Erasmus SYNC Lab

Social competence and environment
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Why are children not similarly responsive to changes within the social environment?

Construction and environment

Most children are able to develop and find their way in society without facing severe social challenges but unfortunately, this is not true for all youth. We know that this difference is related to a combination of the child's disposition and the environment in which they grow up

What is this research about?

We investigate why children respond differently to changes within a social environment. In this pursuit, we look at the role their parents and brain development play in this process. Additionally, we investigate how a child’s development can be better guided.


In the Leiden Consortium on Individual Development (L-CID), we follow 500 families with twins of the same sex over a six-year period. We focus on how children develop their social competence and behavioural control. Furthermore, we investigate the variation in these responses to changes within the social environment among children.

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L-CID project SYNC lab

L-CID is a part of the National Consortium on Individual Development (CID) which is funded by a ‘Gravity’ grant of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

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