find De Loef

live in Amersfoort
Wed 12 Jun 2024 at 16:00
For: Stiching KOH - VS en PA Congres

Adolescents and their screens

What is it about gaming and social media that captivates adolescents so much? Why is it hard for them to stop? How can we help them? And how can we also chill out a little bit?

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live in Losser
Wed 12 Jun 2024 at 19:30
For: Loes Cursusbureau (GGD Twente)

How adolescents make choices

Which consideration are important for adolescents when making a choice? When do they actually consciously make a choice? And why are those choices for adults sometimes so hard to follow their thinking?

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Aletta Smits

About Aletta Smits

Dr. Aletta Smits has toured The Netherlands since 2009 with her presentations on the adolescent brain. As a little girl, she dreamed of being on stage as a comedian. However, her singing voice (or lack thereof) prevented her from being admitted to art school. This is actually just as well, because giving presentations is awesome work and she considers herself lucky every time she gets to stand in front of a group of people and talk about adolescents and their curious brains.

Aletta studied English linguistics at the University of Amsterdam, and for a long time taught at several high schools and at the teacher training programme of Leiden University. Writing her dissertation required learning about psychology and software engineering, however, and that, along with her teaching experience, put her on the trail of the adolescent brain.

In addition to her presentations, she works as a lecturer and researcher on human-AI interaction HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.


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0203319123 or +31 (0)642832431