I have a broad background in both neuroscience and developmental psychology and my research broadly investigates the relation between the developing brain and changes in behavior during adolescence. More specifically, my research is focused on how changes in brain function and structure relate to typical and atypical development of judgment and decision-making. To approach these questions, I use computational models and methods form experimental economics. These models are used to quantify behavior and the complex processes underlying decision-making. The parameters from these models support spanning the bridge between developmental theories and neurobiology, and enable to identify more specific processes that underlie developmental change. Using these techniques I have investigated the neurocognitive development of risky & intertemporal choice [1-3], basic learning mechanisms , social decision-making , and social learning . For more detail see Research or personal website
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:
- Laube, C., Suleiman A.B., Johnson M, Dahl R.E.& van den Bos, W. (2017). Dissociable Effects of Age and Testosterone on Adolescent Impatience. Psychoneuroendocrinology
- van den Bos, W. & Hertwig, R. (2016) Adolescents display distinctive tolerance to ambiguity and to uncertainty during risky decision making. Nature Sci. Rep. 7, 40962
- van den Bos, W., Rodriguez, C.A., Schweitzer, J. & McClure, S.M. (2015) Adolescent impatience decreases with increased fronto-striatal connectivity. PNAS.
- van den Bos, W., Cohen, M.X., Kahnt, T. & Crone, E. A. (2011). Striatum-medial prefrontal cortex connectivity predicts developmental changes in reinforcement learning. Cerebral Cortex.
- van den Bos, W., Van Dijk, E., Westenberg, P. M., Rombouts, S. A. R. B. & Crone, E. A. (2011a). Changing Brains, Changing Perspectives: The Neurocognitive Development of Reciprocity. Psychological Science, 22(1), 60-70.
- van den Bos, W., Talwar, A., & McClure, S.M. (2013) Neural correlates of reinforcement learning and social preferences in competitive bidding. Journal of Neuroscience. 33(5): 2137-2146