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Dr. W. (Wouter) van den Bos

Associate Professor
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Developmental Psychology
Photographer: MPI Berlin

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
Postal address
  • Postbus 15916
    1001 NK Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    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. More specifically, my research is focused on how changes in brain function and structure relate to typical and atypical development of learning and decision-making. To approach these questions, I use computational models, social network analyses, and methods form experimental economics. Computational models are used to quantify behavior and the complex processes underlying learning and 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 ,  basic learning mechanisms , social decision-making, and social learning.

    Expertise and research fields

    • Teenagers
    • Adolescence
    • Social media
    • Reinforcement learning
    • Social learning
    • Social networks
    • Brain development
    • Decision-making
    • Neuro-economics
  • Research

    Research methods

    • Computational modeling
    • Social network analyses
    • Neuroimaging
    • Experimental psychology
    • Game theory
    • On-line research

    Current research projects

    I am specifically interested in the interaction between the social environment and developmental processes. For instance, I study social influence on decision-making and information search in social networks. In addition, I am  interested in how the social environment is represented in the brain, and how this impacts behavior. For this I rely on social network analyses  to quantify social relations and use multi voxel pattern analyses (MVPA) to link these to neural representations. In my current research supported by the NWO (Vidi) and ERC (StG) I focus on social networks in schools in order to understand the reciprocal influence of environment and behavior in the context of risk taking and prosocial behavior (visit the social smart project website for more information). More recently we are also expanding this research the digital environment focusing on big data from social media (e.g. from Instagram or twitter) within the context of the H2020 framework (DIGYMATIX). This project also focusses on the impact of social media use on development of brain and cognition and self-regulation.

    Research grants & honours

    • 2020 H2020 DIGYMATEX               
    • 2019 Jacobs Foundation Pilot Grant   
    • 2018 ERC Starting grant      
    • 2018 NWO VIDI    
    • 2018 YIELD PhD grant     
    • 2018 IDA PhD grant     
    • 2018 ABC Project Grant 
    • 2018 Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship                        
    • 2019 NSF GROW
    • 2016 ORA research grant – Development of Social Learning
    • 2013 Stanford Center on Advancing Decision Making in Aging 
    • 2012 NIH/NIMH RO1 (co-investigator)                         
    • 2012 NIA R13 AG043207 (Co-investigator)                      
    • 2012 NWO Rubicon Grant (PI)     

    Honours (selection)

    • 2022 Member Young Academy Europe
    • 2016 APA Rising Star

    RPA

    • Youth Digitality
  • Teaching & PhD supervision

    I teach multiple courses in Psychology and Brain and Cognition Research Master, and the Artificial Intelligence Bachelor (Growing a Mind, Cognitive Modeling, Current Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, Computational Cognitive Neuroscience). In addition, I supervise Bachelor's and Master's students from Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Brain and Cognition and Psychobiology. 

    Current PhD Students

    2020-2023    Federica Ninsi (co-promotor)
    2019-2024    Ana Phino (Promotor)
    2019-2024    Scarlett Slagter (Promotor)
    2018-2023    Andrea Gradassi (Promotor)
    2018-2022    Damien Fleur (Promotor)
    2018-2022    Maud Hensums (Co-supervisor)

  • Publications

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    2023

    • Hensums, M., van den Bos, W., Overbeek, G. J., & Larsen, H. (2023). YouTube Vloggers Set the Stage: How Public (Non)Compliance With COVID-19 Regulations Affects Adolescents. Paper presented at Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD), United States.

    2022

    • Hensums, M., Brummelman, E., Larsen, H., van den Bos, W., & Overbeek, G. J. (2022). YouTube Vloggers set the Stage: A First Exploration of COVID-19 Related Norms on the Internet. Paper presented at 18th Biennial conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA), Dublin, Ireland.
    • Hensums, M., Larsen, H., Brummelman, E., van den Bos, W., & Overbeek, G. J. (2022). Self-Serving Behavior in Adolescence: An Experimental Test of the Influence of Peer Norms, Agentic Goals, and Narcissism. Paper presented at 18th Biennial conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA), Dublin, Ireland.
    • Hensums, M., Larsen, H., Brummelman, E., van den Bos, W., & Overbeek, G. J. (2022). Self-Serving Behavior in Adolescence: An Experimental Test of the Influence of Peer Norms, Agentic Goals, and Narcissism. Paper presented at Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), New Orleans, United States.
    • Hensums, M., Larsen, H., Brummelman, E., van den Bos, W., & Overbeek, G. J. (2022). Self-Serving Behavior in Adolescence: An Experimental Test of the Influence of Peer Norms, Agentic Goals, and Narcissism. Paper presented at VNOP Conference 2022, Utrecht, Netherlands.

    2021

    • Hensums, M., Brummelman, E., Larsen, H., van den Bos, W., & Overbeek, G. J. (2021). Social Goals and Gains of Adolescent Bullying: A Meta-Analysis. Paper presented at EADP Summer Tour, Stavanger, Norway.
    • Hensums, M., Brummelman, E., Larsen, H., van den Bos, W., & Overbeek, G. J. (2021). Social Goals and Gains of Adolescent Bullying: A Meta-Analysis. Paper presented at VNOP Conference 2021.
    • Hensums, M., Brummelman, E., Larsen, H., van den Bos, W., & Overbeek, G. J. (2021). Social Goals and Gains of Adolescent Bullying: A Meta-Analysis. Poster session presented at SRCD Biennial Meeting.

    2020

    • Hensums, M., Larsen, H., Brummelman, E., van den Bos, W., & Overbeek, G. J. (2020). Fostering Positive High-School Climates With a Social Network Intervention: A Pilot Study. Paper presented at 17th Biennial conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA).

    Prize / grant

    • van den Bos, W. (2017). Jacobs Foundation Early Career Fellowship 2018-2020 (150.000CHF, PI).

    Media appearance

    Others

    • da Silva Pinho, A. (organiser), Gradassi, A. (organiser), Molleman, L. (participant) & van den Bos, W. (participant) (13-7-2022 - 15-7-2022). 5th Early Career Social Learning Research Network Workshop, Amsterdam. 5th ESLR Workshop - Social learning across the lifespan and generations. Small scientific meeting across several disciplines (biology, psychology, (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

    2021

    2020

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