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dr. L. (Leendert) van Maanen

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Photographer: onbekend

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
  • Room number: 0.33
Postal address
  • Postbus 15906
    1001 NK Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Computational models of decision making

    I am an assistant professor at the Psychological Methods Department (University of Amsterdam) and associate member of the Amsterdam Brain & Cognition Centre. I study the mechanisms that allow people to process information and decide on the optimal course of action. To this aim, I mainly use a combination of mathematical modeling and (neuro-)psychological experimentation. Specific research questions that I currently work on include: "What is the cognitive and neural architecture of decision making under time pressure?”, "How do sequential decision making processes affect each other?", and "How can fundamental decision-making processes be applied to study higher-order cognitive processes?".

    Personal webpage

  • Publications


    • Bruineberg, J., Rietveld, E., Parr, T., van Maanen, L., & Friston, K. J. (2018). Free-energy minimization in joint agent-environment systems: A niche construction perspective. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 455, 161-178. [details]
    • Dutilh, G., Annis, J., Brown, S. D., Cassey, P., Evans, N. J., Grasman, R. P. P. P., ... Donkin, C. (2018). The Quality of Response Time Data Inference: A Blinded, Collaborative Assessment of the Validity of Cognitive Models. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.
    • Keuken, M. C., van Maanen, L., Boswijk, M., Forstmann, B. U., & Steyvers, M. (2018). Large scale structure-function mappings of the human subcortex. Scientific Reports, 8, [15854]. [details]
    • van Maanen, L., Katsimpokis, D., & van Campen, A. D. (2018). Fast and slow errors: Logistic regression to identify patterns in accuracy–response time relationships. Behavior Research Methods.


    • Anders, R., Riès, S., Van Maanen, L., & Alario, F-X. (2017). Lesions to the left lateral prefrontal cortex impair decision threshold adjustment for lexical selection. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 34(1-2), 1-20. [details]
    • Forstmann, B. U., de Hollander, G., van Maanen, L., Alkemade, A., & Keuken, M. C. (2017). Towards a mechanistic understanding of the human subcortex. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 18, 57-65. [details]
    • Miletić, S., Turner, B. M., Forstmann, B. U., & van Maanen, L. (2017). Parameter recovery for the Leaky Competing Accumulator model. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 76(Part A), 25-50. [details]
    • Turner, B. M., Forstmann, B. U., Love, B. C., Palmeri, T. J., & Van Maanen, L. (2017). Approaches to analysis in model-based cognitive neuroscience. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 76(B), 65-79. [details]


    • Anders, R., Alario, F-X., & van Maanen, L. (2016). The shifted Wald distribution for response time data analysis. Psychological Methods, 21(3), 309-327. [details]
    • Gayet, S., van Maanen, L., Heilbron, M., Paffen, C. L. E., & Van Der Stigchel, S. (2016). Visual input that matches the content of vist of visual working memory requires less (not faster) evidence sampling to reach conscious access. Journal of Vision, 16(11), [26]. [details]
    • van Maanen, L. (2016). Is there evidence for a mixture of processes in speed-accuracy trade-off behavior? Topics in Cognitive Science, 8(1), 279-290. [details]
    • van Maanen, L., Couto, J., & Lebreton, M. (2016). Three boundary conditions for computing the fixed-point property in binary mixture data. PLoS ONE, 11(11), [e0167377]. [details]
    • van Maanen, L., Fontanesi, L., Hawkins, G. E., & Forstmann, B. U. (2016). Striatal activation reflects urgency in perceptual decision making. NeuroImage, 139, 294-303. [details]
    • van Maanen, L., Forstmann, B. U., Keuken, M. C., Wagenmakers, E-J., & Heathcote, A. (2016). The impact of MRI scanner environment on perceptual decision-making. Behavior Research Methods, 48(1), 184-200. [details]
    • van Rijn, H., Borst, J., Taatgen, N., & van Maanen, L. (2016). On the Necessity of Integrating Multiple Levels of Abstraction in a Single Computational Framework. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 11, 116-120. [details]


    • Anders, R., Alario, F-X., & van Maanen, L. (2015). A measurement tool for response time distributions, with direct correspondence to accumulation modeling. In N. A. Taatgen, M. K. van Vugt, J. P. Borst, & K. Mehlhorn (Eds.), Proceedings of ICCM 2015: 13th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling : April 9-11, Groningen, The Netherlands (pp. 220-225). Groningen: University of Groningen. [details]
    • Anders, R., Riès, S., van Maanen, L., & Alario, F-X. (2015). Evidence accumulation as a model for lexical selection. Cognitive Psychology, 82, 57-73. [details]
    • Keuken, M. C., van Maanen, L., Bogacz, R., Schäfer, A., Neumann, J., Turner, R., & Forstmann, B. U. (2015). The subthalamic nucleus during decision-making with multiple alternatives. Human Brain Mapping, 36(10), 4041-4052. [details]
    • Turner, B. M., van Maanen, L., & Forstmann, B. U. (2015). Informing cognitive abstractions through neuroimaging: the neural drift diffusion model. Psychological Review, 122(2), 312-336. [details]
    • van Maanen, L. (2015). Speed-accuracy trade-off behavior: Response caution adjustment or mixing task strategies? In N. A. Taatgen, M. K. van Vugt, J. P. Borst, & K. Mehlhorn (Eds.), Proceedings of ICCM 2015: 13th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling : April 9-11, Groningen, The Netherlands (pp. 214-219). Groningen: University of Groningen. [details]
    • van Maanen, L., Turner, B., & Forstmann, B. U. (2015). From model-based perceptual decision-making to spatial interference control. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 1, 72-77. [details]





    • van Maanen, L., Brown, S. D., Eichele, T., Wagenmakers, E-J., Ho, T., Serences, J., & Forstmann, B. U. (2011). Neural correlates of trial-to-trial fluctuations in response caution. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(48), 17488-17495. [details]




    • van Maanen, L., Schulz, K. & van Rooij, R. A. M. (2018). Unraveling the causal mind.
    • van Maanen, L., Szymanik, J. K. & Lebreton, M. P. (2018). Investigating the dynamics of decision strategies: A new methodological approach and application to linguistic and economic judgements.
    • van Maanen, L. & Forstmann, B. U. (2015). VolkswagenStiftung grant.

    Journal editor

    • van Maanen, L. (editor) (2014-2015). Brain Informatics (Journal).
    • van Maanen, L. (editor) (2014-2015). Brain Informatics (Journal).


    • Forstmann, B. U. (organiser), Matzke, D. (organiser), van Maanen, L. (organiser) & Heathcote, A. (organiser) (30-7-2018 - 3-8-2018). Model-based Neuroscience Summer School (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Forstmann, B. U. (organiser), Matzke, D. (organiser), Heathcote, A. (organiser), Hawkins, G. E. (organiser), van Maanen, L. (organiser) & de Hollander, G. (organiser) (31-7-2017 - 4-8-2017). Model-based Neuroscience Summer School (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Maanen, L. (organiser) (11-6-2015 - 12-6-2015). Dutch Neuroscience Meeting DN 2015, Lunteren, The Netherlands. Symposium The neuroscience of perceptual decision-making. (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Maanen, L. (organiser) & Forstmann, B. U. (organiser) (1-6-2015 - 5-6-2015). International Summerschool Model-based Neuroscience., Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


    • Bruineberg, J. P. (2018). Anticipating affordances: Intentionality in self-organizing brain-body-environment systems. [details]
    • de Hollander, G. (2018). Understanding the human subcortex using ultra-high field MRI and computational cognitive models. [details]
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