• Brain and Development Lab, Eveline Crone


Welcome to the Brain and Development Research Center

The Brain and Development Research Center is located in the Psychology department of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Leiden University.

Our center explores the relations between the brain and various aspects of cognitive and social development. A special focus of the center is to investigate how brain development, including changes in function, structure, and connectivity, relates to development of cognitive control, emotions and risk-taking, and social decision-making during childhood and adolescence.

Our research projects aim to examine the fundamental changes in brain function that underlie our ability to anticipate, produce and evaluate complex decisions in daily life. Our goals are to shed light on classic developmental questions related to mechanisms underlying developmental change, with a particular focus on the role of social and environmental influence, such as parent-child and peer interactions, on how brain development takes place.

We participate in the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC), which is an interfaculty center for interdisciplinary research on brain and cognition, supported by the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and the Faculties of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Arts, and Mathematics & Natural Sciences of Leiden University (see www.libc-leiden.nl). Within the LIBC, we are part of the LIBC-Junior hotspot (see www.libc-junior.nl).


January 2017: Jorien's defense and peer influence symposium

JorienOn January 12 2017, Jorien van Hoorn will defend her dissertation titled "Hanging out with the right crowd: Behavioral and neuroimaging studies of peer influence on decision-making in adolescence". As part of the festivities surrounding her defense, we are organizing a Peer influence & Peer relations symposium on January 13 2017. This symposium brings together several international researchers working on topics such as peer influence, peer relations, and brain development.

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August 2016: ERC starting grant for Nikolaus Steinbeis

ercNikolaus Steinbeis has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant! With this grant Nikolaus is able to study whether self-control in children can be trained, by offering an individualistic training to 5-to-10-year olds. In addition he will examine the short and long-term effects of the training on the function and structure of the developing brain.

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