Sam van Bijnen


Sam van Bijnen

  • Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR/PhD), Project 8
  • University of Jyväskylä, Finland – Department of Psychology

Background Project

Sam van Bijnen completed a bachelor degree in cognitive and neurobiological psychology and a research master in cognitive neuroscience, both at Utrecht University. During his time in Utrecht he was especially interested in how affective and social processes as well as their interactions affect human behavior. His focus was on the control we have over our (emotional) behavior. In his research projects he studied the cluster of processes that enable us to adapt our behavior and thoughts. One of his 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, he completed two research projects during his 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 he finished his master he took his time to look for a suitable project and found one in the ChildBrain project. He is excited to be in Jyväskylä, Finland, to look at neural signatures of functional brain maturation.