Peter van Ruitenbeek (P.)

My name is Peter van Ruitenbeek and I work as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience of Maastricht University.


My main research interests are focused on the neuronal and pharmacological underpinnings of addiction. In addition, I study the ageing brain and the consequence for cognitive functions. In the past I have studied the role of histamine in cognition. In all cases I used some form of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as the method of study. For more information see:


Teaching activities are concentrated around courses dealing with psychopharmacology, learning and memory, grant writing, biological foundations of behaviour, and how to set-up, conduct and report on a research study. Finally, as an editor I'm involved in the Maastricht Student Journal of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (