Simone Dobbelaar is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus SYNC lab at Erasmus University Rotterdam and the CHANGE lab at Leiden University. During her PhD, Simone focuses on the role of the social environment in the neurocognitive development of social competence. Specifically, she is interested in the development of prosocial behavior and aggression regulation, and the co-occurence of these behaviors. Moreover, she tries to discover whether changes in the social environment, such as parenting behavior, can influence the development of prosocial behavior and emotion regulation on both a behavioral and neural level. Simone studies these questions in twins that are followed from middle childhood to early adolescence, as part of the large longitudinal twin study of the Leiden Consortium on Individual Development (L-CID). Her PhD project is supervised by Prof. dr. Eveline Crone and Dr. Anna van Duijvenvoorde.
After completing the bachelors Psychobiology and Psychology, Simone obtained her Research Master Psychology at the University of Amsterdam with a specialization in Brain and Cognition and Clinical Psychology (2018, cum laude). Her master thesis at the Emotional Memory Lab of the University of Amsterdam focused on the role of context in declarative memory interference.
Research interests: brain development - prosocial behavior - aggression regulation - social environment - fMRI
Onderzoeksinteresses: hersenontwikkeling – prosociaal gedrag – agressie regulatie – sociale omgeving - fMRI
Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
- Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
- Mariëlle Zondervan-Zwijnenburg, Simone Dobbelaar, Mara van der Meulen & Michelle Achterberg (2022) - Longitudinal associations between prosocial behavior and behavioral problems across childhood: A robust random-intercept cross-lagged panel model - Developmental Psychology, 58 (6), 1139-1155 - doi: 10.1037/dev0001346 - [link]
- Lina van Drunen, Simone Dobbelaar, Renske van der Cruijsen, Mara van der Meulen, Michelle Achterberg, Lara M. Wierenga & Eveline A. Crone (2021) - The nature of the self: Neural analyses and heritability estimates of self-evaluations in middle childhood - Human Brain Mapping, 42 (17), 5609-5625 - doi: 10.1002/hbm.25641 - [link]
- Michelle Achterberg, Simone Dobbelaar, Olga Boer & Eveline Crone (2021) - Perceived stress as mediator for longitudinal effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on wellbeing of parents and children - Scientific Reports, 11 - doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-81720-8 - [link]
- Simone Dobbelaar, Anna C.K. van Duijvenvoorde, Michelle Achterberg, Mara van der Meulen & Eveline A. Crone (2021) - A Bi-Dimensional Taxonomy of Social Responsivity in Middle Childhood: Prosociality and Reactive Aggression Predict Externalizing Behavior Over Time - Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 586633 - doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.586633 - [link]