van Bijnen Sam, Tohtorikoulutettava / Doctoral Student

van Bijnen Sam, Tohtorikoulutettava / Doctoral Student
Short number:
KÄRKI Aa331.20.

I completed a bachelor degree in cognitive and neurobiological psychology and a research master in cognitive neuroscience, both at Utrecht University. During my time in Utrecht I was especially interested in how affective and social processes as well as their interactions affect human behavior. My focus was on the control we have over our (emotional) behavior. In my research projects I studied the cluster of processes that enable us to adapt our behavior and thoughts. One of my research projects was carried out in Sydney, Australia at the University of New South Wales (UNWS).

Under the supervision of Prof. Eddie Harmon-Jones and Dr. Dennis Schutter, I completed two research projects during my master titled "the effect of induced frontal cortical asymmetry with transcranial direct current stimulation on the error-related negativy" and "the cerbello-thalamo-prefrontal loop in impulsivity and cognitive monitoring”, respectively.

After I finished my master I took my time to look for a suitable project and found one in the ChildBrain project. I am excited to be here in Jyväskylä to look at neural signatures of functional brain maturation.

Areas of Interest
Affective & Cognitive neuroscience. More specifically, the processes that are involved in the control of our (emotional) behavior.

Research Areas
The project is called "Neural signatures of functional brain maturation". The goal is to delineate the development of electromagnetic signals in healthy children. During development, brain maturation proceeds from basic sensory and motor areas to more sophisticated perceptual ones and finally to the frontal regions that are implicated in cognitive control and emotion regulation. Maturational changes and variability in these changes could provide us with crucial information on typical brain development. In turn, the ability to differentially-diagnose and guide interventions for neurocognitive disorders depend on our understanding of typical brain development.

After establishing the trajectory of maturational changes, they will be related to sensory and/or cognitive processes. Accordingly, both basic perceptual tasks and cognitive tasks will be employed and brain activity will be measured with magnetoencephalography (MEG). Behavioral measures will be combined with a broad range of electromagnetic neural signatures such as: event-related fields (ERF's), spectral analysis, induced and evoked oscillations and neural synchrony.

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