• 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).


March 2016: Room for women in the senate chamber

AthenasAngelsFor one month the walls of the senate chamber at Leiden University are not covered by portraits of male professors, but of contemporary female professors. This way Athena's Angels aim to draw attention to the underrepresentation of women in science. The senate chamber is open for public visits from March 8 to April 8.

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January 2016: Anna van Duijvenvoorde receives ORA grant

NWOAnna van Duijvenvoorde has received an Open Research Area (ORA) grant from NWO. With this grant a project on adaptive social learning in typical and atypical developing adolescents will be conducted, in collaboration with researchers in Germany and the UK. 

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