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Theme 2: Perception, Action and Control

Lifespan Cognitive Dynamics

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In the Lifespan Cognitive Dynamics lab we are interested how, and why, cognitive abilities change across the lifespan, and how brain systems underlie these changes. To study these questions we use a range of multivariate methods in large samples to examine how cognitive abilities affect each other, how brain structure and function supports changes in cognitive abilities, and how cognitive functioning interfaces with lifestyle factors such as physical and mental health, social and intellectual engagement and environmental factors.

Name: Rogier Kievit
Telephone: 024-3614244 (secretary)
Visiting address:

Department of Cognitive Neuroscience
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Trigon building, Route 204
Kapittelweg 29
6525 EN Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Postal address: Department of Cognitive Neuroscience 
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre
P.O. Box 9101 / 205
6500 HB Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Key grants and prizes
2021 Jacobs Foundation (co-PI) - £200,000
2020 ESRC Grant (co-PI) - £300,000
2020-2024 Hypatia Fellowship - €1,000,000
2019-2022 Medical Research Council Intramural grant (Principal Investigator)  ‘Modelling the dynamics of lifespan neurocognitive changes’   - £779,000
2019-2022 ESRC (Co-investigator)   ‘Individual Differences in Comprehension across the Lifespan‘ - £572,963
2017-2021 Horizon 2020: Lifebrain (Co-investigator) - €10,000,000
2015-2018 Medical Research Council Intramural grant (Principal Investigator)  “The rise and fall of executive functions” - £350,000
2015-2019 - Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship (PI)  - £250,000
Key publications
  • Fuhrmann, D., Simpson-Kent, I. L., Bathelt, J., & Kievit, R. A. (2020). The neurocognitive architecture of fluid ability in children and adolescents. Cerebral Cortex.
  • Kievit, R. A. (2021). Sensitive periods in cognitive development: A mutualistic perspective. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.
  • Malpetti, M., Jones, P. S., Tsvetanov, K. A., Rittman, T., van Swieten, J. C., Borroni, B., ... & Kievit, R. A*., & Rowe, J.*  (2020). Apathy in presymptomatic genetic frontotemporal dementia predicts cognitive decline and is driven by structural brain changes. Alzheimer's & Dementia.
  • Kievit, R. A., Hofman, A. D., & Nation, K. (2019). Mutualistic Coupling Between Vocabulary and Reasoning in Young Children: A Replication and Extension of the Study by Kievit et al. (2017). Psychological Science, 0956797619841265.
  • Kievit, R. A., Brandmaier, A., Ziegler, G., van Harmelen, A. L., de Mooij, S., Moutoussis, M., … & Lindenberger, U. (2018). Developmental cognitive neuroscience using Latent Change Scoremodels: A tutorial and applications. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Kievit, R. A., Lindenberger, U. Goodyer, I.M., Jones, P. B., Fonagy, P., Bullmore, E. T., the NSPN Consortium & Dolan, R. J. (2017). Mutualistic coupling between vocabulary and reasoning supports cognitive development during late adolescence and early adulthood. Psychological Science, 28, 10, 1419-1431.
  • Kievit, R. A., Davis, S. W., Mitchell, D. J., Taylor, J. R., Duncan, J., & Henson, R. N. (2014). Distinct aspects of frontal lobe structure mediate age-related differences in fluid intelligence and multitasking. Nature communications, 5(1), 1-10.
Website Lifespan Cognitive Dynamics

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Research Group
Lifespan Cognitive Dynamics

Principal Investigator
Prof. Dr. R. A. Kievit

Group members

Research fellow
Dr. Amy Orben

Ethan McCormick

PhD candidates
Ivan Simpson-Kent
Sophia Borgeest
Michael Aristodemou