Jochem is a PhD student at the Sync Lab. He previously studied Economic and Consumer Psychology, and Cognitive Neuroscience at Leiden University. In his PhD project, he focuses on the neural signature of prosociality in adolescence, with a focus on vicarious gaining (gaining rewards for someone other than yourself). In addition, he investigates the relationship between self-concept and prosociality. His broader interests lie in social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and decision making. Outside of his work as a PhD student, Jochem likes to be creative with language, and takes an interest in bouldering and programming.

Research interests: Prosociality, vicarious gaining, decision making, adolescence

Spaans, J.P., Peters, S., & Crone, E.A. (2020). Neural reward related-reactions to monetary gains for self and charity are associated with donating behavior in adolescence. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience,  nsaa027, doi:

Spaans, J.P., Peters, S., & Crone, E.A. (2019). Neural reward-related reactions to monetary gains for self and charity. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience19(4), 845-858. doi:

Spaans, J.P., Burke, S. M., Altikulaç, S., Braams, B.R., De Macks, Z.A.O., & Crone, E.A. (2018). Win for your kin: Neural responses to personal and vicarious rewards when mothers win for their adolescent children. PloS One13(6). doi:

Spaans, J.P., Will, G.J., Van Hoorn, J., & Güroğlu, B. (2019). Turning a blind eye? Punishment of friends and unfamiliar peers after observed exclusion in adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence29(2), 508-522. doi: