Discover our research projects:

Inhibition and creativity

The prefrontal cortex has the most protracted developmental trajectory and plays a key role in forming connections to other parts of the brain

Studybuddy

In adolescense, a social reorientation takes place. How does this influence learning?

Braintime

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

Social competence and environment

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

RESIST

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

Minor’s hearing rights

Should the current formal procedural position and hearing rights of minors be extended?

Self concept

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

Learning together

We examine when and how changes in different types of social learning emerge during adolescence.

Effects of alcohol

Investigating the effect of alcohol consumption on brain development.

Prosocial behaviour

Prosocial behaviour strongly develops during adolescence.

Risk taking in ADHD youth

Does social influence mitigate or increase risk taking in ADHD youth?

Brightwave

Raging hormones in the gifted.

NeurolabNL

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

Brightwave

The BrightWave project investigates how social relations influence social and emotional development of gifted (IQ>130) and typically developing children and adolescents and how this relates to pubertal changes during adolescence.

The project focuses on two important processes for mental well-being …

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 …

NeurolabNL

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 …

Learning together

In the Learning Together study, our main goal is to examine when and how changes in different types of social learning emerge during adolescence, and which neurocognitive mechanisms underlie these behavioral changes, using computational modeling.

Adolescence is a life-phase in …

Risk taking in ADHD youth

ADHD is mainly characterized by age-inappropriately high levels of inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity, but also by impaired social functioning. A high rate of peer rejection, deviant peer groups, and susceptibility to social influence may particularly contribute to the high …

Effects of alcohol

Together with researchers from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Free University Amsterdam and Academic Medical Center Utrecht we are collaborating on a project funded by the Dutch Brain Foundation to study the effects of alcohol use on the developing adolescent brain.

Data …

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 …

Minor’s hearing rights

Together with a multidisciplinary research team from Leiden University and the WODC, we are investigating the civil procedural position of minors. Our goal is to determine to what extent the current legal position of minors in Dutch family law is …

Prosocial behaviour

In several of our studies, we examine adolescence as a period of social influence. We are interested in understanding under which circumstances adolescents are more prone to give to others. We also aim to understand which adolescents are more sensitive …

Studybuddy

The StudyBuddy project examines the mechanisms of learning from others, as well as how relational and classroom characteristics influence adolescents’ learning over time.

Academic performance and successful peer relationships are the two most salient developmental challenges that adolescents face, respectively …

Self concept

There is a great and longstanding interest in self-concept development in adolescence. However, it has been difficult to measure this construct, because self-concept is not observable in behavior and self-report is sensitive to response bias.

It is well known that …

Braintime

One of the main challenges of developmental cognitive neuroscience studies is to track changes in brain and behavior longitudinally. Within this research line we  investigated developmental changes in childhood, adolescence and emerging adulthood in three domains: cognitive control, impulse regulation …

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Inhibition and creativity

The prefrontal cortex can be considered one of the most intriguing parts of the adolescent brain. It has the most protracted developmental trajectory and plays a key role in forming connections to other parts of the brain. We know this …

This project is archived.