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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 2014 2021

DYNKA - DYNamisch licht en binnenklimaat voor KAntoren

de Kort, Y., Smolders, K., Kompier, M., de Kort, Y., Zeiler, W., Jansen, R., Jansen, R., Croes, S., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Vereggen - Tielemans, T.

1/01/1831/12/21

Project: Research direct

OptiLight

Linnartz, J., Bonarius, J., de Kort, Y., Smolders, K., Vogels, I., Peeters, S., Dangol, R., Kruisselbrink, T., Ozcelebi, T., Eijkemans, C., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & de Kort, Y.

1/11/1631/10/20

Project: Research direct

PILCS

de Kort, Y., de Kort, Y., Smolders, K. & Sartorius - ter Haar, M.

1/11/1431/03/16

Project: Research direct

Research Output 2008 2019

emotions
eyes
winter
summer
actigraphy

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

mood
Color
work environment
performance
Lighting
1 Citation (Scopus)

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 othersSmolders, 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

Reproducibility of Results
Language
Surveys and Questionnaires
Sleep
Coffee

Daytime light exposure : optimizing effects on cognitive performance and subjective wellbeing

Huiberts, L. M., 8 Feb 2018, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 251 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

6 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
File
Executive Function
Light
Sample Size

Activities 2011 2015

  • 4 Invited talk
  • 3 Contributed talk

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

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 en tijd op vitaliteit in het dagelijks leven.

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 for health and wellbeing.

Karin Smolders (Speaker)
2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed 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 → …

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Student theses