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


Scientists and societal partners throughout the Netherlands are working together on the “NeurolabNL Start Impulse” project: a subsidy that has its basis in the Dutch National Research Agenda. They have 3 years to conduct the first research projects on applications of neuroscientific knowledge in education and social safety for adolescents.

The Dutch National Research Agenda is the result of almost 12,000 questions posed to science by the Dutch population. In order to answer these questions, in 2017 the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science invited three routes to set up projects on the theme Youth in a Resilient Society. NeurolabNL is one of the routes that received a grant of 2.5 million euros to set up research on the themes of “education, safety, health and fundamental research” among adolescents. The Brain and Development Research Center is – amongst multiple other universities, knowledge institutes and societal partners – involved in three of the four work packages. In these work packages, we look at 1) the application of cognitive neuroscience to understand and enhance motivation in school, 2) the effect of bullying on brain development and the effectiveness of anti-bullying programs, and 3) brain development for youth with problematic antisocial behavior. The RESIST project is affiliated with the Start Impulse projects as well.