• Brain and Development Lab, Eveline Crone

Welcome to the Brain and Development Lab

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The 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 social and cognitive development. A special focus of the lab is to investigate how brain development, including changes in function, structure, and connectivity, relates to typical and atypical development of cognitive control, emotions and risk-taking, and social decision-making.

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).



flux5This September 17-19, Flux, the International Congress for Integrative Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, will be held in 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. Please visit the website for more information on the program and speakers.


 Jiska Peper PortretA relatively higher amount of  testosterone in the teenage  brain has different effects in  boys than in girls. This is one  of the main conclusions of assistant professor Jiska Peper, as a result of her research funded by NWO. Click here for more information, or click here to see Jiska's video blog.


Two public defenses coming up. On June 2nd 2015, Bianca will defend her dissertation and on June 4th Geert-Jan will defend his. To celebrate these two milestones, the B&D Lab is organizing a symposium on June 3rd with the title: “Emotions and the social brain in adolescence”. Please click here for more information.


Research openings