Welcome to the Leiden based

Brain and Development Lab

Discover our research projects:


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 strongly develops during adolescence.


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

Leiden Consortium Individual Development (LCID)

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

Self concept

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

About our Brain Lab:

The Brain and Development Lab examines fundamental changes in human brain function across childhood and adolescence.

The Leiden Brain and Development Lab, founded in 2005 by Eveline Crone, examines fundamental changes in brain function across the life span. Using longitudinal neuroimaging techniques, the lab examines developmental trajectories over time in the domains of self-development and self-regulation, social learning and prosocial behavior, as well as the predictors of contribution to society. 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 aim to unravel the neurobiological and social factors that influence growth trajectories. Ultimately, with our research we hope to contribute to creating opportunities for youth while growing up in a complex society.

The Brain and Development lab is strongly connected to Eveline Crone’s Rotterdam lab; The Society, Youth and Neuroscience Connected (SYNC) Lab at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Within the SYNC lab, researchers study developmental neuroscience from a societal impact perspective (see www.erasmus-synclab.nl).

We also participate in the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC), which is an interfaculty center for interdisciplinary research on brain and cognition at Leiden University (see www.libc-leiden.nl).

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Meet our principal investigators:

Eveline Crone

Principal Investigator

Lara Wierenga

Principal Investigator

Latest publications:

Genetic and environmental influences on structure of the social brain in childhood.

van der Meulen, M., Wierenga, L. M., Achterberg, M., Drenth, N., Van IJzendoorn, M. H., & Crone, E. A. (in press). Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2020.100782

In press 

On imbalance of impulse control and sensation seeking and adolescent risk: An intra-individual developmental test of the dual systems and maturational imbalance models

Meeus, W., Vollebergh, W., Branje, S., Crocetti, E., Ormel, J. van de Schoot, R., Crone, E. A., & Becht, A. (2021). Journal of Youth and Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-021-01419-x


Emotion regulation and angry mood among adolescents with externalizing behavior and intellectual disabilities.

te Brinke, L. W., Schuiringa, H. D., & Matthys, W. (2021). Research in Developmental Disabilities. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2020.103833


Friendship stability in adolescence is associated with ventral striatum responses to vicarious rewards.

Schreuders, E., Braams, B.R., Crone, E.A., & Guroglu, B. (2021). Nature Communications. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-20042-1


Social media use and the not-so-imaginary audience: Behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying the influence on self-concept.

Peters, S., Van der Cruijsen, R., Van der Aar, L.P.E., Spaans, J. P., Becht, A.I., & Crone, E.A. (2021). Developmental           Cognitive Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2021.100921


The role of perspective taking and self-control in a preventive intervention targeting childhood disruptive behavior.

Nijhof, K., te Brinke, L. W., Njardvik, U., & Liber, J. M. (2021). Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-020-00761-1


Longitudinal network re-organization across learning and development.

McCormick, E. M., Peters, S., Crone, E.A., & Telzer, E.H. (2021). NeuroImage. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2021.117784


Moral disengagement and cyberbullying involvement: A systematic review.

Lo Cricchio, M. G., Garcia-Poole, C., te Brinke, L. W., Bianchi, D., & Menesini, E. (2021). European Journal of Developmental Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/17405629.2020.1782186


Opportunities for increased reproducibility and replicability of developmental neuroimaging.

Klapwijk, E.T., van den Bos, W., Tamnes, C.K., Raschle, N.M., & Mills, K.L. (2021). Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2020.100902