This summer (26 June - 7 July) I attended the Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, or Brain Camp for short . This annual two-week summer school brings together 70 PhD students and postdocs from around the world at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for a high-intensity curriculum featuring state-of-the-art talks about two central themes, hands-on workshops, and social activities. The second week’s theme was Computational perspectives on the brain in psychiatric and neurological disorders. These lectures, curated by Ray Dolan and Robb Rutledge, featured a lot of inspiring decision-making and modeling research. And the ‘networking opportunities’ in the evenings and weekends were excellent too. I made a bunch of new friends in the field and wholeheartedly recommend Brain Camp to everyone!
Recently, Jeroen gave a talk about his fMRI study on Diffusion of culpability in reparations behavior at the TIBER conference of 2017. This is a symposium on Psychology and Economics located at the University of Tilburg.
During Jeroen's visit to the United States (from which he will return pretty soon!), he has attended and given a talk at the Data Blitz at the New England Research on Decision-Making (NERD) symposium, held at Brown University (Providence, RI, USA).
Last week, Jeroen participated in the third summer school of the European Association for Decision Making (EADM). Based in Amsterdam this year, the program consisted of thorough workshops in theory building, game theory, statistics, open science and more. Aside from that, it was a great opportunity to get acquainted with the youngest echelon of the EADM community. Overall it's a highly recommended experience, so keep an eye out for next year's edition! (www.eadm.eu)
Jeroen has gone on a trip to the United States to get to know more about decision-making in politics, with a special focus on the primary elections going on there at the moment.
Jeroen has also spent a week at Dartmouth College visiting Luke Chang's lab for a collaboration! He presented his work and honed his R and Python skills. Jeroen also got the chance to attend a talk by NIH's Yogita Chudasama and try out basically all of the tiny town's eating establishments with the COSANLAB members. All in all, a productive visit to New Hampshire's rural research haven!