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

RESIST

The primary aim of our Research on Individual Antisocial Trajectories (RESIST) is to gain insight into individual developmental trajectories in young adults with a history of antisocial behavior. We do this by studying several underlying psychological and neurobiological mechanisms.

For this project, data will be used from a unique cohort of Dutch individuals who have been arrested by the police before the age of twelve years. This cohort was followed across adolescence and will be investigated again during their current developmental phase, emerging adulthood. During the present time point of the study, we will mainly focus on the neural correlates of self-concept, aggression regulation and vicarious reward learning. Within the project, similar data will be collected within a group of individuals without a history of antisocial behavior. We expect to provide a better understanding of the factors that lead some adolescents to persist in and others to resists antisocial trajectories.

This project is supported by an AMMODO grant, awarded to Eveline Crone.

Our collaborators:Arne Popma & Lucres Nauta-Jansen (VU Medical Centre), Valeria Gazzola & Eus van Someren (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience – NIN).

RESIST is also affiliated with the work package of the NeurolabNL Start impulse project, concerning brain development for youth with problematic antisocial behavior.