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).


December 2017: Sabine Peters in Nature Communications!

Heightened striatal activity in adolescents is adaptive for learning. This is what Sabine Peters has demonstrated in her latest paper, published in Nature Communications. In this three-wave longitudinal study with 300 participants aged 8-29, Sabine related striatal activation during feedback learning to better current and future learning performance. This points to adolescence as a unique life phase for increased feedback-learning performance. Congratulations Sabine! The paper can be found here.

November 2017: Dr. Hendrik Muller prize for Eveline Crone

Eveline Crone has won the Dr. Hendrik Muller prize! This prize is awarded every two years by the KNAW to researchers who have made a valuable contribution to the behavioral and social sciences. Eveline will use this prize to promote collaboration opportunities for young researchers. The prize will be awarded during a symposium on January 22, 2018: Samenwerking: van brein tot wetenschap (EN: Collaboration: from brain to science), which will include talks about collaboration and a discussion on science policy for young researchers. Interested? Click here!