Tatvan Todor

PhD Candidate
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Adolescence, a stage of remarkable brain development, often witnesses a surge in risk-taking behaviors. As financial responsibilities grow during this phase, comprehending the vital role the brain plays in molding lifelong financial behaviors is imperative.

Enter Tatvan Todor, a Ph.D. candidate, whose research is dedicated to deciphering the development of structural neural underpinnings that shape financial decisions and risk behaviors during adolescence. The approach involves harnessing state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques, including gray matter MRI, to shed light on the intricate interplay of neural mechanisms in the adolescent mind.

Notably, this study extends beyond the neural realm. It will also examine how environmental influences, such as socioeconomic status or belonging to minority groups, intersect with risk and financial behaviors, adding a broader societal perspective to this essential research.

Assistant Professor Barbara Braams and Professor Lydia Krabbendam will provide expert guidance and supervision for this study.

Photo: Alexander Santos Lima