Name Dr. B.M.C.W. (Bianca) van Bers
I am a researcher and teacher in the field of developmental psychology. I am committed to my work and really involved with the people I work with. I also like to learn new things, even if they are outside my comfort zone. I am curious, like to question things. And I like to do my work with attention and great accuracy.
My research so far focuses on the cognitive development of young children, especially on the development of cognitive control and mathematics. My teaching consists of giving and coordinating subjects and workgroups, and mentoring students during a scientific internship or writing a bachelor or master thesis.
Employment & education
2016-2018 Assistant professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
2015-2016 Postdoctoral researcher at the school of Psychology at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2013-2015 Researcher and teacher at the Department of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
2007-2013 PhD student at the Department of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Dissertation on the dynamics, models, and mechanisms of the cognitive flexibility of preschoolers. Advisor: Prof. dr. Maartje Raijmakers; successfully defended on March 20, 2014
2002-2007 Studies of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Main subject: Developmental psychology. Research MSc program, cum laude
1998-2002 Co-owner design studio Biep & Lú vooral internet ontwerp, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
1992-1997 Studies of Industrial Design, Design Academy, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Selection of peer-reviewed publications
Morsanyi, K., van Bers, B.M.C.W., McCormack, T., & McGourty, G. (2018). The prevalence of specific learning disorder in mathematics and comorbidity with other developmental disorders in primary school-age children. British Journal of Psychology, 109, 917-940. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12322
Morsanyi, K., van Bers, B.M.C.W., O’Connor, P.A., & McCormack, T. (2018). Developmental dyscalculia is characterized by order processing deficits: Evidence from numerical and non-numerical ordering tasks. Developmental Neuropsychology, 43, 595-621. https://doi.org/10.1080/87565641.2018.1502294
Van Bers, B.M.C.W., Visser, I., & Raijmakers, M.E.J. (2014). Preschoolers learn to switch with causally related feedback. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 126, 91-102. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2014.03.007
Van Bers, B.M.C.W., Visser, I., & Raijmakers, M.E.J. (2014). Preschoolers can form abstract rule representations regardless of cognitive flexibility. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 124, 50-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2014.01.017
Van Bers, B.M.C.W., Visser, I., van Schijndel, T.J.P., Mandell, D.J., Raijmakers, M.E.J. (2011). The dynamics of development on the Dimensional Change Card Sorting task. Developmental Science, 14(5), 960-971. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7687.2011.01045.x
A complete overview of my publications can be found here!
Selection of presentations at national and international events:
Van Bers, B., Visser, I., & Raijmakers (2018). The effect of different types of feedback on the cognitive flexibility of preschoolers. Oral presentation at the meeting of the Jean Piaget Society (JPS), Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Van Bers, B., Morsanyi, K., O’Connor, P., & McCormack, T. (2017). Developmental dyscalculia is linked to order processing deficits. Poster presentation at Science Uncovered, Ulster museum, Belfast, UK
Van Bers, B., Morsanyi, K., O’Connor, P., & McCormack, T. (2016). Non-numerical ordering abilities predict mathematical skills: Evidence from children and adults. Paper presentation at the British Psychological Society (BPS) Cognitive section annual meeting, Barcelona, Spain.
Van Bers, B., Morsanyi, K., & McCormack, T. (2016). Developmental Dyscalculia: Prevalence, Stability, Gender differences and Comorbidity. Oral presentation at the British Psychological Society (BPS) Developmental section annual meeting, Belfast, UK.
Van Bers, B., Visser, I., & Raijmakers, M. (2015). Training- and transfer effects of causally related feedback in the Dimensional Change Card Sorting task on preschoolers. Poster presentation at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, US.
A complete overview of my presentations can be found here!
Teaching & Mentoring
2018 Obtained University Teaching Qualification for scientific education (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO)
2007-2018 Teacher and coordinator of various subjects and work groups, and mentor of various students during a scientific internship or writing a bachelor’s or master’s thesis
A complete overview of my teaching experience can be found here!