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

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Social competence and environment

The Leiden Consortium on Individual Development (L-CID) is a large-scale longitudinal intervention study in which 500 families with same-sex twins are followed over a six year period.

Yearly assessments consist of alternating lab- or home visits during which behavioral and neurobiological (EEG/MRI) data are collected. The collected data allows, among others, for testing which child characteristics shape the effect of (manipulated) environmental factors. The aim of L-CID is twofold: 1. to investigate the development of social competence and behavioral control in children between 3 and 14 years old and 2. to dissect the reason why not all children are equally responsive to variations in the social environment. See also our project website. 

L-CID is part of the National Consortium on Individual Development (CID) which aims to understand and predict how the interplay of child characteristics and environmental factors results in individual differences in the development of social competence and behavioral control of the child. The consortium involves researchers from Utrecht University, Leiden University, University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen, and VU University Amsterdam and is funded by a ‘Gravity’ grant of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. For more information about CID, see: www.individualdevelopment.nl

Our collaborators: L-CID is embedded within the department of Developmental Psychology at Leiden University (Eveline Crone) and the section Clinical Child and Development Studies at VU University Amsterdam (Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg). Marinus van IJzendoorn is involved as scientific advisor (Erasmus University Rotterdam and Cambridge University UK).


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