Professor by Special Appointment of Neuroscientific Testing of Psychological Models
Birte Forstmann is professor by special appointment in 'Neuroscientific testing of psychological models'. This appointment is financed by LUF for a a period of 5 years. Aim of the appointment is to help the development of high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research of the brain. Since 2013 she is a professor of Neuroimaging in cognitive neuroscience at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the University of Amsterdam.UvA).
Forstmann is since 2008 a research fellow at the Spinoza Centre of the UvA and head of the Quantitative cognitive neuroscience lab of the UvA. Forstmann was succesfull over the years in acquiring many research grants, e.g., a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) and a Vidi grant form the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
She has published in major scientific journals such as Nature Neuroscience, PNAS and The Journal of Neuroscience.
Research by Birte Forstmann
Her general research goal is to understand the brain mechanisms that allow people to adapt quickly to changes in their environment. Her work combines mathematical modeling with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion weighted imaging (DWI), ultra-high resolution 7T MRI, electroencephalography (EEG), and postmortem work. Her general research strategy capitalizes on individual differences in psychological processes involved in decision-making and interference control. Process models and descriptive models quantify the process of interest for each individual seperately, and structural and functional brain-imaging techniques subsequently relate inter-individual variation in psychological processes to inter-individual variation in the neural substrate.