Fotograaf: Bram Belloni

dhr. dr. W.J. (Wouter) Boendermaker

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Developmental Psychology
  • Bezoekadres
    REC G
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 129  Amsterdam
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15916
    1001 NK  Amsterdam


I'm a psychological scientist with interests in child development, clinical intervention techniques, experimental design, development (programming) of scientific assessment and training tasks and serious games and teaching at bachelor and master level.

After a (brief) study in computer science, I graduated in clinical developmental psychology and the research master psychology in 2009 (cum laude). Since then I have worked as a technical assistant for the ADAPT team of Prof. Reinout Wiers, designing and programming executive function tasks in Flash for online research.

Meanwhile I worked on a PhD project proposal with Reinout, which got subsidized in 2011 by the Dutch national initiative on brain and cognition (NIHC).


In my PhD project I am designing and developing Serious Games aimed at increasing motivation to train among heavy drinking or blowing adolescents and include executive function training, as well as retraining of attentional and approach biases (cognitive bias modification, CBM). The games are compared to the regular versions of these tasks to see if these forms of training are effective, and whether a motivating environment strengthens this effect. We have also collected fMRI data using one of the games. The project is under supervision of profs. Reinout Wiers and Pier Prins

For examples of the psychological tasks and Serious Games I've developed, have a look at my personal website.


As a PhD candidate, I am part of the ADAPT lab, led by Prof. Reinout Wiers. Through our website, people can find our latest publications, sign up for our studies and perform online tests.


  • Boendermaker, W. J., Sanchez Maceiras, S., Boffo, M., & Wiers, R. W. (2016). Attentional Bias Modification With Serious Game Elements: Evaluating the Shots Game. JMIR SERIOUS GAMES, 4(2), [e20]. DOI: 10.2196/games.6464 [details] [PDF]
  • de Voogd, E. L., Wiers, R. W., Prins, P. J. M., de Jong, P. J., Boendermaker, W. J., Zwitser, R. J., & Salemink, E. (2016). Online attentional bias modification training targeting anxiety and depression in unselected adolescents: Short- and long-term effects of a randomized controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 87, 11-22. DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2016.08.018 [details] [PDF]


  • Boendermaker, W. J., Boffo, M., & Wiers, R. W. (2015). Exploring elements of fun to motivate youth to do cognitive bias modification. Games for Health Journal, 4(6), 434-443. DOI: 10.1089/g4h.2015.0053 [details]
  • Boendermaker, W. J., Prins, P. J. M., & Wiers, R. W. (2015). Cognitive Bias Modification for adolescents with substance use problems - Can serious games help? Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 49(part A), 13-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2015.03.008 [details] [PDF]
  • Boendermaker, W. J., Prins, P. J. M., & Wiers, R. W. (2015). Prevention in addiction: Using serious games to (re)train cognition in Dutch adolescents. In S. Göbel, M. Ma, J. Baalsrud Hauge, M. F. Oliveira, J. Wiemeyer, & V. Wendel (Eds.), Serious Games: first joint International Conference, JCSG 2015, Huddersfield, UK, June 3-4, 2015: proceedings (pp. 173-178). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; Vol. 9090). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-19126-3_15 [details]
  • Janssen, T., Larsen, H., Peeters, M., Boendermaker, W. J., Vollebergh, W. A. M., & Wiers, R. W. (2015). Do online assessed self-report and behavioral measures of impulsivity-related constructs predict onset of substance use in adolescents? Addictive Behaviors Reports, 1, 12-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.abrep.2015.01.002 [details] [PDF]
  • Peeters, M., Janssen, T., Monshouwer, K., Boendermaker, W. J., Pronk, T., Wiers, R., & Vollebergh, W. (2015). Weaknesses in executive functioning predict the initiating of adolescents’ alcohol use. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 16, 139-146. DOI: 10.1016/j.dcn.2015.04.003 [details] [PDF]
  • van Deursen, D. S., Salemink, E., Boendermaker, W. J., Pronk, T., Hofmann, W., & Wiers, R. W. (2015). Executive functions and motivation as moderators of the relationship between automatic associations and alcohol use in problem drinkers seeking online help. Alcoholism - Clinical and Experimental Research, 39(9), 1788-1796. DOI: 10.1111/acer.12822 [details]


  • Larsen, H., Kong, G., Becker, D., Cousijn, J., Boendermaker, W., Cavallo, D., ... Wiers, R. (2014). Implicit motivational processes underlying smoking in American and Dutch adolescents. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 5, 51. [51]. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00051 [details] [PDF]


  • Drabbe, J. P., Drost, R., Klehe, U-C., van Vianen, A. E. M., & Boendermaker, W. (2008). Personeelsselectie in Nederland. Aanbevelingen voor selectie van personeel in tijden van krapte. Diemen: Yacht M&C. [details] [PDF]


  • Boendermaker, W. J. (2017). Serious gamification: Motivating adolescents to do cognitive training [details] [PDF]
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