• 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).


June 2017: Eveline Crone wins 2017 Spinoza Prize!

evelinecEveline has won the NWO Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific distinction in the Netherlands! Eveline has been given this prize for her exceptional, pioneering, and inspiring work on decision making in adolescence. Her innovative insights were the impetus for an entirely new field of research. Laureates of the NWO Spinoza Prize each receive 2.5 million euros which they can spend on scientific research. Read on for more information and a video!

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January 2017: Eveline Crone receives Ammodo KNAW Award

Eveline Crone is the recipient of this year's Ammodo KNAW Award. The award, covering all scientific disciplines, was established by the Ammodo Foundation and the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) in 2014 to encourage unfettered fundamental scientific research, and is granted once every two years. Eveline is one of eight laureates, with the prizes each worth 300,000 euros. She may spend this amount at her discretion to explore new areas of fundamental research.

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