Welcome to the Brain and Development Lab

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The Leiden Brain and Development lab is located in the Psychology department of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Leiden University.
Our lab explores the relations between brain development and cognitive development. A special focus of the lab is to investigate how brain development, including changes in function and connectivity, relates to typical and atypical development of control, decision-making and self-regulation.
The lab has a strong focus on the fundamental changes in brain function that underlie our ability to anticipate, produce and evaluate complex decisions in daily life. In addition, the lab tries to delineate how, when and why brain development results in childhood disorders. Thus, our goals are to shed light not only on classic developmental questions related to mechanisms underlying developmental change, but also the pathogenesis of various developmental disorders.


MargotSchelOn January 22 2014, Margot Schel will defend her dissertation entitled “Free won’t: Neurobiological bases of the development of intentional inhibition”. As part of the festivities surrounding her defense, we are organizing a symposium on January 21: “Intentional Inhibition: Broader Perspectives”. Please click here for more information.



Flux: the International Congress for Integrative Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, is coming to Leiden! This congress provides a forum for developmental cognitive neuroscientists to share their findings, expand their knowledge base, and be better informed of translational approaches. The congress will take place on September 17, 2015



Our lab collaborated with PS|Theatre to create a play 'The hope of Leiden'. How do adolescents from Leiden see their future? Take a look inside their brains! Performances are from 3 to 5 June 2014 in the Leidse Schouwburg 


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