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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).

News

September 2017: Eveline Crone receives Spinoza prize

spinozauitreiking1262hOn September 12, Eveline officially received the NWO Spinoza Prize 2017, the highest scientifict distinction in the Netherlands! In a festive ceremony in the rogal theater of the Hague, Eveline presented what she plans to do with the Spinoza Prize. Click below for an impression of this event!

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August 2017: Elseline Hoekzema receives Young Investigator Grant

Elseline Hoeksema is a recipient of the 2017 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant! With this grant of $70.000 Elseline is able to expand her research on the effects of pregnancy on the brain, and relate this to peripartum psychiatric disorders. A NARSAD grant is one of highest distinctions in the field of mental health research. Congratulations Elseline!

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