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Welcome to the Leiden based

Brain and Development Research Center

Discover our research projects:

Studybuddy

In adolescense, a social reorientation takes place. How does this influence learning?

Risk taking in ADHD youth

Does social influence mitigate or increase risk taking in ADHD youth?

Inhibition and creativity

The prefrontal cortex has the most protracted developmental trajectory and plays a key role in forming connections to other parts of the brain

Self concept

Self-report is sensitive to response bias. Different components of self-concept can be reliably assessed using functional neuroimaging

Braintime

Investigating developmental changes in cognitive control, impulse regulation and social-emotional functions during childhood, adolescence and emerging adulthood

Effects of alcohol

Investigating the effect of alcohol consumption on brain development.

NeurolabNL

Working together with societal partners to investigate optimal learning conditions and social safety of youth.

Social competence and environment

Why are not all children equally responsive to variations in the social environment?

Learning together

We examine when and how changes in different types of social learning emerge during adolescence.

RESIST

Investigating self-concept, aggression regulation and vicarious reward learning in youth who have been arrested by the police before the age of twelve years.

Prosocial behaviour

Prosocial behaviour strongly develops during adolescence.

Minor’s hearing rights

Should the current formal procedural position and hearing rights of minors be extended?

Brightwave

Raging hormones in the gifted.

About our Brain Center:

The Brain and Development Research Center examines neural factors underlying behavioral adaptation and social development.

Our research projects aim to examine changes in brain structure and function that underlie youth’s ability to anticipate, produce and evaluate decisions in their daily environments. Our motivation is to shed light on developmental processes with a particular focus on the role of social and environmental factors, such as parent and peer interactions.

With our studies, we would like to contribute to the quest in unraveling the neurobiological and social factors that influence growth trajectories. Ultimately, with our research we hope to contribute to creating opportunities for youth to grow up in a fast-changing social and digital society.

We participate in the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC), which is an interfaculty center for interdisciplinary research on brain and cognition, supported by the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and the Faculties of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Arts, and Mathematics & Natural Sciences of Leiden University (see www.libc-leiden.nl).

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Meet our principal investigators:

Anna van Duijvenvoorde

Principal Investigator

Berna Güroğlu

Principal Investigator

Lara Wierenga

Principal Investigator

Jiska Peper

Principal Investigator

Sabine Peters

Principal Investigator

Eveline Crone

Principal Investigator

Marieke Bos

Principal Investigator

Kiki Zanolie

Principal Investigator

Latest publications:

Neuropsychological underpinnings of emotional responsiveness to media.

Konijn, E. A., & Achterberg, M. (in press). In The International Encyclopedia of Media Psychology.

In press 

Fairness decisions in children and early adolescents with and without hearing loss.

2019 

Frequent bullying involvement and brain morphology in children.

Muetzel, R. L., Mulder, R., Lambalais, S., Cortes, A., Jansen, P., Güroğlu, B., Vernooij, M., Hillegers, M., White, T., El Marroun, H., & Tiemeier, H. (2019). Frontiers Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00696 http://hdl.handle.net/1887/79258

2019 

Genetic and environmental influences on MRI scan quantity and quality.

Achterberg, M., & Van der Meulen, M. (2019). Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2019.100667
2019 

A consensus-based transparency checklist.

Aczel, B., … Crone, E. A., … Wagenmakers, E.-J. (2019). Nature Human Behaviour. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-019-0772-6

2019 

Neural responses for evaluating self and mother traits in adolescence depend on mother–adolescent relationships.

Van der Cruijsen, R., Buisman, R., Green, K., Peters, S., & Crone, E. A. (2019). Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsz023

2019 

Sex effects on development of brain structure and executive functions: Greater variance than mean effects.

Wierenga, L.M., Bos, M.G.N., Van Rossenberg, F., & Crone, E.A. (2019). Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. http:/doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_01375

2019