In daily life we attend to particular sources of information while ignoring others. Attention allows the brain to selectively enhance sensory inputs for further processing, especially those that are self-relevant. My research is focused on understanding the fundamental neural mechanisms of how the brain learns which inputs to attend to and the consequence of this learning in social situations.
- van den Berg, B., Krebs, R. M., Lorist, M.M. & Woldorff, M.G. (2014). Utilization of reward-prospect enhances preparatory attention and reduces stimulus conflict. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci.
- Clark, K., Appelbaum, L.G., van den Berg, B., Mitroff, S. & Woldorff, M. G. (2015). Improvement in visual search with practice: Mapping learning-related changes in neurocognitive stages of processing. Journal of Neuroscience.
- Marini, F., van den Berg, B., & Woldorff, M. G.(2015). Reward-prospect interacts with trial-by-trial preparation for potential distraction. Visual Cognition.
- van den Berg, B., Appelbaum, L. G., Clark, K., Lorist, M. M. & Woldorff, M. G. (2016) Visual search performance is predicted by both prestimulus and poststimulus electrical brain activity. Scientific Reports.
- McKay, C.C.,van den Berg, B., & Woldorff, M. G. (2017). Neural cascade of conflict processing: not just time-on-task! Neuropsychologia.
- Park, J., van den Berg, B., Chiang, C., Woldorff, M. G. & Brannon, E.M. (2017) Developmental Trajectory of Neural Specialization for Visual Letter and Number Processing. Developmental science.
- van den Berg, B., Geib, B. R., San Martin, R., & Woldorff, M. G. (2019). A key role for stimulus-specific updating of the sensory cortices in the learning of stimulus–reward associations. SCAN
- van den Berg, B., de Bruin, A. B. H., Marsman, J.C., Lorist, M. M., Schmidt, H. G., Aleman, A., & Snoek, J. W. (2020). Thinking fast or slow? Functional magnetic resonance imaging reveals stronger connectivity when experienced neurologists diagnose ambiguous cases. BRAIN COMMUNICATIONS
- van den Berg, B.*, de Jong, M.*, Woldorff, M. G. & Lorist, M.M. (accepted). Caffeine boosts preparatory attention for reward-related stimulus information. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience