• 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).


June 2017: Eveline Crone wins 2017 Spinoza Prize!

evelinecEveline has won the NWO Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific distinction in the Netherlands! Eveline has been given this prize for her exceptional, pioneering, and inspiring work on decision making in adolescence. Her innovative insights were the impetus for an entirely new field of research. Laureates of the NWO Spinoza Prize each receive 2.5 million euros which they can spend on scientific research. Read on for more information and a video!

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June 2017: Elseline Hoekzema receives LUF grant

Elseline Hoekzema received a grant from the Elise Mathilde Fund of the Leids Universitair Fonds (LUF) for her exciting new study on the effects of pregnancy on the brain. In a prior study Elseline showed that pregnancy leads to long-lasting changes in brain structure in women who experienced pregnancy for the first time. Now she will study brain structure and function in relation to hormonal, physiological, and psychological measures, in women who have been pregnant once before and have thus already undergone vast anatomical reorganisation. Congratulations Elseline!

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