Helping, collaborating and giving are forms of prosocial behaviour. This behaviour is essential for establishing and maintaining social relationships: an important developmental goal during adolescence. However, it remains unclear how this development proceeds in terms of behaviour as well as neurologically within adolescents.
What is Brainlinks?
Brainlinks examines how prosocial behaviour develops in adolescents. This research follows a fixed group of people for a prolonged period of time. In this period, we investigate the relationship between the development of prosocial behaviour and the changes in brain function and structure in adolescents.
The research consists of three waves, which take place across three years (2018, 2019 and 2021).
Given that the Brainlinks study includes parents, we have the unique opportunity to explore how parents' prosocial behaviour impacts that of their own children.
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 681632).