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Karin Smolders is an Assistant Professor in the Human Technology Interaction department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her areas of expertise include lighting, psychology and well-being. Karin studies the impact of light and time on human psychological functioning at the intersection of psychology, chronobiology and lighting research. She is particularly interested in how the environment can influence a person’s wellbeing, health and performance. In current and past work, she focuses on the interaction between humans and their environment from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Academic background

Karin Smolders received her PhD in Lighting research / Environmental psychology from TU/e) in 2013. She also holds a BSc in Innovation Sciences and obtained her MSc in Human Technology Interaction in 2008. After obtaining her PhD, she worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Chronobiology group in Groningen (RuG) and as lecturer in the Human Technology Interaction (HTI) group at TU/e. Since 2015, she has been an Assistant Professor in the HTI group. In 2012, she was a co-organiser for ‘EXPERIENCING LIGHT’, an international scientific conference for people interested in the effects of light and light design on human wellbeing. 

Karin is a regular guest speaker and publishes in leading journals such as Chronobiology International, Physiology & Behavior, Journal of Environmental Psychology and Lighting Research and Technology. 

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Projects

Research Output

Effects of light transitions on measures of alertness, arousal and comfort

Kompier, M. E., Smolders, K. C. H. J., van Marken Lichtenbelt, W. & de Kort, Y. A. W., 21 Nov 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

  • NIF effects of illuminance and correlated color temperature of office light on alertness, mood, and performance across cognitive domains

    Ru, T., de Kort, Y. A. W., Smolders, K. C. H. J., Chen, Q. & Zhou, G., 1 Feb 2019, In : Building and Environment. 149, p. 253-263 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    9 Downloads (Pure)

    Convergent and construct validity and test–retest reliability of the Caen Chronotype Questionnaire in six languages

    Laborde, S., Dosseville, F., Aloui, A., Ben Saad, H., Bertollo, M., Bortoli, L., Braun, B., Chamari, K., Chtourou, H., de Kort, Y., Farooq, A., Gordijn, M. C. M., Greco, P., Guillén, F. L., Haddad, M., Hosang, T., Khalladi, K., Lericollais, R., Lopes, M., Robazza, C. & 3 others, Smolders, K., Wurm, A. & Allen, M. S., 1 Sep 2018, In : Chronobiology International. 35, 9, p. 1294-1304 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    Activities

    • 4 Contributed talk
    • 4 Invited talk

    Effects of light transitions on subjective and objective measures of alertness, comfort and mood

    Maaike E. Kompier (Speaker), Karin C.H.J. Smolders (Member), Yvonne A.W. de Kort (Member)
    20 Jun 201922 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Het effect van licht en tijd op vitaliteit in het dagelijks leven.

    Karin Smolders (Member)
    2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Shining light on mental well-being and performance.

    Karin Smolders (Member)
    2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Het effect van licht op alertheid, vitaliteit en prestaties in het dagelijks leven.

    Karin Smolders (Member)
    2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Light & cognition - Investigating the effect of light on alertness and cognitive performance

    Karin Smolders (Member)
    2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Courses

    HTI Research project

    1/09/15 → …

    Course

    Introduction to the HTI domain

    1/09/15 → …

    Course

    OGO Quantitative Research

    1/09/13 → …

    Course

    Psychology of Light and Time

    1/09/15 → …

    Course

    Press / Media

    Brighter light yields greater alertness

    Karin C.H.J. Smolders

    5/12/13

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses