Faculty


Birte Forstmann

I am a Full Professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Professor for Neuroscientific Testing of Psychological Models at Leiden University, and honorary group leader of the integrative model-based cognitive neuroscience (IMCN) group at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, The Netherlands. I received my Ph.D. in 2006 at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany. My main research interest is in model-based cognitive neuroscience.
My UvA profile and contact information: https://www.uva.nl/profiel/f/o/b.u.forstmann/b.u.forstmann.html

Anneke Alkemade

I am an assistant professor and have a background in human neuroanatomy, specialising in the subcortex. My work is focused on providing neuroanatomical information that will help improve our understanding of the role of deep brain structures in behaviour. To this end, I study both living and post mortem brains using ultra-high field qMRI and various microscopic techniques.
My UvA profile and contact information: https://www.uva.nl/profiel/a/l/j.m.alkemade/j.m.alkemade.html

Senior scientists, Postdocs & PhD students


Pilou Bazin

I am a senior scientist focussing on neuroimaging of the subcortex. My work combines ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging with computational neuroanatomy in order to better understand the interplay of structure, connectivity and physiology of the subcortex in shaping human behavior.
My UvA profile and contact information: https://www.uva.nl/en/profile/b/a/p.l.e.a.bazin/p.l.e.a.bazin.html

Russell Boag

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Integrative Model-based Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit at the University of Amsterdam. My research uses computational cognitive models to understand latent cognitive processes that drive observed behavior. My current focus is on using cognitive models as a link between behavioral (choice-RT) and neural (fMRI) data streams, and on developing models that integrate multiple cognitive systems (e.g., learning, memory, decision making) into a single unified framework. My broader interests include applying cognitive models to more realistic task environments and using them to understand applied problems in a range of different fields (e.g., clinical neuroscience, human factors). I am currently investigating the neural basis of reinforcement learning, decision making, and working memory systems, with a focus on subcortical structures.
My UvA profile and contact information: https://www.uva.nl/en/profile/b/o/r.j.boag/r.j.boag.html

Bernadette van Wijk

My focus is on the neural control of movement, including cognitive aspects such as motor inhibition and decision-making. I study how synchronised neural activity leads to movement in healthy individuals and how altered activity patterns are related to disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. For this I use techniques such as EEG, MEG, and LFP recordings from deep brain stimulation electrodes. I also have a keen interest in the development and application of advanced signal processing techniques including cross-frequency coupling and dynamic causal modelling. My website and contact information: https://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/~bvanwijk/

Anne Trutti

I am a PhD student working on model-based cognitive neuroscience projects with Bernhard Hommel (Leiden University, Netherlands) as my co-supervisor. My projects make use of ultra-high resolution 7T structural and functional MRI of small subcortical nuclei involved in decision-making processes.
My UvA profile and contact information: https://www.uva.nl/en/profile/t/r/a.c.trutti/a.c.trutti.html

Steven Miletić

I work with sequential sampling models, reinforcement learning, and ultra-high field fMRI to study decision-making and learning processes in the human brain, with a focus on subcortex
My UvA profile and contact information: https://www.uva.nl/en/profile/m/i/s.miletic/s.miletic.html

Scott Isherwood

I am a PhD student co-supervised by Dr. Pierre-Louis Bazin (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands). I am interested in model-based cognitive neuroscience with a strong focus on the human subcortex.

Josephine Groot

I am PhD student jointly supervised by Birte Forstmann and Matthias Mittner (UiT - The Arctic University of Norway). My research focuses on the neural mechanisms of mind wandering using 3T and 7T (f)MRI in combination with cognitive modeling and machine learning.
My UvA profile and contact information: https://www.uva.nl/en/profile/g/r/j.m.groot/j.m.groot.html

Bethany Isaacs

I am a PhD student in the clinical neurosciences and am co-supervised by Yasin Temel (Maastricht University, Netherlands). My projects make use of ultra-high resolution 7T structural and functional MRI in patients with Parkinson's disease.
My UvA profile and contact information: https://www.uva.nl/en/profile/i/s/b.r.isaacs/b.r.isaacs.html

Visiting professors


Mark Steyvers

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Andrew Heathcote

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Visiting fellows


Brandon Turner

Alexandra Sebastian

Technical Assistants


Rawien Balesar

Research Assistants


Nikita van Berendonk

Niek Stevenson