Dr Rogier Kievit


My research focuses on using psychometric models to understand neurodevelopmental changes in executive functions. These cognitive abilities, such as reasoning, problem solving and goal management, develop rapidly during adolescence and often show steep decline in old age. However, the neurocognitive changes that underlie these important processes are poorly understood, and many key questions are unresolved: What represents optimal brain development? How do changes in brain structure and function interact across the lifespan? Can people recruit additional neural resources to maintain performance? What sets apart people who maintain cognitive abilities into old age? To understand these questions, we must study the dynamics of development: how does brain function and structure change across the lifespan, and how does this affect our higher cognitive abilities? I approach these questions using psychometric techniques in large-sample, multimodal, longitudinal datasets.

Research Focus


cognitive neuroscience

statistical modeling




Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance


Behavioural analysis

Computational modelling

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Psychmetrics, structural equation modeling



Susan Gathercole

Rik Henson

Lorraine Tyler

United Kingdom

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Key publications

Kievit, R. A. (2014), “Turtles all the way down? Psychometric approaches to the reduction problem ” Dissertation [http://dare.uva.nl/record/472556]

Kievit RA, Frankenhuis WE, Waldorp LJ, Borsboom D (2013), “Simpson's paradox in psychological science: a practical guide.” Front Psychol 4:513 Details

Kriegeskorte N, Kievit RA (2013), “Representational geometry: integrating cognition, computation, and the brain.” Trends Cogn Sci 17(8):401-12 Details

Kievit RA, van Rooijen H, Wicherts JM, Waldorp LJ, Kan KJ, Scholte HS, Borsboom D (2012), “Intelligence and the brain: A model-based approach.” Cogn Neurosci 3(2):89-97 Details

Wagenmakers, E. J., Wetzels, R. W., Borsboom, D., van der Maas, H. L. J. & Kievit, R. A. (2012), “An Agenda for Purely Confirmatory Research.” Perspectives on Psychological Science

Kievit, R.A., Romeijn, J.W., Waldorp, L.J., Wicherts, J. M., H. Steven Scholte & Borsboom, D. (2011), “Modeling Mind and Matter: Reductionism and Psychological Measurement in Cognitive Neuroscience.” Psychological Inquiry

Kievit, R.A., Romeijn, J.W., Waldorp, L.J., Wicherts, J. M., H. Steven Scholte & Borsboom, D. (2011), “Mind the gap: A psychometric approach to the reduction problem.” Psychological Inquiry



Charest I, Kievit RA, Schmitz TW, Deca D, Kriegeskorte N (2014), “Unique semantic space in the brain of each beholder predicts perceived similarity.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 111(40):14565-70 Details

Kievit AJ, Kuijer PP, Kievit RA, Sierevelt IN, Blankevoort L, Frings-Dresen MH (2014), “A reliable, valid and responsive questionnaire to score the impact of knee complaints on work following total knee arthroplasty: the WORQ.” J Arthroplasty 29(6):1169-1175.e2 Details

Kievit RA, Davis SW, Mitchell DJ, Taylor JR, Duncan J, Cam-CAN Research team, Henson RN, Cam-CAN Research team (2014), “Distinct aspects of frontal lobe structure mediate age-related differences in fluid intelligence and multitasking.” Nat Commun 5:5658 Details


Bakker, M., Cramer, A. O., Matzke, D., Kievit, R. A., Van Der Maas, H. L. J., Wagenmakers, E. J. & Borsboom, D. (2013), “Dwelling on the Past” European Journal of Personalit 27(2), 120-144.

Borsboom, D., Epskamp, S., Kievit, R.A., Cramer, A. O. J., & Schmittmann. (2013), “Transdiagnostic Networks.” Perspectives on Psychological Science

Schmittmann, VD, Cramer, AO, Waldorp, LJ, Epskamp, S, Kievit, RA, & Borsboom, D (2013), “Deconstructing the construct: A network perspective on psychological phenomena. ” New Ideas in Psychology 31(1)


Kievit, R.A., Waldorp, L.J., Kan, K.J., & Wicherts, J. M (2012), “Causality: populations, individuals, and assumptions.” The European Journal of Personality

Kosslyn SM, Kievit RA, Russell AG, Shephard JM (2012), “PowerPoint() Presentation Flaws and Failures: A Psychological Analysis.” Front Psychol 3:230 Details

Wicherts JM, Kievit RA, Bakker M, Borsboom D (2012), “Letting the daylight in: Reviewing the reviewers and other ways to maximize transparency in science.” Front Comput Neurosci 6:20 Details


Borst, G., Kievit, R.A., Thompson, W. L. & Kosslyn, S.M. (2011), “Mental Rotation Is Not Easily Cognitively Penetrable” Journal of Cognitive Psychology

Ganis G, Rosenfeld JP, Meixner J, Kievit RA, Schendan HE (2011), “Lying in the scanner: covert countermeasures disrupt deception detection by functional magnetic resonance imaging.” Neuroimage 55(1):312-9 Details

Kan, K. J., Kievit, R. A., Dolan, C. V., & van der Maas, H. L. J. (2011), “On the interpretation of the CHC Gc factor as Crystallized Intelligence.” Intelligence

Kievit RA, Geurts HM (2011), “Autism and perception of awareness in self and others: Two sides of the same coin or dissociated abilities?” Cogn Neurosci 2(2):119-20 Details

Penke L, Borsboom D, Johnson W, Kievit RA, Ploeger A, Wicherts JM (2011), “Evolutionary psychology and intelligence research cannot be integrated the way Kanazawa (2010) suggested.” Am Psychol 66(9):916-7 Details

Penke, L, Borsboom, P., Johnson, W, Kievit, RA, Ploeger, A, Wicherts, JM (2011), “Evolutionary psychology and intelligence research cannot be integrated the way Kanazawa (2010) suggests” American Psychologist 66(9): 916-917

van der Maas HL, Molenaar D, Maris G, Kievit RA, Borsboom D (2011), “Cognitive psychology meets psychometric theory: on the relation between process models for decision making and latent variable models for individual differences.” Psychol Rev 118(2):339-56 Details

van Harmelen AL, Elzinga BM, Kievit RA, Spinhoven P (2011), “Intrusions of autobiographical memories in individuals reporting childhood emotional maltreatment.” Eur J Psychotraumatol 2 Details