Erasmus SYNC Lab

Brain and behaviour development
Robert Collins

How our brain develops in childhood and adolescence influences many aspects of our lives, such as learning, risk-taking, and how we interact with others. With the longitudinal study Braintime, we investigate developmental changes in childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood in three domains: cognitive control, impulse regulation, and social-emotional functions.

What is Braintime?

We study behavioural and neural changes from childhood to adolescence into adulthood by combining different MRI modalities, hormone data, behavioural experiments, and questionnaires.

Multiple waves 

In 2011 we first measured a group of 299 participants aged 8-25 years old, with follow-ups in 2013 and 2015. The Braintime participants are currently young adults, which provides important opportunities for assessing how their development relates to outcomes in adulthood. In 2023 we want to collect additional data. With an online survey and MRI scans, we want to research the relation between neurodevelopmental and behavioural trajectories and wellbeing later in life.

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Braintime project SYNC lab

- Anna van Duijvenvoorde (Leiden University)
Lara Wierenga (Leiden University)
Marieke Bos (Leiden University)
Lisa Schreuders (Leiden University)
Neeltje Blankenstein (Leiden University)
Berna Güroğlu (Leiden University)
Jiska Peper (Leiden University)
Barbara Braams (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Sabine Peters (Leiden University)
Eduard Klapwijk (Leiden University)

This project was supported by an Innovative Ideas Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) and the Spinoza Prize, awarded to Eveline Crone, and a VENI grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO), awarded to Jiska Peper.

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