Sophie Sweijen is a PhD candidate at the ESSB department ‘Developmental Neuroscience in Society’ in the SYNC lab at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In her projects, she focuses on the behavioral and neural development of prosocial behavior from childhood to adulthood, as well as the societal contributions of adolescents. She also coordinates the new line of COVID-19 wellbeing projects, in which the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wellbeing of young individuals are investigated.
Previously, Sophie worked as a research assistant in the BD and SYNC labs, where she assisted in data collection for the longitudinal ‘Brainlinks’ project and helped with outreach in the BD lab.
Sophie studied the research master Developmental Psychology at Leiden University and received her master’s degree in 2019. During her studies, she assisted in multiple behavioral and fMRI studies investigating social learning, peer relations and risk taking in adolescence. For her master thesis, she focused on the developmental changes and individual differences in learning through social interaction.