Dr. Marjin van Wingerden

Group Leader Freigeist Fellowship 
The Neural Basis of Social Valuation – the Confluence of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Phone: 0211 81-15154
Email: undefinedmarijn.wingerden@hhu.de

Academic Career and Research Areas

The Social Rodent Lab of Freigeist Fellow Dr. Marijn van Wingerden studies the (pro-) social behavior of rodents to understand how these animals make decisions that affect their social interaction partners. The research group studies social valuation in rodents using a range of behavioral paradigms. Thereby the lab combines neuroeconomic analysis of choice behavior with neurobiological or pharmacological manipulations and the recording of ultrasonic vocalizations. Furthermore, the Social Rodent Lab specializes in recording the electrophysiological signals at the single unit and network level from behaving rodents.

Dr. Marijn van Wingerden studied Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam combining his interest in the workings of the mind and the brain. A subsequent PhD project in the Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience group at the University of Amsterdam (NeuroTree) involved the concurrent recording of single unit and network activity from behaving rodents. From 2011-2014, Dr. van Wingerden was a postdoc in the Comparative Psychology Lab at Heinrich Heine University (HHU), investigating rodent models of economic decision making. In 2014, he was awarded a Freigeist Fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation, to start his own lab in 2015 at HHU.

Distinctions and Awards
  • Freigeist Fellowship, Volkswagen Foundation, since 2014
Key publications

Oberließen L, Hernandez-Lallement J, Schäble S, van Wingerden M, Seinstra M, Kalenscher T (2016) Inequity aversion in rats, Rattus norvegicus. Anim Behav 115:157-166.

Hernandez-Lallement, J., van Wingerden, M., Schäble, S., & Kalenscher, T. (2016). Basolateral amygdala lesions abolish mutual reward preferences in rats. Neurobiology of learning and memory, 127, 1-9.

Hernandez-Lallement, Van Wingerden M., Marx C., Srejic M. , Kalenscher T. (2015) Rats prefer mutual rewards in a prosocial choice task. Frontiers in Neuroscience 8:1-9.

Van Wingerden M., Marx C., Kalenscher T. (2015). Budget constraints affect male rats' choices between differently priced commodities. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0129581. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0129581

van Wingerden, M., Vinck, M., Tijms, V., Ferreira, I.R.S., Jonker, A.J., Pennartz, C.M.A. (2012). NMDA Receptors Control Cue-Outcome Selectivity and Plasticity of Orbitofrontal Firing Patterns during Associative Stimulus-Reward Learning, Neuron 76, 813-825


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