Jan Jaap van Assen
PhD researcher in Psychophysics (Justus Liebig University)
"My first encounter with the Media Technology programme was through a minor for my bachelor study. I approached the Media Technology organizers with the question if I could try one semester and let the obtained credits count as minor for my bachelor study. This construction was a one-time experiment which for me opened many doors, and I ended up doing the full master programme."
"I was still on a personal quest to find what I wanted to be and do with the rest of my life, knowing only certain interests. Studying Media Technology helped me tremendously with this quest by the individual freedom, intellectual inspiring environment and wide range of courses it provides. Sharing classes with people from different study backgrounds and nationalities was very stimulating and many friendships remain.
After taking elective courses from various universities, I ended up doing my Media Technology graduation research within the TU Delft Perceptual Intelligence Lab. Here I found my place in the field of psychophysics where different aspects of human perception are studied. I would never have gotten the possibility to come in contact with this field if it was not for the Media Technology programme and the individual development it supports.
Two weeks after graduation I was hired for a PhD research position at the Justus Liebig Universität in Giessen, Germany, as part of an international network of universities and companies (PRISM) where I study viscosity perception within the field of psychophysics."